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Diljit Dosanjh
Native name ਦਿਲਜੀਤ ਦੁਸਾਂਝ
Birth name Daljit Singh
Born January 6, 1984
Dosanjh Kalan, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Genres punjabi
Occupation(s) Singer
Actor
Television Presenter
Philanthropist
Years active 2000–present
Labels Dharam Seva, Speed Records, Moviebox Records, Finetone Cassettes
Associated acts Sukshinder Shinda, Gupsy Aujla, Tru Skool, Nick Dhammu, Honey Singh, Dr Zeus, Gippy Grewal, Mickey Singh , Akshay Kumar , Nachhatar Gill, Gurdas Maan

Diljit Dosanjh is an Indian Punjabi singer, actor and television presenter. Born in a small village in Punjab, India, Dosanjh is today recognized as one of the leading artists in the Punjabi music industry. He also acts in Punjabi movies, with many of them being noticeable hits, including 2012 film Jatt & Juliet - which is counted among the most successful Punjabi movies in history. His first recorded mainstream performance was his solo track and music video Ishq Da Uda Ada from his 2000 album produced by Finetone Cassettes.[1]

Life and career

1984–2000: Early life and beginnings

Diljit Dosanjh was born in Dosanjh Kalan, a village in Jalandhar district in Punjab, India. His father, Balbir Singh Dosanjh, is an employee of Punjab Roadways, and his mother, Sukhwinder Kaur,[2] is a housewife. He has two siblings, one sister and a brother.[2] He spent his early childhood in Dosanjh Kalan and then moved to Ludhiana, Punjab, from where he completed his formal education, including his high school diploma from Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School. While still in school, he began singing Sikh music at local gurdwaras.

2000–2004: Ishq Da Uda Ada and Dil

Dosanjh released his first album Ishq Da Uda Ada in 2000 with Finetone Cassettes, a division of T-Series. Rajinder Singh of Finetone, who helped Dosanjh make a debut in the Punjabi music industry, suggested him to spell his first name as Diljit instead of Daljit.[3] The music was composed by Bablu Mahindra and the lyrics were written by Balvir Boparai. Dosanjh gave vocals to all the eight tracks and the producers made a music video for the title track of the album. In 2004, his second album Dil was released, which was again with Finetone Cassettes. Both of these albums were flop in the industry.

2004–2010: More mixtapes and singles

Dosanjh's third album, Smile, with tracks Nachh Diyan Alran Kuwariyan and Paggan Pochviyan Wale, soared Dosanjh's popularitiy. The album was released by T-Series in 2005. His next album, Ishq Ho Gaya was released in 2006 by Finetone Cassettes. Next album, titled Chocolate, came out in 2008. In 2009, Dosanjh released four different singles - Bhagat Singh, No Tension, Power of Duets and Dance with Me. Next year, Dosanjh released his sixth album called The Next Level with nine tracks. Dosanjh gave his next song in 2010 for Mel Karade Rabba: Original Soundtrack. The track was lip-synced by the actor Jimmy Shergill and was included in the feature film of the same name during opening credits.[4]

2011–2012: Entry into Punjabi movies and Lak 28 Kudi Da

2011 saw Dosanjh's entry into mainstream Punjabi movies. His debut film in the lead role, The Lion of Punjab, was released in February 2011. Though the film flopped at the box office, his track, "Lak 28 Kudi Da", from the movie's soundtrack was a major success. The track, featuring Yo Yo Honey Singh, reached number 1 on The Official Asian Download Chart in UK published by the BBC. In July, 2011, his second Punjabi movie, Jihne Mera Dil Luteya was released. The film, also featuring Gippy Grewal and Neeru Bajwa, did good business. Dosanjh gave vocals to six of the twelve tracks in the film's soundtrack. In November the same year, Diljit declared that he won't release his controversial album, Urban Pendu, that included the single 15 Saal. That single, featuring Yo Yo Honey Singh, talked about promiscuous behavior of underage girls and their indulgence in alcohol, drugs and tattoos.[5] He wrote on his Facebook page, "It was not my intention to hurt anyone's sentiments. I apologize to my fans who were waiting for this song."[6] Dosanjh wore a T-shirt with the words "Urban Pendu" printed on it in the music video of his 2013 hit single, Proper Patola as a remembrance of that track and album. Dosanjh also released three different singles in 2011 - Catty Eyes, Dharti and Chustiyan.

