Amar Singh Chamkila tells an incredible story in a very stylish and entertaining manner

Amar Singh Chamkila Review {3.5/5} and Review Rating

Star Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Parineeti Chopra

Amar Singh Chamkila

Director: Imtiaz Ali

Amar Singh Chamkila Movie Synopsis:
Amar Singh shone It is the story of a legendary singer. In 1977 Amar Singh (Diljit Dosanjh) knits socks in a factory for a living. But he wants to be a musician. He meets drummer Tikki (Anjum Batra) in Ludhiana and asks him to join the team of popular singer Jatinder Jinda (Udaybir Sandhu). Jatinder likes him for his personality and flamboyant lyrics and becomes a part of this troupe. One day Zinda was late at a show in Chandigarh and the crowd was upset. Manager Kashmiri Lal (Ankit Sagar), having no other option, asks Amar Singh to sing. The host announces his name as Amar Singh Chamkila. Chamki gives a mesmerizing performance to the audience. A few days later, Jinda disappeared in Canada. Kashmiri decides to replace him with Chamki. He and a veteran singer Sonia (Nisha Bano) become hits in the performance circuit. They also cut an album, which is much loved. After a fight with Kashmirilal over salary, Chamkila becomes independent. Because of the ‘vulgar’ songs, he also had difficulty finding female singers. One day he meets Amarjot Kaur.Parineeti Chopra) and she wishes to join him, that too with her family’s permission. Chamkila and Amarjot become a hit couple. Soon, Chamkila would emerge as the most popular singer in Punjab. But with fame comes great danger. A section of the society is upset over the choice of words in the song. He also receives threats. Apart from that, he hides a terrible secret from Amarjot, Tikki and others. What happens next sets up the rest of the film.

Amar Singh Chamkila Movie Story Review:
The story of Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Ali is funny and shocking. Not many people know about this man and what he went through and that goes in the film’s favor. Screenplay by Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Ali is creative and contains well thought out scenes and moments. The writing is a bit strained though. Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Ali’s dialogues are sharp and some of them are very witty and impromptu.

Imtiaz Ali’s direction is stylish. The director is known for unconventional execution and Amar Singh Chamkila is no exception. He guides the audience through back-and-forth narration, large bold text on the screen, which translates Chamkila’s lyrics between performance scenes, animation, use of real-life footage, and characters who break the fourth wall. All these increase the results. The director also takes a risk by starting the film with tragedy. Also, the characters go into flashback mode when a corpse is lying a few feet away. Still, it doesn’t look weird and it’s a risk that pays off. Imtiaz also makes an important remark in the latter part that despite the so-called objectification of women, their songs are very popular among members of the fair sex. The final scene is a masterstroke that depicts real-life visuals as well as entertains it by splitting the screen. The amateur camerawork has also been recreated and is very impressive.

On the flipside, the second half is a bit of a drag. Certain aspects of Chamkila’s life suddenly come to the fore, catching the audience unawares. For example, his first marriage is explained too early, leaving many questions unanswered. Also, he is never seen smoking a bidi but later, we learn that he is an active smoker. Also, the makers never tried to show how Chamkila and Amarjot handle the kids while performing.

Amar Singh Chamki Official Trailer | Diljit Dosanjh | Parineeti Chopra

Amar Singh Chamkila Movie Screening:
Diljit Dosanjh gets into the skin of the character. He has worked a lot on his body language and expressions and still looks effortless. His singing, as expected, is impeccable. Parineeti Chopra gives a very impressive performance. Her performance is great and she sings well, which is a feat, as she was sharing space with Diljit. Anurag Arora (DSP Dalbir Singh) has an important role and leaves a big impression. The same applies to Anjum Batra. Samuel John (Chamkila’s father) is not there much and is fine. Nisha Bano, Udaybir Sandhu and Ankit Sagar provided ably support. Apinderdeep Singh (Swaran Singh Sivia) is a late entry and does very well. The actor playing the role of a female journalist does a great job.

Music and other technical aspects of Amar Singh Chamki:
AR Rahman’s music is well woven into the narrative and adds to the impact. ‘hawk’Played at the beginning, sets the mood. ‘Naram Kaja’ Fascinating and will definitely be talked about. ‘Ishq Mitaye’ comes forward and Mohit Chauhan kills him with his natives. ‘goodbye’ while running ‘You know what?’ is soulful. AR Rahman’s background score is stunning.

Sylvester Fonseca’s cinematography is spot on. Sheetal Iqbal Sharma’s outfits are reminiscent of yesteryear. Suman Roy Mohapatra’s production design is authentic. The action is simply bloody. The VFX from the studio is excellent while the CGI animation is top notch. Aarti Bajaj’s editing suits the mood and theme of the film but could have been sharper.

Amar Singh Chamkila Movie Conclusion:
Overall, Amar Singh Chamkila tells an incredible story in a very stylish and entertaining manner. Music by Diljit Dosanjh, Parineeti Chopra and Anurag Arora and AR Rahman adds to the influence.

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