Diljit Dosanjh

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Dosanjh in Sardaarji 2 (2016)
Diljit Dosanjh: Biographical details from Stars Unfolded
Why would anyone whom a turban and beard enhance want to do without either?
Diljit Dosanjh
Some of the albums released by Dosanjh till early 2016.
The original Sardaarji (2015) was a Canadian film in Punjabi, with lavish sets and special effects of a kind never seen in Punjabi cinema before.
Here we find Diljit Dosanjh trying to exorcise a ‘lady ghost.’
Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru Bajwa in Jatt & Juliet (2012)

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Biographical details

Born: January 6, 1984, in Dosanjh Kalan, Jalandhar

Stars Unfolded tells us that Diljit’s father Balbir Singh Dosanjh was a bus driver, and that Diljit studied at the Shri Guru Harkishan Public School, Ludhiana, and then at Al Manar Public School, Ludhiana.

The singer

Diljit has made a mark in Punjabi music industry. He started his professional career in his teens and has given hits after hits in the recent past. "Ishq da Uda-Adaa" was a start with a Bang and he has never looked back ever since. Soon songs like "Dil Saade naal", "Paggan pochhveeyan", "Allraahaan Kuwariyan", "Daaka" became 'Dance anthems' on dance floors worldwide.

'Excitement' has always been Diljit's promise with every new album and songs like "Pannga", "LA" took fans by storm and was, definitely "The NeXt LeVel". From I am Diljit Dosanjh

Vulgar/ misogynistic songs

In 2013, several women's groups demanded arrest of singers Honey Singh, Jazzy B, Geeta Zaildar and Diljit Dosanjh under Indecent Representation of Women Act 1986 for their songs alleged to be "vulgar and demeaning to women". One militant organisation even sent them a warning in Jan 2013.

Some of the songs that provoked this anger include

Oye aaja tainu kidnap karan sohniye (O beautiful one, come, let me kidnap you)


"Mein jaagan savere te kudian chufere"

both sung by Diljit Dosanjh.

He had to apologise after his song ‘15 Saal ton ghat’ (Less than fifteen years old) faced widespread condemnation for hinting at underage sex. Women protested outside his house and his family had to apologise for his offensive songs.

Then his song ‘Patiala Peg’ was condemned, again for crossing the line.

The film actor

He started his acting career by appearing in a cameo in the film Mel Karade Rabba. His first film as a leading actor was The Lion of Punjab, which didn't do well commercially or critically. In July 2011, he rose to success when he appeared as the male lead in Jihne Mera Dil Luteya, opposite Gippy Grewal and Neeru Bajwa. The film broke all records in Punjab and turned out to be the highest grossing Punjabi film. However, this record was broken by Diljit's next venture Jatt and Juliet. The film was, for many years, the highest grossing film in Punjabi cinema, and had also won Diljit the award of Best Actor. From I am Diljit Dosanjh


Filmistan debut with Udta Punjab

There have been many Sikh actors in Filmistan-=from the Randhawa brothers (Dara Singh) and the Deols (Dharmendra) to Kabir Bedi and Jimmy Shergill. However, none of them wore a turban or sported a beard at the time of joining the industry.

Diljit Dosanjh thus is Filmistan’s first Saabat Soorat (well, almost, because he trims) Sikh actor and lead actor at that.

Though his senior Shahid Kapoor, naturally, received higher billing in Udta Punjab, Diljit played the romantic lead opposite Kareena Kapoor, who is among the Top Three in Filmistan.

For pictures of Diljit Dosanjh in Udta Punjab, please see the page Central Board of Film Certification: India

Turns down Milan Luthria's Baadshaho

Revealed: Why Diljit Dosanjh quit a film opposite Ajay Devgn Jun 21, 2016 The Times of India

Emraan Hashmi has replaced Diljit Dosanjh in Milan Luthria's ambitious project, 'Baadshaho' and if recent reports are to go by, the reason is Diljit demanding a huge sum as his fee. Reportedly, the 'Udta Punjab' star showed interest in the role of an army officer, but at the time of signing the contract he quoted a huge sum as his fee.

Diljit Dosanjh: I haven’t earned much money through films

Furthermore, Diljit allegedly wants to stick to meaty roles and feels that it's better to go with solo leads rather than risk being lost among an ensemble cast. In an exclusive chat with The Times of India, Diljit had revealed that he hadn't earned much money through films. Maybe, it's his time now to bag some moolah

Box office records in Punjabi

The Times of India

2015: 'Sardaar Ji' created a new record of being the highest Punjabi opener in East Punjab with collections of Rs 2.02 crore.

2016: With 'Sardaar Ji 2,' the Punjabi superstar has broken his own record. The Rohit Jugraj-directorial, which also stars Monica Gill and Sonam Bajwa in the lead roles. It became the highest ever opener in the history of Punjabi cinema. According to boxofficeindia.com, the first day collection of the film is estimated to be around Rs 2.75 crore, out of which, East Punjab has contributed around Rs 2.05 crore. Diljit's Bollywood debut 'Udta Punjab,' which released just a week before, seems to have immensely helped the collections of 'Sardaar Ji 2' as 'Udta Punjab' has broadened the reach of the superstar.

Diljit’s stardom

Milestones along the fast lane

Dosanjh plays Jaggi Khoowala (Jaggi who owns or lives near the village well): The saphal (successful) organic kisan (farmer) of Doordarshan Jalandhar in Sardaarji 2 (2016), with his supersized produce.
Mohini Chaudhuri The Times of India Jul 10 2016

With inputs from Aksheev Puri

Early hits

‘Lak 28 Kudi Da’,

‘Proper Patola’

Later hits

‘Patiala Peg’

‘5 Taara’

His songs in Hindi-Urdu films

He sang in films like ‘Tere Naal Love Hogya’, ‘Yamla Pagala Deewana’ and ‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’.

