Roach Killa: Everything depends on how hard you work and how badly you want it

    When Roach Killa released his debut album “The Revolution”, it peaked at No.6 on the iTunes World Charts. His first single Yaara Dildara reached No1 on the BBC Asian Network charts. Possessing immense versatility, Roach sings Hip Hop, Reggae, RNB and Punjabi Music. He firmly believes in the element of originality.

    When it comes to Indian MC’s, one name that always stood above the rest is Blitzkrieg aka Blitz. With an appeal that is global, his lyrics lean more on the emotional side and completely draw people in. His tracks are inspired by people or events in his life that reflect reality and meaning of life.

    Together, Roach Killa and Blitz have returned to give their fans the YYZ Project with a monologue and three music videos that evoke, inspire and entertain. Fans will recognise their signature sound and style on what aims to become the summer anthems

    Asian Style caught up the entertaining talent Roach Killa last month, during his stay in the UK. In a no holds barred conversation Roach talks talent and music.  

    Fatima: You are collaborating with Blitz again for your new project YYZ would you be able to tell us a little more about that, how it came about and what’s the idea behind it all?

    Roach Killa: Okay for starters YYZ is the airport called Toronto International Airport. Like LHR is London Heathrow. So YYZ is Toronto Pearson International Airport, the significant naming was to let the people know that in order for me to gain success in the music business we have had to travel out of Canada to come in to the UK and abroad hence YYZ, as we have taken the city with us when we flew out. In terms of Blitz and me we have been working together for a very long time. There are a lot of songs we have done, and it’s not just about the music with me and Blitz.  We are from the same city so it’s more like a brotherly love situation. He is more like my brother. He has taken a step back from the music, he was doing more of the live festivals, live shows and stuff, so it’s been a long time since we have released a track together, so we thought why not. We always say people go download it legally from this digital platform and that and so it’s only fair to give our fans something freely. The reason why we released our project on the 30th of June was because July 1st was Canada day. So kinda like a free gift from Canadians to say Happy Canada day and this is what we are representing.

    How has the journey been in terms of introducing new music to British fans over the last few years?

    I think everything depends on how hard you work and how badly you want it. I could have sat in Toronto and dreamed about making it in to UK scenes, coming once every year and going back, but we all know that if we inspire to be a Bollywood actor you have to travel and be in Mumbai you can’t do it from anywhere else because that’s where the work is. So therefore, I had to leave a lot of things you know. Pack my bags come here on my own, not with my family, I believed so much within my heart that this is what I am made out to do and nothing was going to stop me. Therefore, I just decided to put all my eggs in one basket.

    You mentioned Bollywood.

    Yeah, I had a chance to go to Mumbai like a year and half ago and I met with the Meet Brothers who have done Babydoll and Chittiya Kalaiyan with Kanika Kapoor etcetera and they kinda like understood, it wasn’t about me, it’s about connecting with the right kind of people for the music you want to create. So, Meet Brothers were the ones who I felt connected to, during the music and so from there we ended up doing the track from the film Baaghi with Shradda Kapoor and Tiger Shroff. The song was called ‘Girl I need you’ and it was me and Arijit Singh and Kushboo Grewal singing it. Then follow up to that we just released a song for the film Raabta the song is called ‘Mein tera Boyfriend’ and that’s by me and Arijit Singh again and this time Neha Kakkar is singing it and I just actually got a call two days ago and we have another film that’s coming out. I don’t want to give too much information for it, but you know how it is they are shooting for it right now I can’t be there to be in the video unfortunately right now (laughs) but Bollywood usually has playback singers. But you know I am very humbled at this whole situation. If you think about it a young man from Toronto/ Canada inspiring to do music and not just doing music from Canada eventually going from Toronto to UK and worldwide, to all the way to a Bollywood film. I think it’s more of a personal victory for me to show me that you know God has blessed me with talent and I believe I am taking it the right way because things are looking better and better by the day. So, I have to say all praise to the mighty high!

    You mention that it all happened about a year and half ago. I watched a video where you performed back in 2010 for the Indian music awards

    Yeah GIMA Awards.

    And you got introduced by none other than Saif Ali Khan.

    Yeah, I know (laughs)

     How was that experience?

