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 Atyachar" turning an instant hit. He sang this song under the name "Band Master Rangeela And Rasila". He also lent his voice to this song with Amit Trivedi. 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 recently gave lyrics for the title track of kalank.
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", "Sapna Jahan", "Sweetheart" and "Namo Namo".
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|
|2009||Dev D||Amit Trivedi||Emotional Atyachar||Anurag Kashyap|
|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||Agent Vinod||Pritam||Pyaar ki Pungi|
|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|
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