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Pritam Chakraborty
Pritam Chakraborty at the 5th GiMA Awards.jpg
Pritam at the 5th Global Indian Music Academy Awards 2015.
Born 14 June 1971 (1971-06-14)[1]
Kolkata, West Bengal, ndia
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma mater Film and Television Institute of India
Occupation
  • Composer
  • Music Director
  • Singer
  • Record Producer
  • Instrumentalist
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Smita Chakraborty
Parent(s)
  • Prabodh Chakraborty
  • Anuradha Chakraborty
Musical career
Genres Film scores, Pop, Sufi, Rock, classical
Instruments Guitar,[2] Vocals[3]
Years active 2001–present
Labels Tips Industries Limited, Sony Music, Eros International, T-Series
Associated acts Chandrabindoo, Metro

Pritam Chakraborty (born June 14, 1971) better known by the mononym Pritam is a noted Indian music director, composer, singer, instrumentalist and record producer for Bollywood films. In a career spanning nearly one and a half decades, Pritam has composed music for more than a hundred Bollywood movies, covering many genres and becoming one of the most versatile music composers in India. He has won 2 Filmfare Awards, 4 Zee Cine Awards, 3 Star Screen Awards and 3 IIFA Awards among many others.

Pritam's composing career started in Bollywood, when he was signed for the film Tere Liye along with his friend Jeet Gannguli, The duo next composed music for the 2002 Yash Raj Films production Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai. The music of the movie was a huge success and most of its songs went on to become chartbusters. After the duo parted ways, Pritam composed music for the second film of Sanjay Gadhvi, Dhoom, which received overwhelming response. The music of the movie topped the charts rendering huge fame to Pritam.

Early Life[edit]

Pritam was born to Smita Chakraborty and Prabodh Chakraborty. His father, who was an insurance officer, used to teach light music on western instruments to young kids for a nominal fee, till an accident forced him to quit his job and concentrate on the meager earnings from his music school. Pritam gained his early training in music from his father and learned to play the guitar while he was still in school.

After completing his schooling at St. James' School and college education at Presidency College, he went to a music school. Pritam joined a Bangla band, Chandrabindoo. Before that he formed another band with his Presidency batchmates, called "Jotugriher Pakhi". They even have a cassette released to their credit at that time. In January 1993, Pritam joined the Film and Television Institute in Pune to undertake a course in sound recording and sound engineering. During this time, he was offered a chance to compose background music for a film by Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Gaal. He also learned African music from musicologist Kedar Avati.[4]

Career[edit]

Pro Bollywood Career[edit]

After completing his sound engineering course from FTII Pune, Pritam came to Mumbai and he started composting ad jingles and became friendly with a number of other young struggles such as: Shantanu Moitra, Rajkumar Hirani, Sanjay Gadhvi and Jeet Gannguli. That time Pritam composed renowned jingles for brands like Santro, Emami, Head and Shoulders and also composed title tracks for TV Serials Such as: Astiva, Kavyanjali, Yeh Meri lifehain, Remix Kashmir, Mili, and Dil Kya Kare.[5]

Early Bollywood Career (with Jeet Gannguli)[edit]

