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Pritam Chakraborty (Bengali: প্রীতম চক্রবর্তী; born 14 June 1971), mononymously known as Pritam, is an Indian composer, record producer and music director for Bollywood films.

Pritam Chakraborty
Pritam Chakraborty at the 5th GiMA Awards.jpg
Pritam at the 5th Global Indian Music Academy Awards, 2015
Native name
প্রীতম চক্রবর্তী
Born (1971-06-14) 14 June 1971 (age 47)[1][2]
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
NationalityIndian
EducationPresidency College
Alma materFilm and Television Institute of India
Occupation
Home townKolkata
Spouse(s)Smita Chakraborty
Parent(s)
  • Prabodh Chakraborty
  • Anuradha Chakraborty
Musical career
GenresFilm songs, Pop, Sufi, Rock, classical, Sufi Rock
InstrumentsTabla, guitar, keyboard[3] Vocals[4]
Years active2001–present
LabelsTips, Sony, Eros, T-Series
Associated actsChandrabindoo, Metro, Marshmello

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Pritam was born in a middle class Bengali family to Anuradha Chakraborty and Prabodh Chakraborty. His father, who was an insurance officer, used to teach light music on western instruments to young kids for a nominal fee, till an accident forced him to quit his job and concentrate on the meager earnings from his music school. Pritam gained his early training in music from his father and learned to play the guitar while he was still in school.

After completing his schooling at St. James' School and Graduating in Geology in 1992 from Presidency College, Pritam dropped out of his M.Sc. classes in 1993 to chart a career of his choice from FTII, Pune where he took up Sound Recording and Engineering in 1994.[5] During this time, he was offered a chance to compose background music for a film by the Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Gaal. He also learned African music from musicologist Kedar Avati.[6]

Pritam joined a Bangla band, Chandrabindoo. Before that he formed another band with his Presidency batchmates, called "Jotugriher Pakhi" for which, he used to play the guitar.[7] They even have a cassette released to their credit at that time.

CareerEdit

Pre-BollywoodEdit

After completing his sound engineering course from FTII Pune, Pritam came to Mumbai in 1997. He started composing ad jingles and became friendly with other young strugglers such as Shantanu Moitra, Rajkumar Hirani, Sanjay Gadhvi and Jeet Gannguli. Pritam composed renowned jingles for brands like Santro,[8] Emami, McDonald's,[9] Head & Shoulders, Thums Up, Limca, Complan and composed title tracks for TV serials such as Astitva, Kkavyanjali, Ye Meri Life Hai, Remix, Kashmeer, Miilee, and Dil Kya Kare.[10]

Early Bollywood career (with Jeet Gannguli)Edit

About his relationship with Jeet, Pritam said,

I was living in a humble suburb, and in the same building lived Jeet Gannguli, who was also struggling. We used to jam in our spare time and decided to come together for films, though I always did my ad films and serials solo.

Pritam got his first break when Sanjay Gadhvi was signed on to direct Tere Liye (released December 2001) and he, in turn, signed on his friends Jeet and Pritam as music composers.[11] Though the music was well received, the film sank at the box office. However, in 2002 Yash Raj Films signed Gadhvi up to direct Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, for which the Jeet-Pritam duo once again composed the music. All the songs from that movie were chartbusters, and the duo had hit the big time. Recalling that time, Pritam said,

Abbas Tyrewala was the writer and lyricist (of tere liye), and we were all newcomers. But the film did not work at the box-office. However, Gadhvi was soon signed by Yash Raj Films for Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, and my song 'Sharara' became very popular. At that point of time, we could only get a small movie, Mudda - The Issue starring Arya Babbar. Jeet had taken ill, so when Hirani came and offered us Munna Bhai MBBS, we could not accept it.

Soon after, over some misunderstanding, Jeet decided to split and the partners went their separate ways.

Solo careerEdit

Pritam had built a name for his compositions by finely blending Indian classical music with western influences. His compositions for Gadhvi’s second movie Dhoom were a runaway hit.[12][13] The title-track of Dhoom in two versions – Hindi (by Sunidhi Chauhan) and English (by Tata Young) – broke geographic barriers becoming popular in pubs in the UK, USA and the East Asia and won him a Zee Cine Award for Best Track of the Year. He received two nominations for Dhoom.

He followed this up with compositions for films like Gangster[14] and Dhoom 2. His compositions for Anurag Basu's Life in a... Metro garnered him very positive reviews.[15] He formed a band called Metro with Suhail Kaul, Soham Chakraborty, Eric Pillai and Bangladeshi singer James for the movie.[16][17]

He won his second Zee Cine Award for Best Track of the Year for the song "Mauja hi Mauja" from Jab We Met by Imtiaz Ali. Jab We Met won him his first Apsara Award for Best Music Director. He composed for two more Imtiaz Ali films, Love Aaj Kal and Cocktail which were critically and commercially successful and gave him many awards and Nnominations.

