Harbhajan Mann, Gippy Grewal and Diljit Dosanjh apologize for Badal Advertisement

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Cine Punjab News Network
April 16, 2014

Since last few days, internet and social media sites have been flooded by hate mails/messages towards a few Punjabi celebrities. They have been accused by a select section of audience and fans who claim that these artists have hurt their sentiments.

Recently, Harbhajan Mann, Jazzy B, Gippy Grewal, Diljit Dosanjh and Miss Pooja have endorsed and advertised for Shiromani Akali Dal that is running on PTC channel. After these advertisements were out, fans felt hurt because of the fake praise that these artists bestowed upon the government.

There were several mails and messages with abusive language sent regularly to these artist through email and social media. There were several Facebook pages that asked people to boycott these artists. Boycott posters and messages were shared and spread all around the internet.
One of the Boycott Poster being spread on Facebook
Acting upon this matter, Harbhajan Mann, Gippy Grewal and Diljit Dosanjh have officially apologized for their action. They have issued public statements sharing their sentiments about these advertisements and letting their fans know that they don't support any party in any way. And that these advertisements were done free of cost just because they felt for the cause.

With the matter getting cleared by these artist, it will be interesting to see how their fans react now.

Also Read -
Reason Why Artists like Jazzy B, Gippy Grewal and Diljit Dosanjh endorsed Badals
Movie Review: Disco Singh

Audio Story - Badal Advertisement Controversy

Punjabi films lack good scripts - Gurdas Maan

April 15, 2014

Famous singer-actor Gurdas Maan feels that the Punjabi film industry lacks quality scripts and better infrastructure to compete with other regional and Bollywood films.

“Punjabi film industry lacks quality scripts and better infrastructure. They are less successful as compared to the Southern films due to the shortage of good topics,” said Maan, 57, who was in Jalandhar for the music launch of his upcoming film Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar.

(Also see - Theatrical Trailer of Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar)

When asked about the infrastructure, he said, “Hindi and Southern industry have great studios, where films are made in a grand manner but that is not true for Punjabi films and this is why they fail to do well at the box office.” The actor, who is heading back to Punjabi cinema after a gap of three years, feels Punjabi films are facing lot of struggle but he is hopeful that they will overcome the growing hurdles soon. “Punjabi films are in a stage of struggle. Why should we talk about regional films? There will come a time when Punjabi films will be competing with those of Bollywood,” he said.

Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar, a family entertainer is slated to hit theatres on May 2. It stars Gurdas Mann opposite Punjabi actor Neeru Bajwa, 33

Trailer Review: Mundeyan Ton Bachke Rahin

Cine Punjab News Network
April 15, 2014

First look of Mundeyan Ton Bachke Rahin is out!

Ever since its announcement,  Mundeyan Ton Bachke Rahin was seen as a keenly awaited film by one and all. Infact, we also included it our list of Most Awaited Punjabi films of 2014 list. Today, after watching the trailer, we realize that the wait is worth it.

There are ample reasons that create the curiosity to watch this youthful film.
Fresh Starcast - It will be the first time that all three have come together.
New dynamic producers and directors - They are trained people who have worked with big banners of Bollywood and know what they are doing.
Music - Gurmeet Singh and Jassi Katyal have silently given some really great music in the last few months and when you have two good singers like Roshan Prince and Jassi Gill, things will definitely get pump up further.

From the trailer, one can ascertain the film is not only going to shake your funny bones but also give you the much needed musical blockbuster this summer.

Mundeyan Ton Bachke Rahin is directed by Navinder Kirpal Singh and produced by Pawan Gill, Aman Gill and Arun Mehra. It has story by Pawan Gill and Screenplay by Pawan Gill, Navinder Kirpal Singh and Manoj Sabharwal. Lyrics by Kumaar.

Have a look at the theatrical till then.


Music Composer Uttam Singh's son passes away

Uttam Singh
Cine Punjab External
April 14, 2014

Bollywood Music composer Uttam Singh’s 40-year-old son, Amarjeet Singh, died due to asphyxiation on Friday night. The composer’s son was following a weight loss diet for nearly four months in a bid to lose weight. Speaking to hitlist, Uttam Singh, who is credited with composing music for hits such as 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai', 'Gadar Ek Prem Katha', 'Baghban' and 'Pinjar', said, “My son had been dieting for nearly four months as he wished to shed some kilos. On Friday evening, he decided to give in to temptation and have a burger. After eating it, he had a glass of home-made lassi. His face looked ashen and when asked about it, he said that he was okay. Soon after, he went to the bathroom.”

