Bollywood filmmaker Imtiaz Ali has reportedly acquired the filming rights and permission from Amar Singh Chamkila's family to recreate his story on the big screen. Termed as the Elvis Of Punjab, Amar Singh Chamkila was the folk Punjabi singer who is known to be way ahead of his time in terms of his lyrics and singing style. The man was assassinated along with his duet partner and wife Amarjot while they were performing at a live show.
Imtiaz Ali is at the moment busy with his next starring Kartiki Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan and now, the story of Chamkila is on his mind. According to a recent report, the film on Chamkila is still in its scripting stage, and the makers are considering Ayushmann Khurrana and Kartik Aaryan for the titular role. Currently, at the peak of their career, both these actors are giving makers a tough time in picking out the one for the role.
After making a film like Rockstar, Chamkila's story is sure to have amused Imtiaz and we believe that he is the best person to make films on such scandalous personalities.
Amar Singh Chamkila was recognised for his tracks that addressed extra-marital relationships, drug abuse and the patriarchal mindset of the Punjabi men. A while ago, Kabir Singh Chowdhry's film 'Mehsampur' got a warm reception at the film festivals and gave a new high to Jagjeet Sandhu in his career.
There have been many attempts to bring Chamkila alive on celluloid, but none of the projects could see the light of day. The very first attempt was made by Anurag Kashyap, Kunal Kapoor and Navdeep Singh in the year 2009. This project was titled Chamkila. The next attempt was in our own Punjabi Film Industry. Deepa Rai, a UK based singer started the film on Chamkila's life and it was titled Chamkila-The Legend. The film that started in 2012, and is said to be complete, still awaits release.
Sometime back there was a buzz in the industry that Babbu Mann will play Chamkila in Mushtaq Pasha's next. At that time Chamkila's family objected that makers did not approach them for approval. Now it seems that the project has been shelved. Short Film Wand & Once Upon A Time In Amritsar fame Gurjind Mann too made an announcement about a film based on the legendary singer but he too got busy with his other projects.