Director Kabir Singh Chowdhry’s Mehsampur - a fascinating meta-fiction mockumentary on iconic Punjabi folk singer Amar Singh Chamkila wins Golden Gateway Award in the India Gold Competition category

Mehsampur is inspired by the tragic true story of iconic Punjabi singer who was popularly known as ‘Elvis of Punjab’ and was shot dead along with his wife by militants in the late 80’s.

Amar and Chamkila

Mehsampur marks Navjot Randhawa’s debut feature as an actor.

Navjot Randhawa

Produced by Dark Matter PicturesCrawling Angel Films and ASR Films and co-produced by Bohra Bros Pvt LtdMehsampur is based on the tragic true story of the late famous Punjabi singer-composer Amar Singh Chamkila and his wife Amarjot.

Mehsampur had its World Premiere at the Sydney Film Festival 2018 and has been an Official Selection at the London Indian Film Festival and Melbourne Indian Film Festival 2018. The film was also in the Work in Progress section at the Docs Against Gravity Festival 2018.

Mehsampur Team at the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival

The film also featured in the 32 films that were selected for Film Bazaar Recommends section at 2016 edition of the NFDC Film Bazaar.

Delighted with the award the film won Kabir Singh Chowdhry, the director of Mehsampur said, “All the blood, sweat, tears obstacles we faced while making this suddenly seem worth it – though it’s still not sunk in – I am thankful to the jury for connecting with the film”

Sanjay Gulati, the producer of Mehsampur says, “Thank You jury, you gave us one more proof that HEART WINS OVER MIND, will follow this path with even more confidence”

Ajit Singh Rathore, the producer of Mehsampur says, I don’t look for awards but if we got one, lets take it home tonight. Keep them coming”


About The Director

Kabir Singh Chowdhry is a multi-disciplinary artist and film director. In 2007, he won the ‘Passion For Cinema’ award for his one minute film Dolly. His 42-minute film Good Morning received the Grand Jury Award for the Best Narrative Short at the South Asian International Film Festival, 2011 in New York.

He was awarded the HT Youth Icon Award for young achievers in North India. In December 2012, he participated in India’s first collaborative feature film The Last Act. He was Creative Producer for Hotel Salvation which premiered at the Venice Film Festival (2017). His directorial feature Mehsampur is currently doing the festival rounds.

film maker - kabir singh chaudhary

Kabir Singh Chaudhary

About The Producers

Crawling Angel Films:

Crawling Angel Films is a film production company based in India that aims to tell the world unique stories through films, which have the quality to capture human emotions through their strong narratives. The dedicated team of Crawling Angel Films is all set out to dissolve the boundaries between the various nations of the globe by getting them well versed with one universal language – the language of Cinema. They have produced award-winning films such as, LAJWANTI (Berlin International Film Festival 2014), ASHWATTHAMA (Busan International Film Festival 2017), MEHSAMPUR and   SHEPHERDESS AND THE SEVEN SONGS (co-production lab in Film Bazaar and Hong Kong International Film Festival) is currently under the process of shooting.

Dark Matter Pictures:

Established in 2014, Dark Matter Pictures is a film company based in India that attempts to create high quality, sophisticated films that might be deemed too risky by contemporary Bollywood studios. Much like dark matter, which is hard to measure, yet a component of everything in universe, our stories with their paradoxes of the world we see and experience – the observable universe. Our storytelling through film brings to light the continuing evaluation of the human condition., sharing and learning in a transparent examination of ourselves.

ASR Films

ASR Films has been founded with the vision of producing path-breaking films and at the same time create entertaining content for the audience. Our Journey started with the film Ashwatthama directed by Pushpendra Singh, our second film Mehsampur directed by Kabir Singh Chowdhry premiered at Sydney International Film Festival and Indian Premier is happening at MAMI 2018, Our 3rd film Laila Aur Satt Geet is under production at the moment and is being shot in J&K.