Enjoyed Diljit’s Chamkila? Here Are 5 More Heart-Tugging Biopics Based On The Lives Of Legendary Musicians


When Chamkila‘s character said he wanted to see himself on the big screen as a joke, no one thought one day it would actually come true in the form of his own biopic. For those who are still not familiar with Chamkila’s current musical wave, the film (Chamkila) is a biopic directed by acclaimed filmmaker Imtiaz Ali based on the life of the late Punjabi pop icon, Amar Singh Chamkila, played by another icon, Diljit Dosanjh.


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More movies like Chamkila

Chamkila was popularly hailed as “Punjab Ka Elvis” and was one of the most well-known and accomplished Punjabi singers, songwriters, and musicians. The film is currently trending worldwide on Netflix, shedding light on how musical biopics will always be fan favourites for many reasons, be it the nostalgia surrounding the artist or the songs that are engraved in everyone’s mind. In case you watched Chamkila and are looking for something similar, here are our recommendations of some of the most heart-tugging music biopics released in the past few years:


Just like Chamkila’s rags-to-riches story, this movie is a benchmark in Jennifer Lopez’s filmography. This biographical drama shares the story of Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla, who was born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Selena had big dreams and was fortunate enough to realise almost all of them before her life was cut short. Selena’s story is told with heart and new vitality on screen. The film takes you inside the singer’s life before she was shot on stage.

Rent On: Prime Video

Bohemian Rhapsody, 2018

Brought to life by Rami Malek, this Freddie Mercury biopic takes you inside the life of the lead singer of the legendary band, Queen. Freddie is known for defying stereotypes and conventions to become one of history’s most beloved entertainers. The band’s revolutionary sound and popular songs led to Queen’s meteoric rise in the 1970s. After leaving the group to pursue a solo career, Mercury reunites with Queen for the benefit concert Live Aid, resulting in one of the greatest performances in rock ‘n’ roll history.

Rent On: Book My Show

Rocketman, 2019

Every time we think of Elton John, we picture a larger-than-life portrayal of music and art. In this biopic, young Reginald Dwight changes his name to Elton John and collaborates with singer-songwriter Bernie Taupin to become one of the greatest figures in pop history. Set to his most beloved songs, it’s the epic musical story of Elton John, his breakthrough years in the 1970s, and his fantastical transformation from shy piano prodigy to international superstar.

Stream On: Netflix

Elvis, 2022

The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, played by Austin Butler, through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks. The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life: Priscilla Presley, played by Olivia DeJonge.

Stream On: Netflix

Maestro, 2023

We all love Bradley Cooper in a musical love story, and this time it was a cherry on top that the story was based on a real-life couple. Maestro is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. A love letter to life and art, Maestro at its core is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love. An Oscar miss!

Stream On: Netflix

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