16-Nov-1977 (Aged - 40 years)|
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Amitabh Bhattacharya is an Indian lyricist and playback singer of Bengali origin from Uttar Pradesh who works in Bollywood films. He shot to fame with the film Dev.D with the song "Emotional Attyachar" turning an instant hit. He has been continuously writing lyrics for a variety of Bollywood movies since then and has also sung a few of them. Bhattacharya has also maintained a close association with Amit Trivedi since their first film Aamir. He has written the lyrics or sang for most of the film albums composed by the latter. His lyrics have been variously described as "frillfree" and "smartly worded".
A National Award-winning lyricist, he has won the National Award for the song "Agar Zindagi" from the film I Am. He won his first Filmfare award for the song "Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin". In his song-writing career he has won highest number of awards, precisely 9, for the song "Channa Mereya" to date.
He has been acclaimed for writing "good lyrics" and poetry.
Some of his written songs are "Channa Mereya", "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", "Kabira", "Mast Magan", "Raabta", "Zehnaseeb", "Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin", "Naina", "Manja", "Janam Janam" , "Zinda Hoon", "Gerua", "Zaalima" and "Sapna Jahan".
Early life and struggles
In a prolific interview given to the "Times of India" in 2013, Bhattacharya said that he migrated to Mumbai from Lucknow harbouring dreams of becoming a singer fourteen years ago (1999). He stood in the long queues in front of music composers' office and gave them demo "Audio Cassettes" to listen to him. But it didn't bear any fruit.
He went up to music composer & director Pritam Chakraborty. It was Pritam who gave him work and allowed him to assist.
During his struggling days, he started writing lyrics for Advertisement jingles to lower his frustration of not getting work. He learned the art of song-writing during those struggling days.
In the year 2004, when his friend Amartya Rahut introduced him to music composer Amit Trivedi, Trivedi and Rahut, who often composed music for television channels, took Bhattacharya as a dummy singer to give presentations of his music. Trivedi also urged him to write rough lyrics. While writing lyrics, Bhattacharya discovered that he had an innate talent of giving words to tunes. Over the years, Trivedi and Bhattacharya became good friends.
His major breakthrough came when Trivedi was working upon the music of Anurag Kashyap's Dev.D, Trivedi insisted Bhattacharya to write rough lyrics. Bhattacharya wrote the lyrics for the songs of Dev.D, and most of its major songs became a hit, thus nearly ending 8 years of his struggle for recognition.
As playback singer
|2008||Aamir||Amit Trivedi||Ek Lau, Ha Raham|
|2009||Wake Up Sid||Amit Trivedi||Iktara||Ayan Mukerji|
|2010||Band Baaja Baaraat||Salim-Sulaiman||Mitra|
|2010||Udaan||Amit Trivedi||Geet, Aazadiyan|
|2010||Admissions Open||Amit Trivedi||Dariya Ubale, Aasman Ke Paar|
|2010||Fast Forward||Aankhon ki Baat|
|2011||No One Killed Jessica||Amit Trivedi||Dua|
|2012||Aiyyaa||Amit Trivedi||What to do||Anurag Kashyap Production|
|2013||Lootera||Amit Trivedi||Ankahee, Manmarziyan, Shikayatein, Monta Re||Phantom Films Production|
|2013||Chennai Express||Vishal-Shekhar||Tera Rasta Chhodun Na||Red Chillies|
|2014||2 States||Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy||Offo||Dharma Productions|
|2014||Happy Ending||Sachin-Jigar||Paaji Tussi Such a Pussy Cat||Illuminati Films|
|2015||Bhale Manchi Roju||Sunny M.R.||Vaareva Ore Maccha (Telugu)||70MM entertainments|
- The Film (2005)
|58th Filmfare Awards||Best Lyricist||Song: "Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin"|
|GiMA Awards||Lyricist Of The Year|
|14th IIFA Awards||Best Lyricist|
|5th Mirchi Music Awards||Album of The Year||Film: Agneepath|
|59th National Film Awards||Best Lyrics||Song: "Agar Zindagi"|
|7th Mirchi Music Awards||Album of The Year||Film: 2 States|
|RMIM Puruskaar 2016||Lyricist of the Year|
|2016 Screen Awards||Best Lyricist||Song: "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil"|
|2017 SpotBoyE Awards||Best Lyricist||Song: "Bulleya"|
|2017 Mirchi Music Awards||Critics' Choice Lyricist Of The Year||Song: "Channa Mereya"|
|Critics' Choice Song Of The Year|
|FOI Online Awards 2017||Best Lyricist|
|News 18 Movie Awards||Best Lyrics|
|Zee Cine Awards||Song Of The Year|
|62nd Filmfare Awards||Best Lyricist|
|2016 Sansui Colors Stardust Awards||Best Lyricist|
|18th IIFA Awards||Best Lyricist|
|MT20Jubilee Awards||Platinum Disc|
|63rd Filmfare Awards||Best Lyricist||Song: "Ullu Ka Patha"|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Lyricist||Song: "Zaalima"|
|10th Mirchi Music Awards||Listeners' Choice Album of the Year||Film: Jagga Jasoos|
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