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How Snoop Dogg happened to SINGH IS KINNG


Even as the title track (featuring veteran rapper, Snoop Dogg) of Singh Is Kinng goes into shoot in the States later this week, producer Vipul Shah reveals how this keenly anticipated track came about.
He said, "Bringing RDB (the UK-based band) on board Singh Is Kinng was Akshay's (Kumar) idea. In fact, Akshay has been involved with so much to do with the film and that's why it's always a pleasure to have him. He goes beyond his role of an actor and displays complete dedication to the project." 

The concept for the title track of Singh is Kinng was formed at the IIFA Awards in Sheffield, while Akshay and the RDB brothers were backstage. Surj from RDB says, "Akshay wanted an innovative Hollywood-bBllywood alliance for Singh is Kinng to which we suggested to feature the king of Hiphop himself."
RDB formed this collaboration. The title track was created by the brothers in the UK and Canada and later shown to Pritam, the film's music composer. Originally he had rejected the idea of another producer creating the title track but once he heard it, he gracefully added it to the album of Singh Is Kinng.
So was it easy to get Snoop to agree? Remarks Vipul, "Most certainly not.


For an international star of his stature, India is a new country. They have their own systems, norms and practices for deals and appearances. We went through several discussions to figure out an appropriate business model. 

Snoop was well aware that he has many Indian and Asian fans, which is why he was very keen on having the correct platform for his first appearance in an Indian commercial project. We explained the grandness, scale and scope of our project to him, and how Singh Is Kinng was one of the most awaited releases of the year, and arguably, the biggest film of 2008. Eventually he saw value in what we had to say, and the rest is history!
While the Pritam-composed Bas Ek Kinng number is currently on air, the foot-tapping Labh Janjua-rendered song, Jee Karda, shot in plush Egypt and picturised on Akshay-Katrina, will go on television later this week.

Singh Is Kinng, the film, is out in cinemas on August 8 with previews at select locations on August 7. It is an Indian Films - Studio 18 worldwide release.

Singh Is Kinng soundtrack to feature top international names!

The soundtrack of the keenly anticipated film, Singh Is Kinng, which releases this weekend on Junglee Music, is turning increasingly international.
First there was news about top British-Asian band, RDB, and legendary rapper, Snoop Dogg, being a part of the film's title track. Now we have news that two renowned international DJs have been roped in for remix versions of three tracks on the album.
The Talli Hua track, composed by Pretam and rendered by Neeraj Sridhar, Labh Janjua and Style Bhai, has been remixed by Jay Dabhi, North America's greatest South-Asian DJ. The Queens native (a.k.a. Little Jay) first shot to fame with his top selling remix album, NY's Finest Lil Jay.
Meanwhile, Bhootnike, rendered by Daler Mehndi, and Bas Ek Kinng by Neeraj Sridhar, Mika Singh, Ashish Pandit and Hard Kaur, have remix versions by comprising the Glasgow-based brothers, Raj and Pops, who call themselves Tiger Style and are amongst the biggest DJs of bhangra, reggaeton, dance hall and punjabi music.
Remarks Pretam, the film's music composer, "I heard Tiger Style and Jay Dabhi's stuff and really liked it. I got in touch with Raj and Pops for a collaboration through my friends who know them really well. Meanwhile, Style Bhai put me in touch with Jay Dabhi, who is based out of New York."
Singh Is Kinng, the film, is out worldwide on August 8 with previews at select locations on August 7. It is an Indian Films - Studio 18 worldwide release.

Ocean of Pearls (Movie)

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Omid Abtahi: Amrit Singh

Heather McComb: Susan Clark

Ron Canada: Dr. William Ballard

Navi Rawat: Smita Sethi

Ajay Mehta: Ravinder Singh

Todd Babcock: Ryan Bristol

Dennis Haskins: Dr. Shultz

KT Thangavelu: Amrit's mother

Rena Owen: Anna

Brenda Strong: Mary Stewart


Casting Director: Emily Schweber

Cinematographer: Lon Stratton

Editor: Jason Stewart

Music Composer: Pinar Toprak

Additional Compositions: Karsh Kale

Vocalist: Snatam Kaur Khalsa

Producers: Sarab & Jaspal Kaur Neelam

Executive Producers: Jeff Dowd & Jim Burstein

Story by: Sarab S Neelam & V. Prasad

Screenwriter: V. Prasad

Director: Sarab S Neelam

Amrit Singh is a doctor in North America, a turban wearing Sikh, he has lived his life in Canada, out of sorts and out of place, cast adrift between East and West.

