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Imtiaz Ali's revelation leaves Diljit Dosanjh stunned; Shah Rukh Khan declares Diljit as 'best actor in the country'

During his appearance on The Great Indian Kapil Show, Imtiaz Ali fielded a question regarding his selection of Diljit Dosanjh for the role of Amar Singh Chamkila. Here's how he answered.

Written by  Annesha Barua -- April 14th 2024 11:34 AM
Imtiaz Ali's revelation leaves Diljit Dosanjh stunned; Shah Rukh Khan declares Diljit as 'best actor in the country'

Imtiaz Ali's revelation leaves Diljit Dosanjh stunned; Shah Rukh Khan declares Diljit as 'best actor in the country'

PTC News Desk: During a recent episode of Kapil Sharma's latest venture, The Great Indian Kapil Show, the atmosphere was electric as Imtiaz Ali, the director of the recently released Netflix film "Amar Singh Chamkila," featuring Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra, graced the stage alongside the film's stars. The biopic, which delves into the life of the iconic Punjabi singer and performer, hit screens on April 12th, garnering attention and acclaim.

Amidst the conversation, Imtiaz Ali found himself fielding questions about the casting process, particularly regarding whether Diljit Dosanjh was his initial choice for the role of Amar Singh Chamkila. In response, Ali shared a surprising revelation that left both the audience and Diljit himself taken aback.


He disclosed an encounter with none other than Bollywood heavyweight Shah Rukh Khan, who, in a private conversation, lauded Diljit as the "best actor in the country." This unexpected endorsement from a fellow luminary of the industry added another layer of intrigue to the already buzzing atmosphere surrounding the film's promotion.

Imtiaz Ali reveals Shah Rukh Khan's praise: 'Diljit is the best actor in the country'

When questioned about his decision to cast Diljit for the role of Chamkila, despite their lack of prior collaboration, Imtiaz Ali shared, "Shah Rukh Khan once told me that if there's anyone who stands out as the finest actor in the country, it's Diljit paaji."

A stunned Diljit exchanged incredulous glances with Imtiaz, while Parineeti Chopra reacted with a resounding 'wow'. Diljit, in his characteristic wit, humorously suggested that perhaps Shah Rukh was 'in the mood', possibly after a few drinks.

Imtiaz elaborated on why Diljit was his top choice for the role, asserting, "I believe if Diljit paaji had refused Amar Singh Chamkila, perhaps this film wouldn't have materialized. We were incredibly fortunate. We couldn't have asked for a better cast." He praised both Diljit and Parineeti, highlighting Parineeti's commitment as an actor and singer, noting her willingness to undergo a physical transformation for the biopic, gaining 15kg in the process.

Film Synopsis:

In Imtiaz Ali's latest venture, "Amar Singh Chamkila," singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh takes center stage, portraying the titular character in this gripping biopic centered around the life of the iconic Punjabi singer. Alongside him, Parineeti Chopra shines as his wife, Amarjot Kaur.

The film delves into the poignant narrative of a humble singer whose audacious lyrics set ablaze both fame and controversy across Punjab. As he navigates the turbulent waters of skyrocketing success and relentless criticism, the story unfolds, ultimately leading to his tragic and untimely demise.

- With inputs from agencies

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