Pritam

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Pritam Chakraborty
Pritam Chakraborty at the 5th GiMA Awards.jpg
Pritam at the 5th Global Indian Music Academy Awards, 2015
Native name
প্রীতম চক্রবর্তী
Born (1971-06-14) 14 June 1971 (age 48)[1][2]
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
NationalityIndian
EducationPresidency College
Alma materFilm and Television Institute of India
Occupation
Home townKolkata
Spouse(s)Smita Chakraborty
Parent(s)
  • Prabodh Chakraborty
  • Anuradha Chakraborty
Musical career
GenresFilm songs, Pop, Sufi, Rock, classical, Sufi Rock
InstrumentsTabla, guitar, keyboard[3] Vocals[4]
Years active2001–present
LabelsTips, Sony, Eros, T-Series
Associated actsChandrabindoo, Metro, Marshmello

Pritam Chakraborty (Bengali: প্রীতম চক্রবর্তী; born 14 June 1971), also known as Pritam, is an Indian composer, record producer and music director for Bollywood films.

Early life[edit]

Pritam was born in a Bengali family to Anuradha Chakraborty and Prabodh Chakraborty. He gained his early training in music from his father and learned to play the guitar while he was still in school.

He went to St. James' School and has a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Presidency College. Pritam joined FTII, Pune where he took up Sound Recording and Engineering in 1994.[5] During this time, he was offered a chance to compose background music for a film by the Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Gaal.

Pritam formed a band with his Presidency batchmates, called "Jotugriher Pakhi" for which, he used to play the guitar.[6] They even have a cassette released to their credit at that time. Pritam joined a Bangla band, Chandrabindoo.

Career[edit]

Pre-Bollywood[edit]

After completing his sound engineering course from FTII Pune, Pritam came to Mumbai in 1997. He started composing ad jingles where he met other budding artists such as Shantanu Moitra, Rajkumar Hirani, Sanjay Gadhvi and Jeet Gannguli. Pritam composed renowned jingles for brands like Santro,[7] Emami, McDonald's,[8] Head & Shoulders, Thums Up, Limca, Complan and composed title tracks for TV serials such as Astitva, Kkavyanjali, Ye Meri Life Hai, Remix, Kashmeer, Miilee, and Dil Kya Kare.[9]

Early Bollywood career (with Jeet Gannguli)[edit]

Pritam got his first break for Tere Liye (released December 2001)[10] Though the music was well received, the film missed the mark. In 2002, The Jeet-Pritam duo once again composed music for Yash Raj Films' Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai. All the songs from that movie were chartbusters. Soon after, over some misunderstanding, Jeet decided to split and the partners went their separate ways.

Solo career[edit]

Pritam had built a name for his compositions by finely blending Indian classical music with western influences. His compositions for Gadhvi’s second movie Dhoom were a runaway hit.[11][12] The title-track of Dhoom in two versions – Hindi (by Sunidhi Chauhan) and English (by Tata Young) – broke geographic barriers becoming popular in pubs in the UK, USA and the East Asia and won him a Zee Cine Award for Best Track of the Year. He received two nominations for Dhoom.

He followed this up with compositions for films like Gangster[13] and Dhoom 2. His compositions for Anurag Basu's Life in a... Metro garnered him very positive reviews.[14] He formed a band called Metro with Suhail Kaul, Soham Chakraborty, Eric Pillai and Bangladeshi singer James for the movie.[15][16]

He won his second Zee Cine Award for Best Track of the Year for the song "Mauja hi Mauja" from Jab We Met by Imtiaz Ali. Jab We Met won him his first Apsara Award for Best Music Director. He composed for two more Imtiaz Ali films, Love Aaj Kal and Cocktail which were critically and commercially successful.

