Singh Is Kinng

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Singh Is Kinng
Singhisking.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anees Bazmee
Produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Screenplay by Anees Bazmee
Suresh Nair
Story by Anees Bazmee
Starring Akshay Kumar
Katrina Kaif
Om Puri
Ranvir Shorey
Neha Dhupia
Javed Jaffrey
Sonu Sood
Sudhanshu Pandey
Music by Pritam
Cinematography Sanjay F Gupta
Ben Nott
Distributed by Reliance Entertainment
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Hari Om Productions
Release dates 8 August 2008
Running time 2:16:08
Country India
Language Hindi
Punjabi
Budget INR500 million (US$8.2 million)[1]
Box office INR1.75 billion (US$29 million)[2]

Singh is Kinng is a 2008 Bollywood action comedy film, inspired by the 1989 film Miracles, starring Jackie Chan. Directed by Anees Bazmee, the film stars, Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in lead roles. The film also featured a music video with Snoop Dogg. Released on 8 August 2008, a major part of the shooting was done in Australia. Akshay Kumar was also nominated for the Asian Film Awards under the Best Actor category for his performance in the film.[3]

The spelling of the word "king" in the film's title with an additional letter "n" was based on advice provided by a numerologist.[4][5]

Plot[edit]

Lakhan Singh (Sonu Sood), a.k.a Lucky, is the "king of the Australian underworld". He is accompanied by his Sikh mafia associates, Julie (Neha Dhupia), Mika (Jaaved Jaffrey), Pankaj Udaas (Yashpal Sharma), Raftaar (Sudhanshu Pandey), Dilbaugh Singh (Manoj Pahwa) and Guruji Gurbaksh Singh (Kamal Chopra). In a small village in Punjab, the birthplace of Lucky, lives another Sikh- Happy Singh (Akshay Kumar). Happy, though good at heart has unintentionally caused many problems in the village, and the villagers are fed up with him. They decide to send Happy on a long trip to Australia with his friend Rangeela (Om Puri) to bring Lucky back to Punjab, which will keep Happy out of the village for some time and bring peace to the village.

But at the airport, Happy's and Rangeela's tickets to Australia are accidentally exchanged with that of Puneet (Ranvir Shorey) who was to fly to Egypt. In Egypt, Happy helps Sonia (Katrina Kaif) and falls deeply in love with her. But he does not express his love to her. Leaving her behind, he heads to Australia to meet Lucky. Lucky refuses to return to his hometown and throws Happy and Rangeela out of his house. Penniless, Happy finds warmth and affection in an elderly lady (Kirron Kher) who provides him with food in spite of being a stranger.

Lucky winds up in hospital, paralyzed, after a series of violent incidents that Happy causes. (In one of these incidents, his head is bumped severely, and the trauma from the resultant concussion is what paralyzes him.) Happy unexpectedly, is given the position of King. The lady who helped Happy is really worried and depressed as her daughter is returning from Egypt with her wealthy boyfriend, Puneet. The daughter does not know that after the death of her father years ago, her mother became poverty-stricken and was reduced to work as a flower seller. Happy gives her Lucky's spacious house and makes all his mafia associates work under her.

The lady's daughter arrives—and to Happy's horror, she is none other than Sonia. Happy, heart-broken, is forced to make a show of happiness to Sonia. Puneet says that he too would have had a good time with Happy and Sonia in Egypt had his ticket to Egypt not been exchanged in the airport, because of which he had ended up in Australia. Puneet had always been jealous of Sonia being with Happy. However, he doubts something going on between them.

Meanwhile, after spending so much time with the kindhearted King, most of Lucky's gang members find themselves reformed and decide to become good.

In spite of herself, Sonia falls in love with Happy—and the truth becomes difficult to hide. Puneet sets his heart to marry Sonia. Sonia gets trapped in an emotional tug-of-war between Puneet, who loves her, and Happy, whom she loves.

During the confusion, Happy's associates reveal to Puneet who they are, and that Happy is not a manager, but the King of the Australian underworld. Puneet in turn, reveals this to Sonia. Sonia becomes aware of her poverty.

Puneet meets Mika, who is also the brother of the Lucky, who agrees to kill Happy. Puneet's motives to kill Happy, however, differ from Mika's: Puneet wants to kill Happy to keep Sonia away from him, whereas Mika wants to kill Happy to make himself King.

