Abhijeet Bhattacharya

Abhijeet Bhattacharya, better known as Abhijeet, is a Bollywood playback singer born to a Kanpur-based Bengali businessman turned editor Dhirendranath Bhattacharya, and his wife Kamladevi Bhattacharya in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Abhijeet was the youngest among the four sons in the family. He married a fashion designer Sumati Bhattacharya in 1990 and has two sons Dhruv Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Jai Abhijeet Bhattacharya. Abhijeet Bhattacharya has sung 6034 songs in over 1000 films.[1][2][3][4][5]

Abhijeet Bhattacharya
Background information
Birth nameAbhijeet Bhattacharya
BornKanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
OriginKolkata, West Bengal
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer, composer and businessman (real estate)
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Drums
Years active1984–present

Career

Abhijeet left home after graduation from the Christ Church College in Kanpur for Mumbai in 1981 to pursue a career in singing in Bollywood.[6]

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Abhijeet became one of the top choice among the music directors along with Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan. His songs include work from the film Baaghi, composed by Anand-Milind. The songs Ek Chanchal Shokh Hasina, Chandni Raat Hai and Har Kasam Se Badi Hai were featured in this movie. This was followed by several chartbusters from movies such as Khiladi and Shola Aur Shabnam, both of which were also box office hits. Then in 1994, he performed for movies such as Yeh Dillagi, Anjaam, Raja Babu and Main Khiladi Tu Anari. In 1997, he won the Filmfare Best Playback Singer Award for the song Main Koi Aisi Geet Gaoon from Yes Boss. Other movies he sang in include Baadshah, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Josh, Dhadkan, Raaz, Tum Bin, Chalte Chalte and Main Hoon Na among many others.

Abhijeet voiced a number of songs picturized on Shah Rukh Khan in his films which include but not limited to Asoka, Duplicate and Om Shanti Om. However, due to the disappointment of being listed last of the singers in the end credits of Main Hoon Na and again in Om Shanti Om, they parted ways. Abhijeet last sang for Shah Rukh Khan in the movie Billu Barber for the song Khudaya Khair which was their last collaboration. The song was not picturized because of Abhijeet's insistence on not filming his version of the song. Therefore, another version was created for picturization.

Recently in May 2018, he has sung the title song of Bhaijaan Elo Re starring Dhallywood King Shakib Khan. The song became very popular in West Bengal and Bangladesh. The Song crossed 2 million views in 3 Days on YouTube channel of Eskay Movies. After a 5 years of self-imposed exile, in 2018 he came back with back to back chartbusters with Bengali Superstars. He sang Title track of Bhaijaan Elo Re with Shakib Khan and Sujon Majhi Re from Hoichoi Unlimited with Dev. Also he sang for new age Music Composer Vishal Mishra who composed the song Aye Zindagi where the music video featured Siddhant Gupta. Abhijeet also crooned Joy Durga Maa composed by Jeet Ganguli which is a duet with Shaan. The video featured former Indian Cricket Captain Sourav Ganguly and Tollywood Star Mimi, Nusrat and Shubhasree. In May 2019, Abhijeet Released Chakde Fatte which is the Cricket World Cup Song for 2019. The song is well appreciated by listeners. Many of his iconic songs are now being remade by new age composers such as Tan Tana Tan for Judwaa 2 and Sheher Ki Ladki for Khandaani Shafakhana.[7][8]

Non-Film Music:

