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Chamkila song Ishq Mitaye - Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra illuminate the 80s Punjab music scene in AR Rahman-Imtiaz Ali style

Mohit Chauhan has crooned the first song from Chamkila, with lyrics by Irshad Kamil. 

Chamkila song Ishq Mitaye - Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra illuminate the 80s Punjab music scene in AR Rahman-Imtiaz Ali style
Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra in Chamkila

Last Updated: 04.33 PM, Feb 29, 2024


The first song from Chamkila is out, and it was definitely worth the wait. In this film, Imtiaz Ali reunites maestro AR Rahman and Mohit Chauhan, who crooned Ishq Mitaye. The film is based on the life of Amar Singh Chamkila and has Diljit Dosanjh playing the titular role, with Parineeti Chopra as his onscreen wife. The video of the first song from the film shows how Chamkila rose to fame and sang among common people who loved every word that came out of his mouth.

The collaborators and cast

The song serves as background music, with Diljit and Parineeti showcasing the journey that was unimaginable back in the 80s in the state of Punjab. The video is definitely unmissable, and the song is going to grow on listeners slowly and gradually, for sure.

Check out the video below:


Musical and narrative insights from AR Rahman and Imtiaz Ali

According to Rahman, in a very musically rich country like India, it's always a treat to tell a story about a musician hailing from Punjab. As a result, Imtiaz and he opted to inject certain Broadway-style elements into their interpretation of the narrative musical. Imtiaz's transformation throughout the story captivated The Mozart of Madras. 

Rahman loved seeing Diljit's development as a musician, artist, and actor, and it was a delight to work with him because he is modest but has a vibrant personality. It was also a pleasure to work with Parineeti on her singing for him and to collaborate with her. The lyrics are always top-notch, thanks to the fantastic Irshad Kamil, and being a part of this endeavour is an incredible experience for the Oscar-winning musician.

Imtiaz shared that it was thrilling to witness Rahman plunge into the core of Panjabi music in Chamkila. Amar Singh Chamkila, who was a best-selling musician in Punjab, is the perfect inspiration to delve into the vibrant and poignant world of Panjabi music. Incorporating long-forgotten indigenous musical genres and instruments into Chamkila's album was an intriguing experiment. 

Irshad Kamil was also the perfect choice to modernise the age-old power of Panjabi boli for this album's music. With the addition of Diljit and Parineeti, they were able to record a plethora of tunes live on-site for the film, which was always going to have intriguing music based on the lives of the musical pair Chamkila and Amarjot. They can't wait for this song to reach listeners all across the globe.

A glimpse into Amar Singh Chamkila's life

Amar Singh Chamkila, the original rockstar of the masses from Punjab, was assassinated at the young age of 27 after rising to fame in the 1980s despite enraging many people with his powerful music. This is the untold true story of Chamkila, who came from humble beginnings and became a household name in Punjab.

Chamkila will be available to stream on Netflix starting April 12, 2024.

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