DYK Diljit Dosanjh Was Apprehensive About Chamkila? Says 'I Thought Bollywood Wouldn’t Be Able To Make It'

Punjabi singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh spoke at a press briefing for Netflix India and revealed his initial concerns about the Imtiaz Ali-directed project Amar Singh Chamkila. Read on to find out why.
DYK Diljit Dosanjh Was Apprehensive About Chamkila? Says 'I Thought They Wouldn’t Be Able To Make It'

DYK Diljit Dosanjh Was Apprehensive About Chamkila? Says 'I Thought They Wouldn’t Be Able To Make It'

Imtiaz Ali's film Amar Singh Chamkila, starring Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra, is set to debut on Netflix on April 12. The movie chronicles the life of the eponymous singer, who met his demise at the age of 27. Sharing his thoughts on the biopic during a press gathering, Diljit expressed his initial reservations about the film's production.
Quoted by India Today, Diljit remarked, “I thought I knew a lot about Chamkila before I met Imtiaz sir. Humein jab pata chala ki Bollywood mein film bann rahi hai Chamkila, toh humein laga ki ye kya banayenge? Hum banayenge, humne Jodi film banayi hai, jiske humein rights nahi mile toh humne fiction bana di. (When I learnt Bollywood is making a film on Chamkila, I wondered what they would make. I made it, I made a film called Jodi, I didn’t get the rights for it, so I turned it fictional.) I thought they wouldn’t be able to make it. When the pandemic hit and Jodi wasn’t released, I got a call from Imtiaz sir. I thought I was getting sued but he wanted to cast me in his film instead.”
Diljit confessed that his opinion shifted after hearing Imtiaz's vision for the project. “His perspective was different. It was Chamkila’s story, even I didn’t know that well. Amar Singh Chamkila wrote his own music, played it himself, and performed it on stage. So, the fact that such a big film was going to be made on him was a matter of pride for me and my people. I just surrendered to Imtiaz sir’s vision,” he stated.
Parineeti Chopra takes on the role of Amarjot, Chamkila’s wife, in the film. She, too, was a talented singer who frequently collaborated with her husband. Chamkila and Amarjot met their tragic end in an unsolved assassination during the 1980s. The film's music is composed by AR Rahman.
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