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Mohit Chauhan (born 11 March 1966) is an Indian playback singer, most known for his work for Bollywood, Tollywood, & Kollywood movies. He was also part of the Indipop band Silk Route. Chauhan is a two-time recipient of the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer and three times Zee Cine Award For Best Male Playback Singer.[1] He has recorded songs for film music and albums in various Indian languages and has established himself as a leading playback singer of Indian cinema.

Mohit Chauhan
Mohit Chauhan at the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards.jpg
Mohit Chauhan at the 59th Filmfare Awards
Background information
Born (1966-03-11) 11 March 1966 (age 52)
Nahan, Himachal Pradesh, India
Origin Himachal Pradesh, India
Genres Indian pop, Bollywood
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Guitar, Harmonica, Flute, Saxophone
Years active 1998 – present

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Early lifeEdit

Chauhan was born in the town of Nahan, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh on 11 March 1966.[2] He can speak fluently in Himachali, English and Hindi. He first attended St. Xavier's School, Delhi and then moved to Himachal Pradesh to complete his education.[citation needed] Chauhan graduated with a Master of Science in Geology from the Dharamshala College in Himachal Pradesh.[3] He never received formal training in music, but sings and plays guitar, harmonica, mouth organ and the flute. After completing his education in Himachal,

Chauhan says before he made it big as a musician, he wanted to be an actor. “I did a lot of theatre. I finished my university, was part of NSD and did full length plays on stage. In fact, at one point of time I wanted to get into FTII, but there were no acting courses then. I think it started only a couple of years ago. So I missed the opportunity,” Chauhan told PTI.[4]

CareerEdit

Starting of Career : Silk Route-Pehchaan & BoondeinEdit

Chauhan's is not formally trained in claasical music. His musical band Silk Route happened — which consists of Chauhan, his schoolmate Kem Trivedi and Kenny Puri, a drummer who grew up in Dehra Dun. Atul Mittal from Himachal is another founding member of the band. Chauhan’s music is inherited from his grandfather, who was a classical singer. He is the major motivation behind his music. He listened to the songs of Jagjit Singh, Ghulam Ali, Ahmed Rushdi and Mehdi Hassan. Apart from that, Western music and Kishore Kumar ’s voice interests him. Silk Route is definitely a real turning point in his career. At the time of his graduation, he along with his friends used to create songs and formed the band in 1998. The band has been known for their Indipop song "Dooba Dooba" from the album Boondein. The band has also scored and performed soundtracks and songs for movies such as Kalpana Lajmi's Kyon, Lets Enjoy and Urf Professor. After getting success with “Dooba Dooba”, Silk Route band got recognition. His band Silk Route did well as two private albums Boondein in 1998 and then Pehchaan in 2000 were well received. Meanwhile, “Dooba Dooba” from Boondein became popular song. The album debuted at number one on the album chart. Boondein featured songs in Hindi, English, and Pahadi, and the band won several awards at the awards in 1998.[5] After garnering many accolades, Chauhan then released “Pehchan” with Silk Route and after the band dissolved in 2008, he moved forward with his solo career. His solo album Kalam was a unique anthology of poems written by the former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

2002 - 2007 From Bollywood Debut to Mainstream SuccessEdit

Chauhan's career in Bollywood began in 2002 when he sang "Pehli Nazar Mein Dari Thi" in the movie Road.In 2007, he took part in singing reality show, Mission Ustaad on 9X, where he teamed with Vasundhara Das. He also took part in the singing reality show on STAR Plus, Music Ka Maha Muqqabla, where he led the team Mohit's Fighters. . His songs "Khoon Chala" and "Masakali" from the films Rang De Basanti and Delhi-6 respectively, composed by Rahman and "Tum Se Hi" from the film Jab We Met,[6] composed by Pritam, were successful. His subsequent chartbusters included the songs "Tu Ne Jo Na Kaha" for the 2009 film New York, "Ye Dooriyan" for Love Aaj Kal, and "Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai" for Kaminey. In 2010, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for "Masakali".[7] He also sang two tracks "Bheegi Si" from the Movie Raajneeti[citation needed] and "Pee Loon" from Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai both arranged and directed by Pritam. His songs "Pee Loon" from Once Upon A Time in Mumbai,"Tujhe Bhula Diya" from Anjaana Anjaani directed by Vishal–Shekhar gained admiration. He then sang "Yun Hi" from Tanu Weds Manu.[citation needed]

