Amar Singh Chamkila was a famous Punjabi Singer known for his exceptional stage performances. During his peak years, he had a massive fan base. Now, the Netflix series based on his life is ready. Diljit Dosanjh plays his life on screen, and Parineet Chopra plays Amarjot (Chamkila’s second wife).

Imtiaz Ali directed the film, and the music was by A.R Rahman. They are collaborating again after Rockstar.

Amar Singh Chamkila, a renowned Punjabi singer known for his exceptional stage performances, continues to command a massive fan base in Punjab. Raised in a traditional joint family, Chamkila’s passion for music and instruments like Dhol and Tumbi emerged early in life.

He was good at education but left school to support his family financially, initially working in a cloth mill in Ludhiana. His journey into the Punjabi music scene began unexpectedly when he caught the attention of Surinder Shinda in 1979. This marked the start of his collaboration with Shinda’s troupe and his transition from a lyricist to a solo singer to meet his family’s needs.

Chamkila’s solo and duet songs gained immense popularity globally, leading to performances alongside renowned artists like K. Deep and Surinder Shinda. His impactful songs reflected rural Punjab’s life and highlighted social issues.

Amar Singh Chamkila Wiki/Biography

NameDhanni Ram
ProfessionSinger, musician, composer
GenrePunjabi duets, solos, folk, religious
Stage NameAmar Singh Chamkila
Other namesElvis of Punjab, Chamkila
Birth Date21 July 1961
Birth PlaceVillage Dugri, Ludhiana
Punjab (India)
Death Date8 March 1988
Death PlaceMehsampur Jalandhar
Punjab (India)
Cause of DeathAssassination, Shot Dead
Who Killed Chamkila and AmarjotIt is alleged to have been done by Sikh militants.
Age27 Years
Debut AlbumTakue Te Takua
Chamkila FatherHari Ram Singh (Died)
Chamkila Mother Kartar Kaur (Died)
First WifeGurmail Kaur
2nd WifeAmarjot (Died with Chamkila)
Children2 Sons and 2 Daughters
Chamkila’s SonNot Known/Jaiman Chamkila
Chamkila’s Daughters(Mother Gurmail Kaur)
Amandeep Kaur,
Kamandeep Kaur
Aka Kamal Chamkila
SiblingsSwaran Kaur
Charandeep Kaur
CasteBorn in Dalit Sikh Family
SchoolGurjar Khan Primary School
Dugri Village

Amar Singh Chamkila Height, Weight, Eye Colour, and Body Type

Height5’9″ feet or 175 CM
Weight65 KG
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Body TypeSlim

Filmography Discography of Amar Singh Chamkila

Album/SongHMV RecordsYear
Amar Singh Chamkila Surinder SoniaEP1981
Surinder Sonia & Amar Singh ChamkilaEP1982
Mitra Main Khand Ban Gai EP1983
Chaklo Driver Purje NunEP
Jija Lak MinleLP1983
Hikk Utte So Ja VeLP1985
Bhul Gai Main Ghund KadnaLP1985
Rat Nun Sulah-SafaiyanEP1985
Sharbat Vangoon Ghut Bhar LaaLP1987
Baba Tera Nankana
Naam Jap Le1986
Talwar Main Kalgidhar Di Haan1985
Yaad Aave War WarLP1988

Lesser Known Facts about Amar Singh Chamkila

  • Chamkila wrote songs for Punjabi singers like Surinder Shinda (Main Digie Tilak Ke), Jagmohan Kaur (Gabroo Nu Marda), and KS Kooner (Deor Naal Nach Bhabiye).
  • As a lyricist, he struggled financially and pursued a solo singing career to support his family.
  • He recorded numerous solo and duet songs that gained popularity worldwide.
  • Chamkila performed live concerts with artists like K. Deep, Muhammad Sadiq, and Surinder Shinda.
  • Before partnering with Amarjot, he collaborated with female singers like Surinder Sonia and Usha Kiran.
  • Chamkila and Amarjot were highly sought-after internationally for their live performances.
  • He reached a level of popularity, surpassing even legendary Punjabi folk singers.
  • Chamkila’s songs reflected village life and addressed social issues.
  • He performed extensively, often charging a significant amount for his shows.
  • Chamkila’s hit track ‘Pehle Lalkare Naal’ remains iconic.
  • He sang devotional songs and always used the Tumbi during live concerts.
  • Chamkila was married twice, with his second marriage being to Amarjot.
  • Tragically, both Chamkila and Amarjot were fatally shot before a performance in 1988.
  • Chamkila had numerous unreleased songs and a substantial bank balance at his death.

The film is ready for release, starring Diljit as Chamkila and Parineeti as Amarjot.

Amar Singh Chamkila reel vs real life

Chamkila’s tragic demise, along with his wife Amarjot, in 1988 left a void in the music industry, with many unreleased songs showcasing his Endless legacy.

Real life kesar singh Tikki picture Amar Singh Chamkila
Real Picture of Kesar Singh Tikki with Chamkila and Amarjot
Kesar singh Tikki in Amar Singh Chamkila Movie
Same shot used in the film

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