His Sufi songs for the 2010 movie Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai were immensely popular with the masses[17] and songs like "Pee loon" and "Tum Jo Aaye" were declared chartbusters.[18][19][20] He teamed up again with Mahesh Bhatt and Vishesh Films for music of Crook[21] of which the song "Mere Bina" got instant recognition with public. His foot-tapping numbers for Rohit Shetty's Golmaal 3 were also equally successful.[22] In 2011, he got to work for Salman Khan's Ready and Bodyguard. He recreated the famous 1971 song, "Dum Maro Dum" for Ramesh Sippy's 2011 movie of the same name.[23][24] He then composed for the romance Mausam which had a strong influence of Punjabi.[25] The songs were phenomenal hits in Northern India with "Rabba Main To Mar Gaya Oye" being a rage among people.[26]

In 2012, he composed several successful songs for films like Players, Agent Vinod, Jannat 2 and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawaari, where he finally got to work with him and Rajkumar Hirani.[27] Later that year, he scored music for Barfi! which won him two Filmfare Awards.[28] Barfi is considered to be one of the most critically acclaimed soundtrack album of his career. By 2013, his list included Race 2, Murder 3, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Dhoom 3[29] and Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara which was his 100th movie as a Music Director in Bollywood.[30] He started 2014 with compositions for Yaariyan, Shaadi Ke Side Effects & Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty. He then took a break in 2014.[31][32]

He marked his return with three successful albums in 2015: Kabir Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan & Phantom and Rohit Shetty's Dilwale for which he was nominated for Filmfare awards.[33] The Song, "Gerua" from Dilwale directly opened at the No. 1 position on the Radio Mirchi charts[34] and became the first Bollywood song to cross 100 million views on YouTube in the shortest duration ever.[35] It also ranked in the top slot in places like Malaysia, Oman, Sri Lanka and Bahrain.[34] In 2016, he appeared as a guest composer and composed the song "Itni Si Baat Hai" for Azhar; the albumes other composers were Amaal Mallik and Dj Chetas. He also composed the whole soundtracks of Dishoom, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Dangal. In 2017, he composed the soundtracks of Jagga Jasoos, Raabta along with Sohrabuddin, Sourav Roy and JAM8, Tubelight and Jab Harry Met Sejal along with Diplo. In 2019, he composed songs for Kalank' and will produce the music forBrahmastra. 83- The Film is lined up for 2020.

On screen appearance[edit]

Music videos & films[edit]

Television[edit]

Pritam mentored and judged Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009[38] and was a judge for Chhote Ustaad on Zee TV. He was also a guest judge for the X factor and Zee Bangla's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012–13.[39] He also composed the title track for Hrithik Roshan’s TV series Just Dance for Star TV which was sung by K.K.[40] Pritam sang some of his top hits on the popular show MTV Unplugged (Season 5) on 13 February 2016.[41] Pritam is the mentor and judge of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2016 alongside Mika Singh and Sajid–Wajid[42] He was also a part of Star plus’ show Dil Hai Hindustani as a judge alongside Sunidhi Chauhan and Badshah in 2018.

Musical style[edit]

Pritam has composed in a variety of genres including Rock (Life in a... Metro), Sufi (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai) and even Ghazals (Barfi). His musical style is mainly characterized as a delicate fusion of Indian classical music with contemporary undertones.[43]


Allegations of plagiarism[edit]

Pritam has been accused of plagiarism for numerous songs from the beginning of his film music career. Hits such as Pehli Nazar Main was allegedly plagiarized from the Korean song Sarang Hae Yo by Kim Hyung Su (2005).[1]

Rolling Stone India says, Indian music plagiarism tracking site www.itwofs.com alleges 52 instances between 2004 and 2010 where Pritam’s songs are said to be “lifted,” “copied,” “plagiarized” or “similar” to those of tunes by other composers, who range from not-so well-known Arab and South-East Asian artists (such as Ihab Tawfik, Yuri Mrakadi and Kim Hyung-sub) to biggies like Boney M., Damien Rice.[2][3]

"I made mistakes initially.. ", Pritam said in an interview with Hindustan Times on his plagiarism charges.[4]

Even his recent critically acclaimed soundtrack Ae Dil Hai Mushkil faced allegations of plagiarism as the guitar riff of the song Bulleya was lifted from the Papa Roach song Last Resort (song).[5][6]

Jam 8[edit]