    What happened was in 2012, I teamed up with Wiz Management and they are a subsidiary of Wizcraft Entertainment from India, who do the IIFA awards. I was invited to perform at the awards show and I got to perform, its just the hospitality of Bollywood is beyond your expectations you know people say it’s a five-star circle, but to be honest if you go to Mumbai they refer to it as the seven-star circle, because it is beyond the five-star treatment right. So, imagine me coming to perform which I am feeling very humbled about, however I opened my door and my dressing room was directly opposite to Shahrukh Khan and on the right, was Sonu Nigamji and to the left of me was Sonakshi Sinha. Imagine me walking to the stage to perform and I see this beautiful lady just nonchalant walking by. It was Priyanka Chopra!! It was such an experience it’s like I said it’s all about the laws of attraction. You want something bad enough you work hard enough and you believe in it, you can make it happen and I’m living proof of that, because remember I’m coming from North America side of the world, to the opposite side of the world and achieved the goals.

    For somebody who is normally singing Hip Hop, Reggae, RNB to then be……

    What is the misconception of the artist Roach Killa is that yes, my first love is hip hop and reggae music but that does not take away the fact that I am born and raised Punjabi. I speak Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu. I can read and write Hindi, Punjabi. I can speak Arabic, a bit of Persian there is a lot of multiculturalism in me which influences my music. So, a lot of the time when I’m creating melodies and stuff it’s a direct descendant of the eastern influence. There’s Arabic in me, I was born in Libya which honestly it helps me so much around the world. So, there’s a lot in me that’s going on. So, I guess you can just call me a box of smarties (laughs)

    So, it’s true what they say that music especially where you’re concerned, speaks all languages!

    Oh Literally!

    Going back to your early days you were quite heavily influenced by Apache Indian and that’s what sort of got you into creating. Are there any plans for any collaborations with Apache in the future?

    If you do have a chance go on my YouTube. In 2008 on my first album I do have Apache on the track and it’s called ‘Hey Girl’ and that wasn’t just made for the public, it was more of a personal thing, because he’s like m biggest inspiration growing up. So being able to share the same studio, same stage and to be able to perform the song with him and ironically my first album release party was in Apache’s restaurant bar in Birmingham. So, again like I was saying about the laws of attraction me growing up as a kid I was so inspired by Apache you know 20 years down the road being able to work with him sit with him, have a laugh with him, that is not normal. Not everyone can say that they did that with their idols.

    I’d love to collaborate with him again it’s just a matter of what works out and of course Apaches busy doing his tours and his stuff, so it would be an honour to work with him again.

    Your new single coming out with Blitz what are your expectations from this project?

    In general, we were just sat down having a chat about the world being so fast and what we meant by that was they say the internet connects you to the world but it disconnects you from your surroundings. So, what I mean by that is if me you and a couple of mates are sitting in the room, more are the chances that we’re not conversing, but all on our phones. And it will be quicker responses to WhatsApp than to actually ask you a question to your face. Do you get what I am saying?

    Yes!

    So, the whole point was to say nowadays a song comes and the lifeline of the song is literally a week and then the next song comes, then the next so the world has got in to this concept of views and likes and shares and has become very statistic. What happened to the fact of just making music and making it for the pace, for the sake of just listening rather than stats? We’re not actually expecting to achieve anything, this is something that we felt okay why not give something out to the public. We don’t care how many Instagram views or likes it has. We took it back before the internet phenomena, when it was just a record that was out people liked it. They watched it, when they wanted, listened to it when they wanted. It wasn’t about I got to get it to a million views overnight and pay for it. That’s what most of the people are doing. What is good in paying for something when you’re lying to yourself.  How do you know what your fan base is when you are lying to yourself, so this whole project was about giving it for free just for the people who appreciate what we do and how much they have supported us over the last ten years? Watch it at your own convenience, I am not putting on a timeline to see how much stats I want to go up.

    What message would you like to give to your fans?

    I will give you a quote. It’s one of those memes and it says: ‘I am 95% sure that you don’t like me but I am a 100% sure I don’t care’. What I am trying to say is be yourself. Don’t worry about making other people happy because you can never make everyone happy. It is just impossible. So, my advice is be yourself, experiment on who you are and go for it. Hard work, dedication is the only way you will achieve success there is no way of overnight celebrities. And be true to yourself because one thing is that originality stands above everything else and don’t be afraid to be yourself because the only way to success is through failure. Everyone fails but as long as you don’t quit.

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    Peppy 90's song Chalti Hai Kya 9Se12 is back with a new zing!

    Varun Dhawan reinvents the iconic  Salman Khan song, Chalti Hai Kya 9se12 from Judwaa with lots of energy and zing.

