Amitabh Bhattacharya (born 16 November 1976) is an Indian lyricist and playback singer who works in Bollywood films. He shot to fame with the film Dev.D with the song "Emotional Atyachar" turning an instant hit. He sang this song under the name "Band Master Rangeela And Rasila". He also lent his voice to this song with Amit Trivedi.[1] He has been continuously writing lyrics for a variety of Bollywood movies since then and has also sung a few of them. Bhattacharya has also maintained a close association with Amit Trivedi since their first film Aamir. He has written the lyrics or sang for most of the film albums composed by the latter. His lyrics have been variously described as "frillfree"[2] and "smartly worded".

Amitabh Bhattacharya
Amitabh Bhattacharya
Bhattacharya at the audio release for Agneepath
Born (1976-11-16) 16 November 1976 (age 47)
EducationSpring Dale College, Lucknow
Occupation(s)Lyricist, singer
Known forWriting Bollywood songs

A National Award-winning lyricist, he has won the National Award for the song "Agar Zindagi" from the film I Am. He won his first Filmfare award for the song "Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin" in 2012.[3] In his song-writing career he has won the highest number of awards, precisely 9, for the song "Channa Mereya" to date.

Notable works edit

In his career, he has worked with some talented music composers like Pritam, A. R. Rahman, Amit Trivedi, Ajay-Atul, Vishal–Shekhar, Salim–Sulaiman, Ram Sampath, Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Sachin-Jigar and many more.

Some of his written songs are

"Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin",

"Channa Mereya",

"Ae Dil Hai Mushkil",



"Balam Pichkari",

"Badtameez Dil",

"Mast Magan",



"Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin",




"Janam Janam" ,

"Zinda Hoon",



"Sapna Jahan",


"Namo Namo"

"Ghar More Pardesiya",

"First Class",

"Kalank Title Track",

"Param Sundari",


"Tere Pyaar Mein",

"O Bedardeya",

"Apna Bana Le" etc.[4]

Early life and struggles edit

Bhattacharya was born into a Bengali family. He completed his schooling at Spring Dale College, Indira Nagar, Lucknow in 1995 and completed his Graduation from Lucknow University in 1999 before venturing out to Mumbai for becoming a singer.

In a prolific interview given to the "Times of India" in 2013, Bhattacharya said that he migrated to Mumbai from Lucknow harbouring dreams of becoming a singer (1999). He stood in the long queues in front of the music composers' offices and gave them demo "Audio Cassettes" to listen to him. But it didn't bear any fruit.

He went up to music composer & director Pritam Chakraborty. It was Pritam who gave him work and allowed him to assist.

During his struggling days, he started writing lyrics for Advertisement jingles to lower his frustration of not getting work. He learned the art of songwriting during those struggling days.

In the year 2004, when his friend Amartya Rahut introduced him to music composer Amit Trivedi, Trivedi and Rahut, who often composed music for television channels, took Bhattacharya as a dummy singer to give presentations of his music. Trivedi also urged him to write rough lyrics. While writing lyrics, Bhattacharya discovered that he had an innate talent for giving words to tunes. Over the years, Trivedi and Bhattacharya became good friends.[5]

His major breakthrough came when Trivedi was working on the music of Anurag Kashyap's Dev.D, Trivedi insisted Bhattacharya write rough lyrics. Bhattacharya wrote the lyrics for the songs of Dev.D, and most of its major songs became a hit, thus nearly ending 8 years of his struggle for recognition.[3]

