Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Genres||Pop, Rock, Hip hop, Dance, R&B and Indian Film Music|
|Occupations||Composer, Music Director, Singer, Instrumentalist and Record Producer|
|Associated acts||Chandrabindoo, Metro|
Pritam Chakraborty better known as Pritam, is a music director and composer from Kolkata who currently composes music for Bollywood. Pritam has completed a decade in Bollywood as a solo music director giving chartbusters like Dhoom Machale from Dhoom. Pritam's latest album release is the soundtrack of R... Rajkumar.
Pritam moved to Mumbai after completing his sound engineering course from FTII Pune. During his stay in Mumbai, he began composing ad jingles and became friendly with a number of other young strugglers like Shantanu Moitra, Rajkumar Hirani, Sanjay Gadhvi and Jeet Ganguly. During this time, Pritam composed famous jingles for brands like Santro, Emami, Head and shoulders and also composed title tracks for tele serials like Astitva, Kavyanjali, Yeh meri lifehain, Remix, Kashmir, Mili, Dil kya kare.
Pritam got his first break when Sanjay Gadhvi was signed on to direct ″Tere Liye″ and he, in turn, signed on his friends Jeet and Pritam as music composers. Though the music was well received, the film sank at the box office. However, in 2002, Jeet and Pritam were signed for Yash Raj Films, Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai also directed by Sanjay Gadhvi. After some time, Jeet and Pritam went separate ways and started composing solo.
Pritam's career as a solo composer began with ″Fun2shh...Dudes in the 10th Century″, ″Agnipankh″, ″Ankahee″ etc. In 2004, Pritam composed the music for Sanjay Gadhvi's film, Dhoom, which was a runaway success with ″Dhoom Machale″ topping the charts everywhere.
The success of Dhoom continued with a string of hit songs like Halka Halka from Chocolate, Garam Masala, Gangster, Woh Lamheand Dhoom 2 Life In A Metro directed by Anurag Basu, portrayed Pritam in a different manner where he featured in the film as part of the Metro band in 2007.
There was no looking back for Pritam after this as he went on to score chart buster after chart buster in films like Singh Is King, Kismat Konnection, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Awarapan, Dhan Dhana Dhan, Goal, Jab We Met, Race, Naqaab, Jannat, Billu, Love Aaj Kal, Golmaal Returns, Tum Mile, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, De Dana Dan, Badmaash Company, Raajneeti, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Crook, Action Replayy, Golmaal 3, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, Dum Maaro Dum, Ready, Mausam, Desi Boyz, Players, Agent Vinod (2012 film), Jannat 2, Ferrari Ki Sawaari, Cocktail, Barfi!, Race 2, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara and more.
Pritam has mentored and judged for Zee TV's, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009. Pritam also judged for Chhote Ustaad. He has also featured in the NDTV Greenathon. Pritam has featured in the programme X factor, as a guest judge and has also appeared for Zee Bangla Saregamapa 2012-2013 as the guest judge for the Grand Finale.
He has composed the track for Hrithik Roshan's TV debut, Just Dance.
Pritam has performed live all over India and abroad, in cities like Dubai, Singapore, Lagos, Muscat etc.
In the earlier part of his career, Pritam had to struggle to make the transition from ad-films/jingles to mainstream cinema, though,after the stupendous success of Dhoom and other films he acquired the reputation of a hitmaker. However, in 2007 he changed his sonic direction towards a more rock and pop based sound. Eventually he even tried his hand in Sufi (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai) and Ghazal music (Barfi!). He frequently changes his musical style by giving a chance to upcoming vocalists in his songs. Today his association with a movie ensures its box-office run to a large extent. In the upper echelons of Hindi film industry music,he has emerged as one of Bollywood's leading contemporary music directors.
Awards and nominations
2012 - 2013
|Film Fare||2012||Barfi/Cocktail||Won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director film Barfi
Won Filmfare Award for Best Background Score film Barfi
|Screen Awards||2012||Barfi/Cocktail||Won Screen Award for Best Music Director film Barfi
Won Screen Award for Best Background Music film Barfi
|Asia Pacific Screen Awards||2012||Barfi||Won Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Best Music|
|Zee Cine Award||2012||Cocktail / Barfi||Won Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director film Cocktail
Nominated Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director film Barfi
|RMIM Puruskaar||2012||Barfi||Won RMIM Puruskaar Album of the Year
Won RMIM Puruskaar for Song of the Year for Phir Le Aayaa Dil
|Mirchi Music Awards||2012||Barfi||Nominated Album Of The Year in Mirchi Music Awards for Barfi
Nominated Music Composer Of The Year in Mirchi Music Awards for Barfi
|Times of India Awards||2012||Barfi||Nominated for Best Music Director award in Times Of India Awards for Barfi
Nominated Times Of India Award for Best Music Director for Cocktail
|People's Choice Awards India||2012||Cocktail||Won People's Choice Awards India for Favorite Movie Album of the Year|
|U.K. Bollywood Cosmpolitan Award||2012||Cocktail||Won U.K. Bollywood Cosmpolitan Award for Best Music Album|
|8th Apsara producers guild Award||2012||Cocktail||Won the Best Music Director’s award
Nominated for Best Music award in 8th Apsara Awards
|GIMA||2012||Cocktail||Won GIMA Hottest Song Of The Year for Daaru Des|
|GIMA||2012||Cocktail||Won GIMA Hottest Song Of The Year for Daaru Des|
The year 2012 was a fruitful year for Pritam. With a challenging film like Anurag Basu’s Barfi in his kitty, Pritam proved his worth as a music director where he composed classy songs for this very film, which revolves around a mute protagonist played by the unmatched Ranbir Kapoor, equally supported by the versatile Priyanka Chopra who essays the role of an autistic partner. The soundscape is experimental and songs like ‘Phir Le Aya Dil’, ‘Ala Barfi’, ‘Kya Karoon, Aashiyaan’, ‘Kyon Na Hum Tum’, are rendered like a breath of fresh air. Pritam has also gone a step ahead by composing the background score for this almost silent film, for which he has been deservingly nominated at the awards starting from Screen to Filmfare, 2013. The year 2012, has also witnessed chartbusters like ‘Pungi’ from Agent Vinod, which went on to become a rage followed by the pulsating ‘Tumhi Ho Bandhu’ and ‘Daru Desi’ from the youthful Cocktail. Pritam is known for experimenting successfully with new voices like Zubeen Garg, Neeraj, Mohit Chauhan, Antara Mitra, Mika Singh, Monali Thakur, Ash King, Papon, which continues with the likes of Arijit Singh, Shalmali, Nikhil George in Cocktail and Barfi.
