Abhijeet Bhattacharya

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Abhijeet Bhattacharya
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Abhijeet Bhattacharya at Telly Chakkar's New Talent Awards 2011
Background information
Native name অভিজিৎ ভট্টাচার্য
Birth name Abhijeet
Born Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India[1]
Genres Bollywood, regional film playback
Occupation(s) Singer, composer and businessman (real estate)
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1982–present

Abhijeet Bhattacharya, better known as Abhijeet, is a Bollywood 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.

Early life[edit]

Abhijeet was born in a Bengali family in Kanpur, UP,[1] the youngest of four brothers. At home and among friends he was fondly known as 'Babu'. 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.

He received a call from Rahul Dev Burman to sing for Dev Anand's son's debut film Anand Aur Anand. In this movie, he got the opportunity to sing a song along with his idol Kishor Kumar.

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 Ajay Devgan and Ranbir Kapoor, 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 Shreya Ghoshal and Akriti Kakar. 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 1990s 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" "Suno Na Suno Na" and "Chalte Chalte" from Chalte Chalte.

Non-film music[edit]

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. Which Was a Big Hit on that Time. He got MTV Music Asia Award for that Album. "Kabhin Yaadon mein aaon" is a Hit Song of all time from that album.

On 3 May 2006, he released another non-film album called Lamhe. In 2014, he released his album titled AB consist of Seven Songs, penned by Sameer..He also released Bengali pop albums and Tagore song albums. Recently he recorded a new song with June Banerjee at T-Series Studio in September 2016. That will be his Pop song collaboration with T-Series after a Decade. Recently in 2017 January His 90's evergreen Hit song, Which he also Music Composed "Kabhi Yadoon Mein" out with a Remake version sung by Palak Muchhal and Arijit Singh.Starring By Divya Khosla Kumar, who was also Part of the original 90's one. [2]


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.[3]

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.[4][5][6][7]

In October 2015, he called Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali "dengue artist" from terrorist country,[8] on which Indian artists like Shabana Azmi, designer Wendell Rodricks and Mahesh Bhatt expressed displeasure.[8]

In July 2016, Abhijeet was arrested by the Mumbai police and release later on bail, for allegedly abusing journalist Swati Chaturvedi[9] online on Twitter. The arrest was at the complaint of Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon with Mumbai's BKC Cyber Cell. According to the Indian Express, the FIR for the online abuse was filed on charges of public obscenity and outrage of modesty.[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Filmfare Awards

Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Won):

Year Song Film Music director(s)
1998 "Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaaon" Yes Boss Jatin Lalit
Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Nominated)
Year Song Film
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.

Notable songs[edit]

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", "Kya Aankhen Hain Kya Mukhra Hai" Poornima Anand-Milind
1995 Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge "Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Mein" Asha Bhosle Jatin-Lalit
Sabse Bada Khiladi "Bharo Meri Mang Baro", "Tu Hai Aandhi" 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" , "Yaar Ka Milna" 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
Zameer "Goriyaan Tu" Poornima Anand-Milind
Army "De tali" Sadhna Sargam, Vindo Rathod, Jolly Mukherji Anand-Milind
Krishna "Jhanjhriya" Solo Anu Malik
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
Dhoom "Dilbara" Solo Pritam
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] Sumit Acharya
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
2016 Mahayoddha Rama "Chalo Banao Setu" Shukhwinder Singh, Aadesh Shrivastava Aadesh Shrivastava
2017 Hason Raja Matiro Pinjirar Majhe Bondi Hoiya Re Upcoming (Starred Mithun Chakraborty, Raima Sen) Solo Bappi Lahiri, Debojyoti Mishra
2017 Radhe (Nepali Film) Malai Maaf Gara ) Solo Arjun Pokhrel


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