Amitabh Bhattacharya

Amitabh Bhattacharya (born 16 November 1976) is an Indian lyricist and playback singer of Bengali origin from Uttar Pradesh 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
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Born (1976-11-16) 16 November 1976 (age 45)
EducationSpring Dale College, Lucknow
OccupationLyricist, 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 highest number of awards, precisely 9, for the song "Channa Mereya" to date.

Notable worksEdit

He has been acclaimed for writing "good lyrics" and poetry.

Some of his written songs are "Channa Mereya","Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", "Bulleya", "Kabira", "Balam Pichkari", "Badtameez Dil", "Mast Magan", "Raabta", "Zehnaseeb", "Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin", "Naina", "Manja", "Janam Janam" , "Zinda Hoon", "Gerua", "Zaalima", "Sapna Jahan", "Sweetheart", "Namo Namo" "Ghar More Pardesiya", "First Class", "Kalank Title Track" etc.[4]

Early life and strugglesEdit

Born to a Bengali Brahmin family. He completed his schooling from 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 fourteen years ago (1999). He stood in the long queues in front of music composers' office 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 song-writing 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 of giving words to tunes. Over the years, Trivedi and Bhattacharya became good friends.[5]

His major breakthrough came when Trivedi was working upon the music of Anurag Kashyap's Dev.D, Trivedi insisted Bhattacharya to 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]


As lyricistEdit

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
2010 Chance Pe Dance Adnan Sami One Song
Housefull Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Two Songs
Udaan Amit Trivedi
Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Pritam One Song
Anjaana Anjaani Vishal-Shekhar One Song
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
Delhi Belly Ram Sampath Three Songs
Chillar Party Amit Trivedi One Song
Always Kabhi Kabhi Pritam
My Friend Pinto Ajay-Atul
Aazaan Salim-Sulaiman
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
Ferrari Ki Sawaari Two Songs
Cocktail One song
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Jeet Ganguly
Barfi! Pritam One song
Heroine Salim-Sulaiman
Aiyyaa Amit Trivedi
2013 Bombay Talkies Amit Trivedi Three Songs
Go Goa Gone Sachin-Jigar Two songs
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Pritam
Ghanchakkar Amit Trivedi
Chennai Express Vishal-Shekhar
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
Shaadi Ke Side Effects Pritam
Darr @ the Mall Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
One By Two
2 States
Lekar Hum Deewana Dil A. R. Rahman
2015 Bombay Velvet Amit Trivedi
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Pritam One song
Brothers Ajay-Atul All songs
Phantom Pritam
Shaandaar Amit Trivedi
Dilwale Pritam
2016 Ghayal Once Again Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Te3n Clinton Cerejo All songs
Banjo (2016 film) Vishal-Shekhar
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Pritam All songs (Won 12 Awards including 62nd Filmfare Awards & Zee Cine Awards)
Kahaani 2 Clinton Cerejo Three songs
Dangal Pritam All songs
2017 Raees JAM8 One song[6](won Zee Cine Awards)
Poorna Salim–Sulaiman All songs
Raabta Pritam, JAM8 Four songs (Two with Irshad Kamil)
Tubelight Pritam Five songs
Jagga Jasoos Five songs (won 63rd Filmfare Awards)
2018 Blackmail Amit Trivedi Four songs (One with Divine & Daval Parab)
Dhadak Ajay-Atul All songs
Thugs of Hindostan
Kedarnath Amit Trivedi
2019 Milan Talkies Rana Mazumder
Kalank Pritam
India's Most Wanted Amit Trivedi
Super 30 Ajay-Atul
Mission Mangal Amit Trivedi Two Songs
Chhichhore Pritam All songs
The Zoya Factor Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
2020 Dil Bechara A.R.Rahman
2021 Koi Jaane Na Tanishk Bagchi One Song
Roohi (2021 film) Sachin–Jigar Four Songs
Mimi A. R. Rahman All songs
Bunty Aur Babli 2 Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
83 Pritam

As playback singerEdit

Year Film Composer Song Director/producer
2008 Aamir Amit Trivedi Ek Lau, Ha Raham
2009 Wake Up Sid Iktara Ayan Mukerji
Dev D Amit Trivedi Emotional Atyachar Anurag Kashyap
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 Anurag Kashyap Production
2013 Lootera Ankahee, Manmarziyan, Shikayatein, Monta Re Phantom Films Production
Chennai Express Vishal-Shekhar Tera Rasta Chhodun Na Red Chillies
2014 2 States Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Offo Dharma Productions
Happy Ending Sachin-Jigar Paaji Tussi Such a Pussy Cat Illuminati Films
2015 Bhale Manchi Roju Sunny M.R. Vaareva Ore Maccha (Telugu) 70MM entertainments
2019 Chhichhore Pritam Fikar Not Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
2020 Jai Mummy Di Amartya Bobo Rahut Manney Ignore Kar Rahi Luv Films, T-Series

Film producerEdit


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"
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


  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". 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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