Amar Singh Chamkila Review: Diljit Dosanjh is electric in Imtiaz Ali’s worthy film

Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’ begins from the tip. From when all seems over. Diljit Dosanjh performs the titular function of the enigmatic Punjabi people singer, Chamkila, whose flourishing profession is ended by his brutal homicide.

Amid the tragedy, there’s a shift in tone as we be a part of the dialog between the police officer investigating his homicide and the person who has misplaced his ‘Ustaad’. Chamkila and his spouse, Amarjot Kaur, wrapped in white sheets, is a pitiful sight with their blood staining the Punjabi music business.

The movie is a rare file of a person who concurrently grew to become an amazing star and was destroyed by his fearlessness. What’s most putting about it’s that we are able to nearly at all times see his rise to stardom and his looming downfall, taking place directly. There may be hardly a time when Chamkila does not possess his particular charisma, not even when he faces demise threats from music rivals and Khalistani terrorists.

‘Amar Singh Chamikla’ appears to observe the type of a biographical drama however then plunges deeper into the mysteries of innocence, evil, and a person’s must validate himself amid rising criticism. Director Imtiaz Ali has stepped out of his acquainted post-teen love tropes and I agree with music director AR Rahman when he tells The Hindu that “Imtiaz has reinvented himself” with the film.


This film doesn’t intend to be a documentary about Chamkila’s double-entendre songs which made him and his listeners ‘ganda banda’ (a grimy man) by the self-proclaimed watchdogs of society. However, it’s also a commentary on the society and the instances that Chamkila inhabited. Imtiaz, together with script builders, Nidhi Sethia and Richa Nanda, have proven the influence of the insurgency in Punjab within the Nineteen Eighties on Chamkila’s life and profession.

‘Amar Singh Chamkila’ flips backwards and forwards by time and makes use of archival footage from different sources, together with Chamkila and Amarjot’s housefull akhaadas (stage reveals) in Punjab, amplifying the emotional join with them. Some scenes are caricaturish, and it’s onerous to understand why. They do not work, however their presence on the display is, fortunately, quick.

The place the movie succeeds, it isn’t just for its sturdy script but in addition for its music and performances.

Imtiaz and Rahman have left Chamkila’s authentic songs untampered, retaining the nostalgia for his followers, and introducing many, together with myself, to his music which was made 4 many years in the past. Apart from his authentic tune, AR Rahman, together with lyricist Irshad Kamil have brilliantly retained the earthy flavour of Amar Singh Chamkila’s music of their authentic compositions.

Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra in a nonetheless from ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’.

The tune ‘Baaja’, with vocals from Mohit Chauhan, aptly describes Chamkila’s rise to stardom in the course of the 1984 riots: ‘Sakht waqt tha, woh bhay bhayyanak tha..Chamkila chamka aise mein…Chhedta chhabeela, bistaron ki leela…attractive geet gaata tha…(It was a troublesome time, he was terrified, but he shone in such instances…together with his teasing, attractive songs).’

Whereas Diljit and Parineeti’s ‘reside’ performances on Chamkila and Amarjot’s songs stand out, Rahman’s vocals within the Punjabi quantity ‘Bol Mohabbat’ depart you shocked.

Diljit Dosanjh is spectacular within the function: electrical, susceptible, harmless, assertive, and every little thing else he must be to seize the attraction of the person who rocked Punjab to its core within the Nineteen Eighties. He is likely one of the foremost causes that makes the film magnetic. Parineeti matches the a part of shy, quiet, and submissive Amarjot.

Every confederate of Chamkila, a few of them trying remarkably like their real-life selves, do their easiest work in a short while. Actor Anjum Batra as Kesar Singh Tikki, the primary musician who collaborated with Chamkila, steals the present together with his spot-on comedian timing and managed emotional scenes.

Diljit Dosanjh aces his efficiency as Amar Singh Chamkila.

The film’s lesson is brutal, unhappy, and inescapable: Amar Singh Chamkila was a person who gave pleasure to an amazing many individuals however felt little or no of his personal, as a result of he by no means accepted his rise from a Dalit labourer to a revered musician. He at all times considered himself as a ‘servant’ of his viewers.

Ek baat Chamkila ki bohot galat si, apne sunne vaalon ka ghulam tha woh (There was a serious flaw in Chamkila. He remained a servant to his listeners),” his buddy Swarn Sivia (performed by Apinderdeep Singh) says within the movie.

‘Amar Singh Chamkila’ is price watching merely for its music and Diljit Dosanjh performing it. That it appears to be like deeper and provides us a way of the person himself is what makes it particular. Imtiaz Ali brings fast sympathy to Chamkila as a performer and as a person.

4 out of 5 stars for Amar Singh Chamkila

Revealed By:

Arushi Jain

Revealed On:

Apr 12, 2024

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