Abhijeet has recorded many non-film pop music Albums. He released two albums, Main Deewana Hoon and Tapori No.1 in the early 1990s. Later he launched Aashiqui. "Koi Lauta De woh" was a big hit track from that album. He released a pop album, called Tere Bina in (2003). Which Was a Big Hit and still much popular to audience. He got MTV Music Asia Award for that Album. "Kabhin Yaadon Mein Aaon" is a Hit Song of all time from that album. On 3 May 2006, he released another non-film album called Lamhe. In 2014, he released his album titled AB consist of Seven Songs, penned by Sameer. He also released Bengali pop albums and Tagore song albums. Recently he recorded a new song with June Banerjee at T-Series Studio in September 2016. That will be his Pop song collaboration with T-Series after a Decade.[1] In 2018 he recorded a song named "Aye Zindagi" with new age Music Composer Vishal Mishra, The song released worldwide in 6 versions. Others are voiced by Sonu Nigam, Asha Bhosle, Shaan, Alka Yagnik, Suresh Wadhkar. In 2019 Abhijeet came back with two melodious track "Cheers to Team India' a motivational track for Team India on CWC 2019, and "Papa Bandook Dila Do' in respect for Kargil War Martyrs. Both the song Music Composed by himself. Abhijeet also released 10 Bengali Pop solo albums including Two Full Tagore songs albums named "Shei Bhalo Shei Bhalo", "Oi Asontoler". Latest are "Pranta Juraiya Gelo Re" (2013), "Chai Chai Tumi Ami" (2014).

Controversies

On 6 May 2017, when sessions court in Mumbai sentenced actor Salman Khan to five years in jail in connection with the 2002 hit-and-run case, Abhijeet came out in support of Salman by tweeting "Roads are meant for cars and dogs, not for people sleeping on them". This raised anger among several Twitter users as well as in popular media for allegedly making insensitive remarks as well as opening himself to criticism by members of media or others that Abhijeet is equating homeless people with dogs.[9]

In a similar tweet, he said "Kutta rd pe soyega kutte ki maut marega, roads garib ke baap ki nahi hai I ws homles an year nvr slept on rd" (Dogs sleep on the road and die like dogs. Roads are not ancestral properties of poor. I was homeless for a year and never slept on roads). Abhijeet clarified to a news channel "Nobody should die on the roads as dogs". He further stated that the death of the poor man was a loss to his family members and by not sleeping on the roads such deaths can be and should be avoided. He said and so did other people on the same news channel program that sleeping on the roads/pavements is dangerous as the roads are extremely busy. Many members of the public and media want the government to do more to help avoid such preventable incidents. Unfortunately a large number of people sleep overnight on the roads in cities in India due to the lack of means to buy or rent a house while they eke out a living doing menial labor.[10][11][12][13]

In July 2016, Abhijeet was arrested by the Mumbai police and released later on bail, for allegedly abusing journalist Swati Chaturvedi[14] online on Twitter. The arrest was at the complaint of Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon with Mumbai's BKC Cyber Cell. According to the Indian Express, the FIR for the online abuse was filed on charges of public obscenity and outrage of modesty.[15]

Abhijeet Bhattacharya's Twitter account (@abhijeetsinger) was suspended on May 23, 2017, after he posted a series of 'offensive tweets', especially against women.[16] Sonu Nigam also deleted his account after Abhijeet's account was suspended.[17][18] On 29th may Abhijeet re-joined Twitter with a new account(@singerabhijeet). But by evening, the new account was also suspended.[19]

Awards and nominations

Honours
  • Uttar Pradesh Gaurav Samman[20]
  • Yash Bharati Samman, 2013
  • Sangeet Maha Samman, 2015
  • Vishesh Shamman Award by West Bengal Government, 2017
  • Vikramaditya Award, 2018
Filmfare Awards

Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Won):

Year Song Film Music director(s)
1998 "Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaaon" Yes Boss Jatin Lalit
Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Nominated)
Year Song Film
1995 "Ole Ole" Yeh Dillagi
1997 "Yeh Teri Aankhen Jhuki Jhuki" Fareb
2004 "Suno Na Suno Na" Chalte Chalte

