Alisha Chinai

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Alisha Chinai
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Chinai in 2009
Background information
Birth name Sujata Chinai
Also known as Alisha, Alisha Chinai, Baby Doll,Indian Madonna
Born (1965-03-18) 18 March 1965 (age 52)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Genres Indipop, playback singing
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1985–present

Alisha Chinai (born 18 March 1965) is an Indian pop singer known for her albums as well as playback singing in Hindi cinema.[1]

She is best known for her songs with Anu Malik during the 1990s. However, two of her most popular and successful songs to date was the item number "Kajra Re" from Bunty Aur Babli (2005) and Pyar Aaya from a Sanjay Dutt starter gangster film, Plan which was composed by Anand Raj Anand.


Alisha's initial albums include Jadoo, Baby Doll, Aaah Alisha and Made in India.[1] Alisha was introduced to Hindi film music by the veteran music director and composer Bappi Lahiri. They had many disco hits together in many films in the 1980s including "Tarzan", Dance Dance, Commando, Guru, Love Love Love, etc. When she started her career with him, she was playback singing for many leading actresses, such as Karisma Kapoor, Smita Patil, Mandakini, Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, Divya Bharti. In 1985, Alisha sang 2 Songs with Remo Fernandes in the album Old Goan Gold In Konkani. She also recorded a song for Pankuj Parashar's film Jalwa (1987), composed by Anand-Milind. One of her biggest hits during the 80s was "Kaate Nahin Katthe" (Mr. India) in 1987, which she recorded with Kishore Kumar under the music direction of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Another successful track in 1989 was "Raat Bhar Jaam Se" from the film Tridev, which had music by Kalyanji-Anandji and Viju Shah.

In the 90s, she took on working in different films, collaborating with other music directors, such as Anu Malik, Anand-Milind, Rajesh Roshan and Nadeem-Shravan. Throughout these years, she had several Bollywood hit songs, including "Dhak Dhak Dhak" with Aditya Pancholi (Maha-Sangram), "Jalta Hai Badan" (Balwaan), "Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge" (Raja Hindustani), "Chaa Raha Hain Pyaar Ka Nasha" (Chandramukhi), "Roundhe" (Pyar Tune Kya Kiya), "Sona Sona Roop Hai" (Bollywood/Hollywood), "Mouje Mein" (Karobaar), "De Diya" (Keemat), "Ruk Ruk Ruk" (Vijaypath) and the controversial "Sexy sexy sexy Mujhe Log Bole" (Khuddar).

Simultaneously, she recorded many songs as a pop singer, with album releases. Chinai was noted for her 1995 hit single and album, titled Made in India, which was composed by Biddu. Made in India went on to become one of the highest selling pop albums of its time and Alisha became a household name. This album contains well-known songs like, "Aaja Mere Dil Mein", "Ek Baar Do Baar", "Sun O Meri Dhadkan", "Tu Kahan", "Ooh La La", "Tu Jo Mila", "Dhokha Diya Hai Re Tune Mere Dil" and "Lover Girl". With its success, Alisha announced her departure from playback singing and wanted to concentrate only on private pop albums. However, her follow-up albums were less successful. This was also the period when she got into a major controversy with the man who recorded several hit songs with her, Anu Malik. During the release of Made in India, Alisha had accused Anu Malik of molesting her. While some claim it was a publicity stunt by the singer to promote her album, Anu Malik and Alisha did not work for several years, only to reunite in 2003 with Ishq Vishk.

Chinai in 2010

Alisha's comeback to film music was with the song "Oh My Darling" in the Yash Raj Film Mujhse Dosti Karoge!. Through the 2000–2009 decade, she recorded primarily with Himesh Reshammiya, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Pritam. After her controversy with Anu Malik in the 90s, she patched up with him to record for a number of films starting with Ishq Vishk, Fida, No Entry, Love Story 2050, Maan Gaye Mughle Azam, Ugly Aur Pagli, Chehraa and Kambakht Ishq.

In 2005, her career reached a new high when she sang "Kajra Re" (Bunty Aur Babli). The song was a hit and won Alisha a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.

Alisha was a judge in Indian idol 3 and is a judge in Zee TV's Star ya Rockstar with Anu Malik.

Personal life[edit]

Alisha Chinai was married to her manager Rajesh Jhaveri and is now separated.[2]


  • Alisha received the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for the song "Kajra Re" from Bunty Aur Babli in 2005.[3]
  • Alisha received the International Billboard Award around the time Made in India came out,[4] and also won the Freddie Mercury Award for Artistic Excellence.

Partial discography[edit]

  1. Jadoo
  2. Aah...
  3. Alisha Unleashed
  4. Soniya
  5. Lover Girl
  6. Alisha: Baby Doll of India
  7. Madonna
  8. Bombay Girl bombay se Rail chali
  9. Made In India
  10. Om
  11. Alisha
  12. Greatest Hits
  13. Film Hits
  14. Best of Alisha Live
  15. Dil Ki Rani
  16. Shut Up N Kiss Me
  17. Alisha : Singer Doll of India

Partial discography[edit]

  • Alisha Unleashed
  1. Aah Alisha
  2. Babusha
  3. Baby doll
  4. Dekho dekho
  5. Dheere dheere
  6. Jadoo
  7. Kiss ko dil doon
  8. Pyaara awara
  9. Rootho na hum se
  10. Shor sharaaba
  11. Superman
  12. Tara
  13. Tarzan my Tarzan
  14. Vote for Alisha
  • Jaadoo
  1. Jaadoo
  2. Khuda
  3. Mon cheri
  4. My angel blue
  5. Rootho na humse
  6. Kabhi na raat
  7. Tum meri zindagi ho
  8. Jaadoo
  • Alisha
  1. Seulement vous (Only you)
  2. Ishq se ishq
  3. Dilbar jaaniya
  4. Maashuka
  5. Woh pyaar mera
  6. Soniyaa
  7. Don't want your love
  8. Aai teri yaad
  9. Dhuaan dhuaan
  10. Can you dance
  • Made in India
  1. Made in India
  2. Lover girl
  3. Dil
  4. Tu kahaan
  5. Ek baar do baar
  6. Aajaa
  7. Mere saath
  8. Oo la la
  9. Dhadkan
  10. Made in India (Remix)
  11. Dede
  • Shutup N Kiss Me
  1. Shutup n kiss me (Ravi Bal mix)
  2. Sohneya aaja (Smedrock dance refix)
  3. Tra la la- tere pyaar mein (3si Ibiza mix)
  4. Dil goes boom (Mumbai mix)
  5. Meri jaan mujhe kehke
  6. Silsila (Jazzed up mix)
  7. Ghazal
  8. Shutup n kiss me (Ravi Bal hiphop refix)
  9. Sohneya aaja (Sli Booty mix)
  10. Sooni meri kalai
  11. Be my lady
  12. Shutup n kiss me (Cheeky Monkee refix)
  • Kamasutra
  1. Kamasutra
  2. Main aur tu
  3. Intezaar
  4. Rota hai kyun mera dil
  5. Jhoom baby jhoom
  6. Vote for alisha
  7. Hai gam humdum
  8. Dancing queen
  9. Kisko dil de doon
  10. Taara
  11. Jannat
  12. Jalta hai kyun tan badan

Selected hit songs[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kasbekar, Asha (2006). Pop culture India!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle. ABC-CLIO. p. 34. ISBN 1-85109-636-1. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Sunday Times on the Web – Plus". 8 December 1996. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  3. ^ 51st Filmfare Awards Retrieved 29 August 2007
  4. ^ Alisha going global Retrieved 29 August 2007

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