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Abhijeet Bhattacharya at Telly Chakkar's New Talent Awards 2011
|Native name||অভিজিৎ ভট্টাচার্য|
|Born||Patiram, West Bengal, India|
|Genres||Bollywood, regional film playback|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, composer and businessman (real estate)|
Abhijeet Bhattacharya better known as Abhijeet, is a leading Indian playback singer. He has sung songs in more than 15 languages including Bengali, Odia, Bhojpuri, Marathi and Gujarati. He has won one Filmfare Award in 1997. He has also released Indian pop albums. He has been one of the highest paid Indian singers.
Abhijeet was born in a Bengali family in Kanpur, the youngest of four. He passed his matriculation from Ramakrishna Mission Higher Secondary School, Kanpur and Class XII from BNSD Inter College Chunni Ganj, Kanpur and graduated in commerce (B.Com.) from Christ Church College, Kanpur in 1977. He has been singing on stage since 1970. He developed his voice and style of singing by listening to songs by prolific singer such as Kishore Kumar.
Abhijeet left home for Mumbai in 1981 to study chartered accountancy. Due to his fascination for singing and music, he decided to pursue a career in playback singing instead.
In the 1990s, Abhijeet became one of the choice among the music directors along with Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan. His songs include work from the film Baaghi, composed by Anand-Milind: "Ek Chanchal Shokh Hasina"," "Chandni Raat Hai" and "Har Kasam Se Badi Hai". This was followed by several chartbusters from movies such as Khiladi, Shola Aur Shabnam both of which were also box office hits. Then in 1994, he performed for movies like Yeh Dillagi ("Ole Ole"), Anjaam, Raja Babu and Main Khiladi Tu Anari. He won the Filmfare Best Playback Singer Award for Yes Boss in 1997. He went on to record for the movies Baadshah, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Josh, Dhadkan, Raaz, Tum Bin, Chalte Chalte, Main Hoon Na, Dil Se Pooch Kidhar Jaana Hai and many others. Grahan (2004) has two songs sung by him: "Kehte Hai Jis Ko" and "Chup Chup" with Kavita Krishnamurty and Asha Bhosle, respectively.
In a career spanning over two decades, he went behind the microphone to lend his voice to the portrayals of Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Suniel Shetty, Hrithik Roshan and Ajay Devgan, and rendered a range such as romantic songs "Badi Mushkil Hai" and "Mere Khyaloon Ki Malika" and fun number "Jab Tak Rahega Samosa Mein Aloo". Abhijeet has worked with veteran music directors like R.D. Burman, Bappi Lahiri and Laxmikant Pyarelal. Most of his popular songs are composed by Anu Malik, Jatin Lalit, Nadeem Shravan and Anand Milind.
Abhijeet has sung duets with many female singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Sadhana Sargam, Anuradha Paudwal, Kavita Krishnamurthy, K.S. Chithra, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal. Abhijeet has sung maximum duets with Alka Yagnik.
Abhijeet is considered[by whom?] to be voice of Shah Rukh Khan since they first collaborated in 1994 for the song Badi Mushkil Hai from Anjaam. Abhijeet voiced number of songs of Shah Rukh Khan during the 1990's including Yes Boss, Chalte Chalte, Baadshah and Main Hoon Na. But due to disappointment with end credits during Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om (2007), they parted away. Abhijeet last sang for Shah Rukh Khan in the movie Billu Barber (2009) which was their last collaboration.
The composer duo Jatin-Lalit have collaborated with Abhijeet on numerous occasions to give him some of his biggest hits such as "Wada Raha Sanam" from Khiladi, "Yeh Teri Aankhen Jhunki Jhunki" from Fareb, "Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaon" and "Chaand Taare" from Yes Boss, "Zaara Sa Jhoom Loon Main" from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, "Aur Kya" from Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, and "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishare" and "Chalte Chalte" from Chalte Chalte.
Abhijeet has recorded non-film pop music. He released two albums, Main Deewana Hoon and Tapori No.1. Later he launched Aashiqui. He released a pop album, called Tere Bina.
On 3 May 2006, he released another non-film album called Lamhe. In 2014, he released his album titled AB.
On 6 May 2015, when sessions court in Mumbai sentenced actor Salman Khan to five years in jail in connection with the 2002 hit-and-run case, Abhijeet came out in support of Salman by tweeting "Roads are meant for cars and dogs not for people sleeping on them". This raised anger among several twitter users as well in popular media for allegedly making insensitive remarks as well as opening himself to criticism by members of media or others that Abhijeet is equating homeless people to be the same as dogs.
