Hard Kaur

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Hard Kaur
Kaur in 2014
Kaur in 2014
Background information
Birth nameTaran Kaur Dhillon
Born (1979-07-29) 29 July 1979 (age 43)
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
GenresRap, hip hop, bollywood music
Years active1995–present
LabelsSony Music
Websitehardkaurworld.com

Taran Kaur Dhillon (born 29 July 1979), known by her stage name Hard Kaur, is an Indian rapper and hip hop singer; as well as playback singer and actress in Bollywood.[1][2][3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Hard Kaur was born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India on 29th July, 1979 as Taran Kaur Dhillon into a Punjabi Jatt Sikh family of the Dhillon clan. She was raised in Kanpur, where her mother ran a small beauty parlour in the house.[6] When she was young, her father was killed and her mother’s beauty parlour was burnt down by anti-Sikh rioters. Her paternal grandparents asked her mother to leave their house and wanted to keep her brother with them. Subsequently she, her brother and her mother moved to Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India to her maternal grandparents house, where they stayed for the next couple of years.[citation needed]

In 1991, her mother remarried a British citizen and her family moved to Birmingham, England, where her mother started working and studying to eventually open a beauty salon. Meanwhile, Hard Kaur did her schooling as an Indian immigrant in the UK.[6] After developing interest in hip-hop she started her music career as a rapper.[7][8][9][10]

Career[edit]

She recorded the song "Ek Glassy" and was top for the UK then in 2007 rapped for Sriram Raghavan's movie Johnny Gaddaar's song "Paisa Phek (Move Your Body)." Since then she has sung in movies like Ugly Aur Pagli ("Talli"), Singh Is Kinng, Kismat Konnection, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and Prince.

Hard Kaur with a Birmingham City Councillor, 2013.

Kaur performed at Live Earth India, 2008.

Her first solo album Supawoman was released in 2007.[11][12]

In 2008, Hard Kaur was nominated for two awards at the UK Asian Music Awards: "Best Urban Act" and "Best Female Act".[13] She won "Best Female Act".[14]

In October 2012, Hard Kaur released her second music album titled Party Loud All Year: P.L.A.Y. The album, produced in collaboration with Sony music, featured ten songs, all of which were written and composed by her.[15] The most successful song of the album was Mujhe Peeney do.[16]

In 2013 – she collaborated with composer Ram Sampath and Rajasthani folk singer Bhanvari Devi for Coke Studio India. In the song Katey or Kathe – Bhanvari Devi's part is a Rajasthani folk song which is dedicated to Lord Krishna (Saanwariyo) and Rap by Hard Kaur – written by herself in which she express her personal life journey. At the time of elections, she composed a song "Karle Tu Voting" to spread awareness about voting. Hard Kaur composed a song for FIFA World Cup named "Goal Mar Goal Mar". The song aptly describes fan frenzy and is sung in Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali & South language (?) too. She has also written the lyrics for the song.

In June 2019, a First Information Report was lodged against her for comments about Yogi Adityanath and Mohan Bhagwat.[17][18] In August 2019, her Twitter account was suspended after she posted a video abusing Amit Shah and Narendra Modi with Khalistan Supporters.[19][20][21]

Controversial Comments[edit]

Hard Kaur is originally from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India; where she was born and raised and currently lives in the UK, in Birmingham, England as an Indian national and citizen and has expressed her support for the Sikh-separatist Khalistan movement on multiple occasions in videos, while criticizing the current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the current Indian Home Minister Amit Shah, their supporters and followers, the Indian government, Hindu nationalists, the BJP party and the RSS.[22][23][24][25][26][27][28]

Kaur released a song and music video in 2019 after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India by the Government of India which revoked the special status of the Jammu and Kashmir state of India; supporting Kashmiri-Separatism in India, in which she called herself a 'proud Khalistani'.[29]

Kaur released an IG video in 2020 calling Indian people "naked, hungry, dirty, idiots, illiterate, uneducated mother****ers".[30]

In a now deleted video that Kaur uploaded on Instagram and Twitter, she slut-shamed Bollywood actresses, accusing them of 'sleeping their way to the top' and mocking the Indian #MeToo movement victims who spoke out against their perpetrators, who were mostly Film-directors, producers and senior actors by insinuating that they're lying and they asked for it and that they knew very-well about Bollywood's casting couch in advance.[31]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Voodoo Hill (1997)

Albums[edit]

  • Supawoman (2007)
  • Party Loud All Year: P.L.A.Y (2012)

Compilation appearances[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Song Language Notes
2007 Johnny Gaddar Move Your Body Hindi Special Appearance in Song
2008 Kismat Konnection Move Your Body
Bachna Ae Haseeno Lucky Boy
Ugly Aur Pagli Tali
2009 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Follow Me
Main Tera Dhadkan
2011 Patiala House Laung Da Lashkara First Feature Film
Rola Pae Gaya
F.A.L.T.U. Char Baj Gaye
Faltu Title Track
2013 ABCD: Any Body Can Dance Sadda Dil Vi Tu (Ga Ga Ga Ganpati)
Hanni Punjabi
Vanakkam Chennai Chennai City Gangsta Tamil
2014 Babloo Happy Hai Babloo Happy Hai Hindi
The Shaukeens Aashique Mizaz
2015 Dilliwali Zaalim Girlfriend Zaalim Dilli
2016 Sarrainodu Sarrainodu Telugu
2017 OK Jaanu Kaara Fankaara Hindi

