Following Oscar win, Guneet Monga to back documentary on Yo Yo Honey Singh
Following the historical win at the Oscars earlier this week for her documentary short, The Elephant Whisperers, producer Guneet Monga, along with Netflix, is set to launch a bare-it-all docu-film based on the life of Hip-Hop artiste and rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh, the universally- celebrated artiste, who has several hit songs to his name. No stranger to controversy, his sudden disappearance at the peak of his career had startled the industry and fans, garnering intense media attention.
In the new film produced by the Oscar-award winning Sikhya Entertainment and directed by Mozez Singh, Yo Yo Honey Singh will take his fans through the unseen and unheard chapters of his life with his raw and candid revelations that capture his highs as well as the lows.
In 2003, the New Delhi boy entered the music industry with his Punjabi rap. By 2011, Yo Yo had taken the industry by storm with several hits like Brown rang, Desi kalakaar, Blue eyes and many more hits, including from films, like Lungi dance in Chennai Express. He has been praised for gradually infusing the genre (Desi Hip-Hop) into mainstream pop culture, making it an integral part of the music business in the country. Being one of India’s first internet sensations, his tracks once ruled every music chart, party and radio station.
The docu-film captures this personal and professional journey, with behind-the- scenes moments straight from Hirdesh Singh a.k.a. Yo Yo Honey Singh himself alongside sit-downs with his family members, friends and music collaborators, who have been by his side through it all.
Commenting on the docu-film, Yo Yo said, “I have spoken about my personal and career issues in the media before, but I have never been able to bare it all. I have received tremendous love from my fans, and they deserve to know the whole story. This Netflix docu-film will give everyone an honest and sincere account of my life, my upbringing, where I’ve been and my current journey where I have returned, stronger.”
Guneet states, “Yo Yo Honey Singh took over the Indian music industry by storm. His music resonated with the youth. Singh was a star even before he garnered limelight in the press. His tumultuous journey with fame intrigued a whole nation and us at Sikhya. This was a story I wanted to explore. Thankfully, Netflix has always supported and given unique, diverse local stories to a global audience, creating a space for a perfect fit for a bare-it-all, authentic docu-film like this. We’re excited for you to meet the man behind the country’s rap and Hip-Hop music, and learn about the journey that led to his clout, and the controversies that followed.”