The wedding day dawns and there is firing. Happy takes Sonia in order to save her and unknowingly both run around the fire seven times essentially getting married. (During all this, Lucky's head is bumped, and the trauma-induced paralysis he had suffered from is relieved.) Suddenly, Mika turns up on the spot, ready to kill Happy, armed with a gang and his new special glasses and hearing aid. As he is about to shoot, Lucky steps up and stops him. Then a dialogue ensues between Mika, Happy, Lucky and the associates of the kinng. Then Happy tells him that being the "king" is no great thing and explains him the characteristics of a true Sikh. Lucky confesses that he always found sadness being Kinng, because a true king does not fight for himself, but for others. Overcome with remorse, Mika drops his gun. The movie ends with Happy and Sonia's marriage.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

The music of the film was composed by Pritam and the lyrics were written by Mayur Puri. The title song was composed by the British bhangra band RDB. The soundtrack was launched officially at the IIFA Awards in Bangkok on 8 June 2008.

Snoop Dogg also has a a cameo in the video of the title song.[6]

Shreya Ghoshal who a sung the song Teri Ore won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and the IIFA Award for Best Female Playback. Mayur Puri was nominated for the Star Screen Awards under the Best Lyrics category for the same song.

Singh is Kinng
Soundtrack album by Pritam
Released 8 June 2008
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 51:94
Label
Junglee Music
Producer Vipul Shah
Pritam chronology
Kismat Konnection
(2008)
Singh Is Kinng
(2008)
Kidnap
(2008)
RDB chronology
Singh Is Kinng
(2008)
Aloo Chaat
(2009)

The soundtrack of the film is as follows:

Track Singer Duration Lyrics
Singh Is Kinng Snoop Dogg, RDB, Akshay Kumar 4:55 Snoop Dogg, RDB
Jee Karda Labh Janjua, Suzanne D'Mello 4:51 Mayur Puri
Bas Ek Kinng Mika Singh, Neeraj Shridhar, Ashiesh Pandit, Javed Jaffrey, Hard Kaur 4:40 Mayur Puri
Bhootni Ke Daler Mehndi 5:02 Mayur Puri
Bimal Oberoi
Teri Ore Shreya Ghoshal, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 5:39 Mayur Puri
Talli Hua Neeraj Shridhar, Labh Janjua 4:50 Mayur Puri
Bas Ek Kinng – Tiger Style Mix Javed Jaffrey, Neeraj Shridhar, Hard Kaur, Mika Singh, Ashiesh Pandit 4:04 Mayur Puri
Bhootni Ke – Tiger Style Mix Mika Singh 4:45 Mayur Puri
Talli Hua – Jay Dabhi Mix Neeraj Shridhar, Labh Janjua, Stylebhai 4:33 Mayur Puri
Jee Karda – Remix Labh Janjua, Suzanne D'Mello 4:52 Mayur Puri
Teri Ore – Lounge Remix Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal 6:09 Mayur Puri
Bhootni Ke – Remix Daler Mehndi 3:54 Mayur Puri
Bimal Oberoi

Reception[edit]

Some members of the Sikh community had expressed their displeasure over the portrayal of Sikhs in the movie. On 1 August 2008, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) wrote a letter to Sheila Dikshit, the chief minister of Delhi, asking her to ban the movie as the trailer showed Akshay Kumar's character sporting a trimmed beard. But according to the religious guidelines a Sikh should not trim his beard and the DSGMC found this offensive. After negotiations with the DSGMC authorities the film was given clearance on 7 August 2008.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singh Is King Box Office Collections – BO. Indicine.com (9 August 2008). Retrieved on 12 November 2011.
  2. ^ Boxofficeindia.com. Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved on 12 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Awards for Singh Is Kinng (2008)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Blockbuster: Numerology is a superhit in Bollywood". IBNLive. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Diksha Kamra (8 October 2010). "Numerology dominates B-town". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Perry, Byron (1 August 2008). "Snoop Dogg's Bollywood cameo". Variety. Retrieved 30 August 2008. 
  7. ^ "'Singh is Kinng' gets clean chit from Delhi Gurdwara panel". Yahoo! India News. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2008. [dead link]

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