Notable songs

Denotes films that have not yet been released
YearFilmSong name(s)Co-singer(s)Music Director(s)
1982Aparupa (Bengali)"Ami Janina Keno Tomay"Asha BhosleR. D. Burman
1983Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye"Prem Duddth Aaya"Asha BhosleLaxmikant-Pyarelal
1984Anand Aur Anand"Nasha Hai Mujhe Bhi", "Wadon Ki Sham Aai"Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar & Asha BhosleR. D. Burman
1984Teri Baahon Mein"ABCD..."Sharon PrabhakarBappi Lahiri
1987Guru Dakshina (Bengali)"Aaj E Probhate"Bhupinder SinghBappi Lahiri
1987Pratikar (Bengali)"Dol Dolo Dol"Chandrani Mukherjee Md AzizBappi Lahiri
1989Asmaan Se Ooncha""Zindagi Se Jab Mile""Kumar Sanu, Sadhna Sargam, AnwarRajesh Roshan
1989Goonj"Jawani Ke Din Hai Pyar Kiye Ja", "Suta Lagao Yaro, Lo Ek Dusre Ka Jhoota"Hema Sardesai, Binjoo AliBiddu
1990Khatarnaak"Aasman Pe Bethi Chandni"ChorusAnu Malik
1990Baaghi"Ek Chanchal Shook Haseena", "Chandni Raat Hain", "Har Kasam Se Badi Hain"Solo, Kavita KrishnamurthyAnand-Milind
1991Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin"Dil Tujhpe Aa Gaya"Anuradha PaudwalNadeem-Shravan
1991Ramgarh Ke Sholay"Shridevi Ji Bhaagyashri Ji"SoloAnu Malik
1991Indrajeet"Reshmi Zulfen Nasheeli Aankhen"Jolly MukherjeeR. D. Burman
1991Dalapathi"Aayi Holi"Udit NarayanIlaiyaraaja
1992Khiladi"Wada Raha Sanam", "Khud Ko Kya Samajhti Hai", "Tu Shama Main Parwana Teraa"Alka YagnikJatin-Lalit
1992Shola Aur Shabnam"Bole Bole Dil Mera Dole"ChorusBappi Lahiri
1993Parampara"Phoolon Ke Is Shehar Mein"Lata MangeshkarShiv-Hari
Darr"Darwaza Band Karlo"Lata MangeshkarShiv-Hari
Pehchaan"Tu Mere Dil Mein", "Aankhon Mein Kya", "Sanam O Sanam"Solo, Kavita KrishnamurthyAnand-Milind
1994Yeh Dillagi"Ole Ole", "Lagi Lagi Hai"Solo, Udit Narayan, Lata MangeshkarDilip Sen-Sameer Sen
Main Khiladi Tu Anari"Main Khiladi Tu Anari"Udit Narayan, Anu MalikAnu Malik
Raja Babu"A Aa E Ee"SoloAnand-Milind
Anjaam"Badi Mushkil Hai"SoloAnand-Milind
Teesra Kaun"Teesra Kaun", "Kya Aankhen Hain Kya Mukhra Hai"PoornimaAnand-Milind
Juaari"Haara Khiladi Jeet Gaye Hum", "Tum Hi Tum Ho"Sudesh Bhosle, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Pritha MazumdarBappi Lahiri
1995Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge"Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Mein"Asha BhosleJatin-Lalit
Sabse Bada Khiladi"Bharo Meri Mang Baro", "Tu Hai Aandhi"JyotiRajesh Roshan
Coolie No. 1"Goriya Chura Na"Chandana DixitAnand-Milind
Takkar"Aankhon Main Base Ho Tum"Alka YagnikAnu Malik
1996Fareb"Yeh Teri Aankhen", "Yaar Ka Milna"SoloJatin-Lalit
Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi"Itna Mujhe Pata Hai"Kavita KrishnamurthyAnu Malik
Jung"Deewana Deewana Yeh Dil"Kavita KrishnamurthyNadeem-Shravan
Rakshak"Shehar Ki Ladki"Chandana DixitAnand-Milind
