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CHAMKEELA AND AMARJOT’S DOCUMENTARY TO BE SHOWN IN SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

By Gurpreet Kaur . 12th June 2018 10:30pm
CHAMKEELA AND AMARJOT’S DOCUMENTARY TO BE SHOWN IN SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

If you love listening to Punjabi songs and also like listening to Punjabi folk songs, then you might as well have heard about Chamkila and Amarjot and about their songs as well. [caption id="attachment_39246" align="alignnone" width="316"]AmarSinghChamkilaandAmarjotpicture-1 Source[/caption] Devrath Joshi has made a documentary film on the life of Chamkila and Amarjot, named Mehsampur. Being the film-maker, he is also the lead actor in the film. The character in the film is a fictionalized version of the real character. The film is dreamlike film, which has been considered an absurd piece of the cinema. He even comments on his way of making the entire film, which explores the life of Chamkeela, and his death. The official website of the Sydney festival called the film a “wild and daring hybrid film” which completely combines with fiction and reality, whilst examining and infamous killing of the singer. The folk singer, Chamkila, was ahead of his time and wrote and sang songs which were bold and received a lot of criticisms by the listeners. His songs were about the village life, culture of Punjab and the reality of everyday life which was again admired and criticized by the listeners. The movie Mehsampur is a documentary which the director of the film, Kabir Singh Chaudhary, has presented to the audience in the rawest form. He has shown all the instances and has also tried to show the characters as they are. For instance, he says,

“The drunken man in the trailer, Kesar Singh Tikki, used to be Chamkila’s manager. The story goes that Chamkila didn’t take him on a tour to Canada, so he got drunk one night and broke all the windows of the office.”
Mehsampur will be shown at the Sydney film festival which began on 8th June and will end on 17th June. Chamkila cannot be mentioned about without talking of Amarjot, with whom Chamkila has sung all his songs. The duo had chemistry on stage which was unmatchable. They would sing in a style of conversing with each other, where Amarjot would say him something and Chamkila would respond. [caption id="attachment_39252" align="alignnone" width="375"]Amar-Singh-Chamkila-and-Amarjot-during-stage-show-600x400 Source[/caption] The duo sang in Brechtian style. Both Chamkila and Amarjot had a very unfortunate ending. But even today, the songs of Chamkila and Amarjot are sung, heard and enjoyed.  

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