Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra’s latest song ‘Kala Chashma’ has become a rage among the youngsters. The Punjabi son from the 90s and the credit goes to the movie ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ for the success.
But have ever you thought about the writer of this song? He is actually a head constable in Punjab police in Kapurthala and is called Amrik Singh Shera.
Shera, a resident of Talwandi Chaudhrian village near Jalandhar, now feels great for the success of his but he had no idea that the song would feature in a Bollywood movie.
The 43-year-old says, “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 how I felt. I was happy but also shocked about everything that was happening.”
He also told that the 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 signed the agreement and got only Rs 11,000 in return, he claims. “I don’t know name of the cement company. No one told me that the song will feature in a movie.”
His only grudges which are left inside him: “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.”
The interesting part of the creation of this song is that Shera was 15- year-old and a student of Class 9 when he wrote this song. He also says that he approached many singers at that time with his songs for release.
“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,” he adds.
Others songs by him have since been sung by popular singers such as Miss Pooja and Roshan Prince. “But real fame comes when a song enters Bollywood, and people go crazy about it,” he says, adding, “Punjabi song writers do not get their due. Being a writer here is not easy.”
“I started writing songs because I wanted to become famous in my village. That dream has come true. But I wanted to make my village famous too, which could have been possible only if the makers had invited me. Hardly anyone even in Punjab knows that it’s my song,” he says.
He has paid tribute to his village, though: “If you listen to ‘Kala Chashma’ carefully, in the last stanza I have mentioned my village Talwandi Chaudhrian’s name.”
Gaurav Trehan, owner of Catrack record company, confirmed that the song was first released by them company in Punjab. Arshi, the singer, too said that the lyricist is indeed Amrik Singh Shera: “He wrote the original song, and I was the one who sang the song in England. After that, it got famous.