    Joining Varun in Judwaa 2 are Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu who will be seen paying tribute to the huge blockbuster song from the original Judwaa from the 90's, which starred Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor and Rambha.

    This song which still plays at every club, party and wedding, gets a new fun zing that is definitely going to sweep you off your feet!  It was famous twenty years ago and we strongly think it is going to be a chart topper once again. 

     

    Judwaa 2 is set to entertain audiences through this rib-tickling comedy and promises to be an all-out family entertainer. Judwaa 2 releases internationally on 29 September 2017 through Fox Star Studios India.

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    LISTEN: Baadshaho team release the classic ‘Socha Hai’ with a cool retro groove.

    Retro is definitely in, and the new trend of Retro Mixes of classic tracks are the big new thing in Bollywood – and the forthcoming new film Baadshaho has taken an all-time favourite from Deewar and given it a new lease of life.

    ‘Socha Hai’ is already proving incredibly popular with nearly 4 million hits on YouTube in just two days! The song, which features Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta, is a recreated version of Kishore Kumar’s hit number ‘Kehdun Tumhe’ from Deewar.

    Set during Indira Gandhi’s ‘Emergency’ era of 1975, against the backdrop of huge political and social unrest across the country, Baadshaho transports us to Rani Gitanjali’s (Ileana D’Cruz) palace in Jaipur, which is raided for gold and she is arrested for withholding it without declaration. The government seizes the gold and decides to transfer it via road to Delhi in a truck with officer Singh (Vidyut) a cocky cop in charge of the whole operation. What happens on the journey remains to be seen…

    Baadshaho stars Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, Sanjay Mishra and Vidyut Jammwal.

    Check 'Socha Hai'  here. Vocals are by Jubin Nautiyal and Neeti Mohan.

    Baadshaho releases nationwide on 1 September and is distributed worldwide by Coconut Movies.

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    BENNY DAYAL: “Nothing can get better than performing at AR Rahman sir’s 25th Anniversary concert”

    Introduced by AR Rahman he started his career exactly ten years ago, for a Tamil film called Sivaji and has gone on to sing songs in several other languages, including for the Hindi film industry more popularly known as Bollywood.

    His songs such as Ude Dil Befikre, Badtameez Dil, and Tu Meri Dost Hai have gone on to be smash hits with millions of listeners worldwide. After obtaining a Masters in journalism, disappointed with career options in music, Benny nearly gave up on his dream by taking on a job, until music maestro AR Rahman came calling…and the rest as they say is history.

    We caught up with the new generation, versatile Indian singer, Benny Dayal ahead of his UK tour with music legend AR Rahman to chat about everything music.

    By FATIMA PATEL

    Fatima: Lovely to be speaking to you. So, my first question to you is, AR Rahman introduced you as playback singer in films how did the introduction actually happen?

    Benny: Actually, even I don’t know, it’s been a miracle, actually to be very honest. I was actually looking for work when I did start like exactly 11 years ago and I used to be like asking and approaching a lot of composers in Chennai when I was in Chennai and no one had any work for me or taken an interest in my voice. Nothing was working out for me so then I took this job and was wondering if my journey in music will ever happen. Then three days into my job I got a call from his (AR Rahman’s) studio which was extremely ironic but I think it was to happen the way it was meant to happen.

    A dream came true for you then?

    Oh yes

    So how important do you think his (AR Rahman) role has been in the shaping of your musical career?

    Oh, definitely what can I say sometimes I feel I am not worthy of talking about him, what he has achieved, in this time and space, taken his music globally and made a mark for the industry. At a time in an Indian society when nobody believed music could be a lifelong career, there was a time in India where parents used to tell us to keep music as a hobby and get a job. So, when he came into the industry in 1992 with Roja, he started to introduce a lot of new singers who weren’t there in the industry besides, SP Bala Subramaniam and Hariharan. Even Hariharan sir was introduced at that time. And so, it was incredible to see that he (AR Rahman) had brought out a lot of new singers that gave us youngsters in India to have the hope of taking music up as a career. And so not just musically, but technically and sound wise, in terms of composition, in terms of tune, in terms of musical arrangements. It’s everything that he has showed us, the simplicity and intensity, you know so many things. So, there is so much and you can keep going and talk for 48 hours on him and it still wouldn’t be enough on Rahman Sir.

