the first Punjabi talkie film become Sheila, also called Pind Di Kudi, starring well-known actress Noor Jahan; it turned into made by way of k.D. Mehra in Calcutta (now, Kolkata) in 1936 and launched in Lahore. The movie became a success. ok.D. Mehra also made Heer Sial (1938), that had Noor Jahan and new artistes Balo and M. Ismail, and it too turned into successful.
His movies inspired others. Studios opened up and many artistes, producers, administrators, and technicians from Bombay (now, Mumbai) and Calcutta (now, Kolkata) shifted to Lahore, amongst Punjabi Movies them Shanta Apte, Motilal, Chandra Mohan, Hiralal, Noor Jahan, Mumtaz Shanti, Wali, Syed Attahullah Shah Hashmi and Shanker Hussain.
The partition of Punjab in 1947 affected Punjabi cinema because maximum Muslim artistes and directors moved to Pakistan. however efforts were directly to maintain Indian Punjabi cinema alive. filmmakers made movies like Posti, Do Lachhian and Bhangra with some achievement.
in the Nineteen Fifties, the fashion of comedies was dominant: Mulkh Raj Bhakhri’s Bhangra (1958), remade by means of director Mohan Bhakhri as Jatti in 1980, and Johnny Walker (1957) had been hits; the latter became later remade below the same name.
within the Nineteen Sixties, Satluj de Kande (1964), the big-finances romantic Punjabi film via director Padam Prakash Maheshwary, become a main hit and earned a country wide film Award. In 1969 the non secular film Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai became the first truely most important a success Punjabi film in post-independent India. it is visible as a prime contributing component to the revival of the Punjabi movie industry in India. Kamail Singh (1963) and fagga (1964) bagged the President’s Silver Medal.