Sukhwinder Singh

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Sukhwinder Singh
Sukhwinder Singh at Asha Bhosle's 80 glorious years' celebrations.jpg
Sukhwinder Singh in 2012
Background information
Also known as Sukhi,Bablu
Born (1977-07-18) 18 July 1977 (age 38)[1][2][3]
Genres Playback singing
Occupation(s) Singer, composer,actor
Years active 1991–present

Sukhwinder Singh (born 18 July 1971) is an Indian Bollywood playback singer. Singh is famous for singing "Chaiyya Chaiyya" for which he won the Best Male Playback Award at the 1999 Filmfare Awards. The song, from Mani Ratnam's 1998 film Dil Se.., was composed by A. R. Rahman, written by Gulzar, and sung in duet with Sapna Awasthi. It was also featured in the musical Bombay Dreams and, in remixed arrangements, in the titles and credits segments of Spike Lee's 2006 film, Inside Man. Singh later gained more international fame for singing "Jai Ho" from the film Slumdog Millionaire, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. His rendition for the 2014 released film Haider fetched him the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer.

Singh got his break in the movie Karma, in which he sang a few lines; then he sang hit song "Aa ja Sanam" in film Khilaaf. But he wanted to finetune and enhance himself as a singer/performer, so he took a sabbatical and left Mumbai to tour England and America to see, hear and understand various forms of music. After this broadening of his musical horizons, he returned to Mumbai to kick-start his musical career.

His first effort in Hindi films, Aaja Sanam, went largely unnoticed, even though the music carried the names of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Then for Dil Se... A. R. Rahman used Sukhwinder for "Chaiyya Chaiyya" & rest is history. The other films that followed – including Taal, Biwi No. 1, 1947 Earth, Daag, Jaanwar, Dillagi, Moksha, Thakshak, Tere Naam, Apna Sapna Money Money, Shadi Se Pehle, Shabd, Chak de! India, Om Shanti Om and Black and White- that have made him a household name.

He has been well received for providing playback singing for Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan in a total of 7 songs. Of these, "Chaiyya Chaiyya" from Dil Se.., "Dard-E-Disco" from Om Shanti Om, "Chak De India" from Chak De! India, "Haule Haule" from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, "Marjaani" from Billu and "satak le" from Happy New Year have become certified hits.

Singh has provided playback for many notable Bollywood heroes including Salman Khan, Sharukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Tusshar Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Sanjay Dutt, Bobby Badshah Ranbir Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Farhan Akhtar and Sunny Deol.


Sukhwinder Singh won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for the song "Chaiyya Chaiyya" from the movie Dil Se.. whose music was by A. R. Rahman and for the song "Haule Haule" from the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi whose music was by Salim–Sulaiman

The song "Jai Ho", sung by Singh, composed by A. R. Rahman, and written by Gulzar, was nominated Critics' Choice Award for Best Song and won an Oscar: Academy Award for Best Original Song. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media in 2010.

He has been awarded the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer at the 62nd National Film Awards for his rendition in the 2014 film Haider composed by Vishal Bhardwaj.

Selected discography[edit]

As music director[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

  • Jashn (2001)[4]

As playback singer[edit]

Collaboration with Musician & Lyricist[edit]

Musician/Lyricist Movie/Album/TV shows Remark
A.R. Rahman 1) Dil Se.. - 1998 2) 1947 Earth - 1998 3) Doli Saja Ke Rakhna - 1998
4) Taal - 1999 5) Thakshak - 1999 6) Zubeidaa - 2000 7) One 2 Ka 4 - 2001
8) Lagaan - 2001 9) The Legend of Bhagat Singh - 2002 10)Tehzeeb - 2003
11) Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities - 2004 12) Bombay Dreams- 2004
13) Mangal Pandey: The Rising - 2005 14) Water - 2005 15) Slumdog Millionaire - 2008
16) Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na - 2008 17) Blue - 2009 18) Raavan - 2010
19) Ada... A Way of Life - 2010 20) Connections - 2010 21) Raanjhanaa - 2013
22) Million Dollar Arm - 2014
Gulzar 1) Dil Se.. - 1998 2) Bunty Aur Babli 3) Omkara
4) The Blue Umbrella Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
6) No Smoking (2006) Slumdog Millionaire
Billu Dus Tola Veer Ishqiya
Raavan Teen Thay Bhai Chala Mussaddi... Office Office Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
Dedh Ishqiya Haider Kill Dil
Vishal Bhardwaj 1)Ramji Londonwale - 2005 2) The Blue Umbrella - 2005 3) Omkara - 2006
4) No Smoking (2006) 5) Ishqiya - 2010 6) Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola - 2013
7) Dedh Ishqiya -2014 8) Haider - 2014
Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy 1) Dus - 1997 2) Shool - 1999 Bunty Aur Babli-2005 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom-2007
Johnny Gaddaar - 2007 Bhaag Milkha Bhaag-2013 D-Day - 2013 Kill Dil - 2014
Dil Dhadakne Do - 2015


  1. ^ Desai, Ishita (4 December 2012). "A Conversation With: Singer Sukhwinder Singh". New York Times. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Badola, Shreya (20 July 2012). "I want to get married now: Sukhwinder Singh". Mumbai: DNA. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "TDIM - Sukhwinder Singh Celebrates His Birthday - 18th July". MTV. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
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  5. ^ Vaanathaippola

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