Anuj Gurwara

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Anuj Gurwara
Anuj Gurwara performing for a corporate show.JPG
Born (1981-06-09) 9 June 1981 (age 33)
Occupation Playback Singer, MC, lyricist, Voice Artist, Actor, Radio Jockey, Television Show Host

Anuj Gurwara (born 9 June 1981 Hyderabad,Telangana) is a Filmfare Award winning Indian playback singer, master of ceremonies, lyricist, actor, voice-over artist, radio jockey and television show host. He is most popularly known as the singer of the hit song "Panchadara Bomma" from Magadheera.

Early life[edit]

Anuj comes from a family of educators. His father, Yogendra Gurwara, and mother, Jyoti Gurwara, are educationists and run a school, Sherwood Public School, Hyderabad.


Anuj did his schooling in Sherwood and later, graduated in Psychology and Advertising from Nizam College, Hyderabad.[1] He was an active part of Arts and Music in school and college. Anuj's interests were constantly encouraged and at an early age he displayed tremendous potential.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Anuj started his career working as a copywriter and content developer for various design firms and advertising agencies. After a short stint with a theatre group, he decided to pursue a career in entertainment.

Playback singing[edit]

In 2009 Anuj debuted as playback singer for Tollywood, not knowing how to speak Telugu. Under the direction of M. M. Keeravani, he sang a song, "Panchadara Bomma", for the Telugu film, Magadheera, which would emerge as one of the highest grossing Telugu films of all time. Along with the success of the film, the song, Panchadara Bomma, grew to be a massive hit and established Anuj as a fresh new voice in the world of music.[2][3][4][5]

S. S. Rajamouli, the director of Magadheera stated in an article - "I opine that Panchadara Bomma is the best song in my career".[6] The song was also declared Top Telugu Song of the year 2009 by various media channels, including newspapers, FM radios and television channels, winning awards across various platforms.[7][8]

The song "Panchadara Bomma" is said to have singularly generated revenues of over Rs 30 million from mobile phone ringtone downloads, which is said to be a record that no other song in Telugu cinema has created till now.[9][10][11]

Panchadara Bomma also earned Anuj his first ever Filmfare trophy. He was awarded Best Male Playback Singer in a star-studded ceremony in Chennai on 7 August 2010.[12]

Anuj's Hindi singing debut happened in 2012, in the form of Makkhi, the dubbed version of the superhit Telugu film, Eega. Apart from singing two songs in then film, he also penned the lyrics for two songs.

Live Performances[edit]

Anuj has been actively performing in India and abroad at various corporate shows and public gigs after his award-winning singing debut.

He has performed across the United States of America to packed audiences. Invited by the Indian associations in various cities, he has set benchmarks with his energetic and fun performances in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix, Detroit, Dallas, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Chicago, Bloomington, etc..

Anuj has also performed in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, Kuwait and other countries.[13][14]

Master of Ceremonies[edit]

Being an RJ and an actor, Anuj diversified himself as an MC. From hosting formal events to large parties and concerts, Anuj has established himself as one of the most popular Master of Ceremonies. He has hosted events, big and small, for a large number of corporate companies and Event Managers.[citation needed]

Anuj's understanding of the pulse of an event, appropriate sense of humor, smooth integration of various elements, personalised involvement with the crowd and respect to the theme of the event, has made him a preferred MC for various kinds of events.[15][16]

Theatre and film actor[edit]

Anuj has been an active theatre actor in Hyderabad since 1999, as part of various Theatre productions. He has showcased his talent as an actor and received positive reviews for his performance.[17][18][19][20][21][22]

In 2003, while pursuing acting, Anuj got a call from Nagesh Kukunoor for Hyderabad Blues 2.[23] After this, Anuj auditioned for Sekhar Kammula. Sekhar had won the National Film Award for his directorial debut in Dollar Dreams. He cast Anuj as the 2nd lead for his film Anand, which released in 2004. Anand was a massive hit and Anuj received good reviews for his part.[24]

Anuj made a comeback into cinema after establishing himself as a playback singer. He played a cameo in S. S. Rajamouli's hit film of 2010 Maryada Ramanna[25][26]

