Amar Singh Chamkila is a biopic on the name of a controversial singer of the same name and it has generated quite the buzz ever since the film came out. The film is the story of this man who came from nothing and went on to achieve everything before he was unceremoniously assassinated. The film stars Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra in prominent roles and has been directed by ace director Imtiaz Ali. The movie did not have a theatrical run and was released directly on the OTT platform Netflix. One of the characters shown in the film is a man called Kikkar. Here, we explore the real story of Kikkar from Chamkila.

Who is Kikkar from Chamkila and Where is He Now?

Kikkar Dalewal is a singer and music composer who was a close associate of Amar Singh Chamkila and has carried Chamkila’s legacy forward after his death. Kikkar considers Amar Singh Chamkila to be his teacher and worked under his wing initially learning just by trying to mimic the way Chamkila and Amarjot would rehearse. He was responsible for taking Chamkila’s bookings and making arrangements for the programs while he learned from his coach and honed his craft.

In an interview, Kikkar narrates an incident where Kikkar refused a client who wanted to organize a program with Chamkila because he thought the amount of Rs 800 was less. However, Chamkila made sure that he accepted the program and performed for the client. Amar Singh Chamkila was known for being a man who would bring the stage alive and feel most comfortable with his audience. In common folklore, he is said to have performed 366 shows in 365 days.

Kikkar Chamkila Real Story

Kikkar’s character has been played by actor Robbie Johal in the film Amar Singh Chamkila. Kikkar continued to practice his art and went on to sing many more songs. He would often pay tribute to Chamkila with his songs. Check this song out for instance where he pays tribute to Chamkila. An aspect of Chamkila’s life was his innocence and how much that affected people. He has passed the test of time even after dying at the young age of 27 and has stayed fresh in the memory of his listeners all over the world three decades after his death.

Kikkar’s life is a testament to how people who were close to Chamkila revered him and loved him to the point of devotion at times.

Also Read: Where are Chamkila’s Children Now?


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