Singh and his wife then waited for Amarjeet to come out but he didn’t do so. “After some time, we had no option but to push open the door. When we saw him foaming at the mouth, we immediately called for an ambulance. The doctor told us that the food, that was lodged in his windpipe, had choked him. The ambulance took about 45 minutes to arrive at our residence and by the time we rushed him to Ambani hospital, there wasn’t much the doctors could do to save him,” says Singh.

The father adds that his son was a good piano player. “Amarjeet worked with me for a while. Of late, he was working with an orchestra. He weighed 98 kgs and he was starving himself in order to lose weight. We kept advising him not to do so but he wouldn’t listen to us. To add to it, he was suffering from schizophrenia for quite some time now,” says the emotional father.

(Through arrangements with mid-day)


Disco Singh scores excellent opening weekend. 2nd best after Jatt and Juliet 2.

Cine Punjab Trade Network
April 14, 2014

Disco Singh has scored an excellent opening weekend at Indian box office. It is now the second biggest opening weekend after Diljit Dosanjh's last film Jatt and Juliet 2, which holds the first position. The third highest opening weekend also belongs to Diljit Dosanjh.

Day-wise collections of Disco Singh (India)
Day 1- 1.20 Cr.
Day 2 - 1.10 Cr.
Day 3 - 1.10 Cr.
Total Opening Weekend (Overseas) - 3.4 Cr Nett

(Exclusive - Reason why Jazzy B, Gippy Grewal, Diljit Dosanjh did endorsements for Badals.)

Overseas was below expectations on day 1 but picked up thereafter to record better collections on Saturday and Sunday. The film was affected by bad distribution and marketing in overseas. 5-10% collections were also affected due to boycotting of PTC films.

Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 
North America - $46,000, $62,000
Australia - $24,000, $33,000, $26,000
New Zealand - $23,000 (All 3 days)
UK - £11,000, £26,000
Total Opening Weekend (Overseas) - To be updated once collections of North America and UK are in.

(Also Read - Disco Singh Movie Review)
(Exclusive - Reason why Jazzy B, Gippy Grewal, Diljit Dosanjh did endorsements for Badals.)


Exclusive: Reason why artists like Jazzy, Gippy, Diljit did endorsements for Badals

Cine Punjab Exclusive
April 13, 2014

On heavy demand of our readers, we have written this article to address key issues related to the recent boycott of Punjabi films/albums of a few artists who endorsed Badals.
Photos like these are doing the rounds on social media. 

"Punjab is going through a turbulent time." 
Our website is not a political or news website, hence we will not indulge into the above statement. We believe our website readers are well informed and intelligent to do their own research as to why we are saying this.

However, what we would like to bring forward through the platform of our website, with millions of people around the world, is the fact that Punjabi Film and Music industry is also suffering from the current POWER MACHINERY in the state.

Here's a few things we would like to bring to your knowledge about how the industry is being affected presently -
1.) Theatrical Interference -
The Leading Broadcast TV Network in Punjab, as a lot of people believe and have enough reason to do so, is being controlled by the power machinery of the state. This TV Network formed their Production House last year. Now, because of their venturing into film production and distribution, they are influencing theatrical releases of other Punjabi films.

Following are two examples of what they have done in the recent past. There are more such cases but these two are from reliable sources.-
Jatt and Juliet 2, (which was a sequel to the most successful film in Punjabi Cinema) and a loved film by itself was removed from single screens within two weeks of release despite its box office performance being great (It went on to run for several weeks at multiplexes).
This was done to accommodate a FILM produced by the Production House of this TV Network.
In fact, multiplexes were also pressurized to give this FILM more screens and . A senior manager from a leading national multiplex chain confirms that they were asked to remove Jatt and Juliet 2 so that competition could be removed.

Similarly, the release of Best Of Luck, was impacted and interfered. The said FILM produced by the TV Network was forced to run in Punjab for several weeks, hence, not giving enough single screens for Best of Luck. 

2.) Impact on Release dates -
Gippy Grewal's Jatt James Bond was announced to release on April 4, 2014. Posters were out with release dates in January first week itself. But this TV Network announced their SECOND FILM to release on April 11, 2014, hence, leaving Jatt James Bond producers with no option but to post-pone their release. It will be interesting to see if Jatt James Bond's theatrical distribution will also be affected since it is releasing within a gap of two weeks of this TV Network's SECOND FILM. Similarly, this TV Network's THIRD FILM is releasing on June 27, 2014 that was booked and announced for 1984 Punjab but they had to postpone by two weeks.

