Ankit Tiwari

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Ankit Tiwari
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Ankit Tiwari
Background information
Born (1986-03-06) 6 March 1986 (age 32)
Kanpur Uttar Pradesh, India
Genres Music director, playback singing
Occupation(s) Singer, music Composer
Playback singer
Years active 2011–present
Website ankittiwari.com

Ankit Tiwari is an Indian music director and playback singer and also an actor. His career began upon to meeting Pradeep Sarkar where he got a chance to work on jingles and started composing background music for television programmes. Subsequently, he was offered to compose music for Do Dooni Chaar (2010) and Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster (2011), where he started his singing career with the song he composed for the later.

In 2013, he released his third song, "Sunn Raha Hai" from Aashiqui 2. This song was a huge success and was received very well all over the world, the song along with its album was nominated for two Filmfare Awards winning the Best Music Director Award for the album along with Mithoon and Jeet Gannguli. In 2014, he again collaborated with Mohit Suri—director of the film Aashiqui 2—for Ek Villain, where he composed and sung second superhit track "Galliyan". For the track he received another two nominations in Filmfare Awards winning Best Male Playback Singer Award. He also recorded song "O Yara" for the Pakistani film, Bin Roye, which top the charts.

Life and career[edit]

1986–2007: Early life[edit]

Ankit born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.[1] His parents own a music troupe in Kanpur called "Raju Suman and Party" which performs at religious convocations.[2] His mother is a devotional singer.[3] Though his parents wanted him to complete his studies first, his inclination towards music led them to decide on training him professionally. He trained in classical music from Vinod Kumar Dwivedi before training in piano, Dhrupad and Western vocals.[4] He instituted at and won several local music competitions during the time and his Spiritual Teacher name is Sadhak Anshit[4] He used to work as a production head at a radio station in Gwalior,[5] before he moved to Mumbai in December 2007 along with his brother Ankur Tiwari.[6]

Ankit Tiwari

2008–12: Beginnings and early releases[edit]

In Mumbai, Ankit Tiwari met Pradeep Sarkar who was working on a film at that time. Though the film got shelved, Sarkar gave him, along with other musicians, a chance to work on jingles.[3] It was then he composed a couple of background scores for television programmes.[5] Tiwari met Habib Faisal, who offered him to compose the music for his directorial debut film Do Dooni Chaar which was released in 2010. Later for producer Tigmanshu Dhulia he composed the theme song of Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster (2011).[4] With this film, Tiwari made his singing debut where he rendered the song "Saheb Bada Hathila" along with Vipin Aneja.[7]

2013[edit]

In 2012, Tiwari narrated the song "Sunn Raha Hai" to Mahesh Bhatt and Mohit Suri, the director of the film Aashiqui 2.[2][8] The song was also recorded in his voice and the female-version was rendered by Shreya Ghoshal.[2] Apart from receiving critical acclaim, the song fetched Tiwari with multiple awards and nominations. He shared his first Filmfare Award as the Best Music Director along with Mithoon and Jeet Gannguli.[9] The team received the Best Music Director Award from other ceremonies including IIFA Awards and Zee Cine Awards.[10][11] Apart from music direction, Tiwari received his second nomination in Filmfare Awards as the Best Male Playback Singer.[12] As his second release of the year, Tiwari collaborated with Sachin Gupta—marking his first song to the tunes of another composer—for the song "Aag Ka Dariya" from Issaq.[13]

2014 began with the film Dee Saturday Night, where two of his songs, "Falsafa Mera Falsafa" and "Jhatak Ke Nacho" went mostly unnoticed with the music listeners. He then performed the track "Kaisa Hai Dard Mera" which is composed by Ismail Darbar for Subhash Ghai's Kaanchi.[14] Tiwari composed two tracks for the film Samrat & Co., titled "Sawaalon Mein" and a party song "Tequila Wakila" where both are rendered by Ghoshal.[15] During the year, he performed three tracks for two of Himesh Reshammiya's films, The Xposé and Action Jackson. His rendition for the song "Sheeshe Ka Samundar" from the former received critical acclaim,[16] while "Punjabi Mast" and "Dhoom Dhaam" from the latter received negative response from critics.[17] In July 2014, a duet with Tulsi Kumar titled "Kuch Toh Hua Hai" was released included in the film Singham Returns.[18] The year ended with "Dil Darbadar" from PK.[19] Apart from all the songs released during the year, the most successful track was "Galliyan" from Ek Villain. The song was a critical and commercial success; Mohar Basu from Koimoi described the song as "the most attractive song of the album" stating "Tiwari's music and voice adds the required finesse in this song and what he has made darn great!".[20] The song fetched him several awards for Best Male Playback Singer including from Filmfare,[21] Star Guild[22] and Stardust Awards.[23] Subsequently, he received his fourth nomination in Filmfare as the Best Music Director Award at 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards.[24] In the year, Tiwari made his debut in a Kannada film with the song "Nillu Nillu" from Dil Rangeela composed by Arjun Janya.[25]

