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The life of troubled singer Amy Winehouse documented by Asif Kapadia in new film - Amy

Namit Hans | Updated on: 14 July 2015, 11:29 IST

A 90 minute British documentary named Amy by BAFTA award winner Asif Kapadia released in India on 10 July. The documentary is being distributed by PVR pictures in the country.

Based on the life of famous Jazz and Hip Hop singer Amy Winehouse, the film Amy was originally released on 3 July. The movie is about the life and career of the London-based vocalist, who achieved success in a very short time, but was continuously surrounded by controversies related to her erratic behaviour and addiction to drugs. She died at an early age, as young as 27, because of alcohol poisoning.

Although the film has received a good response from audiences, Winehouse's family isn't happy about the way she is portrayed in the film. After the film was shown at 2015 Cannes Film Festival, her family issued a statement that the film was misleading and contained some basic untruths.

Career and the tragic death of Amy Winehouse

A renowned singer and winner of various awards, Amy Winehouse's debut album Frank released in the year 2003 and was nominated for Mercury Music Prize and two BRIT awards. The album hit a double platinum status and she won an Ivor Novello award for the song "Stronger Than Me".

However, she also developed an unprofessional image of a frequent drug abuser and an alcoholic who mostly showed up for her performances in a drunken state. She went into a coma on 8 August 2007 after an overdose of drugs. Same year, in the month of October, she was kept in a Norway prison overnight for the possession of marijuana.

Winehouse was denied a US Visa for use of narcotics and was not allowed to perform at 2008 Grammy awards. She won five Grammy awards, making her the second female singer after Beyonce to have won the most number of Grammys in one award night. She was also the first British singer to have won five Grammy awards.

Despite all the controversies and personal setbacks, her album Back to Black became the second highest selling album in the world and in the following year, her name was added to Guinness Book of World Records for "most Grammys won by a British act".

She died on 23 July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning.

First published: 14 July 2015, 11:29 IST
 
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Namit works as a sub-editor at the Speed News desk. He is an economics graduate who stumbled into social work after college. His interest in social issues and desire to write sensitising stories led him to journalism. In his free time, he mostly reads about religion and mythology.

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