Baar Baar Dekho’s song ‘Kala Chashma’ has been a hit ever since it released but did you know that the Punjabi song is originally from the 90s and has been written by Amrik Singh Shera, a head constable in the Punjab police force?

A native of Talwandi Chaudhrian village near Jalandhar, Amrik Singh Shera wrote the song in 1990 and two months ago “got a call from a friend that ‘Kala Chashma’ was being played on a TV channel. I don’t know how I felt. I was happy but also shocked,” according to a report in the Hindustan Times.

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Amrik Singh Shera

He received Rs 11,000 after signing an agreement with a Mumbai based company because the “company needed my song to be played at the inauguration of cement firm… I don’t know name of the cement company. No one told me that the song would feature in a movie.”

Amrik Singh Shera had written the song when he was in the ninth grade after which “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,” according to the report in HT.

The song was subsequently released in Punjab by a Chandigarh based company and gained immense popularity due to its catchy lyrics and foot-tapping music.

He has also penned down other popular songs but seems quite elated with the popularity gained by Kala Chashma after it entered the Bollywood domain. In his interview with HT, he states how he began writing with the intention of becoming famous in his village. “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 states.

But then, he is quite upbeat about the fact that he paid his village a tribute because in the song, the last stanza mentions the name of his village and it’s definitely a proud moment for him.

 

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