Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra’s film Baar Baar Dekho got a decent start at the box office but its song Kala Chashma was a hit since the time it landed. We all have heard and grooved on the song and also know that it is a rework version. The song is originally a Punjabi track from the ’90s. But, as per a report in Hindustan Times, a head constable in the Punjab police in Kapurthala, Amrik Singh Shera is also one of the writers of the song.
Amrik Singh, 43, a native of Talwandi Chaudhrian village near Jalandhar had no idea that his song, written in 1990, would feature in a movie. “Two months ago, I got a call from one of my friends that ‘Kala Chashma’ was being played on one of the channels. I do not know how I felt. I was happy but also shocked about everything that was happening, ” said the writer in the interview.
As per the report, he signed the agreement and got only Rs 11,000 for the song. He claims as he was approached by Jalandhar-based Angel Record Company four months ago for other songs “and I was told that a Mumbai-based company needed my song to be played at the inauguration of cement firm”.
He said, “I don’t know name of the cement company. No one told me that the song will feature in a movie.” But he doesn’t mind, and says he has “no ill-feelings for anyone”. His only grudge: “No one from the film industry called me to Mumbai during the music launch or screening of the film. I just wanted to go there and let everyone know that a person from a small village in Punjab has written the song.”
He had written the song when he was 15 and a student of Class 9. He says he had approached many singers at the time with his songs for release.
In Amrik Singh Shera’s words: “Amar Arshi (singer of the song) then took the song ‘Kala Chashma’ and performed it at a function in England. A company there released the song in England and it became a huge hit. Then, a Chandigarh-based company released the song in Punjab and that is how it became popular here.”
Others songs by him have since been sung by popular singers such as Miss Pooja and Roshan Prince. But Amrik Singh feels that real fame comes when a song enters Bollywood, and people go crazy about it. “Punjabi song writers do not get their due. Being a writer here is not easy,” expressed the Kala Chashma writer.
He also mentioned that he has paid tribute to his village in the song. He says, “If you listen to Kala Chashma carefully, in the last stanza I have mentioned my village Talwandi Chaudhrian’s name.” Well listen to the track again, if you missed it.