Radio[edit]

In 2005, Anuj auditioned for All India Radio. He was selected and started hosting music-based shows on Yuvavani. Following All India Radio, Anuj worked for Radio Biryani, a private radio program setup that aired on the AIR frequency.[27][28] That year, Anuj was awarded Best RJ (Hindi) for his show, Naach Meri Jaan.[29] Anuj's joined Radio City 91.1 FM in 2006. The station was setting up in Hyderabad, one of the first private FM stations in the city.[30]

Anuj began hosting an evening drive time show, Recharge, six days a week, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. He played popular Hindi music and maintained high energy, wit and humor throughout the three hours. The show was a hit right in its early days. It struck a chord with the evening listenership that would drive back from work, and as Anuj would say, "recharge" their batteries on their way home. Anuj enjoyed immense popularity through the show. The name stuck with him and he is fondly called RJ "Recharge" Anuj to this day. Anuj shifted to the 5:00-9:00 pm time slot after a year, yet, commanded a dedicated listenership in Hyderabad.

Owing to his personal connect and popularity with listeners, he was awarded "No.1 RJ across All-India Radio City" for the year 2006-07. Anuj was soon shifted to the morning show, The Radio City Breakfast Show, from 7:00 am to 11:00 am, where he, with Shraddha, gave a fun and energetic start to the day. The chirpy, positive and friendly banter between them had Hyderabad tuned in every morning. In February 2008, Anuj was awarded "India's Best Radio Host for 2007-08" in a nationwide search.[31]

Anuj quit Radio City in July 2008, after the station changed its language mix to a more regional sound.

Television (VJ)[edit]

In February 2006, Anuj became a VJ with SS Music. He won the VJ Factor 2, a hunt for VJs in South India. Out of about 5000 people who competed, Anuj was one of the four winners.[32][33] It was a short-lived role as Anuj got an opportunity in Radio City, Hyderabad soon after.[34]

Travel show host[edit]

Anuj hosts a travel-based television show called Road To Paradise, on Travel Trendz TV,[35] a new national television channel. The show, in English and Hindi, is based on an adventure-exploration theme, where Anuj rides a bike across India, followed by two cameras, exploring hidden locales, tourist spots, music, dance, food and culture.[36]

Voice work and writing[edit]

Anuj Gurwara is a freelance voice-over artist and script writer for various ad films, radio spots, documentaries, films, training modules and e-learning projects. In 2009, Gurwara became part of India's first ever PlayStation 2 game, Hanuman, as the voice of Hanuman in Hindi and English.[37] He also regularly dubs for characters in films.

As writer and dubbing incharge, one of Gurwara's major projects was the entire language conversion of the Telugu film Eega into its Hindi version, Makkhi. Anuj was responsible for writing the Hindi version of the film, casting voice actors as well as directing the entire dub of the film, apart from dubbing for the main lead, played by Nani. Anuj also sang two songs, while debuting as lyricist for two songs.[38]

Makkhi was a highly successful film, and Anuj received praise and reviews for its high-quality dubbing.[39][40]

He occasionally writes columns for newspapers as well.[41]

Discography (Singer)[edit]