    You’ve definitely left your mark as well, I mean your background is from an Indian Indie scene you’ve bought a lot of soul RNB and Jazz in your music that wasn’t seen before in Bollywood but now has been accepted

    I could probably say I was one of them first singers who started singing a lot of RNB and Soul. I could see there were singers like Shaan and KK, you know they was also there. I should say thank you to composers like AR Rehman for giving me the opportunity to take that genre forward and bring new flavour to and give it the flavour of Indian music

    It’s fantastic to see that these new genres of music are being explored in Bollywood but more that it has been accepted. Where do you think the Bollywood industry is heading now with all these new genres coming forth and the fact that people are experimenting with music?

    Every musical industry, or every musical society would have to evolve. Because that’s exactly how we go ahead it’s important to progress. I meet a lot of journalists who say music is not like how it was and I am sat at a press conference and I’m saying hey your shooting pictures from a digital camera and why aren’t you using a still camera, so you like shooting from a digital camera now. So, you see what I am saying? So, it’s same with music. Music can’t stay analogue and it’s not just for radio, but digital platforms too. There are so many social media platforms nowadays. So, you have to evolve and that’s exactly how life should be. There are many platforms, many ways to listen to music according to people’s affordability.

    So, which Indian musician apart from AR Rahman sir has inspired you over the years?

    From Indian definitely, everyone has played a vital role in my career. I have worked with Vishal & Shekar and they have definitely helped in my career giving me the right songs.

    You’ve recently celebrated your first wedding anniversary so congratulations on that….

    Thank you thank you so much.

    Does your wife have any influence on the kind of songs you sing. For example, does she prefer you to sing more romantic songs or maybe the songs like Badtameez dil? 

     (Laughs) She loves all my songs. She doesn’t mind, she never says you should sing songs like that. Whatever comes.

    You’re coming to the UK for the 25 years AR Rahman concert. How are you feeling about performing live at the concert?

    Extremely incredible I can’t tell you we’re celebrating 25 years of AR Rahman music, as I have been such a hard-core fan of his and to be a part of his celebration and to be on tour performing with him I just can’t explain how I feel. He’s the reason why I got into this industry. To be a part of his twenty-fifth year anniversary nothing can get better than that for me

    Thank you so much for speaking to us and we wish you all the best with your tour in the UK

    Thank you very much Fatima

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    All aboard the musical adventure of the year…. JAGGA JASOOS!

     

    The musical comedy starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif that will leave you splitting at the sides as we join Jagga in his quest to find his long-lost father – in cinemas on 14 July 2017

     

    When was the last time you embarked on a mystery-solving adventure whilst riding the back of an ostrich? Join the bumbling duo, Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor) and Shruti (Katrina Kaif), as they look to uncover the mysterious disappearance of Jagga’s father, taking them across some of the most unfamiliar terrain.

     

    Disney and Pictureshuru Productions are set to release the musical adventure of the year, JAGGA JASOOS, in cinemas worldwide on 14 July 2017.  Directed by Anurag Basu (Barfi!, Life in a… Metro) the film stars two of India’s leading stars Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) and Katrina Kaif (Rajneeti). Featuring as many as 29 songs, this Broadway style musical will have audiences around the globe laughing, crying and singing along as they join the suited pair to uncover the truth in amongst a safari of exotic creatures, mystery and uncertainty.

     

    The film, which marks the return of the Barfi! team (Anurag Basu - UTV Motion Pictures - Ranbir Kapoor) has already generated considerable buzz with the release of its quirky, colourful musical trailer featuring the infectious Jagga portrayed by Ranbir Kapoor and his endearing, bundling companion Shruti played by Katrina Kaif. Using the magical power of song, dance and humour, we see them travelling across the planet in bright yellow aircrafts, horseback and ostriches – not your everyday modes of transport!

     

    Three times Filmfare awardee Pritam Chakraborty scored the music for the film which marks an encore of yet another association of the successful trio - Anurag, Ranbir, and Pritam. The film also features notable actors Sayani Gupta and Saswata Chatterjee in prominent roles.

     

    The story revolves around Jagga, a shy young boy in a quaint little town, with his accident-prone father, Bagchi (Saswata Chatterjee). As he grows up, his father sends him to boarding school – and mysteriously goes missing. Over the years, the only contact Jagga has with his father is a VHS tape that he receives via post every year on his birthday.

     

    When Jagga’s father suddenly stops sending his son’s annual birthday tape, Jagga develops an undying curiosity to find the whereabouts of his father. This leads him to Shruti, a journalist who lands up in Jagga’s town trying to expose a high level international case. With Jagga refusing to give up hope on the wellbeing of his father, he asks for Shruti’s help to solve the case.