3.) Promotions - This TV Network has the biggest network of broadcast media in Punjab. They are the makers and breakers basically. But is that ethical? At what cost are they doing it?
Most of the TV operations in Punjab are owned/controlled directly or indirectly by the POWER MACHINERY of Punjab, this is something that has been said and proved before, many times.
Now, in our industry, this has left a huge impact. Anyone who miffs this POWER MACHINERY gets harsh treatment from other TV channels that operate from the state. If the other TV channels are lenient, their channels face problems. The most prominent example of this is Day and Night news channel which had taken off Punjab. All thanks to this POWER MACHINERY.

4.) Film Award Ceremony - This TV Network organizes its award ceremonies, both for Film and Music. Just talking about the film awards, this TV Network awarded four awards to its FILM whereas not just critics but also common people feel there were better films and better deserving winners. An artist like Gippy Grewal who delivered four films (3 Hits) in 2013 was not given any award.
Why? Because he took a stand against this TV Network's malpractices during his Best of Luck film promotion and release phase.

Now, something that is affecting a lot of Punjabi's (read fans) around the world is why their favourite artists did endorsements for Badals!!!
Answer is simple, nobody wants to stand against them. Whoever does, he/she gets affected professionally and ofcourse morally.

We contacted well known personalities of Punjabi Cinema for this article, all of them openly told us the problems they faced but no one wants to come and speak it publicly. No one wants to face the consequences. As simple as that!

What do we need to do as FANS
Be it Jazzy B, Gippy Grewal, Diljit Dosanjh or Miss Pooja, they all acknowledge the contribution that their FANS have made to their lives. All these artists have worked very hard on their careers, most of them have had hard jobs abroad before they could afford to release their albums in the market.
We have supported them for so many years and they have worked to entertain us throughout these years but this is the time they need our support the most. Vote responsibly, not just for them but for yourself. Change the system, it is affecting everything and everyone, including these artists.

Should these artists apologize for what they did?
May be.
I say "Maybe" because they have hurt their FANS. That's it. Not for endorsing Badals. Because if they don't endorse them, they or their films/albums will suffer from the above mentioned reasons.

So, if you are a fan of these artists, you need to support them now. Support them by making a positive vote this time.

Let us know your views in the comments below. And if you agree to what we have said here, please Share/Spread this article so that more people can know what's going on in Punjab or Punjabi film industry specifically.


Disco Singh Box Office

(Latest Updates of Disco Singh box office)

Cine Punjab Trade Network
April 13, 2014
Disco Singh goes down a bit on Saturday. Reports Mixed

Diljit Dosanjh's Disco Singh sees a decline in collections at Indian Box Office on Saturday.

After collecting 1.20 Crores on Day 1, the film has collected 1.10 Crores on its Day 2.

In Overseas, the film is average, best of all the films released in the last 6-7 months but way below expectations. It is about 50% lesser than Diljit Dosanjh's last film Jatt and Juliet 2.

India Collections
Day 1 - 1.20 Crores
Day 2 - 1.10 Crores

Day 1 
North America - $46,000
Australia - $30,000
New Zealand - $7500
UK - £11000

(Also Read - Disco Singh Movie Review)

Cine Punjab Trade Network
April 12, 2014
Disco Singh records 2nd Best First Day Collections for any Punjabi film in India

Diljit Dosanjh has broken his own record of Jatt and Juliet 1 and now all three top openers of Punjabi Cinema belong to him.

India Collections
1.) Jatt and Juliet 2 - 1.41 Crores
2.) Disco Singh - 1.20 Crores
3.) Jatt and Juliet 1 - 1.02 Crores
4.) Best Of Luck - 80 Lacs
5.) Lucky Di Unlucky Story - 72 Lacs

Australia - 33000 Australian Dollar
UK - To be updated
US/Canada - To be updated
ROTW - To be updated
(Also Read - Disco Singh Movie Review)
Widest Release ever for a Punjabi Film
Cine Punjab News Network
April 11, 2014

Disco Singh has opened to a bumper opening across Punjab. The film has been released on 117 cinemas in East Punjab circuit (doesn't include Delhi and Rest of India) with a record number of 837 shows per day.

It has recorded fantastic collections at multiplexes and single screens. The Delhi city opening was also excellent for a Punjabi film. The first show at a premium theatre like PVR Jalandhar was around 35,000 while Bhoothnath Returns collected around 6,000. Ludhiana, Amritsar and Chandigarh was the same story as multiplexes recorded outstanding collections, The opening occupancies were 90-100% which does not happen for Hindi films but as Punjabi films have much smaller releases, the ones which have star value, hype and hit music get very high occupancies.

The film has the potential to set a record opening for Punjabi films. If it does not get the record it is certain to be the second biggest opening ever.

Distributor Munish Sahni of Omjee Cine World confirmed the news and is very optimistic about the film.
(Also Read - Disco Singh Movie Review)


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