Imtiaz Ali on Allegations of Vulgarity Against Amar Singh Chamkila's Songs: 'Other Punjabi Singers Also Sang Vulgar Lyrics, but Why Were They Not Equally Popular?' : Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama - Latest Global News

Imtiaz Ali on Allegations of Vulgarity Against Amar Singh Chamkila’s Songs: ‘Other Punjabi Singers Also Sang Vulgar Lyrics, but Why Were They Not Equally Popular?’ : Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama





Netflix film by filmmaker Imtiaz Ali Amar Singh Chamkila struck a chord with the audience. The film is the biography of the life of the famous musical star from Punjab, who was murdered at the young age of just 27 years. The film also talks about the alleged vulgarity associated with Chamkila’s songs. In an interview with Bollywood HungamaImtiaz Ali discussed this aspect and more in connection with his film and the late musical personality.

Imtiaz Ali on the accusations of vulgarity against Amar Singh Chamkila’s songs: “Other Punjabi singers also sang vulgar lyrics, but why were they not as popular?”

One of the ongoing themes in Amar Singh Chamkila is the definition of vulgarity in popular art. A sizeable section of Punjab found Chamkila’s lyrics offensive, even though the boys (including girls) are shown enjoying Chamkila’s saucy numbers. What do you think about vulgarity in art and Chamkila’s lyrics?
One of our production managers, Mr. Darshan Aulakh, told me that he was a Bhangra captain during his college days in the 1980s and 1990s. Those were tough times in Punjab. The area of ​​the girls’ hostel at Punjab University was off-limits to boys. But as a Bhangra captain, he was allowed to go to the girls’ section of the hospital and practice Bhangra with the girls and boys. He said he was surprised to hear only chamkila being played in each of the girls’ rooms in the hostel and when he told me this during one of his trips to Punjab, I was amazed.

Was that your main impetus to explore Chamkila’s music in cinema?
Then, during one of my numerous trips to Punjab, I heard of incidents where Chamkila’s songs were played at the insistence of local girls. Another friend, Varuna Rana from Punjab, told me that as a young girl from a small town in Punjab, she knew that her brother had locked Chamkila cassettes in his scooter. In the afternoons, she would take the key of the scooter, smuggle out the cassettes and listen to Chamkila with her friends. These incidents feature in my film and are all real. And that got me thinking about old Punjabi folk songs that women sing at weddings and other celebrations in Punjab, Bihar and all over North India. And in South India, as Rahman Sir told me. So I think women respond to the way Chamkila wrote and sang. And here is an important point that the sound engineer Charanjit Ahuja also raised: that Chamkila ke haath mein kalaa hai. He knew how to present bold lyrics in the most palatable, interesting and witty way. This made him popular. Other Punjabi singers of Chamkila’s time also sang vulgar lyrics. But why were they not equally popular?

You tell me?

Chamkila knew how to communicate with his audience. What I also found very interesting about Chamkila’s lyrics is that he doesn’t take on the role of male superiority. In all of his texts, men and women play different roles. Sometimes they play father-daughter, sometimes jija-saali. But most of the time, the woman in Chamkila’s songs is also an attacker, and the man feels vulnerable in the lyrics. So it’s not like women are dominated in Chamkila’s songs. There is a certain feeling of liberation in the way he sings. I think women enjoyed his songs.

Should his songs have been censored?
I have always been interested in the question of censorship. As a filmmaker, I would be happy in a world without censorship, where people have the choice to decide what they want. The question of whether someone has to claim the moral high ground to decide what someone should and shouldn’t hear is a little discriminatory to me. But it remains a very interesting question. I think Chamkila suffered from this all his life.

Also Read: Imtiaz Ali on allegation of vulgarity against Amar Singh Chamkila: “He knew how to present bold lyrics in the most palatable, interesting and funny way possible.”

Other pages: Amar Singh Chamkila Box Office Collection, Amar Singh Chamkila Movie Review

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