Nikhita Gandhi (born 2 October 1991) is an Indian playback singer who has worked in Indian films in four different languages. She has worked on Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, and Kannada film projects.[1]

Nikhita Gandhi
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Background information
Birth nameNikita
Born (1991-10-02) 2 October 1991 (age 28)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
GenresPlayback singing
Years active2013–present

She sang as the face of Deepika Padukone in Raabta for the title track "Raabta".[2] Her song " Ullu ka Pattha" dual with Arijit Singh from the film Jagga Jasoos is a hit song.[3] She sang for Sachin: A Billion Dreams, Chef, Jab Harry Met Sejal, and Ittefaq. She also sang a Bengali song "Mithe Alo" with Atif Aslam for Cockpit. Her song "Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe" and "Poster Lagwa Do" also became popular.

Personal lifeEdit

Gandhi is half-Bengali and half-Punjabi who has been in Chennai while doing her graduation. Growing up she learnt Odissi dance and Hindustani music for almost 12 years.[4]


Born into a mixed Bengali and Punjabi family in Kolkata, Nikhita relocated to Chennai in 2010 to pursue a degree in dentistry.[5] A former student of A. R. Rahman's K. M. College of Music and Technology, Nikhita's first association with Rahman was during an Indo-German exchange, where she was a part of a choir which performed with the German orchestra. Rahman then individually auditioned her for a commercial project titled 'Qyuki' with Shekhar Kapur, the duo were working on.[1] In 2012, she cut a Bengali album titled Kotha, a re-arrangement of Nazrul Geeti, songs written by renowned poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.[6]

After having worked on her personal studio album and sung as a part of songs in regional films, Nikhita got a breakthrough by performing the song "Ladio" from Shankar's film, I (2015). Composed by A. R. Rahman, she managed to record the song within four hours after translating it into Hindi. She then also subsequently recorded the Telugu and Hindi versions of the song, earning critical acclaim for her work.[1] Other projects she worked for in 2015 include Rahman's O Kadhal Kanmani and Anirudh's Thanga Magan.

Apart from singing in the movies, she has put together a band and have also performed at Kerala and Kolkata. Gandhi's five-member band includes Sajith Sathya, Jerard Felix, Godfrey Immanuel and Joshua Gopal.[4]

She has the been adjudged as the best female playback singer of the year by Zee Cine Awards 2018 for the title track of Raabta (film).[7]

She was nominated for best playback singer (female) category in the 63rd Filmfare Awards[8] for her song "Ghar" from Jab Harry Met Sejal.

She was also nominated for best playback singer (female) in the 3rd Filmfare Awards East[9]for her Bengali song "Tomra Ekhono Ki" from Meghnad Badh Rahasya.

In November 2018 she did playback for the hit song Qaafirana from the film Kedarnath starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan[10]. In April 2019, she won the Nestle Kitkat Sony Mix Audience Music Award for the best duet for Qaafirana from Kedarnath along with Arijit Singh[11]

In April 2019, she released her single Ek Do Teen on Zee Music Company that has been composed by Raees & Zain - Sam, she later followed it up with Madari from the film The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir along with Vishal Dadlani in June 2019[12] and followed it up with Main Deewana Tera from Arjun Patiala[13]


Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Song title Co-Singer Music Director Language
2013 Kalyana Samayal Saadham "Modern Kalyanam" Megha Navin Tamil
2015 I (film) "Ladio" Solo A. R. Rahman Tamil
"Lady O" (Dubbed version) Hindi
"Ladiyo" (Dubbed version) Telugu
Yevade Subramanyam "Beautiful Zindagi" Solo Radhan Telugu
O Kadhal Kanmani "Theera Ulaa" A. R. Rahman, Darshana A. R. Rahman Tamil
Ouija "Nam Sexy Looksu" Solo Hari Nikesh Kannada
Aata "Ma sexy lookse" Telugu
Thanga Magan "Oh Oh" Dhanush Anirudh Ravichander Tamil
Muhammad: The Messenger of God "Prologue —The Infinite Light" Faarooqi Parissa A. R. Rahman Arabic
"Signs of the Last Prophet" Solo
"And He was Named Muhammad (SAL)"
2016 Dhruva Neethone Dance Tonight Hiphop Tamizha Hiphop Tamizha Telugu
Singam 3 (Dubbed version) Wi Wi Wi Wifi Karthik, Christopher Stanley Harris Jayaraj Tamil
2017 Dhayam "Nee Yaaro" Solo Sathish Selvam Tamil
Kaatru Veliyidai "Saarattu Vandiyila" A. R. Reihana, Tippu A. R. Rahman Tamil
Cheliyaa (Dubbed version) "Morethukuchindi" Telugu
Kavan "Boomerang" Hiphop Tamizha, Velmurugan Hiphop Tamizha Tamil
Raabta "Raabta Title Song" Arijit Singh Pritam Hindi
Jagga Jasoos "Ullu ka Pattha"
Maacher Jhol "Bangali Maacher Jhol" Anupam Roy Anupam Roy Bengali
Sachin: A Billion Dreams (Dubbed version) "Sachin Sachin" Sid Sriram, Poorvi Koutish A. R. Rahman Tamil
"Sachin Sachin" Parag Chhabra, Poorvi Koutish Telugu
"Sachin Sachin" Nakash Aziz, Poorvi Koutish Marathi
Jab Harry Met Sejal "Ghar" Mohit Chauhan Pritam Hindi
Arjun Reddy "Dhooram" Solo Radhan Telugu
Spyder "Boom Boom" Solo Harris Jayaraj Telugu
Cockpit "Mithe Alo" Atif Aslam Arindom Chatterjee Bengali
Mental Madhilo "Malik Tere" Solo Prashanth R Vihari Telugu
Yuddham Sharanam "Padmavyuham" Pranav Chaganty Vivek Sagar Telugu
Chef "Tan Tan" Solo Raghu Dixit Hindi
Ittefaq "Ittefaq Se (Raat Baaki)" Jubin Nautiyal Tanishk Bagchi
2018 Beyond the Clouds "Beyond The Clouds" Solo A. R. Rahman Hindi, Tamil, English
"Ala Re Ala" Dilshaad Shabbir Shaikh, Srinivas Raghunathan, MC Heam
"Ey Chhote Motor Chala" MC Heam, Arjun Chandy, Sid Sriram
Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren "Hey Reengara" Saisharan, Mark Thomas Justin Prabhakaran Tamil
Sanju "Mujhe Chand Pe Le Chalo" Solo A. R. Rahman Hindi
Fidaa "Tomake" Arindam Chatterjee Arindom Chatterjee Bengali
Crisscross "Duniya" Solo JAM8
"Bari Phire Aye"
Villain "Bhole Baba" Badshah
Hoichoi Unlimited "Oh Baby" Armaan Malik Savvy
Mitron "Sawarne Laage" (Female Version) Solo Tanishk Bagchi Hindi
Stree "Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe" Badshah, Sachin-Jigar Sachin-Jigar
Manmarziyaan "Dhyaanchand" Vijay Yamla, Amit Trivedi, Suhas Sawant Amit Trivedi
Kedarnath "Qafirana" Arijit Singh
2019 Bhobishyoter Bhoot Bhobishyoter Bhoot Title Song Solo Debojyoti Mishra Bengali
Luka Chuppi "Poster Lagwa Do" Mika Singh, Sunanda Sharma White Noise Hindi
Mukherjee Dar Bou Khachar Pakhi Solo Rabindranath Tagore, Indraadip Dasgupta Bengali
Majili "Naa Gundello" Yazin Nizar Gopi Sundar Telugu
"Yedetthu Mallele" Kala Bhairava
The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir "Madari" Vishal Dadlani Amit Trivedi Hindi
Meghnadbodh Rohoshyo End Song Solo Debojyoti Mishra Bengali
Uronchondi Saiyo Re Solo Debojyoti Mishra Bengali
Arjun Patiala Main Deewana Tera Guru Randhawa Sachin Jigar, Guru Randhawa Hindi
Ranarangam Pilla Picture Perfect Solo Sunny MR Telugu
Panther: Hindustan Meri Jaan Marhaba Abhay Jodhpurkar, Shovon Ganguly Amit-Ishan Bengali
Oriplast Originals Eh Shomoy (এ সময়) Javed Ali Subhadeep Mitra Bengali


Award Ceremony Category Nominated work Result Ref.(s)
10th Mirchi Music Awards Female Vocalist of The Year "Ghar" from Jab Harry Met Sejal Nominated [14]
Filmfare Awards Best Playback Singer (Female) Nominated [15]
Sony MIX Audience Music Awards Best Duet Qaafirana from Kedarnath Won [11]


  1. ^ a b c "Nikhita Gandhi: AR Rahman never lets his singers get nervous". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ "I don't think I could have asked for something better: Nikhita Gandhi on 'Raabta'". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  3. ^ "From KM to Jagga Jasoos, tracing Nikhita Gandhi's musical journey". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b Ramanujam, Srinivasa (18 June 2015). "Ladio girl and her band". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ "I did not know that I was singing the final version of Raabta - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Taking the next step". The Hindu. 5 June 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2018 complete winners list: Secret Superstar, Golmaal Again and Toilet Ek Prem Katha win big". The Indian Express. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  8. ^ "63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018: Official list of nominations". The Times of India. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Filmfare Awards East 2018 Nominations -".
  10. ^ ANI (20 November 2018). "'Qaafirana' highlights soulful love between Sara, Sushant". Business Standard India. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  11. ^ a b Best Duet, retrieved 9 July 2019
  12. ^ "Dhanush sets the dance floor on fire in the song Madaari from The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir". PINKVILLA. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  13. ^ T-Series (25 June 2019), Guru Randhawa: Main Deewana Tera |Arjun Patiala | Diljit D, Kriti S |Sachin -Jigar | Nikhita Gandhi, retrieved 9 July 2019
  14. ^ "Nominations - Mirchi Music Awards 2017". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2018 Nominations - 63rd Filmfare Awards 2018".