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JOSH makes Bollywood debut

Akshay Kumar’s co-production Speedy Singhs has more than one first to its credit. Apart from being the only Indo-Canadian project, it also marks the Bollywood debut of bhangra and hip-hop band JOSH.

bollywood Updated: Sep 26, 2011 18:28 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani
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Akshay Kumar’s co-production Speedy Singhs has more than one first to its credit. Apart from being the only Indo-Canadian project, it also marks the Bollywood debut of bhangra and hip-hop band JOSH. Although Sandeep Chowta has composed the film’s music, it also features a song called Chaddi walley yaar… by the Indo-Canadian band.

The lead singer Rupinder (aka RUP) Magon, who also stars in the sports drama as one of the Punjabi ice hockey players, says, “I’m actually the real Singh, for that matter, amongst all the other Singhs in the film!”

Based in Montreal, Canada, which is better known for its indie rock scene and home to the Grammy Award-winning band Arcade Fire, band member Qurram Hussain is steadfast about JOSH’s music. “Canada does has a prominent indie rock culture, but we have our own style. We are a bhangra-oriented band,” he says.

JOSH has also collaborated with international artiste Nelly Furtado in the past for a remix version of her song Powerless… and, recently, released their fourth album Beyond Kismat. According to Rupinder, the album’s music is “electronically-inspired and house-based. The album also has a pop element to it.”

Having completed their first film song, the band is excited to do more work in Bollywood. “Vinay Virmani (scriptwriter, actor) wanted to give us a shot and wanted it to be sung with attitude. So we went into the studio, put on our attitude, waale face and sang our hearts out,” Rupinder says, adding, “Let’s just say that Bollywood is ready for Josh and we is very excited to be a part of it.” Speedy Singhs starring Virmani, Russell Peters, Camilla Belle and Anupam Kher hit theatres yesterday.