Diljit Dosanjh’s upcoming movie ‘Chamkila’ banned from theatrical release over legal disputes.

Imtiaz Ali, Diljit Dosanjh, and Parineeti Chopra’s movie ‘Chamkila’, a biopic of singer Amar Singh Chamkila, has been banned from its theatrical release. This decision was made by the local court after a legal petition was filed by producer Gurdev Singh Randhawa’s son. Diljit Dosanjh’s fans were eagerly waiting for the movie’s release, but it seems they will have to wait longer. Parineeti Chopra will be playing the role of Amarjot Kaur, Chamkila’s wife, in the movie.

Reportedly, a local court ordered Reliance Entertainment, producer Imtiaz Ali, actor Diljit Dosanjh, Parineeti Chopra not to broadcast, release, upload, or stream the biopic on Amar Singh Chamkila. This decision came by the court after late producer Gurdev Singh Randhawa’s sons, Isjeet and Sanjot Randhawa filed a petition against the release of Chamkila film. Civil Judge, Senior Division, Harsimranjit Singh’s court made the directives.

On 12th October 2012, Gurmail Kaur, the first wife of Amar Singh Chamkila, gave Gurdev Singh Randhawa Rs.5 lakh to make a biopic on her late husband. However, after Gurdev Singh Randhawa passed away on 3rd November 2022, his sons decided to make the biopic. Amar Singh Chamkila’s first wife started making excuses to put the shoot of the biopic on hold, which made the producers suspicious. It was later discovered that the accused, Imtiaz Ali, Diljit Dosanjh, and Parineeti Chopra, were already working on a film on Chamkila and Bibi Amarjot Kaur while plotting together. Consequently, Gurdev Singh Randhawa’s son filed a petition against them.

Who was Amar Singh Chamkila?
Amar Singh Chamkila was a renowned Punjabi singer and musician, known for his exceptional live performances and popularity among the village audience. His bookings were so numerous that they often exceeded the number of days in a month. Chamkila’s music mainly focused on controversial topics such as extramarital relationships, drinking, drug use, and the hot tempers of Punjabi men. While some criticized his music as obscene, his supporters regarded it as a truthful commentary on Punjabi culture and society.

On 8th March 1988, Chamkila and Amarjot were killed by a gang of motorcyclists who fired several rounds at the couple. No arrests were ever made in connection to the shooting and the case remains unsolved. The reason behind the assassination is still a mystery. Some believe that Chamkila’s immense popularity led to his murder, arranged by other artists. Others speculate that during the 1980s Khalistan movement, militants found Chamkila’s lyrics objectionable and therefore arranged for his murder.

Article: Anjali Kapur | bhangranews.com

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