About his relationship with Jeet, Pritam Said, “I was living in a humble suburb, and in the same building lived Jeet (Gannguly), who was also struggling. We used to jam in our spare time and decided to come together for films, though I always did my ad films and serials solo.” Pritam got his first break when Sanjay Gadhvi was signed on to direct Tere Liye and he, in turn, signed on his friends Jeet and Pritam as music composers. Though the music was well received, the film sank at the box office. However, in 2002 Yashraj Films signed Gadhvi up to direct Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, for which the Jeet-Pritam duo once again composed the music. All the songs from that movie were chartbusters, and the duo had hit the big time. recalling that time, Pritam later said “Abbas Tyrewala was the writer and lyricist (of tere liye), and we were all newcomers. But the film did not work at the box-office. However, Gadhvi was soon signed by Yash Raj Films for Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, and my song ‘Sharara’ became very popular. At that point of time, we could only get a small movie, Mudda - The Issue starring Arya Babbar. Jeet had taken ill, so when Hirani came and offered us Munna Bhai MBBS, we could not accept it,”. Soon after, over some misunderstanding, Jeet decided to split and the two 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. 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 Far East and also 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 & Dhoom 2. His Compositions for Anurag Basu's Life in a... Metro garnered him very positive reviews. He formed his own band called Metro with Suhail Kaul, Soham Chakraborty and Bangladeshi singer James for the movie. 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 also won him his first Apsara Award for Best Music Director. He then went on to compose for two more films of Imtiaz Ali, Love Aaj Kal and Cocktail both of which were critically and commercially Sucessful and gave him a lot of Awards and Nominations. His Sufi songs for the 2010 movie, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai were immensely popular with the masses and songs like "Pee loon" and "Tum Jo Aaye" from the movie were declared Chartbusters. In 2012, he scored music for Barfi! which won him two Filmfare Awards. Barfi is considered to be one of the most Critically Acclaimed Soundtrack Album throughout His Career. By 2013, his list included Race 3, Murder 3, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, and Dhoom 3. He started the year 2014 with compositions for Yaariyan and Shaadi Ke Side Effects. He then took a break in 2014 and returned with three successful Albums in 2015, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Phantom and Dilwale.His upcoming films include White Lies, Jagga Jasoos, and Badtameez Dil.

On screen appearance[edit]

Songs and Movies[edit]

Television[edit]

Pritam mentored and judged Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009[6] and was a judge for Chhote Ustaad on Zee TV. He was also a guest judge for the X factor and Zee Bangla SaReGaMaPa 2012-13.[7] He also composed the track for Hrithik Roshan’s TV series Just Dance for S-tar TV which was sung by [[KK (singer|K.K).[8] Pritam also appeared on the popular show MTV Unplugged (Season 5) on 13 February 2016 where he sang some of his career's best songs.<ref?"‘MTV Unplugged’ Season 5 Features Pritam Chakraborty, Jubin Nautiyal". 2015-12-14. Retrieved 2016-02-13. </ref>


Musical Style[edit]

Pritam has composed in a variety of genres including rock (Life in a Metro), Sufi (Once Upon Time in Mumbai) and even Ghazals (Barfi). His musical style is mainly characterized as a delicate fusion of Indian classical music with western influences.[9] In an interview given to Stacey Yount for Bollyspice, Pritam said “I really do prefer doing rom-coms over action films.”[10] Lyricist and Singer Amitabh Bhattacharya said about Pritam, "It is very challenging to work with Pritam. Right from the day he cracks the song, till the day the song goes out, he is constantly working, re-working, doing changes in the song, He keeps me on my toes and that is very exciting to me. We debate a lot regarding our songs and ultimately the result is always good, His spectrum as an artist is vast. It is always good to work with composers who have range,"[11]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Winner

  • 2012 Barfi- Won Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Best Music

Filmfare Awards

Winner

Nominations

  • 2005 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award — Dhoom (2004)
  • 2007 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award — Dhoom:2 (2006)
  • 2008 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award — Life in a Metro (2007)
  • 2008 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award — Jab We Met (2007)
  • 2009 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award — Race (2008)
  • 2010 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award — Love Aaj Kal (2009)
  • 2010 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award — Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009)
  • 2011 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award — Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010)
  • 2013 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award — Cocktail (2012)
  • 2014 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award — Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