Insaaf"Barah Aana De"Alka YagnikAnand-Milind
Ek Tha Raja"Saawan Ki Raaton Mein"Kavita KrishnamurthyAnand-Milind
Zameer"Goriyaan Tu"PoornimaAnand-Milind
Army"De tali"Sadhna Sargam, Vindo Rathod, Jolly MukherjiAnand-Milind
Krishna"Jhanjhriya"SoloAnu Malik
Daraar"Deewana Deewana Main Tere Liye", "Yeh Pyaar Pyaar Kya Hai"Sadhana Sargam, Alka YagnikAnu Malik
Dastak"Tumhain Kaise Main Batoo"SoloRajesh Roshan
1997Judwaa"Tan Tana Tan Tan Tara"PoornimaAnu Malik
Mohabbat"Meri Jaane Jaana"Kavita KrishnamurthyNadeem-Shravan
Yes Boss"Chaand Taare", "Suniye To", "Main Koi Aisa Geet", "Jaata Hai Tu Kahan"Solo, Alka YagnikJatin-Lalit
Judaai"Mujhe Pyaar Hua"Alka YagnikNadeem-Shravan
Bhai"Khul Gaya Naseeb"Chandana DixitAnand-Milind
Sanam"Kasam Se Kasam Se"Kavita KrishnamurthyAnand-Milind
Daanveer"Chumma Chumma"Chandra DixitAnand-Milind
Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi"Jume Ke Jume", "Jab Tak Rahega Samosa Main Aloo"Poornima, Sapna MukherjeeAnu Malik
1998Kudrat"Aab Tak Hai Puri Azadi"Sushma ShreshthaRajesh Roshan
Keemat"Koi Nahin Tere Jaise"Udit Narayan, Hema SardesaiRajesh Roshan
1999Baadshah"Baadshah O Baadshah", "Woh Ladki Jo Saab Se","Main Toh Hu Paagal","Hum To Deewaney Huye Yaar"Solo, Alka YagnikAnu Malik
Dil Hi Dil Mein"Ae Nazneen Sunona"SoloA.R. Rahman
Khoobsurat"Bahoot Khoobsurat Ho"Neerja PunditJatin Lalit
2000Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani"I'm The Best", "Kuch To Bata", "Aur Kya"Solo, Alka YagnikJatin-Lalit
Chal Mere Bhai"Mere Baap Ki","Chori Chori Sapno Mein"Vinod RathodAnand-Milind
Josh"Mere Khyaloon Ki Malika","Zinda Hai Hum Toh"Jolly Mukherjee, Hema SardesaiAnu Malik
Dhadkan"Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan"Alka YagnikNadeem-Shravan
Khiladi 420"Dil Le Le"Alka YagnikSanjeev Darshan
2001Asoka"Roshini Se", "Raat Ka Nasha"Alka Yagnik, K.S. ChithraAnu Malik
Tum Bin"Dekhte Hi Dekhte Dil Kho Gaya", "Pyar Humko Hone Laga"Anuradha Paudwal, K.S. ChithraNikhil-Vinay
Nayak: The Real Hero"Chidiya Tu Hoti Toh"Sanjivani BhelandeA. R. Rahman
2002Raaz"Pyaar Se Pyaar Hum", "Main Agar Samne"SoloNadeem-Shravan
Awara Paagal Deewana"Maine To Khai Kasam"Sunidhi ChauhanAnu Malik
Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar"Hasate Ho"Alka YagnikAnand-Milind
2003Chalte Chalte"Suno Na Suno Na", "Chalte Chalte", "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare"Solo, Alka YagnikJatin-Lalit, Aadesh Shrivastava
Haasil"Aankhen Bhi Hoti Hai Dil Ki Zubaan"SoloJatin-Lalit
2004Main Hoon Na"Title Song (Sad)", "Tumhe Jo Maine Dekha"Solo, Shreya GhoshalAnu Malik
Grahan Kehte Hai Jisko, "Chupi Chupi"Kavita Krishnamurthy, Asha Bhosle eKarthik Raja
Dhoom"Dilbara"SoloPritam
2005Bewafaa"Ishq Chupta Nahin"SoloNadeem-Shravan
Dosti"Aisa Koi Zindagi Mein"Alka YagnikNadeem-Shravan
