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‘AP Dhillon: First Of A Kind’ On Amazon Prime Video Review: A Terrific Bird’s Eye View Of The Rags To Riches Story Of Punjabi Music’s ‘Brown Munde’

Global sensation AP Dhillon is finally ready to tell his story. The secretive superstar’s rise to fame has been captured in a docu-series by Amazon Prime Video. Is the web show worth your time? Or can you simply skip it? Read the full review to find out.

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‘AP Dhillon: First Of A Kind’: Cast & Crew

Director: Jay Ahmed

Cast: AP Dhillon, Kevin Buttar, Gurinder Gill, Herman Atwal, Shinda Kahlon, Gminxr, Rahul Balyan, Bobby Friction, Nirmika Singh, Nas, Maurice Mocutz, Trevor

Available On: Amazon Prime Video

Duration: 4 Episodes, 28-36 Minutes Each

‘AP Dhillon: First Of A Kind’: Story

In ‘AP Dhillon: First Of A Kind’, the secretive global superstar and the small, close team behind his massive success finally tell their story. Featuring unseen personal footage and unique behind-the-scenes access, AP Dhillon takes us on a journey from his early days in a small village in Punjab and tells us his incredible plan to change the music industry and inspire a nation.

‘AP Dhillon: First Of A Kind’: Script, Direction & Technical Aspects

Jay Ahmed’s direction is definitely top-notch. He manages to bring to life the unheard-of life of AP Dhillon and his group members who came from nothing and went on to suddenly become this overnight global sensation. The show has been well directed, but what’s slightly disappointing is that there isn’t enough of the lead trio’s interview, including AP Dhillon. A lot of footage was hogged by the duo who came on board and turned their managers. It’s not that they were not insightful, but it would have been a lot more interesting to listen to more in-depth stories and tales from the lead trio. Also, considering AP Dhillon’s love for his family in India, a bit more of their interviews as well would have made the show more wholesome.

Jamie Gowenlock’s cinematography is top-notch. Capturing not just live shows but also following around superstars like AP Dhillon and his teammates for almost the entire day, would have been tough, and it’s truly commendable how Gowenlock managed to get such interesting bits of conversations from real life. It’s like being there at the right time, and also being able to capture that on camera. To add to that, the way he has captured Vancouver Island’s natural beauty is simply amazing. The overhead shots and the drone captures felt as if they were brought out of a nature documentary.

The editing by Sarjit Bains, Gareth Blower, Iain Chambers and Joe Swanson makes you want to watch more and more of their journey. The way they’ve chopped almost 3 years’ worth of footage and skilfully put it into 4 episodes of around 30 minutes each is brilliant. Considering the popularity of AP Dhillon, it would be worth the try to release some more of the extra footage from the shows as a second season or maybe an extended version cut.

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Outlook’s Verdict

Almost every Indian from across the globe has heard an AP Dhillon song. However, no one knows about him, his journey and how he got into being an overnight sensation in music. ‘AP Dhillon: First Of A Kind’ gives the audience insight into the life of this secretive superstar. If you’re a fan of AP Dhillon then this is a definite Must Watch. For the rest as well, this is indeed a Breezy One Time Watch. I am going with 3.5 stars.

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