2012–present: Breakthrough with Jatt & Juliet and Proper Patola

Dosanjh continued his collaboration with Honey Singh in 2012 and released a single titled "Goliyan" that formed a part of the album International Villager He next sang for the soundtrack of Bollywood film Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, released in January 2012, in a single called "Pee Pa Pee Pa" that also featured Priya Panchal. He also acted in that music video in the movie. His subsequent single, "Bodyguard", glorified the fall of Libyan revolutionary and politician, Muammar Gaddafi, where Dosanjh sang about his lifestyle, capture and death. His subsequent single, "Miss Lonely", was composed by JSL Singh. In March 2012, he released his first religious album titled Sikh. The album featured eight singles and talked about the principles and philosophy of Sikh religion. Dosanjh played a lead role in June 2012 movie Jatt & Juliet, which became one of the biggest hits in the Punjabi film industry. The award-winning film, directed by Anurag Singh, also featured actress Neeru Bajwa and was shot in Punjab & Mumbai in India and Vancouver, Canada.[7] Dosanjh Diljit won the PTC Punjabi Film Award for Best Actor for the movie. He gave vocals to five of the seven songs in the soundtrack of the movie. The same year in November, he released his eighth album, called Back 2 Basics, with nine tracks and the music composed by Tru-Skool. In January 2013, Dosanjh's third Punjabi film, Saadi Love Story hit the big screens. The film, that also starred Amrinder Gill and Surveen Chawla, flopped at the box office. Dosanjh sang for two songs in the movie's soundtrack, which was composed by Jaidev Kumar. Dosanjh made a guest appearance in the April 2013 Bollywood movie Bikkar Bai Sentimental with his track "Main Fan Bhagat Singh Da". Inspired by the success of Jatt & Juliet, the producers of the movie released a sequel to the film, titled Jatt & Juliet 2, in June 2013. Dosanjh played the role of a cop in the movie. The film had nine songs in the soundtrack, of which four were sung by Dosanjh. He gave vocals for the track "Main Taan Aidaan Hi Nachna" from the soundtrack of Bollywood movie Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, which was released in June 2013. In August 2013, Dosanjh's music video "Proper Patola" was released on Vevo, making it the first Punjabi song to be featured on Vevo.[8] The single, composed by Badshah, received over one million hits on YouTube just within a fortnight of its release. Dosanjh said in a statement, "I extend my thanks to all who have liked watching the song. I'm glad to live up to the expectations of all, and with their faith in me."[9] Diljit shot for his next Punjabi movie, Disco Singh, which was released on 11 April 2014. The movie, directed and written by Anurag Singh, also features Surveen Chawla and is shot in Delhi NCR.[10] In 2014, he worked for the movie Punjab 1984, which is set in the backdrop of 1984-86 Punjab insurgency. The film was released on 27 June 2014 and is directed by Anurag Singh. The movie won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Punjabi.[11] Diljit has also got his film Mukhtiar Chadha in the pipeline.[12] Diljit is only the first south asian artist who visited the US headquarters of Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram on the same day.[13][14][15] Recently, he sang in a duet song in Coke Studio @ MTV Season 4, Ki Banu Duniya Da, with the singer Gurdas Maan.[16] The song was released on 15 August 2015 and was broadcast on 16 August 2015 on MTV.[17]

Artistry

Musical style and influences

Continually experimenting with new musical ideas and images, Dosanjh's musical and performance style is the subject of analysis and scrutiny from critics. Dosanjh grew up learning music from Gobinder Singh Alampuri and Kartar Singh,[3] and his initial work reflected their style. His later collaboration with Honey Singh lend a different dimension to his music. He has taken influences from various music composers he has worked with - Jaidev Kumar, Sukhpal Sukh, Sachin Ahuja, Pavneet Birgi, Jassi Bros Bhinda Aujla, and the one and only Tru Skool. His goal is to make a Punjabi song that becomes worldwide hit like Korean single Gangnam Style.[18][19]

Videos, movies and stage

His live performances are described as highly entertaining and innovative.[20][21][22] For his music videos, he has worked with a wide range of directors like Rimpy Prince, Amarjit Satwant, Parmod Sharma Rana and Azeem I Parkar. He has been best appreciated for comic roles in the movies.

