Alokesh Lahiri (born 27 November 1952), popularly known as Bappi Lahiri, is an Indian singer, composer, politician and record producer. He popularised the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema and sang some of his own compositions. He had delivered major box office successes in bengali films like Amar Sangee, Asha O Bhalobasha, Aamar Tumi, Amar Prem, Mandira, Badnam, Raktelekha, Priya and so. He was popular in the 1980s and 1990s with filmi soundtracks such as Wardat, Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Sharaabi, Dance Dance, Commando, Saaheb, Gang Leader, Sailaab. Lahiri joined BJP in 2014. He was declared a BJP candidate from Srerampur (Lok Sabha constituency) in West Bengal for the 2014 Indian general election and lost.
|Birth name||Alokesh Lahiri|
|Born||27 November 1952|
Jalpaiguri,West Bengal, India
|Instruments||Vocals, tabla, piano, drum, guiter, saxophone, bongos, dholak|
|Labels||BL Sound, Saregama, Venus Records & Tapes, T-Series, Tips Industries, Universal Music Group, Abbey Road Studios, Planet LA Records|
Lahiri was born into a Bengali  Brahmin family in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. His parents, Aparesh Lahiri and Bansuri Lahiri, both from Jalpaiguri, were famous Bengali singers and musicians in classical music and Shyama Sangeet. He is their only child.
Lahiri began to play tabla at the age of 3. Initially, he was trained by his parents.
Lahiri has two children, a son Bappa Lahiri and a daughter Rema Lahiri. His son is married to Sannaya Gandhi with whom he has a son Azam John Lahiri.
His favorite quote is 'Gold is my God.'
Portions of Lahiri's song "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" were included in the 2002 song "Addictive" by American R&B singer Truth Hurts. Copyright holders Saregama India, Ltd. sued Interscope Records and its parent company, Universal Music Group for more than $500 million. A Los Angeles federal judge subsequently barred further sales of the CD unless and until Lahiri was listed on the song's credits.
In late 2016, Lahiri voiced the character of Tamatoa in the Hindi-dubbed version of Disney's 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film Moana; he also composed and sang "Shona" (Gold), the Hindi version of "Shiny". This was his first time dubbing for an animated character, and he also appeared in Ramratan song "Yeh Hai Dance Bar". He won Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at 63rd Filmfare Awards.
|Film title||Actor||Character||Dub language||Original language||Original year release||Dub year release||Notes|
|Kingsman: The Golden Circle||Elton John||Himself||Hindi||English||2017||2017|
|Film title||Original Voice(s)||Character||Dub language||Original language||Original year release||Dub year release||Notes|
Bappi Lahiri joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 31 January 2014 in the presence of Rajnath Singh,the then national President of Bharatiya Janata Party, to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha election. He was made a BJP candidate from Srerampur (Lok Sabha constituency) in 2014, but lost to Kalyan Banerjee of All India Trinamool Congress.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
Hindi and BengaliEdit
|1973||Nanha Shikari||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1974||Bazar Band Karo||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1974||Ek Ladki Badnaam Si||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1976||Chalte Chalte||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1977||Aap Ki Khatir||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1978||Toote Khilone||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1979||Surakksha||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1979||Aangan Ki Kali||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1979||Lahu Ke Do Rang||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1980||Manokamna||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1981||Wardat||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1982||Disco Dancer||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1982||Namak Halaal||"All Songs"||Also Singer Zubin Ittefaq||Hindi|
|1984||Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki||All Songs||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1985||Saaheb||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1985||Geraftaar||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1985||Adventures of Tarzan||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1987||Dance Dance||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1987||Satyamev Jayate||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1987||Amar Sangi||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Bengali|
|1988||Mera Shikar||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1989||Guru||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1989||Aamar Tumi||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Bengali|
|1989||Prem Pratigyaa||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1989||Pronomi Tomay||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Bengali|
|1990||Naakabandi||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1990||Aaj Ke Shahenshah||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1990||Sailaab||"All Songs"||Along with Aadesh Shrivastava||Hindi|
|1990||Thanedaar||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1992||Shola Aur Shabnam (1992 film)||"All Songs"||Bengali|
|1992||Tomar Naam Likhe Debo||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Bengali|
|1993||Dalaal||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1994||Neelanjana||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Bengali|
|1995||Rock Dancer||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1995||Diya Aur Toofan||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1996||Dil Ke Jharoke Main||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1996||Rangbaaz||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1996||Bal Bramhachari||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1996||Hum Sab Chor Hain||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|1997||Nirnayak||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1997||Dharma Karma||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1998||Military Raaj||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|1999||Aaya Toofan||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|2000||Justice Chowdhary||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|2006||Taxi No. 9211||BAMBAI NAGARIA||AS SINGER||-|
|2008||Mudrank||"All Songs"||Also Singer||Hindi|
|2008||C Kkompany||"Khokha", "Jaane Kya Ho Gaya Mujhko"||Hindi|
|2008||Chandni Chowk to China||"India Se Aaya Tera Dost (Aap Ki Khatir)"||Hindi|
|2009||Jai Veeru||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|2011||The Dirty Picture||"Ooh La La"||As Singer||Hindi|
|2013||Gunday||"Tune Maari Entriyaan","Asalaam-E-Ishqum"||As Singer||Hindi|
|2013||Himmatwala||"Thank God It's Friday"||Uncredited||Hindi|
|2014||Main Aur Mr. Riight||"All Songs"||Hindi|
|2017||Badrinath Ki Dulhania||"Tamma Tamma Song"||Singer & Original Composer||Hindi|
|2018||Mausam Ikrar Ke Do Pal Pyaar Ke||All Songs||Music Director||Hindi|
|2019||Why Cheat India||"Dil Mein Ho Tum"||Original Music Director||Hindi|
|2020||Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan||"Areey Pyar Kar Le"||Singer and original music director||Hindi|
|2020||Baaghi 3||"Bhankas"||Singer and original music director||Hindi|
|Rowdy Gaari Pellam|
|Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam|
|2013||Action 3D||Co-composed with his son Bappa Lahari|
- Africadalli Sheela (1986)
- Krishna Nee Begane Baro (1986)
- Police Matthu Dada (1991)
- Guru (1989)
- Love in Mandya (2014)
- Janam Janam na Saath (1977)
|1982||Filmfare Awards||Best Music Director||Armaan||Nominated|||
|Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki||Nominated|
|1991||Aaj Ka Arjun||Nominated|
|2018||Lifetime Achievement Award||Won|
|2012||Mirchi Music Awards||Best Item Song of the Year||"Ooh La La" (From The Dirty Picture)||Won|||
Composer Bappi Lahiri's discarded disco track Zindagi Meri Dance Dance was left out of the Babbar Subhash film Dance Dance although it featured on the vinyl album release at the time. It was re-discovered and had a second lease of life in director Ashim Ahluwalia's 2017 gangster film Daddy starring Arjun Rampal. The re-release of the song was a huge success, becoming one of the top tracks of the year.
Ahluwalia wanted an authentic 80s Bappi Lahiri sound and not an overproduced remix. Norwegian producer Olefonken reworked the song to be more dynamic for contemporary sound systems but kept many of the original elements including the original vocals of Alisha Chinai and Vijay Benedict as well as the original synth and drum machines. The choreographer of Ahluwalia's first film Miss Lovely, was ironically Kamal Nath, who had also worked on B. Subhash's disco film Dance Dance and Commando starring Mithun Chakraborty, both of which feature Bappi Lahiri soundtracks.
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