And then he sang Tung Tung in Akshay Kumar’s ‘Singh is Bling’.

Superhit Punjabi films

He played the lead in Punjabi cinema’s five biggest hits of their time – ‘Jatt and Julliet 1’, ‘Jatt and Julliet 2,’ ‘Punjab 1984’ and ‘Sardaarji.’ Sardaarji 2 took a historic opening.

‘Ambarsariya’ did well.

Coke Studio

Diljit made his Coke Studio debut with Punjabi Singer Gurdas Mann in 2015 for an old song sung by the latter himself. The coke studio version went on to create the record of most number of hits in a day on Youtube. (Aksheev Puri)

Launched ‘WEARED 6’ and ‘Urban Pendu’

Diljit has two clothing brands to his name. Urban Pendu was the name of his album which he turned into a clothing brand. In 2015, he launched his second clothing brand called WEARED 6. (Aksheev Puri)

Founded D6 Entertainment

After Weared6 Diljit Dosanjh founded D6, ‘a full-service entertainment company’ in collaboration with Mannie Sadhra (Kalikwest). It was dedicated to artist management, music publishing, touring, merchandising, film, television’ and also had a music label. Tris Dhaliwal and Aman Yaar were its first two artists.

A Bengali critic on his stardom, Sardaarji 2

Mohini Chaudhuri The Times of India Jul 10 2016

Meet the udta Sikh

Whether he plays the endearing Sartaj in Udta Punjab or the heroic farmer in Sardarji 2, Diljit Dosanjh proves he can do anything, and make a success of it

Sardaarji 2. In the 2 hour 26 minute run time, I watched the actor play half the characters of the film himself, sing all the songs, and do the bhangra like there's no tomorrow. It's hard to explain what the film is about in a line or even two. There's so much going on in director Rohit Jugraj's film that it feels like watching three films at once. But here's the gist. Dosanjh plays Jaggi Khoowala, a simple organic farmer who's somewhat of a local celebrity. Early on, we see him being awarded with a medal on Doordarshan Jalandhar's Mera Pind Mere Khet for growing ginormous vegetables. He has names for them like Miss Radish. When danger befalls the farming community , the dutiful Jaggi steps up to save the day. In the very next scene, he's miraculously in Australia, working several jobs to bail out farmers back home.

But there's a problem. Jaggi has an aggressive alter-ego that keeps getting him into trouble. And this might well prove to be a spoiler, but before we are halfway through the film, there are multiple Diljits that keep popping up, ensuring his fans, of which there are plenty in Punjab, UK and Canada, get their money's worth. There are several other subplots as well, involving gangsters and a stolen bag of dollars. Actresses Sonam Bajwa and Monica Gill are in the mix too, but the `noble Sikh' as he is called, only longs for Roop and Preet, his buffaloes back home.

For the uninitiated, Dosanjh's stardom is unparalleled across Punjab. He's primarily a singer who has successfully collaborated with other popular Punjabi pop stars like Yo Yo Honey Singh and Badshah. In 2011, he debuted as an actor in The Lion of Punjab and then graduated to starring in comedies like Jatt and Juliet and Sardaarji that are considered instrumental in reviving the Punjabi film industry with their unprecedented box office collections. In an interview to Film Companion in April, Dosanjh described himself as a village pendu who is happy playing limited parts. “I can never play a rich businessman who makes an en try in a chopper,“ he said, reiterating that he's nothing more than an accidental actor.

And yet, the first day collection of Sardaarji 2 proves other wise. According to Forbes.

com, the film amassed 14.25 crore in its first week on 350 screens, making it the highest-grossing Punja bi film of the year. It's been a fantastic year for Dosanjh so far -all three of his releases (Ambarsariya, Udta Punjab and Sardaarji 2) have been successful.

Next year, he stars oppo site Anushka Sharma in her home production Phillauri.

I must confess that a lot of Sardaarji 2's punch lines that sent the family seated beside me into raptures were lost on me.But it didn't matter. In fact, the lesser I understood, the easier it was to enjoy Jaggi's antics without questioning its logic. And each time he throws a punch at someone who forgets to add a `ji' after Sardaar, you can almost hear the collective swelling of chests with pride. Just for that, I'd gladly endure a Sardaarji 3.

Courtesy Film Companion

Future projects

Phillauri with Anushka Sharma

He is also doing the first super hero film in Punjabi – Super Singh.

There is a strong rumour that Karan Johar is on the verge of signing Diljit Dosanjh for his next.


Diljit Dosanjh the rockstar.
Diljit Dosanjh’s style in clothes.

As an actor

2010 Mel Karade Rabba

2011 Jihne Mera Dil Luteya

2011 The Lion of Punjab

2012 Jatt & Juliet

2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya

2013 Jatt & Juliet2

2013 Saadi Love Story

2014 Disco Singh

2014 Punjab 1984

2015 Mukhtiar Chadha

2015 Sardaar Ji

2016 Ambarsariya

2016 Sardaarji2

2016 Udta Punjab

As a singer

2011 The Lion of Punjab

2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya

2013 Saadi Love Story

2014 Punjab 1984

2015 Mukhtiar Chadha

2016 Ambarsariya

Music composer

2011 Jihne Mera Dil Luteya (theme music)

As a writer

2015 Mukhtiar Chadha

See also

Central Board of Film Certification: India for Udta Punjab

Punjabi pop songs for the 'vulgar' songs issue.

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