Brand endorsements

Diljit Dosanjh is associated with Coca-Cola.[23] In August 2015, Coca-Cola Signed Diljit Dosanjh as Brand Endorser for Punjab, India.[24][25]

Philanthrophy

Besides his career in the entertainment industry, Dosanjh started an NGO called Saanjh Foundation focusing on underprivileged children and seniors, contributing to orphanages and old age homes.[26] It also endeavours youth empowerment with issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development. It takes its name from the second part of Dosanjh's last name, which loosely translated means "amity". He launched this organization on his birthday in 2013.[27]

Philanthrophy

Besides his career in the entertainment industry, Dosanjh started an NGO called Saanjh Foundation focusing on underprivileged children and seniors, contributing to orphanages and old age homes.[26] It also endeavours youth empowerment with issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development. It takes its name from the second part of Dosanjh's last name, which loosely translated means "amity". He launched this organization on his birthday in 2013.[27]

Discography

Albums

Year Title Notes
2000 Ishq Da Uda Ada
2004 Dil
2005 Smile
2006 Ishq Ho Gaya
2008 Chocolate
2009 The Next Level
2012 Sikh Non-traditional Religious Album
2012 Urban Pendu Album banned
2012 Back 2 Basics
2013 Sikh 2 Non-traditional Religious Album
2016 Back To Basics 2 Music: Tru Skool

Singles

Year Title Notes
2009 Nachdi De ft. Miss Pooja From Album The Power Of Duets
2009 Bhagat Singh ft. Yo Yo Honey Singh
2009 Dance With Me ft. Yo Yo Honey Singh
2009 Jatt Bukda Firre From Album 2009 Vich No Tension
2010 Main, Me & Myself ft. Yo Yo Honey Singh
2010 Dubb Ch Revalver From Album Ral Bhangra Payiye
2011 Chustiyan
2011 Catty Eyes
2011 Goliyan ft. Yo Yo Honey Singh From Album International Villager
2012 Miss Lonely Ft. Ikka Music: JSL Singh
2012 Bodyguard - Gaddafi Song From Album Bhangra Paa Mittra Music : Joy Atul
2013 Proper Patola ft. Badshah
2013 ELTT - The Judai Song Music: JSL Singh
2014 Soorma Music: Sachin Ahuja
2014 RayBan Music:
2014 Work Of Warriors Dharam Seva Records
2014 Selfie
2014 This Singh is so Stylish Ft. Ikka MTV Spoken Word
2014 Holla Holla Music :
2014 Patiala Peg director - Navjit Buttar, Assistant director - Enn Syan
Music: Nick Dhammu
2014 Singh Naal Jodi From Album Collaborations 3
2015 Ishq Hazir Hai Music: simran_singh_snl
2015 Jatt Fire Karda Music: Preet Hundal
2015 Faiz-E-Noor Music : Joy Atul
2015 Sewa Nanaksar Di Beat Minister

Film soundtrack

Punjabi

Year Title Notes
2010 Mel Karade Rabba
2011 The Lion of Punjab
2011 Dharti
2011 Jihne Mera Dil Luteya
2012 Jatt & Juliet
2013 Saadi Love Story
2013 Bikkar Bai Sentimental special appearance in song 'Fan Bhagat Singh Da'
2013 Jatt & Juliet 2
2014 Disco Singh
2014 Punjab 1984
2015 Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe
2015 Sardaar Ji
2015 Hero 'Naam Yaad Rakhi'

Hindi

Year Title Notes
2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya
2013 Mere Dad Ki Maruti
2013 Yamla Pagla Deewana 2
2015 Singh is Bling Tung tung baje song[17]

