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Singh Is Kinng (2008)

SinghIsKinng2008

Singh Is Kinng (2008) is a 2008 Bollywood film. The film is directed by Anees Bazmee and stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, the film also featured a music video with Snoop Dogg. About 75% of the movie was shot in Australia, around the Gold Coast region and Brisbane using an Australian production team (Instinct India). The film was released on 8 August 2008. Akshay Kumar has been nominated for Best Actor at the 3rd Asian Film Awards for his performance in the film.

The spelling of the word “king” in the film’s title with an additional letter “n” was based on advice provided by a numerologist, a practice which has become routine in Bollywood.

Plot

Lakhan Singh (Sonu Sood), also called “Lucky,” is the “kinng” of the Australian underworld, and is the first “Singh Is Kinng” of the film’s title. He is accompanied by his associates, Julie (Neha Dhupia), Mika (Jaaved Jaffrey), Pankaj Udaas (Yashpal Sharma), Raftaar (Sudhanshu Pandey) and Dilbaugh Singh (Manoj Pahwa). Far away from Australia, in a small village in Punjab, the city in India where Lucky was born, exists a criminal more notorious than Lucky himself—Happy Singh (Akshay Kumar). Happy has caused many problems and disastrous situations 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 which a stranger named Puneet was hoping to use to fly to Egypt, and they reach the opposite places. In Egypt, Happy helps Sonia (Katrina Kaif) and falls deeply in love with her. But he does not express his love to her. Instead, leaving her behind, he heads towards Australia to meet Lucky. Lucky refuses to return to his home-town and throws Happy and Rangeela out of the house where he has been living. Penniless, Happy finds warmth and affection in an elderly lady (Kirron Kher) who provides him with food when he was starving 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 receives the title of Kinng—thereby becoming the other “Singh Is Kinng” of the film’s title. Alas, Happy is not proud of his rank and is kind-hearted. The lady who helped Happy is really worried and depressed as her daughter is returning from Egypt with her wealthy boyfriend, Puneet—the man at the airport with whose ticket Happy’s and Rangeela’s were accidentally switched. (In the film, Ranvir Shorey acted out the role.) 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 the flower-seller his spacious house and makes all his mafia associates work as workers.

The lady’s daughter arrives—and to Happy’s horror, she turns out to be Sonia; worse for him, her boyfriend Puneet is with her! 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 mistake he had ended up in Australia instead. Puneet had always been jealous of Sonia being with Happy; strangely, however, he doubts that anything is going on between them. He and Sonia squabble about this topic; it is Happy who handles it.

In spite of herself, Sonia falls in love with Happy—and the truth becomes difficult to hide. Sonia becomes aware of her poverty, and that in addition to keeping it hidden from her, Happy had helped her mother. 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.

Puneet meets a man named Mika, who is the associate and brother of the Kinng, and 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 Kinng.

The marriage day dawns and there is firing (all because Julie drops some guns). Puneet hides while the pandit chants the mantras, his head totally covered by a pot, amidst gunfire all around, while Happy and Sonia are running together around the fire seven times. (During all this, Lucky’s head is bumped, and the trauma-induced paralysis he had suffered from is relieved.) Happy and Sonia eventually get married, making them a couple. 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 (sic). Then Happy tells him that being the “king” is no great thing. 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 revolver. The movie ends happily, with Happy’s and Sonia’s marriage off to a start.

Cast

Akshay Kumar as Happy Singh
Katrina Kaif as Sonia
Om Puri as Rangeela
Kirron Kher as Rose Lady / Sonia’s mother
Ranvir Shorey as Puneet
Javed Jaffrey as Mika / Puneet’s father
Neha Dhupia as Julie
Yashpal Sharma as Pankaj Udhas
Manoj Pahwa as Dilbagh Singh
Kamal Chopra as Gurbaksh ‘Guruji’ Singh
Sudhanshu Pandey as Raftaar
Sonu Sood as Lakhanpal ‘Lucky’ Singh

Sound Tracks

“Singh is Kinng”
Written by Mayur Puri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty, Snoop Dogg, Rhythm Doll Bass
Performed by Snoop Dogg, Rhythm Doll Bass
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“Jee Karda”
Written by Mayur Puri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Labh Janjua, Suzanne D’Mello (as Suzi Q)
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“Jee Karda – Hyacinth Remix”
Written by Mayur Puri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Labh Janjua, Suzanne D’Mello (as Suzi Q)
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“Bas Ek Kinng”
Written by Mayur Puri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Neeraj Shridhar, Mika Singh, Hard Kaur, Ashiesh Pandit
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“Bas Ek Kinng – Tiger Style Mix”
Written by Mayur Puri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Neeraj Shridhar, Mika Singh, Hard Kaur, Ashiesh Pandit
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“Bhootni Ke”
Written by Mayur Puri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Daler Mehndi
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“Bhootni Ke – Remix”
Written by Mayur Puri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Mika Singh
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“Teri Ore – Loung Mix”
Written by Mayur Puri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal
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“Teri Ore”
Written by Mayur Puri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal
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“Talli Hua”
Written by Mayur Puri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Neeraj Shridhar, Labh Janjua
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“Talli Hua – Tiger Style Mix”
Written by Mayur Puri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Neeraj Shridhar, Labh Janjua, Jay Dabhi, Style Bhai
Music Label Junglee

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 11 January 2011

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