Filmography edit

As lyricist edit

Year Film Composer Notes
2008 Aamir Amit Trivedi
2009 Acid Factory Shamir Tandon – Manasi Scott – Gourov Dasgupta – Bappi LahiriRanjit Barot
99 Ashutosh Pathak and Shamir Tandon
Dev D Amit Trivedi Eight songs
2010 Chance Pe Dance Adnan Sami One Song
Housefull Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Two Songs
Udaan Amit Trivedi Four songs
Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Pritam One Song
Anjaana Anjaani Vishal–Shekhar One Song (Along with Anvita Dutt and Caralisa Monteiro)
Band Baaja Baaraat Salim–Sulaiman
2011 No One Killed Jessica Amit Trivedi
Thank You Pritam Two Songs
I Am Amit Trivedi National Award: Best Lyrics
Luv Ka The End Ram Sampath
Ready Pritam One Song
Desi Boyz
Delhi Belly Ram Sampath Three Songs
Chillar Party Amit Trivedi One Song
Always Kabhi Kabhi Pritam Two Songs (One with SRK)
My Friend Pinto Ajay–Atul Five songs
Aazaan Salim–Sulaiman Three Songs
Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl
Pappu Can't Dance Saala Malhar
2012 Agneepath Ajay–Atul won IIFA Award for Best Lyrics & Nominated for 58th Filmfare Awards
Ek Main aur Ekk Tu Amit Trivedi
Agent Vinod Pritam Six songs
Ferrari Ki Sawaari One song
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Jeet Ganguly Five songs
Barfi! Pritam One song
Heroine Salim–Sulaiman
Aiyyaa Amit Trivedi
2013 Bombay Talkies Three Songs
Go Goa Gone Sachin–Jigar Two songs
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Pritam Eight songs
Ghanchakkar Amit Trivedi
Chennai Express Vishal–Shekhar Seven songs
Rabba Main Kya Karoon Salim–Sulaiman Three Songs
Phata Poster Nikla Hero Pritam Two Songs
Dhoom 3 One Song
2014 Mr Joe B. Carvalho Amartya Rahut
Yaariyan Pritam
Hasee Toh Phasee Vishal–Shekhar Five songs
Shaadi Ke Side Effects Pritam Two songs
Darr @ the Mall Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
One By Two
2 States
Lekar Hum Deewana Dil A. R. Rahman
Ungli Sachin-Jigar
Two songs
2015 Bombay Velvet Amit Trivedi
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Pritam One song
Brothers Ajay–Atul
Phantom Pritam Five songs
Shaandaar Amit Trivedi Four songs
Dilwale Pritam
2016 Ghayal Once Again Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Ki and Ka Ilaiyaraaja One song
Te3n Clinton Cerejo
Banjo Vishal–Shekhar
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Pritam Won 12 Awards including 62nd Filmfare Awards & Zee Cine Awards
Kahaani 2 Clinton Cerejo Three songs
Dangal Pritam
2017 Raees JAM8 One song[6](won Zee Cine Awards)
Poorna Salim–Sulaiman
Raabta Pritam, JAM8 Five songs (Two with Irshad Kamil)
Tubelight Pritam Six songs
Jagga Jasoos Five songs (won 63rd Filmfare Awards)
2018 Blackmail Amit Trivedi Four songs (One with Divine & Daval Parab)
Dhadak Ajay–Atul
Thugs of Hindostan
Kedarnath Amit Trivedi
2019 Milan Talkies Rana Mazumder Four songs
Kalank Pritam
India's Most Wanted Amit Trivedi
Super 30 Ajay–Atul
Mission Mangal Amit Trivedi Two Songs
Chhichhore Pritam
The Zoya Factor Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
2020 Dil Bechara A. R. Rahman Disney Plus Hotstar film
2021 Koi Jaane Na Tanishk Bagchi One Song
Roohi Sachin–Jigar Four Songs
Mimi A. R. Rahman Netflix film
Bunty Aur Babli 2 Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
2022 Jhund Ajay–Atul Three Songs
Dasvi Sachin-Jigar One song
Netflix film
Dhaakad Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Two Songs
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Pritam Two Songs (One with Yo Yo Honey Singh)
Laal Singh Chaddha
Drishyam 2 Devi Sri Prasad
Bhediya Sachin-Jigar
Qala Amit Trivedi One song
Netflix film
2023 Shehzada Pritam
Abhijit Vaghani
One song
Along with Ashish Pandit
Zara Hatke Zara Bachke Sachin-Jigar
Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar Pritam
Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani All songs
(One with Raja Mehdi Ali Khan)
The Great Indian Family
Tiger 3 One song
Dunki One of the lyricists