JAM8 is a music incubation platform founded by music composer Pritam in 2016 for budding musicians. Being associated with Prime Focus Ltd, a media service powerhouse and KWAN, a talent management company, JAM8 uses high-quality technology and infrastructure to offer solutions to music across all segments covering movies, advertisements and the OTT space, providing the best in quality music output. JAM8 has over a brief period given music for brands like Duracell, Maruti Suzuki, Close Up, Nerolac amongst other prominent brands. Some of their film work consists of songs like Zaalima, Saason Ke, Dhingaana from Raees, Main Hoon Sath Tere from Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana and Sajan Bade Senti from Badhaai Ho.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Asian Film Awards

International Indian Film Academy Awards

  • 2017 – Won IIFA Award for Best Music Director – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)

Filmfare Awards

Won
Nominated

Mirchi Music Awards

Won
Nominated
  • 2010 – Album of the Year – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai[57]
  • 2010 – Music Composer of The Year – "Pee Loon" from Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai
  • 2011 – Album of the Year – Bodyguard[58]
  • 2012 – Album of the Year – Barfi![59]
  • 2012 – Album of the Year – Cocktail
  • 2012 – Music Composer of the Year – "Ala Barfi" from Barfi!
  • 2012 – Music Composer of the Year – "Phir Le Aya Dil" from Barfi!
  • 2012 – Music Composer of the Year – "Tum Hi Ho Bandhu" from Cocktail
  • 2012 – Background Score of the Year – Barfi!
  • 2016 – Album of the Year – Dangal[60]
  • 2016 – Music Composer of the Year – "Channa Mereya" from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • 2016 – Music Composer of the Year – "Bulleya" from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • 2016 – Best Background Score – Dangal
  • 2016 – Best Background Score – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • 2017 – Album of the Year – Jagga Jasoos[61]
  • 2017 – Album of the Year – Raabta
  • 2017 – Best Background Score – Jagga Jasoos

Other

Discography[edit]

Denotes films that have not yet been released

Pritam won 17 awards for composing Ae Dil Hai Mushkil's soundtrack, highest no. of awards he received for composing a film's soundtrack to date. Second to it is Barfi!'s soundtrack.

Year Film Title Notes
2001 Tere Liye With Jeet Gannguli, Debut Film
2002 Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai With Jeet Gannguli
2003 Mudda – The Issue With Jeet Gannguli
2004 Dhoom Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award[67]
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
2005 Garam Masala
2006 Fight Club – Members Only Nominated: Global Indian Film Awards for Best Music
Gangster Nominated: Global Indian Film Awards for Best Music[68]
Nominated: Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Dhoom 2 Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
Nominated IIFA Best Music Director Award
2007 Life in a... Metro Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music
Bhool Bhulaiyaa Nominated IIFA Best Music Director Award
Jab We Met Won Apsara Award for Best Music Director
Won Zee Cine Award for Best Track of the Year
2008 Singh Is Kinng Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music
Haal–e–dil
Kismat Konnection
Jannat Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Race Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
Nominated IIFA Best Music Director Award
2009 Billu
Love Aaj Kal Won IIFA Best Music Director Award
Won Apsara Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Tum Mile Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
New York
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Won Listeners Choice Album of the Year at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Music Director of the Year in RMIM Puruskaar[69]
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Golmaal 3 Nominated Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
2010 Action Replayy
Crook: It's Good To Be Bad Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director[70]
Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Won Listeners Choice Album of the Year at Mirchi Music Awards[71]
Won Big Star Entertainment award for song Pee Loon
Won Star Screen Award for Most Popular Music[72]
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director[70]
Nominated IIFA Award for Best Music Director
Aakrosh
2011 Bodyguard Composed 'I Love You' song
Won BIG Star Most Entertaining Music
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director
Ready Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director
Nominated BIG Star Most Entertaining Music
Dum Maaro Dum Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director
2012 Barfi! Won Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Best Music[44]
Won IIFA Award for Best Music Director
Won IIFA Award for Best Background Music
Won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director[44][28]