In a similar tweet, he said "Kutta rd pe soyega kutte ki maut marega, roads garib ke baap ki nahi hai I ws homles an year nvr slept on rd" (Dogs sleep on the road and die like dogs. Roads are not ancestral properties of poor. I was homeless for a year and never slept on roads). Abhijeet clarified to a news channel "Nobody should die on the roads as dogs". He further stated that the death of the poor man was a loss to his family members and by not sleeping on the roads such deaths can be and should be avoided. He said and so did other people on the same news channel program that sleeping on the roads/pavements is dangerous as the roads are extremely busy. Many members of the public and media want the government to do more to help avoid such preventable incidents. Unfortunately a large number of people sleep overnight on the roads in cities in India due to the lack of means to buy or rent a house while they eke out a living doing menial labor.
In October 2015, he called Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali "dengue artist" from terrorist country, on which Indian artists like Shabana Azmi, designer Wendell Rodricks and Mahesh Bhatt expressed displeasure.
Awards and nominations
|1998||"Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaaon"||Yes Boss||Jatin Lalit|
- Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Nominated)
|1995||"Ole Ole"||Yeh Dillagi|
|1997||"Yeh Teri Aankhen Jhuki Jhuki"||Fareb|
|2004||"Suno Na Suno Na"||Chalte Chalte
Amit Kumar was mistakenly nominated for Abhijeet's song "Chandni Raat Hai" From film Baaghi in the 1991 Filmfare Awards.
|Year||Film||Song name(s)||Co-singer(s)||Music Director(s)|
|1984||Anand Aur Anand||"Nasha Hai Mujhe Bhi", "Wadon Ki Sham Aai"||Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle||R. D. Burman|
|1990||Khatarnaak||"Aasman Pe Bethi Chandni"||Chorus||Anu Malik|
|1990||Baaghi||"Ek Chanchal Shook Haseena", "Chandni Raat Hain", "Har Kasam Se Badi Hain"||Solo, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Anand-Milind|
|1991||Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin||"Dil Tujhpe Aa Gaya"||Anuradha Paudwal||Nadeem-Shravan|
|1992||Khiladi||"Wada Raha Sanam", "Khud Ko Kya Samajhti Hai", "Tu Shama Main Parwana Teraa"||Alka Yagnik||Jatin-Lalit|
|1992||Shola Aur Shabnam||"Bole Bole Dil Mera Dole"||Chorus||Bappi Lahiri|
|1993||Parampara||"Phoolon Ke Is Shehar Mein"||Lata Mangeshkar||Shiv-Hari|
|Darr||"Darwaza Band Karlo"||Lata Mangeshkar||Shiv-Hari|
|1994||Yeh Dillagi||"Ole Ole", "Lagi Lagi Hai"||Solo, Udit Narayan, Lata Mangeshkar||Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen|
|Main Khiladi Tu Anari||"Main Khiladi Tu Anari"||Udit Narayan, Anu Malik||Anu Malik|
|Raja Babu||"A Aa E Ee"||Solo||Anand-Milind|
|Pehchaan||"Tu Mere Dil Mein", "Aankhon Mein Kya", "Sanam O Sanam"||Solo, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Anand-Milind|
|Anjaam||"Badi Mushkil Hai"||Solo||Anand-Milind|
|Teesra Kaun||"Teesra Kaun"||Poornima||Anand-Milind|
|1995||Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge||"Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Mein"||Asha Bhosle||Jatin-Lalit|
|Sabse Bada Khiladi||"Bharo Meri Mang Baro"||Jyoti||Rajesh Roshan|
|Coolie No. 1||"Goriya Chura Na"||Chandana Dixit||Anand-Milind|
|Takkar||"Aankhon Main Base Ho Tum"||Alka Yagnik||Anu Malik|
|1996||Fareb||"Yeh Teri Aankhen"||Solo||Jatin-Lalit|
|Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi||"Itna Mujhe Pata Hai"||Kavita Krishnamurthy||Anu Malik|
|Jung||"Deewana Deewana Yeh Dil"||Kavita Krishnamurthy||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Rakshak||"Shehar Ki Ladki"||Chandra Dixit||Anand-Milind|
|Insaaf||"Barah Aana De"||Alka Yagnik||Anand-Milind|
|Ek Tha Raja||"Saawan Ki Raaton Mein"||Kavita Krishnamurthy||Anand-Milind|
|Army||"De tali"||Sadhna Sargam, Vindo Rathod, Jolly Mukherji||Anand-Milind|
|Daraar||"Deewana Deewana Main Tere Liye", "Yeh Pyaar Pyaar Kya Hai"||Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik||Anu Malik|
