Who Killed MooseWala?: Book on legendary music artiste from Punjab to be made into a film. Details inside.
Sriram Raghavan mentored Matchbox Shots, the production house renowned for cinematic gems like "Andhadhun," "Monica O My Darling," and "Scoop," has acquired the rights to the gripping book, 'Who Killed Moose wala? The spiralling Story of violence in Punjab’ authored by crime journalist, Jupinderjit Singh.
This literary revelation peels back the layers of the enigmatic Punjabi music industry, offering a spine-chilling account of crime, fame, and tragedy in the life of Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, famously known as Sidhu Moosewala.
The book delves into the ominous influence of drugs and the eruption of violence driven by gangsters' growing dominance in Punjab. The narrative is more than just a mystery; it paints a comprehensive picture of the dark underbelly of an industry often glamorized but rarely understood.
Sidhu Moose Wala, an iconic figure in the international Punjabi music scene, transformed from Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu into an artist whose lyrics and themes resonated deeply with the global youth. His work was not without controversy; it delved into raw, unfiltered issues, making him a voice for many. However, his rise to fame was tragically cut short, and 'Who Killed Moosewala?' attempts to uncover the truth behind this shocking event.
Jupinderjit Singh expressed his excitement and stated, "The moment the book was published, there was a lot of interest from various production houses. I was really impressed with the kind of work Matchbox Shots is producing, and I am thrilled that they have taken the rights to the book to develop it further."
Sarita Patil of Matchbox Shots shared her perspective on the project, emphasizing the connection between the music industry and gang wars in Punjab. She stated, "We have always found the macabre relationship between the music industry and gang wars in Punjab extremely intriguing. With Jupinderjit's book 'Who Killed Moosewala?' we know we have a strong backbone for our story."
“The story is an intricate interplay of crime, fame, and music in Punjab, a narrative that demands contemplation and understanding” says Dikssha Jyote Routray.
The project, led by Dikssha Jyote Routray of Matchbox Shots, promises to be more than a movie or series; it's a testament to the complexity of human existence and the forces that shape our world.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu known professionally as Sidhu Moose Wala was a legendary music artiste from Punjab. Moose Wala – the rapper, singer and songwriter worked predominantly in Punjabi-language music and cinema.
Moose Wala was the first Punjabi and Indian singer to perform at Wireless Festival and won four awards at the Brit Asia TV Music Awards.
Moose Wala was known for his controversial lyrical style, often promoting gun cultures, while also challenging religious sentiments as was the case related to Mai Bhago, a revered figure in Sikhism. He had faced legal challenges for promoting gun culture and using inflammatory and inciting lyrics in his songs.
As of 2022, there were four ongoing criminal cases against him. Moose Wala was a member of the Indian National Congress, and unsuccessfully contested the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly election from Mansa. He was shot dead by unidentified assailants on 29 May 2022.
The news of his death left everyone shocked.