2006Gangster"Lamha Lamha"Sunidhi ChauhanPritam
2007Kaafila"Sandesa Aaya"Sukhwinder Singh, Nabi MadjnunSukhwinder Singh
Om Shanti Om"Dhoom Taana"Shreya GhoshalVishal-Shekhar
2009Billu"Khudaya Khair-Reprise"Akriti Kakkar, Monali ThakurPritam
2009 Ek: The Power of One"Tum Sath Ho"Shreya GhoshalPritam
2011Bhorer Alo (Bengali)"More Piya Piya More Saiyan"Mahalaxmi Iyer Jeet Gannguli
2011Tum Hi To Ho "Tum Hi To Ho"SoloAnand-Milind
2012Challenge 2 (Bengali)"Chor Police"Akriti KakkarJeet Gannguli
2013Khoka 420 (Bengali)"Gobhir Joler Fish"Akriti KakkarSavvy
2013Besharam"Dil Ka Jo Haal Hai"Shreya GhoshalLalit Pandit
2014Nizaam Jhootha Rickshewala"Rickshe Wala Nizaam Jhootha"SoloDilip Sen Sameer Sen
2015Jamai Baron (Bengali)"Andho Alo Chaya"SoloSumit Acharya
2016"Bollywood Theme Song for World Cultural Festival"Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik, Javed Ali, Shaan, Akriti Kakkar, Kanika KapoorLalit Pandit
2016The Lonely Rain Song- (Single)"Pyaasi Pyaasi"Shreya Ghoshal (another Solo Version)Abhishek Ray – Gulzar
2016Mahayoddha Rama "Chalo Banao Setu"Shukhwinder Singh, Aadesh ShrivastavaAadesh Shrivastava
2017Hason RajaMatiro Pinjirar Majhe Bondi Hoiya ReSoloBappi Lahiri, Debojyoti Mishra
2017Radhe (Nepali Film)"Malai Maaf Gara"SoloArjun Pokhrel
2017Mothers Day Special Song"Maa Ka Pyar"SoloGS Gupta & PS Kainth
2017Love 16 "Kalo Shey Dhushor"Sureli RoySarbarish Majumder
2017"Dhadkan" Unplugged"Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan"Jolly DasNadeem-Shravan
2017Dhai Kurakur Dham Kurakur (Pujo Special Singles 2017)"Dhai Kurakur Dham Kurakur"SoloShubhashis Bhattacharya
2018"Suno Watan Ke Navjawano (Republic Day Song- 2018)""Suno Watan Ke Navjawano"SoloVitthal Patole
2018"Auto Romance In Mumbai""Kabhi Toh Lagta Hai Koi Hame Chahe"SoloSidharrth Jaaju
2018"Bhaijaan Elo Re""Bhaijaan Elo Re (Title Track)"SoloSavvy
2018"Hoichoi Unlimited""Sujon Majhi Re"SoloSavvy
2018"Bengali Puja Song 2018""Joy Joy Durga Maa - The Pujo Song"Shaan, Jeet GannguliJeet Gannguli
2018"Aye Zindagi""Aye Zindagi - Single"Shaan, Sonu Nigam, Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik, Suresh WadkarVishal Mishra
2019"Tumi Achho Tai""Aloor Chithi"ShikhaJeet-Ankit
"Chakde Fatte-World Cup Song-2019""Cricket World Cup Song-2019"SoloVitthal Patole
"Khandaani Shafakhana""Shehar Ki Ladki" (Remake)Badshah, Tulsi Kumar, Chandana DixitTanishk Bagchi, Anand-Milind
" Cheers to Team India""CWC-2019 Theme Song- Motivational"Solo Abhijeet Bhattacharya
" Papa Bandook Dila Do""Tribute to 20 years of Kargil"Solo Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Sameer (lyricist)(Lyrics)
" Babu Bhaijaan - The Real Story""Humdum Mere"Ira Mohanty Malay Mishra
FLAMES- Term 2 (The Timeliners Original)"Thame Dil Ko"SoloLalit Pandit

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