|Dastak||"Tumhain Kaise Main Batoo"||Solo||Rajesh Roshan|
|1997||Judwaa||"Tan Tana Tan Tan Tara"||Poornima||Anu Malik|
|Mohabbat||"Meri Jaane Jaana"||Kavita Krishnamurthy||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Yes Boss||"Chaand Taare", "Suniye To", "Main Koi Aisa Geet"||Solo, Alka Yagnik||Jatin-Lalit|
|Judaai||"Mujhe Pyaar Hua"||Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Bhai||"Khul Gaya Naseeb"||Chandana Dixit||Anand-Milind|
|Sanam||"Kasam Se Kasam Se"||Kavita Krishnamurthy||Anand-Milind|
|Daanveer||"Chumma Chumma"||Chandra Dixit||Anand-Milind|
|Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi||"Jume Ke Jume", "Jab Tak Rahega Samosa Main Aloo"||Poornima, Sapna Mukherjee||Anu Malik|
|1998||Kudrat||"Aab Tak Hai Puri Azadi"||Sushma Shreshtha||Rajesh Roshan|
|Keemat||"Koi Nahin Tere Jaise"||Udit Narayan, Hema Sardesai||Rajesh Roshan|
|1999||Baadshah||"Baadshah O Baadshah", "Woh Ladki Jo Saab Se","Main Toh Hu Paagal","Hum To Deewaney Huye Yaar"||Solo, Alka Yagnik||Anu Malik|
|Dil Hi Dil Mein||"Ae Nazneen Sunona"||Solo||A.R. Rahman|
|Khoobsurat||"Bahoot Khoobsurat Ho"||Neerja Pundit||Jatin Lalit|
|2000||Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani||"I'm The Best", "Kuch To Bata", "Aur Kya"||Solo, Alka Yagnik||Jatin-Lalit|
|Chal Mere Bhai||"Mere Baap Ki","Chori Chori Sapno Mein"||Vinod Rathod||Anand-Milind|
|Josh||"Mere Khyaloon Ki Malika","Zinda Hai Hum Toh"||Jolly Mukherjee, Hema Sardesai||Anu Malik|
|Dhadkan||"Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan"||Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Khiladi 420||"Dil Le Le"||Alka Yagnik||Sanjeev Darshan|
|2001||Asoka||"Roshini Se", "Raat Ka Nasha"||Alka Yagnik, K.S. Chithra||Anu Malik|
|Tum Bin||"Dekhte hi dekhte dil khogaya", "Pyar humko hone laga"||Anuradha Paudwal, K.S. Chithra||Nikhil-Vinay|
|Raaz||"Pyaar Se Pyaar Hum", "Main Agar Samne"||Solo||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Awara Paagal Deewana||"Maine To Khai Kasam"||Sunidhi Chauhan||Anu Malik|
|Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar||"Hasate Ho"||Alka Yagnik||Anand-Milind|
|2003||Chalte Chalte||"Suno Na Suno Na", "Chalte Chalte", "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare"||Solo, Alka Yagnik||Jatin-Lalit, Aadesh Shrivastava|
|Haasil||"Aankhen Bhi Hoti Hai Dil Ki Zubaan"||Solo||Jatin-Lalit|
|2004||Main Hoon Na||"Title Song (Sad)", "Tumhe Jo Maine Dekha"||Solo, Shreya Ghoshal||Anu Malik|
|2005||Bewafaa||"Ishq Chupta Nahin"||Solo||Nadeem-Shravan|
|Dosti||"Aisa Koi Zindagi Mein"||Alka Yagnik||Nadeem-Shravan|
|2006||Gangster||"Lamha Lamha"||Sunidhi Chauhan||Pritam|
|2007||Kaafila||"Sandesa Aaya"||Sukhwinder Singh, Nabi Madjnun||Sukhwinder Singh|
|Om Shanti Om||"Dhoom Taana"||Shreya Ghoshal||Vishal-Shekhar|
|2009||Billu Barbar||"Khudaya Khair-Reprise"||Akriti Kakkar, Monali Thakur||Pritam|
|2012||Challenge 2 (Bengali)||"Chor Police"||Akriti Kakkar||Jeet Ganguly|
|Khoka 420 (Bengali)||"Gobhir Joler Fish"||Akriti Kakkar||Savvy|
|2013||Besharam||"Dil Ka Jo Haal Hai"||Shreya Ghoshal||Lalit Pandit|
|2015||Jamai Baron (Bengali)||"Andho Alo Chaya"||Solo|
|2016||—||"Bollywood Theme Song for World Cultural Festival"||Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik, Javed Ali, Shaan, Akriti Kakkar, Kanika Kapoor||Lalit Pandit|
|2016||The Lonely Rain Song- (Single)||"Piyaasi Piyaasi"||Shreya Ghoshal (another Solo Version)||Abhishek Ray - Gulzar|
- "AB is my costliest album ever, says Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
- "Salman Khan verdict: Dogs will die if they sleep on road, says Abhijeet". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- "Abhijeet is back: Singer calls Ghulam Ali a 'dengue artist from a terrorist country' author =". Firstpost. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
- Vinayak Sinha. Be choosy about your music: Singer Abhijeet. The Times of India. 14 July 2002.