Tiwari composed and sung the song "Katra Katra" along with Prakriti Kakar for the film Alone (2015).[26] They again collaborated for the song "Bheegh Loon" from Khamoshiyan. He then composed three tracks for the film Roy, "Tu Hai Ki Nahi", "Yaara Re" which is rendered by KK and "Boond Boond" performed by Tiwari himself.[27] The unplugged version of "Tu Hai Ki Nahi" performed by Tulsi Kumar along with the original received mixed reactions from critics though infusion of the whistle's tune was appreciated.[28]

Artistry[edit]

Composition[edit]

Ankit Tiwari stated that he wants to explore different genres given the right opportunity, though it shouldn't be vulgar and should hold meaning.[29] Satyajit from Glamsham called his second composed song "Saheb Bada Hatila" from Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster a "rock-musical" arrangement.[30] In his next composition "Sunn Raha Hai", the male version features electronic distortion guitar, zitar and drums while the female version is supported by instruments like ghatam, flute, santoor and acoustic guitar.[2] The variance in composition was particularly applauded by critics.[31]

Ankit Tiwari

In 2014, Tiwari composed "Tequila Wakila" which lies in Spanish style musical background settings of bass, drums, saxophone, trumpets and guitar while "Sawalon Mein" from the same film has a mysterious type semi-philosophical composition which is decorated with haunting piano notes and bell sounds in the background.[32] Rajiv Vijayakar from Bollywood Hungama mentioned that Tiwari seems to be "evolving into a composer with a decent range".[33] In the composition of the song "Galliyan" it transforms from "being slow-paced, to quickly accelerating into heavy rock music and then settling into soothing traditional Indian-themed sounds",[34] while the unplugged version dominantly uses the acoustic guitar alongside piano.[35] However, for his next song "Kuch Toh Hua Hai", Surabhi Redkar for Koimoi commented; "Experimentation wise, the song shows no novelty as the musical arrangements are not peculiarly impressive".[36] According to reviewers, his last song released in 2014, "Dil Darbadar" has a huge "Galliyan" hangover and "doesn't actually fit into the scheme of things".[37] In September 2014, Tiwari said; "People usually call me for love songs or songs of separation, which I love composing. But I don't want to restrict myself to a particular genre".[5]

"Katra Katra" from 2015 had a similar faith with "Dil Darbadar" as the musical arrangements of both the song are similar to his earlier ventures. Redkar noted; "If only Tiwari could come up with something new [...] the only problem is that it all sounds the same".[38] His next was a passionate and intense composition, "Bheegh Loon" which fits with the erotic thriller mood of the film.[39] In "Tu Hai Ki Nahin" from Roy Tiwari used minimal musical arrangements mainly focusing on vocals and incorporate a whistle—first time he has used whistle as an instrument—which according to music listeners "sounds brilliant and has high recall value", while the next two tracks "Boond Boond" and "Yaara Re" were called "experimental" in terms of arrangement.[40][28]

Influences[edit]

Tiwari named the singers like KK, Puerto Rican and Ricky Martin as his idols.[3] He picked Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as one of his inspiration and dedicated a song to him from one of his composition at MTV Unplugged 4 – Episode 06.[29] Among the actors, Tiwari expressed his desire to dub for Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor.[1]

Popular singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan mentioned that he likes Tiwari's singing along with Arijit Singh's.[41]

Voice and rendition[edit]

Tiwari's early two releases "Sunn Raha Hai" and "Aag Ka Dariya" represent his "young energetic and strong vocals" which was well received by the critics.[42] "Kaisa Hai Dard Mera", despite with the similar pattern has a semi classical touch in his rendition.[43] His one of the most successful venture "Galliyan" provided Tiwari with a high vocal range which was particularly appraised in the song though Bollywood Hungama wrote that he sings the track in a "gimmicky tenor that sounds fake".[44] His voice and rendition was criticised in "Dil Darbadar" where IBNLive wrote; "Tiwari's choice to distort vocals using the Auto-tune software takes away the charm and rawness of a plaintive melody like "Dil Darbadar".[45]

