Amar Singh Chamkila: Bollywood’s Top Movie Of 2024 Was Never Shown In Theaters

It might not be the OTT approach that's to blame for the decline in the film sector, but rather the content of the movies themselves.

Over the past half-year, the Hindi film industry has been struggling at the box office. You don’t have to examine the box office figures or doubt the quality of the films to understand why audiences are no longer enthusiastic about watching movies in theaters. By watching some of these films (in part, from home), you can see for yourself why the cinema audience has lost its excitement. Only a handful of films in the first half of 2024 have offered a good movie-watching experience, and the most notable among them was the Netflix release Amar Singh Chamkila.

Amar Singh Chamkila cast Diljit Dosanjh in the lead role, portraying the character of the deceased Punjabi musician. This movie marks a comeback for Imtiaz Ali, who had previously enjoyed popularity among the younger audience with films such as Jab We Met and Rockstar, but lost his appeal with Jab Harry Met Sejal and Love Aaj Kal 2. However, it was Diljit Dosanjh who surprised everyone with his role in Chamkila. Over the last ten years, Diljit has starred in numerous Hindi and Punjabi films, but his performance in this one was truly remarkable.

We’ve watched Hindi movie acting in recent years. It’s possible to design advertising strategies focused on body changes and the actor’s self-executed action sequences, but there’s no strategy for a scene that truly captivates you, making it impossible to distinguish between the actor and the role he portrayed.

Amar Singh Chamkila’s box office figures haven’t been released to confirm its commercial success. Similarly, it lacks the awards to validate its achievement, making it possible that, similar to numerous other successful movies that have preceded it, it could be recognized as a ‘hidden treasure’ in the coming years.

Experts in the Bollywood film industry often criticize OTT services and filmmakers constantly emphasize the importance of content, yet the quality of Hindi movies released in the first half of 2024 has been disappointing. It might not be the OTT approach that’s to blame for the decline in the film sector, but rather the content of the movies themselves. A single exceptional film like Amar Singh Chamkila might not be enough to turn around a failing industry, but it does serve as a testament to the fact that quality films still thrive amidst the sea of Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiyas and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan.

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