Baba Sehgal

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Baba Sehgal
Baba Sehgal shoots for his album 'Mumbai City' 03.jpg
Baba Sehgal at a photoshoot promoting his new album 'Mumbai City'.
Background information
Birth name Harjeet Singh Sehgal
Born lucknow, India
Genres Indipop
Occupations Singer, Actor, Composer

Baba Sehgal is an Indian rapper, film composer, actor and playback singer, known for his works in Indipop, Telugu cinema, Bollywood and Tamil cinema. Brought up in Lucknow, he began his career in mid-1990s. He is credited as the first Indian rapper[1] to jump on the Indipop bandwagon,[2] and released an album which got frequent airplay on MTV India.[3] Since then he has dominated the Indian rap scene[4] with hits such as 'Thanda Thanda Paani' (a remake of "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice),[5] 'Manjula' and 'Dil Dhadke'.[6]


Baba Sehgal was a mechanical engineering student at BITS Pilani but dropped out of college to pursue his music career.

Sehgal's first album was Dilruba (1990) followed by[7] Alibaba (1991),[8] Thanda Thanda Pani (1992),[9] Main Bhi Madonna (1993),[10] Double Gadbad (1999) and many more albums. He almost always writes, composes and sings the songs in his albums himself. He was the music director of the movie Dance Party (1995) which had a popular song "kapurthala se aaya hoon, tere liye laaya hoon, Orange kurta peela pajama..".[11] He has the distinction of having the first Indian music video ever to be shown on MTV Asia[12] (which was broadcasting out of Hong Kong at the time).

In 1998 he made his acting debut in Miss 420 for which he was also the playback singer for hit songs including "Dhak Dhak Yeh Dil" and "Memsaab O' Memsaab". In 1999 he played a double role in the film Double Gadbad (1999). He also wrote, composed and sang all the songs for this film's soundtrack. He was also the television host of the TV show Superhit Muqabla which was aired on DD2 at primetime.[13] He has also worked as a stage performer[14] and a model.

He was in New York from 2001 to 2005[15] and when he came home to Mumbai, he released his album 'Welcome to Mumbai',[16] which was his 22nd and latest music album.

He also directed the music for the Bollywood film Bhoot Uncle (2006).[17] He is also anchoring the TV show 'Santa and Banta news unlimited' on Zoom.[18] In 2009 he was one of the performers on the NDTV Imagine show Dhoom Macha De. That same year he played a role in the SAB TV comedy series Jugni Chali Jalandhar. In 2011 he appeared in Rang Badalti Odhani on Star One. He is featured on the Imagine Showbiz series Baba's Cross Connection.

Renewed as a Playback Singer[edit]

Baba Sehgal sung many songs for Tollywood. Some of the instant hits include Rikshavodu, Jalsa, Aarya 2, Adhurs, and Don Seenu, Gabbar Singh. He was mostly hired by music director Devi Sri Prasad. It was under Devi Sri Prasad's composition that Sehgal sung the Tamil songs "Jalsa Jalsa" from Villu, "Kadhal Vandhale" from Singam, "Osthe Mama" from Osthe.He has also sung the Tamil song "sokku Podi" from Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal' and Kannada song "Chanagidyalle" for the movie "Lucky"," Nee oodi bandaga" for film Shiva 2012 Kannada. He recently sang the Gabbar Singh title song from the movie 'Gabbar Singh'. It became one of his most popular songs.

He admits that he likes pawan kalyan and composed a song on " PAWANISM " which is chanted by all Pawan Kalyan Fans. The song "Pawa Pawa Pawan Kalyan" was released by Aditya Music on Pawan Kalyan's birthday (2 September 2012) and is expected to be whistled by Baba Sehgal in the audio release of Pawan Kalyan's new film "Cameraman Ganga to Rambabu".

Acting Debut[edit]

Baba Sehgal also making his Debut in a Heroine centric magnum opus movie Rudhramadevi, Anushka Shetty in the lead .directed by National award winner Gunasekhar.



