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Baba Sehgal at a photoshoot promoting his new album Mumbai City.
|Birth name||Harjeet Singh Sehgal|
23 November 1965 |
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Genres||Indipop, Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu|
|Years active||1990– present|
Harjeet Singh Sehgal, better known as Baba Sehgal, is an Indian rapper, who claims to be the world's first professional Hindi rapper and first Indian rapper. He is also involved in various other areas of the entertainment industry, and works in several different languages' media.
Life and career
Born and brought up in Lucknow, Baba Sehgal graduated in B.E Hons. Chemical Engineering from GB Pant University His entertainment career began in the 1990s, when he emerged as part of the Indipop scene, and released an album which got frequent airplay on MTV India. Since then he has been a popular figure on the rap scene, with hits such as 'Thanda Thanda Paani' (a remake of "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice), 'Manjula' and 'Dil Dhadke'. He was a contestant on Bigg Boss 1 in 2006.
Sehgal's first album was Dilruba (1991), followed by Alibaba (1991), Thanda Thanda Pani (1992), Main Bhi Madonna (1993), Baba Bachao na (1993), Dr.Dhingra (1994), Miss 420 (1994) movie soundtrack, Double Gadbad (1994) movie soundtrack, Indian Romyo (1995), Tora Tora (1995), Loomba Loomba (1996), na aariya hai na jaroya hai (1997), America mein indian dhaba (1997), d.j. mix blue (1997), dhak dhak dil in culcutta (1997), A Reason to Smile (1997), meri jaan hindustan (1998), jugni mast kalandar (1998), abb mein vengaboy (1999), pinga pinga (2001), Pump up your Style (2003), Welcome to Mumbai (2005), Babe di gaddi (2009), Woh beete din and The Magic of Dandiya, among others. He writes the majority of the music for his albums himself. He was the music director of the movie Dance Party (1995), featuring the popular song "kapurthala se aaya hoon, tere liye laaya hoon, Orange kurta peela pajama..". He was the first Indian artist to have a music video broadcast on MTV Asia, which was broadcasting out of Hong Kong at the time. He was also the presenter of the TV show Superhit Muqabla which was aired on DD2 at primetime. He has also worked as a stage performer.
In 1998, Sehgal made his acting debut in the Bollywood film Miss 420 alongside Sheeba Akashdeep. He also did playback singing for the film's soundtrack, which was released in 1994, four years before the film's theatrical release. In 1999 he played two characters in the film Double Gadbad. He also composed and sang all the songs for the film's soundtrack. In 2009, he had a part in the SAB TV comedy series Jugni Chali Jalandhar. In 2011 he appeared in Rang Badalti Odhani on Star One. Sehgal also made his Telugu film debut in Rudhramadevi, with Anushka Shetty in the lead. It was directed by National award winner Gunasekhar. Baba Sehgal was signed to play a major negative role in another Telugu film titled Overdose. In 2016, he played a cameo as himself in Bank Chor.
- Bank Chor (2017)
- Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada (2016)
- Rudramadevi (2014)
- My Friend Ganesha 3 (2010)
- Miss 420 (1998)
As playback singer
- Telugu Cinema
- Gajakesari (2014)
- Tamil Cinema
|2009||Villu||"Jalsa Jalsa" & (Remix)||Devi Sri Prasad||Devi Sri Prasad|
|2010||Singam||"Kadhal Vandhale"||Devi Sri Prasad||Priyadharshini|
|2011||Osthe||"Osthe Maamey"||S. Thaman||Ranjith, Rahul Nambiar, Naveen|
|2012||Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal||"Sokku Podi"||G. V. Prakash Kumar||Shruti Haasan|
|Saguni||"Vella Bambaram"||G. V. Prakash Kumar||Priya Himesh|
|2013||Alex Pandian||"Bad Boy"||Devi Sri Prasad||Priya Himesh|
|2013||Singam II||"Singam Dance"||Devi Sri Prasad||Devi Sri Prasad|
- Bengali Cinema
|2013||Khiladi (2013 Film)||"Heartbeat"||ShreePritam||Saberi Bhattacharya|
- Rakhi Ka Insaaf (2011) ... Guest
- Rang Badalti Odhani (2011) .... Bhai
- Jugni Chali Jalandhar (2009-2010) ... Balwinder
- Bigg Boss (2006) .... Contestant
- Superhit Muqabla (1992–1994) ... Anchor
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