     

    Jagga and Shruti are a hilarious combination embarking on a mission to uncover details about Bagchi’s life which will take them across the world.

     

    The film’s soundtrack has already been lauded by fans and critics alike. It features acclaimed singer Arjit Singh bringing the lyrics of Amitabh Bhattacharya and Neelesh Misra to life, accompanied with music by Pritam, the songs and visuals have further contributed to the buzz surrounding the film.

     

    Filmed widely in South Africa, Thailand and India, Jagga Jasoos promises to offer the complete Disney package – a curious and surreal story yet offering quirky and magical captivity, a complete sensory experience of breath-taking visuals.

     

    Produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur, Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor, and Directed by Anurag Basu, Jagga Jasoos releases worldwide in cinemas on 14 July 2017.

     

     

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    Shah Rukh Khan-Anushka Sharma club hop to launch song Beech Beech Mein

    After releasing a series of Mini Trails as an unconventional introduction to the audience to the film's characters, Harry and Sejal, the makers of Jab Harry met Sejal are continuing to treat its audiences with innovated ways of presenting the film and its songs.

    The leading duo will be grooving at nightclubs tonight and are scheduled to visit clubs from South Mumbai to the suburbs of the city. Beech Beech Mein will showcase Shah Rukh and Anushka grooving to the lively tunes of Pritam amidst a club set up.

    The Imtiaz Ali directorial is currently garnering tremendous love from the audience across for its timely released content, leaving the audience hooked and in anticipation for the film's release.

    Jab Harry met Sejal will showcase Anushka essaying for the first time the role of a Gujarati girl name Sejal Jhaveri, while Shah Rukh plays a Punjabi guy named Harinder Singh Nehra. The film is all set to release in cinemas on 4 August 2017.

    Here is the trailer to the song:

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    Atif Aslam sings Main Agar for Tubelight

    The makers of Tubelight released a powerful track Main Agar sung by the rockstar Atif Aslam. Composed by Pritam, this song sure leaves you reeling with strong heart-felt emotions of friendship. Atif Aslam’s deep voice coupled with Pritam’s melodious composition spell magic onscreen leaving you extremely emotional.

    The song video finally introduces the audience to Chinese actress Zhu Zhu and Matin Rey Tangu who are making their Bollywood debut with this film. Amitabh Bhattacharya's beautiful words bring forth with the two. The visuals of Salman Khan with Zhu Zhu and Matin go on to show their strong yet beautiful camaraderie.

    Tubelight starring Salman Khan is directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Salma Khan and Salman Khan. The film is slated to release worldwide this Eid on 23 June 2017.

    Watch the song to Main Agar here:

     

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    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan sings the third song Tinka Tinka for Tubelight

    Salman Khan has released the third track from Tubelight called Tinka Tinka Dil Mera, beautifully sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Composed by Pritam and with soulful lyrics penned by Kausar Munir, Tinka Tinka Dil Mera invokes love and the sense of loss.

    This isn’t the first-time Salman Khan and music legend Rahat Fateh Ali Khan have come together and created magic. They have created several chartbusters including Jag Ghoomeya, Tere Mast Mast Do Nain and Dagabazz Re, songs that audiences have fallen in love with over and over again. Fans are now overjoyed with their reunion in Tubelight.

    In fact, when the makers released the audio of the song first, fans went crazy and flooded social media platforms demanding to see the video Tinka Tinka Dil Mera. The makers released the video just an hour later as a special treat.

    The song opens with Salman Khan saying goodbye to his brother Sohail Khan, who is leaving to join the army. A grief-stricken Salman is seen pining for his brother in the hope that he will return safe and sound. 

    The visuals combined with soulful music and the beautiful words will definitely tug at your heartstrings.

    Tubelight starring Salman Khan is directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Salma Khan and Salman Khan. The film is slated to release worldwide this Eid on 23 of June 2017.

    Watch the song to Tinka Tinka here:

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    Presenting the third song, Hanste Hanste from the forthcoming film, Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha

    With music being the soul of Suneel Darshan’s Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha, the challenging task for the director of his forthcoming romantic mystery was to create an album justifying the movie theme.

    While it took the veteran filmmaker almost five months to finalise the songs of his film, it’s the journey and his association with the music maestro Nadeem (of Nadeem-Shravan fame) that has been a memorable journey.

