Punjabi singer breaks barriers, composes and sings for Hollywood film
Come September and a young man from Punjab could well be on his way to literally singing the American Dream. A song, composed, written and sung by Punjab-born Rahul Lakhanpal will feature in a Hollywood movie.
"My song Chicago Land has been selected for the Hollywood movie The Tiger Hunter which is scheduled to release worldwide on September 22. The song aptly represents the theme of the movie - an Indian boy chasing the love of his life in Chicago of the 1970s. The song's genre is influenced by legendary Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Chicago Blues artistes such as Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters," Rahul told IANS.
Born in Jagraon, a small town around 40 km from Punjab's Ludhiana industrial hub, Rahul started learning music at the age of 10. He trained in Punjabi folk music, Indian clas- sical and Sufi music.
“In Texas, while studying and focusing on my career, I silently nurtured my dream to sing.
"I was the lead vocalist of a band called Dhwani where I met my friend, and later my musical partner, Vineet Bailur. My band performed at many universities in the US and received accolades. It was a big boost.” Rahul, who is the composer and lyricist of the Chicago Land along with Vineet, is also its vocalist.