Television acts[edit]

Year TV show Language Notes
2009 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 Hindi Contestant
2010 Comedy Circus Ke Taansen Hindi Special Appearance with Krushna and Sudesh
2012 Bigg Boss 6 Hindi Guest
2016 Box Cricket League Hindi Player in Ahmedabad Express

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An interview with rapper Hard Kaur". MiD DAY. 1 March 2009.
  2. ^ "I don't want typical 'ladki' roles: Hard Kaur". The Times of India. TNN. 5 October 2013. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013.
  3. ^ Jaspreet Nijher (26 May 2013). "I did not abuse anyone: Hard Kaur". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013.
  4. ^ Shaheen Parkar (25 September 2013). "Hard Kaur in a verbal tussle at a Bandra nightspot". Mid Day.
  5. ^ "Hard Kaur turns composer, keen to work with". NDTV. Indo-Asian News Service. 27 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b Rajiv Vijayakar (18 July 2008). "Kaur competency". Screen. Archived from the original on 2 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Reality shows a tough act: Rapper Hard Kaur". The Hindu. 29 May 2009.
  8. ^ "NRIs are preferred in India: Hard Kaur". The Times of India. 27 March 2009. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011.
  9. ^ Sassy singer Hard Kaur eyes Bollywood By ApunKaChoice, 24 January 2008.
  10. ^ "It's a wrap". The Hindu. 30 August 2008. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011.
  11. ^ "Rapper Hard Kaur eyeing acting career in Bollywood". The Financial Express. 10 March 2010.
  12. ^ BBC Review: "Britain's premier female Asian rapper finally releases her debut album..." BBC, 17 January 2008.
  13. ^ "UK Asian Music Awards nominees announced – The Asian News". menmedia.co.uk. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  14. ^ Nazhat (8 March 2008). "The UK Asian Music Awards 2008". desiblitz.com. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  15. ^ "Hard Kaur recalls struggle to get known in Britain". NDTV Movies/Indo-Asian News Service. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  16. ^ Iti Shree, Misra (22 October 2012). "Hard Kaur makes the alcohol anthem of India with her song Peeney Do". The Times of India. TNN. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  17. ^ "UK based singer Hard Kaur booked for her remarks against Bhagwat, Yogi". The Times of India. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  18. ^ "The Hard Line". The Indian Express. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Hard Kaur Challenges Modi, Shah in Video With Khalistan Supporters".
  20. ^ "Hard Kaur posts video abusing PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Twitter suspends her account". India Today. Ist. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  21. ^ "PM मोदी, अमित शाह के लिए हार्ड कौर ने इस्तेमाल की भद्दी भाषा, ट्विटर ने सस्पेंड किया अकाउंट". aajtak.intoday.in (in Hindi). Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  22. ^ Hard Kaur Article 370 & 35 | 2020 Khalistan Referendum CHANGE 1984". 7 August 2019 – via YouTube. Alt URL
  23. ^ "Hard Kaur ANGRY On Indian Government, Uses ABUSIVE Language On Camera". 22 June 2019 – via YouTube. Alt URL
  24. ^ Angry Hard Kaur Getting Khalistan Tattoo on her Forearm And Raising Slogan Against Government. 21 May 2020 – via YouTube. Alt URL
  25. ^ Hard Kaur Joins Punjab Independence Movement (Khalistan 2020). 21 July 2019 – via YouTube. Alt URL
  26. ^ Latest hard kaur khalistan viral abuse india | sedition. 13 August 2019 – via YouTube. Alt URL
  27. ^ Full Video: Singer Hard Kaur Uses Bad Words For Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. 14 August 2019 – via YouTube. Alt URL
  28. ^ Hard Kaur Replies To RSS BJP IT Cell Troll Bhakt & Mohan Bhagat | Khalistan 2020. 29 November 2019 – via YouTube. Alt URL
  29. ^ Kashmir To Khalistan (#StandWithFarmers) - Hard Kaur | Hindi Rap +18 | Banned In India. 29 November 2019 – via YouTube. Alt URL
  30. ^ Hard Kaur replies to Indians again - Kartarpur Khalistan 2020. 27 October 2019. Archived from the original on 3 April 2022 – via YouTube.
  31. ^ Hard Kaur replies to rape threats - ਹਾਰਡ ਕੌਰ ਮੋਡੀ ਨੂੰ ਜਵਾਬ ਦਿੰਦੀ ਹੈ - ਪੰਜਾਬ ਬਚਾਓ! #MeToo. 21 July 2019 – via YouTube. Alt URL

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