Popular Bollywood singers Sunidhi Chauhan and Armaan Malik will be singing Hindi tracks for the Hindi version of Disney’s upcoming live-action The Lion King.
Legendary singer Elton John along with a team of musicians contributed to the music of the 1994 animated classic. The film was brought alive by the Oscar winning score composed by Hans Zimmer.
The new live-action version promises to cherish the musical spirit of the original with re-imagined tracks by superstar Beyoncé and actor/rapper Donald Glover. Hans has returned to compose the score.
Sunidhi and Armaan will lend their unique voices to the Hindi soundtrack of the film. Armaan will sing "Hakuna Matata" and also a duet with Sunidhi.
"“While watching the original film, I have drifted with emotions -- laughed and cried. So, to be a part of this venture was not only exciting, but something extremely close to my heart. I have beautiful memories of listening to the tracks of ‘Lion King’, especially one track - “Can you feel the love tonight” -- which I have listened to on repeat mode on my long drives, on rainy nights of Mumbai,”" - Sunidhi Chauhan
"When you are a part of something great that already exists, you need to be closer to the original creation, not distort it, rather leave your own little touch. I have tried my best to justify the songs and the extraordinarily done visuals. The expressions of Simba, Nala, were so prolific, immaculate, that I knew I was in for something really interesting," she added.
"“Lion King is literally my favourite Disney film of all time! I usually never asked for many gifts from my parents when I was a child but I clearly remember telling my dad that I wanted to buy the whole DVD collection of Lion King and he immediately bought it for me”" - Armaan Malik
"It's such a fond memory that is still so clearly etched in my mind! I tried singing it the same way I felt when I first heard them back when I was a kid. I wanted to keep that same innocence intact, yet do some cool western inflections in my vocal delivery that could enhance the song. I think they have come out great and can't wait for the fans to hear them!" Armaan added.
Director Jon Favreau of The Jungle Book fame has re-imagined the world of Disney's classic for the live-action film. He has stayed true to the classic story of Simba and used pioneering and game changing photo-real technology to make the musical epic come alive on the big screen.
The Lion King will release in India on July 19 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
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