2011 - 2013Edit

He sang for the movie Rockstar (2011 film).[citation needed] He sang his first Bengali song for the movie Sedin Dekha Hoyechilo and also he sang his second Bengali song for the movie Paglu. He sang his first Tamil Song "Po Nee Po" for the Movie 3 with Anirudh.

In addition to film playback singing, Chauhan has sung many advertisement jingles for products including Alpenlibe, Parachute, Wheel (detergent), Nescafe, Hippo Munchies, Vicks Vapor Rub, Alchemist & Maruti Suzuki Alto (2011). He has also sung the theme song for Star Parivaar Awards 2011 with Shreya Ghoshal.

He has sung the title track of Yeh Hai Aashiqui Season 4.

He has also performed at various college festivals across the country, like at Sparsh 2008, the annual cultural festival at SVNIT, Surat, the Crescendo night of Alcheringa, the annual cultural festival of IIT Guwahati.

In 2011 he featured in the third episode of The Dewarists collaborating with Indian Ocean for the song called "Maaya". He was also featured on MTV Unplugged (India) in the same year. In 2013 he sang a song "Jad Se Judien" for the advertisement of L'Oreal Paris India.[8]

Chauhan recently did two songs for the first Himachali film Saanjh by Ajay Saklani.

2017Edit

In 2017, Chauhan made his Gujrati debut with the song "Jaag Re Banda" from the film "Last Chance".[9] He also sing two songs "Puchhe Amma" & "Deva Mere" for the first Himanchali film Saanjh.[10] Supporting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's skill development goal, he joins hands with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to motivate young people to come forward and acquire new skills.[11]

2018Edit

In 2018, Chauhan sang "Saale Sapne" for the film Pad Man, composed by Amit Trivedi and written by Kausar Munir.[12]He sang "Rozana" with Tulsi Kumar for the film Phir Se composed by Jeet Ganguli.[13] Chauhan have collaborated with Imtiaz Ali, this time around, Imtiaz has roped in Mohit for ‘Hafiz Hafiz’ compised by Niladri Kumar from the film, ‘Laila Majnu’.[14]

Concert and other activitiesEdit

 
At Annual Cultural festival AGON 2K17

Chauhan performs in musical concerts around the world. In 2013, Chauhan went to Australia and New Zealand and gave performances at the Brisbane Convention Center, Dallas Brooks Center in Melbourne.[citation needed]

DiscographyEdit

 
Mohit Chauhan performing at the Times Of India Film Awards 2013 (TOIFA)

Awards and honoursEdit

Chauhan has received two Filmfare Awards, an IIFA Award, three Zee Cine Awards and one Screen Awards.He sang nine songs for the film Rockstar,for five different songs he received the award for Best Male Playback Singer.Forbes India magazine declared him 81st on its 2012 celebrity 100 list.

PopularityEdit

Impact and recognitionEdit

Chauhan's work has been praised by music directors like AR Rahman, Pritam, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Vishal Bhardwaj, Sachin-Jigar, Sajid-Wajid & more. He maintains a Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube account.

Television showsEdit

Year Show Channel Ref.
2007 Mission Ustaad (Participants) 9X (TV Channel)
2009 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Duet Champs - Judge Zee Bangla
2009 Music Ka Maha Muqabala (Captain of team Mohit's Fighters) Star Plus
2016 Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi (As a Special Guest) Star Plus [15]
2012 ETC Bollywood Business (For Interview) Zee ETC Bollywood [16]
2014 TV Ka PehlaRadio Show Season-2 Episode-7, (As a Special Guest) Sony MIX [17]
2014 Follow the star on a Musical Journey with Mohit Chauhan NDTV [18]
2014 Wonder Kids Zee News
2015 Minds Rocks India Today [19]
2017 Chaupal News18 India [20]

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