Hard Kaur

Taran Kaur Dhillon (born 29 July 1979), known by her stage name Hard Kaur, is an Indian rapper and hip hop singer; as well as playback singer and actress in Bollywood.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Hard Kaur
Background information
Born (1979-07-29) 29 July 1979
OriginKanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
GenresRap, hip hop, Bollywood music
Years active1995–present
LabelsSony Music
Associated actsHiphop Tamizha, Country Chicken
Websitehardkaurworld.com

Early life

Hard Kaur was born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, where her mother ran a small beauty parlour in the house.[7] When she was young, she lost her father and her mother's beauty parlour was burnt a few days after her father's death. Her paternal grandparents asked her mother to leave their house and wanted to keep her brother with them. Subsequently she, her brother and her mother moved to Hoshiarpur to her maternal grandparents house, where they stayed for the next couple of years.

In 1991 her mother remarried a British citizen and her family moved to Birmingham, England, where her mother started working and studying to eventually open a beauty salon. Meanwhile, Hard Kaur did her schooling.[7] After developing interest in hip-hop she started her music career as a rapper.[8][9][10][11]

Career

She recorded the song "Ek Glassy" and was top for the UK then in 2007 rapped for Sriram Raghavan's movie Johnny Gaddaar's song "Paisa Phek (Move Your Body)." Since then she has sung in movies like Ugly Aur Pagli ("Talli"), Singh Is Kinng, Kismat Konnection, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and Prince.

Kaur performed at Live Earth India, 2008.

Her first solo album Supawoman was released in 2007.[12][13]

In 2008 Hard Kaur was nominated for two awards at the UK Asian Music Awards: "Best Urban Act" and "Best Female Act".[14] She won "Best Female Act".[15]

In October 2012, Hard Kaur released her second music album titled Party Loud All Year: P.L.A.Y. The album, produced in collaboration with Sony music, featured ten songs, all of which were written and composed by her.[16] The most successful song of the album was Mujhe peeney do.[17]

In 2013 – she collaborated with composer Ram Sampath and Rajasthani folk singer Bhanvari Devi for Coke Studio India. In the song Katey or Kathe – Bhanvari Devi's part is a Rajasthani folk song which is dedicated to Lord Krishna (Saanwariyo) and Rap by Hard Kaur – written by herself in which she express her personal life journey. At the time of elections, she composed a song "Karle Tu Voting" to spread awareness about voting.Recently, Hard Kaur composes a song for FIFA World Cup named "Goal Mar Goal Mar". The song aptly describes fan frenzy and is sung in Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali & South language too. Also, she herself has written the lyrics of the song.

In June 2019 a first information report was lodged against her for comments about Yogi Adityanath and Mohan Bhagwat.[18][19] In August 2019 her Twitter account was suspended after she posted a video abusing Amit Shah and Narendra Modi.[20][21]

Discography

EPs

  • Voodoo Hill (1997)

Albums

  • Supawoman (2007)
  • Party Loud All Year: P.L.A.Y (2012)

Compilation appearances

Filmography

Year Film Song Role Language Notes
2007Johnny GaddarMove Your BodyHerselfHindiSpecial Appearance in Song
2008Bachna Ae HaseenoLucky BoyHindi
2008Ugly Aur PagliTaliHerselfHindiStarring: Hard Kaur, Anmol Malik, Mika Singh
2009Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab KahaniFollow Me & Main Tera Dhadkan TeriHindi
2011Patiala HouseLaung Da Lashkara & Rola Pe GayaKomal ChatwalHindi
2013ABCD: Any Body Can DanceSadda Dil Vi Tu (Ga Ga Ga Ganpati)SingerHindi
2013Hanni' HerselfPunjabiSung: Teriyan Adavaan
2013Vanakkam Chennai' Chennai City GangstaHerselfTamil
2014Babloo Happy HaiBabloo Happy HaiSingerHindi
2015Dilliwali Zaalim GirlfriendZaalim DilliHindiStarring: Jazzy B & Hard Kaur
2016SarrainoduSarrainoduTeluguStarring: Sonu Kakkar, Hard Kaur and Brijesh Shandilya
2017OK JaanuKaara FankaaraHindi

Television acts

Year TV show Language Notes
2009Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3HindiContestant
2010Comedy Circus Ke TaansenHindiSpecial Appearance with Krushna and Sudesh
2012Bigg Boss 6HindiGuest
2016Box Cricket LeagueHindiPlayer in Ahmedabad Express

See also

References

  1. "An interview with rapper Hard Kaur". MiD DAY. 1 March 2009.
  2. "I don't want typical 'ladki' roles: Hard Kaur". The Times of India. TNN. 5 October 2013.
  3. Adila Matra (11 October 2012). "It's P.L.A.Y. time for Hard Kaur as the artists releases her second album". Daily Mail.
  4. Jaspreet Nijher (26 May 2013). "I did not abuse anyone: Hard Kaur". The Times of India.
  5. Shaheen Parkar (25 September 2013). "Hard Kaur in a verbal tussle at a Bandra nightspot". Mid Day.
  6. "Hard Kaur turns composer, keen to work with". NDTV. Indo-Asian News Service. 27 June 2013.
  7. Rajiv Vijayakar (18 July 2008). "Kaur competency". Screen. Archived from the original on 2 March 2010.
  8. "Reality shows a tough act: Rapper Hard Kaur". The Hindu. 29 May 2009.
  9. "NRIs are preferred in India: Hard Kaur". The Times of India. 27 March 2009.
  10. Sassy singer Hard Kaur eyes Bollywood By ApunKaChoice, 24 January 2008.
  11. "It's a wrap". The Hindu. 30 August 2008.
  12. "Rapper Hard Kaur eyeing acting career in Bollywood". The Financial Express. 10 March 2010.
  13. BBC Review: "Britain's premier female Asian rapper finally releases her debut album..." BBC, 17 January 2008.
  14. "UK Asian Music Awards nominees announced – The Asian News". menmedia.co.uk. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  15. Nazhat (8 March 2008). "The UK Asian Music Awards 2008". desiblitz.com. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  16. "Hard Kaur recalls struggle to get known in Britain". NDTV Movies/Indo-Asian News Service. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  17. Iti Shree, Misra (22 October 2012). "Hard Kaur makes the alcohol anthem of India with her song Peeney Do". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  18. Jun 19, TNN | Updated; 2019; Ist, 20:52. "UK based singer Hard Kaur booked for her remarks against Bhagwat, Yogi | India News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  19. "The Hard Line". The Indian Express. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  20. DelhiAugust 13, India Today Web Desk New; August 13, 2019UPDATED; Ist, 2019 17:41. "Hard Kaur posts video abusing PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Twitter suspends her account". India Today. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  21. "PM मोदी, अमित शाह के लिए हार्ड कौर ने इस्तेमाल की भद्दी भाषा, ट्विटर ने सस्पेंड किया अकाउंट". aajtak.intoday.in (in Hindi). Retrieved 13 August 2019.
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