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Saturday, June 26

Akon's Helpful SRK Tune For Haiti!

Singer Akon got a traditional Indian welcome from Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor during a press meet in Mumbai on Tuesday.

The Smack That singer is on a three-day visit to Mumbai to compose and record a song for Shah Rukh's latest movie Ra. One with composer duo Vishal-Shekar.

The movie is being directed by Anubhav Sinha. In fact, it was Sinha's idea to rope in Akon for the film, whose title sounds similar to that of Mani Ratnam's film Raavan starring Abhishek Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya.

When asked about this, Shah Rukh said both the films are extremely different. "Raavan is a modern version of a mythology while ours is a superhero film," he added.

Shah Rukh did not wanted to discuss the movie as it is in the initial stages. But he did add that, 'It is a genre that has not been tried before. Red Chillies and my team would like to try and I hope we succeed. I am doing this film for my kids and if you guys have kids, they will like it too," he said.

It was jazzed up as a biggggggg celeb night! Though, after the jubilation, it was time to sort out the serious too. Akon, the famed hip hop singer was in India on the express invitation of Shah Rukh Khan to snazz upp his swanky party and record a song number for SRK's new production: 'Ra.One'

Tunesmiths Vishal Shekhar will do their number, er, record their score with Akon and the R and B singer will show up in the music video too.

This apart, Akon plans to pull in Khan for an altruistic cause: raising funds for the Haiti earthquake victims. Weeks after the calamity, Akon joined forces with renowned musician Wyclef Jean; the duo performed at the Yele Festival in Haiti for the disaster affected.

"There is so much more that needs to be done for Haiti," asserts Akon in a media chat. "I visited the place and it was a very moving experience for me. I definitely plan to speak to Shah Rukh about raising help for the Haiti victims. The idea is to involve as many people as possible."