    Suneel Darshan recollects, “When I decided to make EHTEDT and collaborate with Nadeem on the project, I wanted to lock the film’s music and songs before going into the stage of pre-production. After sending him the script and situations, I set up an appointment with Nadeem in Dubai and when I was there, he was ready with his plethora of compositions. He had a variety of songs for each situation. He sang the songs to me and I selected the ones I liked.”

    Suneel has previously worked with Nadeem in several musical hits including Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love, Haan…Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya, Andaaz, Barsaat, Dosti, Mere Jeevan Sathi and Ek Haseena Thi Ek Dewaana Tha mark their seventh project together. 

    Hanste Hanste is sung by Palak Muchhal and Yaseer Desai with music and lyrics penned by Nadeem.

    Watch the song video to Hanste Hanste here:

     

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    Caldera Records to release musical score from The Black Prince

    German-based music company Caldera Records has acquired the rights to the sound track for THE BLACK PRINCE, the historical drama about the last king of Punjab starring popular Sufi singer/poet Satinder Sartaaj in the title role, and written and directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Kavi Raz.

    Written by composer George Kallis, the film’s colorful score was recorded live by the Hungarian State Orchestra earlier this year and has since attracted the attention of appreciative film festival audiences around the world. With THE BLACK PRINCE, Kallis, who has composed scores for more than 20 motion pictures in addition to Emmy and BAFTA award-winning television programs, delivers one of his most memorable efforts to date. The Caldera Records CD release, which was produced by Stephan Eicke and John Elborg, also features a detailed booklet of text by Gergely Hubai, with elegant artwork by Luis Miguel Rojas. The film also features five original Punjabi songs acquired by India’s Saga Music, with lyrics written by headliner Sartaaj and music by Prem Hardeep.

    The very first English-language film about the poignant life story of the last King of Punjab, Maharajah Duleep Singh—also known as THE BLACK PRINCE—will be released in cinemas on 21 July 2017.  Produced by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and filmed widely across the U.K. and India, THE BLACK PRINCE carefully captures the tragic yet fascinating true story and legacy of the revered maharajah, providing a visual narrative of one of India’s noblest kings and his fragile relationship with Queen Victoria, the godmother to his children. The film, which traces a pivotal piece of Sikh history, was also made with additional financing from the U.K., India and Canada.

    Satinder Sartaaj marks his acting debut in THE BLACK PRINCE, playing the role of Maharajah Duleep Singh with quiet strength. He is joined by an esteemed cast of acting stalwarts including Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) as Dr. Login, the foster parent for the Maharajah; English stage, screen actress Amanda Root (The Iron Lady), who boldly portrays the role of Queen Victoria; and veteran actress Shabana Azmi (City of Joy) as Rani Jindan, the exiled King’s mother. The film also features Keith Duffy, David Essex OBE, Canadian actor Rup Magon and Sophie Stevens in supporting roles.

    In anticipation of its worldwide release, THE BLACK PRINCE has won several awards, including the award for Best Drama Feature at the L.A. Film Awards; the Special Jury Remi Award at the 50th Annual WorldFest International Film Festival in Houston, and the Best Male Debut Award for Satinder Sartaaj at the London Independent Film Festival. In recognition of the exciting response and interest the film has received from various festivals, THE BLACK PRINCE has garnered interest from a range of new territories including Germany, Singapore, Kenya, and the U.A.E., in addition to the UK, Australia, India, and the United States.

    As the last King of Punjab, THE BLACK PRINCE chronicles Maharajah Duleep Singh's lifelong struggle and daring journey of self-discovery in order to reclaim his identity, his faith, and the Kingdom that was rightfully his. This ultimately leads him to meeting his mother, long herself in exile, after 13 years. THE BLACK PRINCE spotlights Queen Victoria’s warm relationship with Maharajah Duleep Singh as he begins adjusting to and ultimately embracing the English culture into which he was drawn at the age of 15. The film also sheds light into his upbringing as an aristocrat in the UK who converts to Christianity under the influence of his foster parents, but later longs to return to his Kingdom, mother and roots. His character, as it evolves is torn between two contrasting cultures – his royal ancestry from the Kingdom of Punjab as its last King, set against his upbringing in the UK as he embarks on a new journey of exile, away from his mother.

    THE BLACK PRINCE is also poised to create a wave of intrigue in India and the UK as the story touches upon the historically significant and priceless Koh-I-Noor diamond, which was purportedly gifted by a young 13-year-old Maharajah Duleep Singh to Queen Victoria at a ceremony held in 1850 at Buckingham Palace in London.

    The Black Prince releases internationally in cinemas on 21 July 2017.

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