Won Filmfare Award for Best Background Score[44][28]
Won Screen Award for Best Music Director
Won Screen Award for Best Background Music
Won Screen Award for Most Popular Music
Won GIMA Award for Most Outstanding Music of the Year 2012
Won TOIFA Award for Best Background Score
Won RMIM Puruskaar Album of the Year[73]
Won RMIM Puruskaar for Song of the Year for Phir Le Aayaa Dil
Won RMIM Puruskaar for Best Sung Songs (Solo) for Phir Le Aayaa Dil
Won RMIM Puruskaar for Best Sung Songs (Duet) for Aashiyaan
Got Satish Kalra Sammaan in RMIM Puruskaar
Nominated Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Album of the Year in Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated Music Composer of the Year in Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated Technical Background score of the year in Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated TOIFA Award for Best Music

Cocktail Won People's Choice Awards India for Favorite Movie Album of the Year
Won Mtv Video Music Awards India VMAI for Best Bollywood Album
Won U.K. Bollywood Cosmpolitan Award for Best Music Album
Won the Best Music Director's award in 8th Apsara producers guild Award
Won GIMA Hottest Song of the Year for Daaru Desi
Won Screen Awards for Most Popular Music
Won Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Nominated TOIFA Award for Best Music
Nominated IIFA Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Screen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated for Song of the Year for 'Tum Hi Ho Bandhu' at Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated Album of the Year at Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated Music Composer of the Year in Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated for Best Music award in 8th Apsara Awards
2013 Dhoom 3
Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobara Pritam's 100th film as a music director
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani Won Screen Award for Best Music Director
Won Star Guild Award for Best Music
Won GIMA Award for Best Music
Won Zee Cine Award for Best Background Score
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Nominated GiMA Award for Best Background Score
Nominated Mirchi Music Award for Composer of the Year
Nominated Mirchi Music Award for Best Background Score
2014 Yaariyan Won Stardust Award for Best Music[74]
Nominated Screen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated BIG Star Most Entertaining Music
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Star Guild Award for Best Music
2015 Dilwale Won Composer of the Year award at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Song of the Year in Mirchi Music Awards for Gerua
Won Dada Sahab Phalke Award for Best Music
Won GIMA Award for Most Popular song – Gerua[75]
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director[33]
Nominated GIMA Award for Best Music Director
Phantom
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Nominated BIG Star Entertainment Awards for Best Music
Nominated Stardust Award for Best Music
Nominated Guild film Awards for Best Music
Nominated GIMA Award for Best Music Director
Nominated IIFA Award for Best Music
2016 Dangal Won Listeners' Choice Album of The Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Screen Award for Best Music Director
Won Screen Award for Best Background Music
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Won Music Composer of the Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Critics' Choice Album of the Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Critics' Choice Song of the Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards for "Channa Mereya"
Won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Won Stardust Award for Best Music Director
Won Screen Award for Best Music Director
Won Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Won Zee Cine Award for Song of the Year for "Channa Mereya"
Won IIFA Award for Best Music Director
Won IIFA Award for Best Background Score
Won BIG Zee Most Entertaining Music Award
Won BIG Zee Most Entertaining Song Award for "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil"
Won Platinum Disc at MT20Jubilee Awards for "Channa Mereya"
Won Platinum Disc at MT20Jubilee Awards for "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil"
Won News18 Movie Award 2017 for Best Music
Won 2017 SpotBoyE Award for Best Music
White Lies
Dishoom
Azhar Composed 1 song, "Itni Si Baat Hai"
2017 Jab Harry Met Sejal Won Music Composer of the Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Critics' Choice Album of the Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Critics' Choice Song of the Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards for "Hawayein"
Won RMIM Puruskar for Music Composer of the Year
Won RMIM Puruskaar for Album of the Year
Got Satish Kalra Sammaan in RMIM Puruskaar
Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated for Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Jagga Jasoos Won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Won Filmfare Award for Best Background Score
Won IIFA Award for Best Background Score
Won Listeners' Choice Album of The Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated for Zee Cine Award for Song of the Year for "Galti se Mistake"
Nominated for Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Tubelight
Raabta
2019 Kalank[76][77]
Brahmastra

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