As playback singer edit

Year Film Composer Song
2008 Aamir Amit Trivedi Ek Lau, Ha Raham
2009 Wake Up Sid Iktara
Dev D Amit Trivedi Emotional Atyachar
2010 Band Baaja Baaraat Salim–Sulaiman Mitra
Udaan Amit Trivedi Geet, Aazadiyan
Admissions Open Dariya Ubale, Aasman Ke Paar
Housefull Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Loser
Fast Forward Aankhon ki Baat
2011 No One Killed Jessica Amit Trivedi Dua
2012 Agent Vinod Pritam Pyaar ki Pungi
Aiyyaa Amit Trivedi What to do
2013 Lootera Ankahee
Monta Re
Chennai Express Vishal–Shekhar Tera Rasta Chhodun Na
2014 2 States Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Offo
Happy Ending Sachin–Jigar Paaji Tussi Such a Pussy Cat
2015 Bhale Manchi Roju Sunny M.R. Vaareva Ore Maccha (Telugu)
2019 Chhichhore Pritam Fikar Not
2020 Jai Mummy Di Amartya Bobo Rahut Manney Ignore Kar Rahi
2022 Bhediya Sachin-Jigar Baaki Sab Theek

Film producer edit

Awards edit

Award Category Award Details
58th Filmfare Awards Best Lyricist Song: "Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin"
GiMA Awards Lyricist of the Year
14th IIFA Awards Best Lyricist
Mirchi Music Awards Album of The Year
Critics' Choice Song of the Decade
59th National Film Awards Best Lyrics Song: "Agar Zindagi"
7th Mirchi Music Awards Album of The Year Film: 2 States
RMIM Puruskaar 2016[7] Lyricist of the Year Films:
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
2016 Screen Awards Best Lyricist Song: "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil"
2017 SpotBoyE Awards Best Lyricist Song: "Bulleya"
9th Mirchi Music Awards Critics' Choice Lyricist of the Year Song: "Channa Mereya"
Critics' Choice Song of the Year
Critics' Choice Lyricist of the Decade
News 18 Movie Awards Best Lyrics
Zee Cine Awards Song of the Year
62nd Filmfare Awards Best Lyricist
2016 Sansui Colors Stardust Awards Best Lyricist
18th IIFA Awards Best Lyricist
MT20Jubilee Awards Platinum Disc
63rd Filmfare Awards Best Lyricist Song: "Ullu Ka Patha"
Zee Cine Awards Best Lyricist Song: "Zaalima"
10th Mirchi Music Awards Listeners' Choice Album of the Year Film: Jagga Jasoos
20th IIFA Awards IIFA Award for Best Lyricist Song: "Dhadak"
12th Mirchi Music Awards Lyricist of The Year Song: "Kalank"
Song of The Year
13th Mirchi Music Awards Lyricist of the Decade Song: "Channa Mereya"
Song of The Decade Song: "Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin"
68th Filmfare Awards Best Lyricist Song: " Kesariya"
Zee Cine Awards Best Lyricist
23rd IIFA Awards Best Lyricist
15th Mirchi Music Awards Best Lyricist Song: Tur Kalleyan
69th Filmfare Awards Best Lyricist Song: Tere Vaaste

References edit

  1. ^ "For eight years, I was a nobody: Amitabh Bhattacharya". The Times of India.
  2. ^ Pillai, Pooja (9 July 2010). "A new hope". Express. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b "For Eight years I was a no body". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Amitabh Bhattacharya lyrics". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  5. ^ Parul Khanna Tiwari, Hindustan Times (4 February 2012). "Amitabh Bhattacharya the reluctant lyricist". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  6. ^ "SRK-Mahira's Romantic Song 'Zaalima' From Raees Might Just Be 2017's First Love Anthem!". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  7. ^ "RMIM Puruskaar 2016". Retrieved 10 February 2018.

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