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Lion of Punjab Avtar Singh Debut Punjabi Movie
2011 Jihne Mera Dil Luteya Gurnoor Singh Randhawa
2012 Jatt & Juliet Fateh Singh
2013 Saadi Love Story Rajveer / Billa
2013 Jatt & Juliet 2 Head Constable Fateh Singh
2014 Disco Singh Lattu Singh
2014 Punjab 1984 Shivjeet Singh Mann
2015 Sardaar Ji Jaggi
2016 Udta Punjab Sartaaj Singh Debut Bollywood movie
TBA Ambarsariya a Tips film[16]

Short films

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Ishq Hazir Hai Yuvraaj

Cameo in special appearances

Year Title Language Role Notes
2010 Mel Karade Rabba Punjabi Rajveer Dhillon
2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Hindi Himself Special appearance in song Pee Pa Pee Pa
2013 Bikkar Bai Sentimental Punjabi Himself Special appearance in song Main Fan Bhagat Singh Da
2015 Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe Punjabi Himself Special Appearance in song Sunn Ve Poorna
2015 Singh is Bling Hindi

Television

As a television presenter

Year Title Role
2010 Awaaz Punjab Di Co-host with Divya Dutta
2012 PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2012 Co-host with Gulshan Grover
2013 PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2013 Co-host with Kapil Sharma
2014 PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2014 Co-host with Binnu Dhillon and Arjan Bajwa
2015 PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2015 Co-host with Binnu Dhillon and Sonu Sood

As a guest

Year Title
2012 Voice of Punjab on PTC Punjabi
2014 Comedy Nights with Kapil
2015 CNN-IBN E Lounge[28]
2015 MTV Coke Studio India -Sung the song, Ki Banu Duniya Da with Gurdaas Maan[27]

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Ceremony Category Result
2012 The Lion of Punjab PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Male Debut Nominated
Best Actor Nominated
2012 Jihne Mera Dil Luteya Punjabi International Film Academy Awards Best Actor
(shared with Gippy Grewal for Jihne Mera Dil Luteya)
Won
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor
(shared with Gippy Grewal for Jihne Mera Dil Luteya)
Won
2013 Jatt & Juliet PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor Won
2014 Jatt & Juliet 2 PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor Won
2015 Disco Singh PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2015 Punjab 1984 PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor
(shared with Gippy Grewal for Jatt James Bond)
Won
Year Song/Album Award Ceremony Category Result
2010 The Next Level PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Folk Pop Album Won
2012 Lak 28 Kudi Da PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer Male Nominated
2012 Lak 28 Kudi Da PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song Of The Year Won
2012 Furke PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song Of The Year Nominated
2013 Bacha Ho Gaya PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer Male Nominated
2013 Bacha Ho Gaya PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song Of The Year Nominated
2013 Kharku PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Bhangra Song Of The Year Won
PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Pop Vocalist Male Won
Brit Asia TV Music Awards Best Bhangra Song Of The Year Won
2013 Back 2 Basics Brit Asia TV Music Awards Best Album Of The Year Won
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Album Of The Year Nominated
2014 Shoulder PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song Of The Year Nominated
2014 Main Fan Bhagat Singh Da PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best PLayback Singer Male Nominated
2014 Proper Patola PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Pop Vocalist Male Won
Most Popular Song Of The Year Won
Best Music Video Nominated
2015 Happy Birthday PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song Of The Year Won
Best Playback Singer (Male) Nominated
2015 Swaah Banke Mirchi Music Award Listeners’ Choice Film Song of the Year Won
2015 PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer (Male) Nominated
2015 Punjab 1984 Mirchi Music Award Film Album of the Year Won
Listeners’ Choice Film Album of the Year Won
2015 Channo PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song Of The Year Nominated
2015 Beautiful Billo PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song Of The Year Nominated
2015 Rangrut PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song Of The Year Nominated
2015 Patiala Peg PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Pop Vocalist Male For A Single Won
Best Bhangra Song Of The Year Won
Most Popular Song Of The Year Nominated

Special awards

Year Award Ceremony Category Result
2013 Brit Asia TV Music Awards Best International Act Won
2014 Brit Asia TV Music Awards Best International Act Won

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