Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, July 15
Kala Chashma fame Amrik Singh Shera (47), a head constable, is all set to release his book ‘Virsa Punjab Da’, in which he has penned 150 songs on various issues affecting society. He plans to release the book at the earliest. Shera, a native of Talwandi Chaudhrian village in Kapurthala, made headlines with his song ‘Kala Chashma’, which he penned way back in the year 1990, while he was just a teenager. It was later adopted for Sidharth Malhotra-Katrina Kaif starrer “Baar Baar Dekho.”
He said he started writing at the age of 14. “Since then, I have written several songs defining the culture of the state, highlighting environmental problems, water shortage, etc, which are completely different from the songs that get released in the present days,” he said.
Amrik thanked his seniors in the Punjab Police for motivating him and encouraging him for this move. “Whenever I see anything wrong prevailing in the society, I write about it and will keep on doing it in the future as well, whether these songs get released or not. That is why I have now decided to release this book containing my work,” he said.
Three years ago, he got a permission letter from the Director General of Police (DGP) office to pen songs, have his music cassettes released and give interviews to the TV channels.
His most famous song, ‘Kala Chashma’ was first rendered by Punjabi singer Amar Arshi during a performance in England. A music company there released the song, which became an instant hit and that proved to be a turning point in Shera’s life.
He has also penned a song on the Punjab Police, “Sari duniya to disdi alag bai, khaki vardi nal banni lal pagg bai’ (Standing out from the rest is the khaki uniform and the red turban). The humble cop wants to make his village famous too. “I mentioned my village’s name in ‘Kala Chashma’ and will continue to do so in other songs too,” he said.
Apart from this, he said his two songs are also set to be released in the coming days.