2004 - 2011
|Film Fare||2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004||Nomination for Best Music Director|
|Star Screen||2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004||Nomination for Best Music Director|
|IIFA Award||2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004||In 2010 Won Best Music Director award|
|Apsara Producers Guild Award||2010||Won Best Music Director award for Love Aaj Kal|
|Radio Mirchi||2009||Won Composer Of The Year Award for Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani|
|Big Star Award||2011||Won Best Music Director award for song Pee Loon from Once Upon A Time In Mumbai|
|Global Indian Film and Television Honours award||2011||Won Special Music Director award for Once Upon A Time In Mumbai|
|Mirchi Music Listeners Choice||2011||Won Album of The Year award for Once Upon A Time In Mumbai|
He was nominated several times for Film fare Award for Best Music Director, Star Screen Award for Best Music Director and IIFA Best Music Director Award in the years 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2010, he won the IIFA Award and the Apsara Producers Guild Award for his music in Love Aaj Kal. He also won the Radio Mirchi "Composer Of The Year Award" for his music in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. In 2011, he won the Big Star Award for his song "Pee Loon" in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. He also won The Global Indian Film and Television Honours award for "Special Music Director" for his music in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai and Mirchi Music Listeners Choice "Album of The Year" for the same.
|2014||White Lies (2013 Indian film)||Pre-production|
|2013||Shaadi Ke Side Effects|
|2013||Phata Poster Nikla Hero|
|2013||Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai Dobara||Pritam's 100th film as a Music Director|
|2013||Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani|
|2013||I Love New Year|
|2012||Barfi!||India's official entry for Best Foreign Film, to Oscars 2013
Won Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Best Music
|2012||Cocktail||Won People's Choice Awards India for Favorite Movie Album of the Year
Won U.K. Bollywood Cosmpolitan Award for Best Music Album
|2012||Ferrari Ki Sawaari|
|2011||Desi Boyz||T Series Play list on YouTube|
|2011||Tell Me O Khuda|
|2011||Always Kabhi Kabhi|
|2011||Kucch Luv Jaisaa|
|2011||Ready||Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director
Nominated BIG Star Most Entertaining Music
|2011||Dum Maaro Dum||Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director|
|2011||Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji|
|2010||Golmaal 3||Nominated Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director|
|2010||Crook: It's Good To Be Bad||Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director|
|2010||Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai||Won Mirchi Music Listeners Choice Album Of The Year
Won Big Star Entertainment award for song Pee Loon
|2010||Raajneeti||One Song( Bheegi Si Bhaagi Si )|
|2010||Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?||One Song|
|2010||Toh Baat Pakki!|
|2009||All The Best: Fun Begins|
|2009||De Dana Dan|
|2009||Tum Mile||Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director|
|2009||Dil Bole Hadippa!|
|2009||Love Aaj Kal||Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
|2009||Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani||Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
|2009||Ek: The Power of One|
|2008||Aa Dekhen Zara||Two Songs|
|2008||Singh Is King||Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music
|2008||Jannat||Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director|
|2008||Race||Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
Nominated IIFA Best Music Director Award
|2008||My Name is Anthony Gonsalves|
|2007||Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal|
|2007||Jab We Met||Won Apsara Award for Best Music Director
Won Zee Cine Award for Best Track of the Year
|2007||Bhool Bhulaiyaa||Nominated IIFA Best Music Director Award|
|2007||Life In A... Metro||Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
|2007||Kya Love Story Hai|
|2006||Dhoom 2||Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
Nominated IIFA Best Music Director Award
|2006||Bas Ek Pal|
|2006||Apna Sapna Money Money|
|2006||Pyaar Ke Side Effects|
|2006||Gangster||Nominated: Global Indian Film Awards for Best Music
Nominated: Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
|2006||Fight Club – Members Only||Nominated: Global Indian Film Awards for Best Music|
|2005||Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena|
|2005||Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets|
|2004||Dhoom||Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
|2003||Fun2shh... Dudes in the 10th Century|
|2003||Mudda - The Issue||With Jeet Ganguly|
|2002||Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai||With Jeet Ganguly|
|2001||Tere Liye||With Jeet Ganguly|
Filmography as an actor
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- "RMIM Puraskaar 2012". Awards.giitaayan.com. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
- "No big stars in my movie: Divya Kumar". Hindustan Times. 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- "Nominations for 6th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
- IANS. "I don't care about jury: Pritam". Sify Movies. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
- "Winners of 17th Annual Star Screen Awards 2011". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
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