Year Film Song Composer Language Notes
2009 Magadheera Panchadara Bomma M. M. Keeravani Telugu 57th Filmfare Awards South Award (Best Singer)
MAA TV's CineMAA Awards (Best Singer)
South Scope Cinema Award (Best Singer)
Big 92.7FM Music Awards (Best Singer)
Big 92.7FM Music Awards (Song of the Year)
Mirchi Music Awards (Song of the Year)
Radio City 91.1FM Awards (Best Singer)
Radio City 91.1FM Awards (Song of the Year)
Aalapana Music Awards (Best Singer)
Pravarakhyudu Emaipoyano (O My Love) M. M. Keeravani Telugu
2010 Young India Young India M. M. Keeravani Telugu
Vedam Prapancham Naaventosthunte M. M. Keeravani Telugu
Bheemili Kabaddi Jattu Nidadholu Pilla (Jathara Song) V. Selvaganesh Telugu
Badmash Ninna Monna Vandemataram Srinivas Telugu
Jhummandi Naadam Yem Sakkagunavro M. M. Keeravani Telugu
Adi Nuvve Nuvvantene Ishtam Jeevan Thomas Telugu
Graduate Ninnala Nenu Lenu Sandeep Telugu
26 Kingston Nee Vallu Jadalo Vishnu Telugu
2011 Anaganaga O Dheerudu Ninnu Chudani M. M. Keeravani Telugu
Prema Kavali Listen To My Heart Anoop Rubens Telugu
ATM Nuvve Nuvve Sukumar Telugu
Badrinaath Ambadari (Remix) M. M. Keeravani Telugu
Brahmigaadi Katha Cheppaleni Maatayedho Koti Telugu
2012 SMS (Shiva Manasulo Shruti) "Chikki Chikki Baby V. Selvaganesh Telugu
Eega Lava Lava M. M. Keeravani Telugu
Telugabbayi Churakathilanti Mejo Joseph Telugu
Makkhi Thoda Hans Ke MM Kreem Hindi Hindi Singing Debut
Makkhi Lava Lava MM Kreem Hindi Hindi Singing Debut

Discography (Lyricist)[edit]

Year Film Song Singer Composer Language Notes
2012 Makkhi Thoda Hans Ke Anuj Gurwara MM Kreem Hindi Debut
Makkhi Sapnon Ki Ek Kaala Bhairava MM Kreem Hindi Debut

Filmography (Actor)[edit]

Year Film Role Director Language Release
2004 Hyderabad Blues 2 Azam Nagesh Kukunoor Telugu July 2004
Anand Rahul Agarwal Sekhar Kammula Telugu October 2004
2010 Maryada Ramanna Ghanshyamdas S. S. Rajamouli Telugu July 2010

Filmography (Dialogue Writer)[edit]

Year Film Director Language Release Notes
2012 Makkhi S. S. Rajamouli Hindi October 2012 Dubbed from Eega

Radio Shows[edit]

Year Station Show Name Time
2005 All India Radio Yuvavani English
2005 Radio Biryani Naach Meri Jaan
Aashiq Awara
2006–2008 Radio City 91.1FM Recharge! Mon-Sat 8:00-11:00pm
City Joyride Mon-Sat 5:00-7:00pm
The Radio City Breakfast Show Mon-Sat 7:00-11:00am
The Great Indian Countdown Saturdays, 7:00-9:00pm
2012– Radiowalla.in Matinee Masala Mondays 12noon-3pm

Television shows[edit]

Year Channel Show Name Type Time
2012 Travel Trendz TV Road To Paradise Travel Show Mon 8:00-8:30pm

Awards[edit]

Playback singing[edit]

  • 57th Filmfare Awards South - Best Male Playback Singer (Telugu) for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009) [42]
  • MAA TV's CineMAA Awards - Best Male Playback Singer for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009) [43]
  • South Scope Best Male Playback Singer Award for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)[44][45]
  • Mirchi Music Awards South 2010 - Listener's Choice Best Song of the Year for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
  • Mirchi Music Awards South 2010 - Best Playback Singer (Nominated) for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)[46]
  • Radio City 91.1 FM - Best Playback Singer (Male) for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
  • Radio City 91.1 FM - Best Song of the Year for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
  • Big 92.7 FM Ugadi Music Awards 2010 - Best Upcoming Singer of the Year for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)[47]
  • Big 92.7 FM Ugadi Music Awards 2010 - Best Love Song of the Year for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)[47]
  • Aalapana Music Awards 2010 - Best Upcoming Playback Singer for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)

Recognition[edit]

  • Listed in Top 50 Achievers of South India for 2009-10 by Avant Garde Magazine Hyderabad (Nov 2010)
  • Youth Achiever Award by The Passionate Foundation[48]

Radio jockey[edit]

  • 2005 - Best RJ (Hindi) - Radio Lovers Association of Hyderabad - Radio Biryani
  • 2007 - Best RJ (Male) - All India Radio City stations - Radio City 91.1fm - Radio City 91.1fm
  • 2008 - India's Best Radio Host - Radio Duniya Magazine - Radio City 91.1fm

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