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    The singer talks movies, travel, videos and the professionalism of Snoop Dogg

    COMPOSERS of one of the hottest new tracks in Bollywood, husband and wife duo Manjeet Ral and Nindy Kaur have given us some foot-tapping music in the past. After the title track from Akshay Kumar-starrer Singh is King, the Toronto-based couple’s latest is Singh and Kaur from Singh is Bling, which is set to hit theatres on October 2.
    “The Singh is King song is something that specifically pushes men forward. Nindy suggested we bring in Kaur (a reference to Punjabi women) this time, and it has worked really well,” shares Ral. Better known by his stage name Manj Musik, Ral, formerly of the top bhangra sensation RDB (Rhythm, Dhol, Bass), talks about how far Punjabi music has come since Daler Mehndi’s days. “His music was really popular, but it is important to keep things fresh. Punjabi music in those days was…. comical isn’t the right word, but it wasn’t really ‘cool.’ Now everyone in Bollywood wants at least one Punjabi song in their movies. The music has become more evolved, earthy, and a mixture of EDM and hip-hop,” opines Ral. “I have seen some amazing music producers and vocalists working in Bollywood today, but that doesn’t threaten me. It is a breath of fresh air because it becomes monotonous when you hear the same party songs over and over again,” he says.
    Having worked with several international artistes including Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and LMFAO, he talks about how focused they are. “When Snoop was working on the rap for Singh is King, he wanted to know what the song was about. He said, ‘I am from the streets, and I need to understand what kind of respect this song gets you on the streets.’ During the shoot he saw Akshay paaji wearing a turban and insisted on wearing one too, knowing it would win him respect from the community. These guys understand music and where it is coming from,” says Ral, who’s recently wrapped up the title track for Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys, scheduled to be launched next week. After that, Ral’s work will also be seen in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Tiger Shroff-starrer, Baaghi.
    —Nikita Puri

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