Controversies[edit]

On 9 May 2014, Tiwari was arrested for allegedly raping his girlfriend, while his brother was booked on complaint of making threats to her life. However, the complainant failed to support the prosecution version during the trial due to lack of evidence against him and his brother. On April 2017, both Tiwari and his brother were acquitted from all charges by the Mumbai Sessions Court. .[46] [47]

Personal life[edit]

Ankit Tiwari got married to Pallavi Shukla as per Hindu rituals in Kanpur on 23 February 2018. Ankit and Pallavi had an arranged marriage as both first met on the recommendation of Ankit’s grandmother.[48]

Discography[edit]

As music director[edit]

Year Film Song(s) Singer(s) Writer(s) Note/Co-Composer(s)
2011 Do Dooni Chaar All Songs Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani, Rakesh Pandit, Krishna, Meet Bros Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari with Meet Bros Anjjan (Full Album)
Sai Ki Tasveer
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster "Saheb Bada Hathila" Vipin Aneja, Ankit Tiwari Jaidev Kumar, Mukhtar Sahota, Abhishek Ray, Sumit Bhatia, Amit Sial, Anuj Garg
2013 Aashiqui 2 "Sun Raha Hai" Ankit Tiwari Sandeep Nath Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli
"Sun Raha Hai (Female)" Shreya Ghoshal
2014 Samrat & Co "Tequila Wakila" Ankit Tiwari, Shreya Ghoshal Mithoon Mithoon
"Samrat & Co" Benny Dayal
"Sawaloon Mein" Shreya Ghoshal
Ek Villain "Galliyan" Ankit Tiwari Manoj Muntashir Mithoon, Soch
"Galliyan (Reprise)" Shraddha Kapoor, Ankit Tiwari
Singham Returns "Kuch To Hua Hai" Ankit Tiwari, Tulsi Kumar Sandeep Nath, Abhyendra Kumar Upadhyay Meet Bros Anjjan, Jeet Gannguli, Yo Yo Honey Singh
PK "Dil Darbadar" Ankit Tiwari Manoj Muntashir Shantanu Moitra, Ajay-Atul
2015 Alone "Katra Katra" Ankit Tiwari, Prakriti Kakar Abhyendra Kumar Upadhyay Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli, Raghav Sachar
Khamoshiyan "Bheegh Loon" Prakriti Kakar Jeet Gannguli, Bobby-Imran, Naved Jafar, Randeep Mukherjee
"Bheegh Loon (Remix)"
"Bheegh Loon (Male)" Ankit Tiwari
Roy "Tu Hai Ki Nahi" Amaal Mallik, Meet Bros Anjjan
"Boond Boond"
"Yaara Re" KK Sandeep Nath
"Tu Hai Ki Nahi (Unplugged)" Tulsi Kumar Abhyendra Kumar Upadhyay
Mr X "Tu Jo Hain" Ankit Tiwari Manoj Muntashir Jeet Gannguli
"Alif Se" Ankit Tiwari, Neeti Mohan Abhyendra Kumar Upadhyay
"Saad Sukhrana" Ankit Tiwari
2016 Airlift "Dil Cheez Tujhe Dedi" Ankit Tiwari, Arijit Singh Kumaar Amaal Mallik
Ishq Junoon "Tu Hi Mera Raab Hai" Ankit Tiwari, Sukriti Kakar Sanjeev Chaturvedi Jeet Gannguli, Vardan Singh, Anjjan Bhattacharya, Sanjeev-Darshan
Rustom "Tay Hain" Ankit Tiwari Manoj Muntashir Jeet Gannguli, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Raghav Sachar
"Jab Tum Hote Ho" Shreya Ghoshal
Rocky Handsome "Alfazoon Ki Tarah" Ankit Tiwari Abhyendra Kumar Upadhyay Bombay Rockers, Sunny Bawra, Inder Bawra
"Alfazoon Ki Tarah (Reprise)" Ankit Tiwari, Shreya Ghoshal, John Abraham
Baaghi "Agar Tu Hota" Ankit Tiwari Meet Bros, Amaal Mallik, Manj Musik
Junooniyat "Ishq Di Laat" Ankit Tiwari, Tulshi Kumar Manoj Muntashir Meet Bros, Jeet Gannguli
Tum Bin II "Teri Fariyaad" Jagjit Singh, Rekha Bhardwaj Shakeel Azmi, Faaiz Anwar Original by: Nikhil-Vinay
"Teri Fariyaad (Extended Version)"
"Ishq Mubarak" Arijit Singh, Ankit Tiwari, Shubhashu Kesharwani Manoj Muntashir
"Ishq Mubarak (Redux)" Arijit Singh, Ankit Tiwari, Zack Knight
"Dekh Lena" Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar
"Dekh Lena (Unplugged)" Tulsi Kumar
"Tum Bin" Ankit Tiwari
"Dil Nawaziyaan" Arko Pravo Mukherjee
"Masta" Vishal Dadlani, Neeti Mohan
"Ki Kariye Nachna Aaonda Nahin" Neha Kakkar, Raftaar, Hardy Sandhu
"Jager Bomb" Dwayne Bravo, Harshi Mad, Ankit Tiwari
Beiimaan Love "Pyaar De" Ankit Tiwari Abhyendra Kumar Upadhyay Manj Musik, Raghav Sachar, Sanjeev-Darshan, Asad Khan
2017 Baadshaho "Piya More" Mika Singh, Neeti Mohan Manoj Muntashir Tanishk Bagchi, Kabir Cafe, Abhijit Vaghani
2018 Aiyaary "Yaad Hai" Ankit Tiwari, Palak Muchhal Rochak Kohli
Lover[49] "Anthe Kada Mari" Ankit Tiwari, Jonita Gandhi
"Ye Vaipuga Naa Choopu Saagali" Ankit Tiwari

