Step Behind the Scenes: Imtiaz Ali Choreographs for ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’ Track ‘Ishq Mithaye’

As excitement builds for the upcoming Netflix film ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’, the team behind the project has released a behind-the-scenes glimpse that is setting social media abuzz. Featuring the stars of the film, Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra, this making-of video provides fans with an insight into the dedication and craft that has gone into the creation of the film’s first song ‘Ishq Mitaye’. Celebrated filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, known for his emotive and intricate storytelling, is seen in this clip transforming into a dance instructor, guiding his actors with some intricate dance moves. This light-hearted peek also shows Diljit and Parineeti sharing moments of laughter and fun on the set.

Shared by Saregama India on their Instagram profile, the post has garnered significant attention, invigorating fans and increasing the anticipation for the film’s release. ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’, directed by Imtiaz Ali, tells the true story of a man who was endearingly dubbed the Elvis Presley of Punjab—Amar Singh Chamkila.

The late folk sensation’s life remains an enigma wrapped in the melodies of his lore. The film aims to transport viewers to the pulsating heart of Punjab’s folk music scene, replete with live Akhadaas, where once upon a time, Chamkila’s powerful voice held sway. Portraying the iconic singer’s wife and musical partner, Amarjot, is Parineeti Chopra, adding depth to the cast with her versatile acting prowess.

To add further sheen to the ensemble, the film’s music is being crafted under the baton of music maestro AR Rahman, with Imtiaz Ali’s long-time collaborator, the celebrated lyricist Irshad Kamil, leaving his poetic imprint on the score. Audiences can expect an audio-visual treat that ensues from the magical collaboration of Rahman, Ali, and Kamil.

Adding a layer of authenticity to the musical narrative, both Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra have rendered their voices for some of the tracks. What sets this cinematic experience apart is its commitment to capturing the rawness of live music. The actors have recorded songs in situ, lending their heartfelt voices amidst the very Akhadaas that lend the film an unparalleled genuineness.

“Amar Singh Chamkila’s” production is a collaborative undertaking of Mohit Choudhary, Select Media Holdings LLP, Saregama, and Window, manifesting a film that is expected to be as much about the power of collaboration as it is a montage to the musical legend itself.

Director Imtiaz Ali, with characteristic insight and sensitivity, expresses his aspirations for the film: “Making ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’ on the life of the iconic music star of the masses has been a unique journey for me. I could not have asked for better actors than the immensely talented Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra to play in this film, especially since it involves some live singing. The film follows the crazed popularity of Chamkila’s daring songs that society could neither ignore nor swallow.” The partnership with Netflix, according to Imtiaz, is an opportunity to share this poignant tale with a broader global audience, from India to every corner of the world.

As the film’s release date approaches on the 12th of April—coinciding with the Punjabi festival of Baisakhi—the anticipation for this immersion into Punjab’s folksy rhythms skyrockets. With Saregama responsible for bringing the music of ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’ to the public, the countdown has truly begun for a film that promises to reignite the flamboyant legacy of Punjab’s original rockstar.

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