  • Dilruba
  • Alibaba
  • Thanda Thanda Pani
  • Double Gadbad
  • Mai Bhi Madonna
  • Dr Dhingra
  • Indian Romyo
  • Tora Tora
  • Miss Loomba Loomba
  • Na Ariya hai Na Jariya hai
  • America mein Indian Dhaba
  • Jugni Mastkaladar
  • Pump Up Your Style
  • Welcome To Mumbai
  • Pinga Pinga
  • Baba's Cross Connection
  • Mumbai City (2012)
  • Pawa Pawa Pawan Kalyan (2012)

Selected filmography[edit]

As Actor[edit]

As Playback singer[edit]

Telugu Cinema
  • Rikshavodu (Telugu)
  • Jalsa (Telugu)
  • Adhurs (Telugu)
  • Arya 2 (Telugu)
  • Don Seenu (Telugu)
  • Mr.Perfect (Telugu)
  • Ragada (Telugu)
  • Gabbar Singh (Telugu)
  • Shadow(Telugu)
  • Pada Pada Pada (Telugu)
  • Right now ( Telugu )
  • Mamacita (Telugu )
  • Adda ( Telugu )
Tamil Cinema
Year Film Song Name Composer Co-Singer(s)
2010 Singam "Kadhal Vandhale" Devi Sri Prasad Priyadharshini
2011 Osthe "Osthe Maamey" S. Thaman Ranjith, Rahul Nambiar, Naveen
2012 Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal "Sokku Podi" G. V. Prakash Kumar Shruti Haasan
Saguni "Vella Bambaram" G. V. Prakash Kumar Priya Himesh
2013 Alex Pandian "Bad Boy" Devi Sri Prasad Priya Himesh
2013 Singam II "Singam Dance" Devi Sri Prasad Devi Sri Prasad
2009 13B
Bengali Cinema
Year Film Song Name Composer Co-Singer(s)
2013 Khiladi "Heartbeat" ShreePritam Saberi Bhattacharya

Television appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Dutt, Tushar (13 July 2007). "Baba's back with a bang". The Times of India. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  2. ^ "A sip of Indi-pop". The Indian Express. 18 November 1998. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  3. ^ Abbas, M. Ackbar; John Nguyet Erni, Wimal Dissanayake (2005). Internationalizing Cultural Studies (link to Google snippet). Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 978-0-631-23623-8. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  4. ^ Hunt, Ken (2003). Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, John Bush (eds.), ed. All Music Guide to Hip-hop. Backbeat Books. p. 427. ISBN 978-0-87930-759-2. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  5. ^ Garber, Marjorie; Paul B. Franklin, Rebecca L. Walkowitz (1996). Field Work. Routledge. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-415-91454-3. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  6. ^ "Baba unplugged". The Hindu. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  7. ^ Nair, Vinod (14 June 2003). "Arre Baba, he's back!". The Times of India. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  8. ^ Cultures of the Commonwealth. Université de Cergy-Pontoise. 1998. p. 11. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  9. ^ "Baba unplugged". The Hindu. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  10. ^ Robertson, Roland; Kathleen E. White (2003). Globalization. Taylor & Francis. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-415-30222-7. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  11. ^ "Dance Party". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  12. ^ Sharma, Amitabh (26 December 1994). "India's Turning `Asian Kool' Into Very Hot Sounds Pop music: Record chiefs bet the next global hits will be rap monologues tinged with a Punjabi folk genre known as bhangra". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  13. ^ "Baba Sehgal is back". The Hindu. 21 May 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  14. ^ "Straight Answers". The Times of India. 1 November 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  15. ^ "Baba Sehgal comes back in a new player movement". The Hindu. 26 August 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  16. ^ "Welcome To Mumbai - Baba Saigal". IndiaGlitz. 8 January 2007. Archived from the original on 22 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  17. ^ Deladia, Priyanka (15 April 2006). "Straight Answers". The Times of India. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  18. ^ Mulchandani, Amrita (19 May 2008). "'Baba and I are like husband and wife'". The Times of India. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
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