When music director AR Rahman and film-maker Mani Ratnam wanted a groovy, yet folksy tribal feel for a song in Raavan â€” a film loosely based on Ramayana, they got UK-based singer Amâ€™Nico into the studio. The result is Thok De Killiâ€” a spirited AR Rahman number sung by Amâ€™Nico and Sukhwinder Singh, which is taking up considerable airtime on the radio in the days running up to the filmâ€™s release this summer.
Amâ€™Nico, a UK based Indian singer who has been rocking the charts as a popular voice in the underground music scene in UK , says, â€œThe song is inspired from gilli dandaâ€” the traditional Indian village game. The sound is fresh and unique, dissimilar to many recent mainstream Bollywood soundtracks. I was working on an album, Donasian – We Can Make It Better, the music of which was done by Rahman and my brother Mukhtar. I am glad he remembered me and called me to sing for such a prestigious project.â€