Sardaarji is a 2015 Indian Punjabi fantasy horror film and comedy film directed by Rohit Jugraj, and starring Diljit Dosanjh, Mandy Takhar and Neeru Bajwa in lead roles. The trailer of the film was released on 18 May 2015. Sardaar Ji is one of the first fantasy films to be made in Punjabi cinema.[1] It released on 26 June 2015, and had the biggest opening ever for a Punjabi film in Punjab.[2][3][4]

Directed byRohit Jugraj
Screenplay byDheeraj Rattan
Story byDheeraj Rattan
Produced byGunbir Singh Sidhu
Manmord Sidhu
Parminder Singh
StarringDiljit Dosanjh
Neeru Bajwa
Ali Kazmi
Mandy Takhar
CinematographyParixit Warrier
Edited bySandeep Francis
Music byJatinder Shah
Nick Dhammu Raju Singh
White Hill Studios & Ekrehmat productions
Distributed byWhite Hill Studios
Release date
  • 26 June 2015 (2015-06-26)
Running time
141 minutes
Budget8.50 crore (US$1.1 million)
Box office38.38 crore (US$4.8 million)

Plot edit

Jaggi (Diljit Dosanjh) is tasked with driving away a ghost (Neeru Bajwa) who haunts a mansion in London. However hilarious situations ensue when he falls in love with ghost.

Cast edit

Soundtrack edit

Track listing edit

1."I Love U Ji"Veet BaljitNick DhammuDiljit Dosanjh2:58
2."Roku Keda"Veet BaljitJatinder ShahKaur B3:20
3."Sardaarji"Veet BaljitJatinder ShahDiljit Dosanjh2:08
4."Taare Mutiyare"Veet BaljitNick DhammuDiljit Dosanjh3:39
5."Time"Veet BaljitJatinder ShahDiljit Dosanjh1:58
6."Veervaar"Ranveer SandhuJatinder ShahDiljit Dosanjh ft Tarunam2:22
Total length:00:15:06

Reception edit

Box office edit

The movie had a record opening in the history of Punjabi Cinema,[7][8] it opened to 100% occupancies and shattered previous openings record of Jatt & Juliet 2. It collected 2.5 crore (US$310,000) on its first day in Punjab while Jatt & Juliet 2 earned 1.5 crore (US$190,000) on its opening day.[9] Sardaar Ji also earned 14.45 crore (US$1.8 million) in its opening weekend recovering its making costs of 11 crore (US$1.4 million).[10] Sardaar Ji beat Bollywood film ABCD 2 at overseas box office and topped the international collection chart.[11][12]

In its first running week Sardaar Ji collected over 28 crore (US$3.5 million), highest ever in Punjabi cinema. It was the first Punjabi movie (Chaar Sahibzaade has total collection of 72 crore (US$9.0 million) as that movie was released in English, Hindi and Punjabi languages) to cross 30 crore (US$3.8 million) mark worldwide.[13]

Critical response edit

CNN-IBN,[14] Hindustan Times[15] & The Tribune[16] gave positive reviews to the movie. Film was also reviewed by British media like The Guardian.[17]

Sequel edit

A Sequel, entitled Sardaar Ji 2, directed by Rohit Jugaraj, written by Dheeraj Rattan and produced by White Hill Production, was released on 24 June 2016. Diljit Dosanjh, Monica Gill and Sonam Bajwa starring as main leads.[18][19]

Telugu remake edit

Telugu Filmmaker Vasu Manthena acquired the rights of Sardaar Ji, to produce it in Telugu cinema.[20]

Television viewership record edit

In December 2015, Sardaar Ji broke UK TV ratings records by delivering the biggest ever audience for a channel as it registered a huge 54,900 viewers, peaking at 90,000 viewers.[21]

Accolades edit

Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Award Ceremony Category Result
Jatinder Lall PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2016 Best Dialogues Won
Mandy Takhar Best Supporting Actress Won
Diljit Dosanjh Most Popular Song of the Year Won

References edit

  1. ^ " CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News Headlines, Live News Updates". News18.
  2. ^ "Sardaarji Trailer ft. Diljit Dosanjh, Neeru Bajwa, Mandy Takhar". Bhangra Website | | Home of Bhangra Online.
  3. ^ Diljit Dosanjh & Neeru Bajwa to share screenspace again. The Times of India (20 October 2014). Retrieved on 2015-05-11.
  4. ^ Big Picture: Craigdarroch Castle turns into little India. Times Colonist (31 October 2014). Retrieved on 2015-05-11.
  5. ^ Desk, Entertainment (11 July 2015). "Ali Kazmi only gets meaner in Deepa Mehta's Beeba Boys". DAWN.COM.
  6. ^ "Will Diljit Dosanjh shatter box-office records with 'Sardaar Ji'?". Blasting News. 24 June 2015.
  7. ^ "ਅਜੀਤ : ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰੀ-ਅੰਤਰਰਾਸ਼ਟਰੀ -". ਅਜੀਤ: ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰੀ-ਅੰਤਰਰਾਸ਼ਟਰੀ.
  8. ^ "'ਸਰਦਾਰ ਜੀ' ਨੇ ਕਰਾਈ ਅੱਤ !".
  9. ^ "Diljit Dosanjh's 'Sardaar Ji' breaks box-office records - Times of India". The Times of India. 12 January 2017.
  10. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. (29 June 2015). "'Sardaar Ji' First Weekend Collection at Box Office: Diljit Starrer Recovers Costs in 3 Days". International Business Times, India Edition.
  11. ^ "Overseas Box Office:-beats-abcd-2-637598".
  12. ^ "ਸਰਦਾਰ ਜੀ ਫਿਲਮ ਨੇ ਕੀਤੀ ਰਿਕਾਰਡਤੋੜ ਕਮਾਈ". jagbani. 3 July 2015.
  13. ^ "The turbaned prince".
  14. ^ " CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News Headlines, Live News Updates". News18.
  15. ^ "Sardaar Ji review: Diljit is a star, but where's the story?". Hindustan Times. 26 June 2015.
  16. ^ "This sardaarji is hilarious".
  17. ^ McCahill, Mike (29 June 2015). "Sardarji review – Diljit Dosanjh hunts for a funny joke in ghastly ghost story". The Guardian – via
  18. ^ Service, Tribune News (25 September 2015). "'Sardaarji' set to return next year". Tribune India. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  19. ^ Amann KhuranaaAmann Khuranaa, TNN (21 September 2015). "Exclusive: 'The Return Of Sardaar Ji' will not be a fantasy film". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  20. ^ "Punjabi movies 'Sardaar Ji', 'Jatt & Juliet 2' to get Telugu adaptation". 15 October 2015.
  21. ^ Baddhan, Raj (30 December 2015). "Overnights: 'Sardaar Ji' breaks PTC Punjabi UK record". Retrieved 30 December 2015.

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