Zee Cine Awards

Winner

Star Screen Awards

Winner

International Indian Film Academy Awards

Winner

Other

  • Won RMIM Puruskaar Album of the Year[1]
  • 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 Album of the Year in Mirchi Music Awards for Barfi
  • Nominated Music Composer of the Year in Mirchi Music Awards for Barfi
  • Nominated Technical Background score of the year in Mirchi Music Awards for Barfi
  • Nominated for Song of the Year for 'Tum Hi Ho Bandhu' at Mirchi Music Awards for Cocktail
  • Nominated Album of the Year at Mirchi Music Awards for Cocktail
  • Nominated Music Composer of the Year in Mirchi Music Awards for Cocktail
  • Won People's Choice Awards India for Favorite Movie Album of the Year (Cocktail)
  • Won U.K. Bollywood Cosmpolitan Award for Best Music Album ( Cocktail )
  • Won the Best Music Director's award
  • Nominated for Best Music award in 8th Apsara Awards
  • Won GIMA Hottest Song of the Year for Daaru Desi
  • Won GIMA Hottest Song of the Year for Daaru Desi
  • Apsara Producers Guild Award 2010 Won Best Music Director award for Love Aaj Kal
  • Radio Mirchi 2009 Won Composer of the Year Award for Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
  • Big Star Award 2011 Won Best Music Director award for song Pee Loon from Once Upon A Time in Mumbai
  • Global Indian Film and Television Honours award 2011 Won Special Music Director award for Once Upon A Time in Mumbai
  • Mirchi Music Listeners Choice 2011 Won Album of The Year award for Once Upon A Time in Mumbai

Discography[edit]

Select Filmography[edit]

Year Film Title Notes
2016 Dangal Upcoming film of which is scheduled to release on 23 December 2016.
2016 Disnesh Vijan's film Raabta Upcoming film starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon
2016 Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Upcoming film with Dharma Production starring Aishwarya Rai, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma
2016 Jagga Jasoos Upcoming Film
2016 Azhar Release on 13 May 2016.
2016 White Lies Post-production
2016 Dishoom Upcoming Film
2015 Dilwale[12] Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2015 Phantom
2015 Bajrangi Bhaijaan Nominated BIG Star Entertainment Awards for Best Music
Nominated Stardust awards for Best Music
Nominated Guild film Awards for Best Music
2014 Yaariyan[13]

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

Won Stardust Award for Best Music

2013 Dhoom 3: Back in Action
2013 Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobara Pritam's 100th film as a Music Director
2013 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

2012 Barfi! Won Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Best Music
Won IIFA Award for Best Music Director
Won IIFA Award for Best Background Music

Won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Won Filmfare Award for Best Background Score
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
Nominated Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Won RMIM Puruskaar Album of the Year[14]
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 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

2012 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 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

2011 Bodyguard Composed 'I Love You' song

Won BIG Star Most Entertaining Music
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director

2011 Ready Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director

Nominated BIG Star Most Entertaining Music

2011 Dum Maaro Dum Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director
2010 Golmaal 3 Nominated Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
2010 Crook: It's Good To Be Bad Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director[15]
2010 Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Won Mirchi Music Listeners Choice Album of the Year[16]

Won Big Star Entertainment award for song Pee Loon
Won Star Screen Award for Most Popular Music[17]
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Won Mirchi Music Listeners Choice Album of the Year
Won Big Star Entertainment award for song "Pee Loon"
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Won Most Popular Music in Star Screen Award
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director[15]
Nominated IIFA Award for Best Music Director

2009 Tum Mile Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
2009 Love Aaj Kal Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director

Won IIFA Best Music Director Award
Won Apsara Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director

2009 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director

Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Won Mirchi Music Listeners Choice Album of the Year
Won Music Director of the Year in RMIM Puruskaar[18]

2008 Singh Is King Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director

Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music

2008 Haal–e–dil
2008 Kismat Konnection
2008 Jannat Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
2008 Race Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award

Nominated IIFA Best Music Director Award

2007 Jab We Met Won Apsara Award for Best Music Director
Won Zee Cine Award for Best Track of the Year
2007 Bhool Bhulaiyaa 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

2006 Dhoom 2 Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award

Nominated IIFA Best Music Director Award

2006 Gangster Nominated: Global Indian Film Awards for Best Music[19]

Nominated: Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director

2006 Fight Club – Members Only Nominated: Global Indian Film Awards for Best Music
2004 Dhoom Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award[20]

Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director

2002 Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai With Jeet Ganguly
2001 Tere Liye With Jeet Ganguly, Debut Film.

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