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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. 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 at the 59th Filmfare Awards
|Birth name||Mohit Chauhan|
|Also known as||Babaji, The Man With Silk Voice|
|Born||11 March 1966|
Nahan, Himachal Pradesh, India
|Origin||Himachal Pradesh, India|
|Genres||Playback singing, Indipop, rock|
|Instruments||Guitar, Harmonica, Flute, Saxophone, Mouth Organ|
|Years active||1998 – present|
Mohit Chauhan was born in the town of Nahan, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh on 11 March 1966. 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. Chauhan graduated with a Master of Science in Geology from the Government College Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. He never received formal training in music, but sings and plays guitar, harmonica, and the flute.
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.
Starting of Career : Silk Route-Pehchaan & BoondeinEdit
Chauhan is not formally trained in classical 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. 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.With a slow starting in bollywood je one song in year 2003, 04, and 05. In 2006 Chauhan found a good opportunity to work with A. R. Rahman, sing Khoon Chala for the movie Rang De Basanti. He took part in singing reality show, Mission Ustaad on 9X, where he teamed with Vasundhara Das. 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, 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.
2008 - 2010Edit
He also took part in the singing reality show on STAR Plus, Music Ka Maha Muqqabla, where he led the team Mohit's Fighters. He also sang two tracks "Bheegi Si" from the Movie Raajneeti 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. In 2010, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for "Masakali".
2011 started with Chauhan's collaborate with Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy for the song titled Achchha Lagta hai for the movie Aarakshan. Chauhan also work with Amit Trivedi, singing song for movie Chillar Party , along with main version of the song ''Chatte batte'' he also record a sad version. The bond with Pritam of chartbuster is continue in 2011 where he sung ''Abhi kuchh dino se'', ''Naina'' and reprise version of ''Te Amo''.
It's Chauhan timenow, he got a great chance to sing all the song composed by A. R. Rahman in a musical drama film Rockstar (2011 film).He won several awards for the songs of Rockstar, the song were ruled the musical chats. Some of great hits are Sadda Haq, Phir SeUd Chala, Tum ho, Nadan Parinde and Kun Faya Kun. 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.
Chauhan recently did two songs for the first Himachali film Saanjh by Ajay Saklani.
In 2017, Chauhan made his Gujrati debut with the song "Jaag Re Banda" from the film "Last Chance". He also sang two songs "Puchhe Amma" & "Deva Mere" for the first ever Himanchali film Saanjh. 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.
In 2018, Chauhan sang "Saale Sapne" for the film Pad Man, composed by Amit Trivedi and written by Kausar Munir. He sang "Rozana" with Tulsi Kumar for the film Phir Se composed by Jeet Ganguli. Chauhan have collaborated with Imtiaz Ali, this time around, Imtiaz has roped in Mohit for ‘Hafiz Hafiz’ composed by Niladri Kumar from the film, ‘Laila Majnu’.
Concert and other activitiesEdit
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.
Chauhan has done a special cocert for soldiers in Sikkim, without any charge. Some of the places where he performed like Nathu La or Kupup were above 11,000 feet. Mohit's experience in Sikkim were aired live on India TV on December 31, 2018 with a repeat telecast on January 1, 2019.
- Dooba Dooba (Boondein)
- Boondein (Boondein)
- Tum Se Hi (Jab We Met)
- Kuchh Khaas Hai (Fashion)
- Tune Jo Na Kaha (New York)
- Masakali (Delhi-6)
- Ye Dooriyaa (Love Aaj Kal)
- Tujhe Bhula Diya(Anjaana Anjaani)
- Pee Loon (Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai)
- Sadda Haq (Rockstar)
- Jo Bhi Main (Rockstar)
- Tum Ho (Rockstar)
- Kun Faya Kun (Rockstar)
- Phir Se Ud Chala (Rockstar)
- Rab Ka Shukrana (Jannat 2)
- Saans (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)
- Saiyaara (Ek Tha Tiger)
- Ilahi (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
- Rabba (Heropanti)
- Matargasti (Tamasha)
- Khuda Bhi (Ek Paheli Leela)
- Po Nee Po (3)
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.
Impact and recognitionEdit
|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|||
|2012||ETC Bollywood Business - Interview||Zee ETC Bollywood|||
|2014||TV Ka Pehla Radio Show Season-2 Episode-7 - Special Guest||Sony MIX|||
|2014||Follow the star on a Musical Journey with Mohit Chauhan||NDTV|||
|2014||Wonder Kids||Zee News|
|2015||Minds Rocks||India Today|||
|2016||Yeh Hai Aashiqui (Season 4) - Musical narrator||Bindass|||
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