Updated April 4th, 2024 at 00:02 IST

Diljit Dosanjh Reveals It Was 'Tough To Start From Zero' For Amar Singh Chamkila: You Get Lost In...

Diljit Dosanjh, who is a globally recognised musician, said he mostly relied on director Imtiaz Ali's “clear vision” for Amar Singh Chamkila biopic.

Chamkila Diljit | Image:X/Diljit fanpage

The best thing about acting is that one can start from zero, says singer-star Diljit Dosanjh who had to “unlearn” certain things to play the character of slain Punjabi musician Amar Singh Chamkila in the upcoming Imtiaz Ali film. Dosanjh, who is a popular name in not just Punjabi and Hindi cinema but also a globally recognised musician, said he mostly relied on Ali's “clear vision” to create Chamkila on the screen.

Diljit Dosanjh in his portrayal of Chamkila

Chamkila, a grassroots singer who ruled street concerts in the '80s in Punjab, was shot dead along with his singer-wife Amarjot in 1988.


“I had to unlearn things and start from zero. It's a plus point in the life of an artist to do this. It's tough to start from zero because you often get lost in your own personality and you feel this is who you are (but) the best thing about an actor's job is that you get the opportunity to start from zero, and I look at this as an opportunity,” Dosanjh told PTI in an interview.

How did Diljit Dosanjh prep for Chamkila? 

The 40-year-old actor said he relied completely on Ali to portray the nuances of Chamkila, regarded as one of the best live-stage performers to have come from Punjab.


“I didn't do much prep for the film, Imtiaz sir prepped a lot. He had a clear vision of the character of Chamkila. I knew Chamkila as an artist, but I had no idea about how he was as a person or how he would perform on stage. I got a lot of help from Imtiaz sir.”

Amar Singh Chamkila is set to premiere on April 12 on Netflix. It is produced by Mohit Choudhary, Select Media Holdings LLP, Saregama, and Window Seat Films.


(with inputs from PTI)


Published April 4th, 2024 at 00:02 IST