He is from a family that holds on to their religious beliefs and is bred in the ethos of professionalism, but Amrit Singh is of two worlds and he belongs to neither. When he sees his dream of becoming Chief of Surgery at a state-of-the-art transplant center in Detroit dwindle because of his appearance, Amrit goes against his life long tradition and cuts his hair.

Hiding his decision from his girlfriend and family in Toronto is only the start of a series of compromises Amrit finds himself making as he deals with hospital politics and injustices of the American health care system.

He struggles to be the man he believes he is and at the same time, the person he wants to be. When faced with a choice of what is right by his conscience he chooses dangerously but only then can he live with what he sees in the mirror.

Straddling the conflicting positions of tradition and opportunity, Amrit understands more deeply, what it is to be successful and chooses to be the person that makes him happy.

Singh Is Kinng - The Story



Singh Is Kinng, the most keenly awaited romantic comedy of 2008, revolves around a gang of crooks transformed by a good man and his selfless love for a pretty girl… 

Lakhan Singh aka Lucky (Sonu Sood) is the ‘king’ of the Australian underworld accompanied by his associates (played by Javed Jaffrey, Neha Dhupia, Manoj Pahwa, Yashpal Sharma, Kamal Chopra and Sudhanshu Pande.) Far away, in a small village in Punjab, where Lucky was born, there exists someone more notorious than him – Happy Singh (Akshay Kumar). The village is fed up of his magnanimity, which has resulted in a number of hilariously disastrous situations. Out of desperation, they decide to send him on a long trip (that will keep him out of the village for a while!) to bring Lucky back to Punjab, as his despicable deeds were maligning their image in Australia.  

The happy-go-lucky bumpkin, taking his mission a bit too seriously, embarks on his journey accompanied by his friend, Tony Singh (Om Puri), who hates Happy for dragging him into it. 

The high point of his journey is his chance meeting with Sonia (Katrina Kaif) with whom he falls in love, but upon reaching his destination, things take a precarious turn as he runs into a series of comic misadventures, leaving him penniless. He is fortunate to find warmth and affection in an elderly lady (Kirron Kher) who helps him meet Lucky.  

In a strange turn of events, an attempt on Lucky’s life is foiled by a well-intentioned Happy who fights off the attackers by risking his own life. Following the hilarious altercation, Lucky lands up in hospital paralyzed, and Happy, unexpectedly, finds the tables turned on him when he is expected to assume the role of the new ‘kinng’!  

The series of chaos, shocks and comic misunderstandings that ensue eventually result in redemption and an accidental wedding!  

Shot in Punjab, Australia and Egypt, Singh Is Kinng marks superstar Akshay Kumar’s re-entry into the action-comedy minefield. With plenty of romance, glamour, laugh-aloud moments and chartbusting music, it promises to be one of the most appealing and entertaining motion pictures of 2008.  

It comes from Vipul Shah and Anees Bazmee, the master-makers of blockbusters like Aankhen, Waqt, Namastey London, No Entry and Welcome


Akshay, Katrina rave about Snoop Dogg!


The keenly awaited Snoop Dogg-RDB number for Singh Is Kinng has been recorded at last and will form a part of the film's soundtrack when it releases.
At present, there are plans to shoot the video in Los Angeles, where Akshay is headed for another film shoot. Both Akki and Katrina haven't stopped raving about the track!
Remarks the Kumar, "The song is mind-blowing. I made a few friends listen to it and they haven't stopped gushing about it. I am confident that just like the rest of the soundtrack this will go on to become a major chartbuster."
Katrina seconds Akki's sentiments. "I've heard it and it's outstanding. If I'm right, it's the first real hip-hop song in a Hindi movie. I know that girls are supposed to be an integral part of hip-hop videos but I don't know whether there will be place for me in this video!" she laughs.
"It's very male-dominated and I don't want to be a prop. With Akshay and Snoop, it will rock anyway!" she adds.
Meanwhile, the title track of the film, rendered by Neeraj Shridhar and composed by Pritam, is likely to go on television later this week.
Singh Is Kinng releases worldwide on August 8 and previews in select locations on August 7. It is an Indian Films-Studio 18 release.