Mohit Chauhan

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This article is about the playback singer. For the Bollywood actor, see Mohit Chauhan (actor).
Mohit Chauhan
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Chauhan in 2009
Background information
Born Nahan, Himachal Pradesh, India[1]
Origin Himachal Pradesh, India
Genres Indian pop, Bollywood
Occupations Singer
Instruments Guitar, Harmonica, Flute, Saxophone
Years active 1998 – present
Associated acts Silk Route, Rahul Vaid
Website mohitchauhan.in

Mohit Chauhan is an Indian singer, most known for his work as a playback singer for Bollywood movies as well as the former front-man of the Indipop band Silk Route. He is a two-time recipient of the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer as well as several other awards mentioned below.

Early life and career[edit]

Mohit Chauhan was born in the Nahan town of Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh on 11 March 1966.[1][2] He can speak fluently in Pahari, English and Hindi.[citation needed] He first attended St. Xavier's School, Delhi and then moved to Himachal Pradesh to complete his education.[citation needed] Chauhan graduated with a Master of Science in Geology from the Dharamsala College in Himachal Pradesh.[citation needed]

He never received formal training in music, but sings and plays guitar, harmonica and the flute. After completing his education in Himachal, Chauhan came to Delhi where he formed the band Silk Route with his schoolmate Kem Trevedi (pianist) in 1996. He started his career singing Indian pop songs with the band Silk Route, with Arpit Gupta which released two albums, Boondein (1998) and Pehchan. The song "Dooba Dooba" became a hit in the Indipop music scene. However, the band dissolved. He stayed off the scene for a while until he came back with the song "Guncha" in 2005 from the movie "Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh". He also composed that song. Impressed by his vocals, he was then approached by A. R. Rahman to sing for the movie Rang De Basanti. However, it wasn't until 2007 when music director Pritam approached him for the song Tum Se Hi for the movie Jab We Met that Chauhan finally achieved mainstream success.

Career[edit]

Mohit Chauhan had his first brush with success with the song "Dooba Dooba" from the band Silk Route's album Boondhein. The album debuted at number one on the album chart. Boondhein featured songs in Hindi, English, and Pahadi, and the band won several awards at the awards in 1998.[3]

Chauhan's career in Bollywood began in 2002 when he sang "Pehli Nazar Mein Dari Thi" in the movie Road. His songs "Khoon Chala" and "Masakali" from the films Rang De Basanti and Delhi-6 respectively, composed by Rahman and "Tum Se Hi" from the film Jab We Met,[4] composed by Pritam, were successful. His subsequent chartbusters included the songs "Tu Ne Jo Na Kaha" for the 2009 film New York, "Ye Dooriyan" for Love Aaj Kal, and "Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai" for Kaminey. In 2010, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for "Masakali".[5] He also sang two superhit tracks "Bheegi Si" from the Movie Raajneeti and "Pee Loon" from Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai both arranged and directed by Pritam. His songs "Pee Loon" from Once Upon A Time in Mumbai,"Tujhe Bhula Diya" from Anjaana Anjaani directed by Vishal-Shekhar became chartbusters. He then sang "Yun Hi" from Tanu Weds Manu which is another addition to his superhit songs. His songs from the movie Rockstar (2011 film) have become anthems. He sang his first Bengali song for the movie Sedin Dekha Hoyechilo and also he sang his second Bengali song for the movie Paglu. He sang his first Tamil Song "Po Nee Po" for the Movie 3 with Anirudh.

In addition to film playback singing, Chauhan has sung many advertisement jingles for products including Alpenlibe, Parachute, Wheel (detergent), Nescafe, Hippo Munchies, Vicks Vapor Rub, Alchemist & Maruti Suzuki Alto (2011). He has also sung the theme song for Star Parivaar Awards 2011.

In 2007, he took part in singing reality show, Mission Ustaad on 9X, where he teamed with Vasundhara Das. He also took part in the singing reality show on STAR Plus, Music Ka Maha Muqqabla, where he led the team Mohit's Fighhter.

He has also performed at various college festivals across the country, like at Sparsh 2008, the annual cultural festival at Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, the Crescendo night of Alcheringa, the annual cultural festival of IIT Guwahati, in February 2013, and the Cultural Night of IIT Kharagpur in 2001, as well as IIT Bombay in 2009 and 2013. He recently also performed at the Star Night of the annual cultural festival, Engifest of Delhi Technological University on 16 February 2014.

In 2011 he featured in the third episode of The Dewarists collaborating with Indian Ocean for the song called Maaya. He was also featured on MTV Unplugged (India) in the same year. In 2013 he sang a song "Jad Se Judien" for the advertisement of L'Oreal Paris India.[6]

Works[edit]

Mohit Chauhan performing at the Times Of India Film Awards 2013 (TOIFA)

Filmography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Category Song Result
Filmfare Awards
2010 Best Male Playback Singer Masakali from Delhi-6 Won
2011 Best Male Playback Singer Pee Loon from Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Nominated
2012 Best Male Playback Singer Sadda Haq from Rockstar Nominated
2012 Best Male Playback Singer Jo Bhi Main from Rockstar Won[7]
Zee Cine Awards
2011 Best Male Singer Pee Loon from Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Won
2012 Best Male Singer Jo Bhi Main from Rockstar Won
Star Screen Awards
2011 Best Male Singer Pee Loon from Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Nominated
2011 Best Male Singer Phir Se Udd Chala from 'Rockstar' Won
Apsara Film and Television Producers Guild Awards
2010 Best Male Singer Yeh Dooriyan from Love Aaj Kal Won
Mirchi Music Awards
2010 Best Male Singer Masakali from Delhi-6 Won
Global Indian Films And Television Awards
2011 Best Male Singer Pee Loon from Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Won
IIFA Awards
2011 Best Male Singer Pee Loon from Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Nominated
2012 Best Male Singer Naadan Parindey from Rockstar Won
GIMA Awards
2011 Best Male Singer Pee Loon from Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Won
Colors Screen Awards
2011 Best Male Singer Sadda Haq from Rockstar Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
2011 Best Male Singer Sadda Haq from Rockstar Won
2012 Best Male Singer Jo Bhi Main from Rockstar Won
Zee Cine Awards
2011 Best Male Singer Pee Loon from 'Once Upon a Time in Mumbai' Won
2012 Best Male Singer Sadda Haq from Rockstar Won
Apsara Awards
2010 Best Male Singer Yeh Dooriyan from 'Love Aaj Kal' Won
2011 Best Male Singer Pee Loon Nominated
2012 Best Male Singer Jo Bhi Main from Rockstar Won
Vijay Awards
2012 Best Singer - Male Po Nee Po from 3 Won
South Indian International Movie Awards
2013 Best Male Playback Singer Po Nee Po from 3 Nominated

Other Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2011: RMIM Puraskaar — Male Singer of the Year[8]
  • 2012: Vijay Awards;- Best Singer - Male

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Get ready to sway along his tunes". Hindustan Times. 21 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mohit Chauhan dedicates Film fare award to Himachal". nvonews. 2 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Silk Route website. "Albums". Silk Route.net. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Jab We Met". The Hindu. 3 November 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Indo Asian News Service (28 February 2010). "Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan claim top honours at 55th Filmfare Awards". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Mohit Chauhan Jad Se Judien L'Oreal Paris India Song
  7. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2011 Winners". Times of India. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "RMIM Purskaar 2011". 

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