Vijay Kalyanji Shah
5 June 1959
|Occupation||musician, score composer|
Viju Shah (born, Vijay Kalyanji Shah, 5 June 1959) is an Indian score composer of Hindi cinema. He is the son of music director Kalyanji Virji Shah of composer duo Kalyanji Anandji. He composed music for movies such as Tridev(1989), Vishwatama (1992), Mohra (1994), Tere Mere Sapne (1996) and Gupt (1997) for which got his second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director and he won the 1998 Filmfare Award for Best Background Score for Gupt.
He is married to Sunanda Shah. He has three elder brothers Chandrakant, Ramesh, Dinesh and a younger brother Rajesh. He has a daughter pursuing Western Classical piano in the United States of America.
He started his music composing career in 1989 with the movie Tridev. Later in 1992, he composed for movie Vishwatma where the song "Saat Samundar Paar" was a superhit song. His first breakthrough came two years later, in 1994 with Mohra. He composed hit songs which included "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast" and "Tip Tip Barsa Pani". He even included the song “Na Kajre Ki Dhar” originally sung by Mukesh, composed by Anandji Kalyanji duo (Kalyaniji Shah was his father). The music album went on to become the second most-sold Bollywood soundtrack album of the year, selling more than 8 million units, behind only Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! However, the hit song "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast" was copied from the popular Qawwali "Dam Mast Qalandar" by Pakistani musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
In 2020, Viju Shah was seen in an episode of the show Times of Music for OTT platform MX Player, where he recreated "Javeda Zindagi + Maula Mere" from movie Anwar, composed by Mithoon. Mithoon also recreated "Tip Tip barsa paani" from movie Mohra, composed by Shah for the same episode.
Choice of singers
During the 15 years career, Viju Shah mostly worked with Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet, Amit Kumar, Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal, Babul Supriyo, Sapna Mukherjee, Sonu Nigam, Sudesh Bhosle, Vinod Rathod, Shaan, Zubeen Garg and Jolly Mukherjee, Sunidhi Chauhan, KK, Mohammad Aziz.
Viju Shah is popularly known as "The King of Synth Sounds" because of his use of electronics in songs, which makes them catchy as well as melodious at same time. Viju Shah performs at various Garba/Dandia nights and can be seen playing multiple Synthesizers simultaneously with great energy.
- 1994 – Best Music Director – Mohra
- 1996 – Best Music Director – Tere Mere Sapne
- 1997 – Best Music Director – Gupt
- 1992 – Best Music Director – Vishvatma
- 1995 – Best Music Director – Raavan Raaj
- 1995 – Best Background Score – Andaaz Apna Apna
- 1993 – Best Background Score – Lootere
- "Lalit Pandit's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai track voted most popular!". Indian Express. 7 September 2012.
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- Amit Baruah, R. Padmanabhan (6 September 1997). "The stilled voice". The Hindu, Frontline. Archived from the original on 30 December 2001.
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