As playback singer[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2014 Guild Awards Best Male Playback Singer Aashiqui 2 - "Sunn Raha Hai" Nominated [50]
2015 Best Music Director Ek Villain - "Galliyan" Won [51]
Best Male Playback Singer
2013 BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Music Aashiqui 2
(shared with Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli)
Nominated [52]
2014 Most Entertaining Singer (Male) Ek Villain - "Galliyan" Won [53]
Most Entertaining Song Nominated
Most Entertaining Music Ek Villain
(shared with Mithoon, Rabbi Ahmed, Adnan Dhool)
2014 Filmfare Awards Best Music Director Aashiqui 2
(shared with Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli)
Won [54]
Best Male Playback Singer Aashiqui 2 - "Sunn Raha Hai" Nominated [55]
2015 Best Music Director Ek Villain
(shared with Mithoon, Soch)
Nominated [56]
Best Male Playback Singer Ek Villain - "Galliyan" Won [57]
2014 GiMA Awards Best Music Debut Aashiqui 2 - "Sunn Raha Hai" Won [58]
Best Film Album Aashiqui 2
(shared with Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli)
Best Music Director Nominated [59]
Best Male Playback Singer Aashiqui 2 - "Sunn Raha Hai"
Best Film Song
2015 Ek Villain - "Galliyan" Won [60]
Best Male Playback Singer Nominated
Best Music Director Ek Villain
(shared with Mithoon)
2014 IIFA Awards Best Music Director Aashiqui 2
(shared with Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli)
Won [61]
Best Male Playback Singer Aashiqui 2 - "Sunn Raha Hai" Nominated [62]
2013 Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Male Vocalist of the Year Aashiqui 2 - "Sunn Raha Hai" Won [63]
Upcoming Music Composer of the Year
Best Song
(Listeners' Choice Award)
Album of the Year Aashiqui 2
(shared with Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli)
2014 Male Vocalist of the Year Ek Villain - "Galliyan" Nominated [64]
Music Composer of the Year
Song of the Year
Album of the Year Ek Villain
(shared with Mithoon, Rabbi Ahmad, Adnaan Dhool)
Album of the Year
(Listener's Choice)
Won [65]
2015 Album of the Year Roy
(shared with Amaal Mallik, Meet Bros, Kumaar, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Sandeep Nath)
Nominated [66][67]
Album of the Year
(Listener's Choice)
Won
2014 Screen Awards Best Music Director Aashiqui 2
(shared with Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli)
Nominated [68]
2015 Ek Villain
(shared with Mithoon)
Won [69]
Best Male Playback Singer Ek Villain - "Galliyan" Nominated [70]
2015 Stardust Awards Best Male Playback Singer Ek Villain - "Galliyan" Won [71]
Best Music Director Ek Villain
(shared with Mithoon)
Nominated [72]
2014 Zee Cine Awards Best Music Director Aashiqui 2
(shared with Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli)
Won [73]

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