His Sufi songs for the 2010 movie Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai were immensely popular with the masses[18] and songs like "Pee loon" and "Tum Jo Aaye" were declared chartbusters.[19][20][21] He teamed up again with Mahesh Bhatt and Vishesh Films for music of Crook[22] of which the song "Mere Bina" got instant recognition with public. His foot-tapping numbers for Rohit Shetty's Golmaal 3 were also equally successful.[23] In 2011, he got to work for Salman Khan's Ready and Bodyguard. He recreated the famous 1971 song, "Dum Maro Dum" for Ramesh Sippy's 2011 movie of the same name.[24][25] He then composed for the romance Mausam which had a strong influence of Punjabi.[26] The songs were phenomenal hits in Northern India with "Rabba Main To Mar Gaya Oye" being a rage among people.[27]

In 2012, he composed several successful songs for films like Players, Agent Vinod, Jannat 2 and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawaari, where he finally get to work with him and Rajkumar Hirani.[28] Later that year, he scored music for Barfi! which won him two Filmfare Awards.[29] Barfi is considered to be one of the most critically acclaimed soundtrack album of his career. By 2013, his list included Race 2, Murder 3, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Dhoom 3[30] and Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara which was his 100th movie as a Music Director in Bollywood.[31] He started 2014 with compositions for Yaariyan, Shaadi Ke Side Effects & Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty. He then took a break in 2014.[32][33]

He marked his return with three successful albums in 2015: Kabir Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan & Phantom and Rohit Shetty's Dilwale for which he was nominated for Filmfare awards.[34] The Song, "Gerua" from Dilwale directly opened at the No. 1 position on the Radio Mirchi charts[35] and became the first Bollywood song to cross 100 million views on YouTube in the shortest duration ever.[36] It also ranked in the top slot in places like Malaysia, Oman, Sri Lanka and Bahrain.[35] In 2016, he appeared as a guest composer & composed the song "Itni Si Baat Hai" for Azhar while the other composer of that album was Amaal Mallik & DJ Chetas. He also composed the whole soundtrack of Dishoom, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil & Dangal. In 2017, he composed the soundtrack of Jagga Jasoos, Raabta along with Sohrabuddin, Sourav Roy & JAM8, Tubelight and Jab Harry Met Sejal along with Diplo. In 2018, he will compose the soundtrack of Race 3 along with Meet Bros, Vishal Mishra and JAM8. In 2019, he will compose songs for Brahmastra & Kalank.

On screen appearanceEdit

Songs and moviesEdit

TelevisionEdit

Pritam mentored and judged Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009[38] and was a judge for Chhote Ustaad on Zee TV. He was also a guest judge for the X factor and Zee Bangla's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012-13.[39] He also composed the title track for Hrithik Roshan’s TV series Just Dance for Star TV which was sung by K.K.[40] Pritam also appeared on the popular show MTV Unplugged (Season 5) on 13 February 2016 where he sang some of his career's best songs.[41] Pritam is the mentor and judge of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2016 alongside Mika Singh and Sajid–Wajid[42]

Musical styleEdit

Pritam has composed in a variety of genres including Rock (Life in a... Metro), Sufi (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai) and even Ghazals (Barfi). His musical style is mainly characterized as a delicate fusion of Indian classical music with western influences.[43]

In an interview given to Stacey Yount for Bollyspice, Pritam said "I really do prefer doing rom-coms over action films."[44] Lyricist and singer Amitabh Bhattacharya said about Pritam, "It is very challenging to work with Pritam. Right from the day he cracks the song, till the day the song goes out, he is constantly working, re-working, doing changes in the song, He keeps me on my toes and that is very exciting to me. We debate a lot regarding our songs and ultimately the result is always good, His spectrum as an artist is vast. It is always good to work with composers who have range."[45] Singer Kavita Seth said "Pritam’s melody is very strong. You hear it once and it will stay with you, it is addictive."[46]

Several sources have stated that Chakraborty plagiarised songs in the early phase of his career and has a history of lifting tunes from other compositions.[47][48] Even his recent composition from the movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has allegations of plagiarism.[1]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Asian Film Awards

International Indian Film Academy Awards

  • 2017 - Won IIFA Award for Best Music Director - Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)

Filmfare Awards

Won
Nominated

Mirchi Music Awards

Won
Nominated
  • 2010 - Album of the Year - Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai[62]
  • 2010 - Music Composer of The Year - "Pee Loon" from Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai
  • 2011 - Album of the Year - Bodyguard[63]
  • 2012 - Album of the Year - Barfi![64]
  • 2012 - Album of the Year - Cocktail
  • 2012 - Music Composer of the Year - "Ala Barfi" from Barfi!
  • 2012 - Music Composer of the Year - "Phir Le Aya Dil" from Barfi!
  • 2012 - Music Composer of the Year - "Tum Hi Ho Bandhu" from Cocktail
  • 2012 - Background Score of the Year - Barfi!
  • 2016 - Album of the Year - Dangal[65]
  • 2016 - Music Composer of the Year - "Channa Mereya" from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • 2016 - Music Composer of the Year - "Bulleya" from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • 2016 - Best Background Score - Dangal
  • 2016 - Best Background Score - Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • 2017 - Album of the Year - Jagga Jasoos[66]
  • 2017 - Album of the Year - Raabta
  • 2017 - Best Background Score - Jagga Jasoos

Other

DiscographyEdit

Denotes films that have not yet been released

Pritam won 17 awards for composing Ae Dil Hai Mushkil's soundtrack, highest no. of awards he received for composing a film's soundtrack to date. Second to it is Barfi!'s soundtrack.

Year Film Title Notes
2001 Tere Liye With Jeet Gannguli, Debut Film
2002 Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai With Jeet Gannguli
2003 Mudda – The Issue With Jeet Gannguli
2004 Dhoom Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award[72]
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
2005 Garam Masala
2006 Fight Club – Members Only Nominated: Global Indian Film Awards for Best Music
Gangster Nominated: Global Indian Film Awards for Best Music[73]
Nominated: Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Dhoom 2 Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
Nominated IIFA Best Music Director Award
2007 Life in a... Metro Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music
Bhool Bhulaiyaa Nominated IIFA Best Music Director Award
Jab We Met Won Apsara Award for Best Music Director
Won Zee Cine Award for Best Track of the Year
2008 Singh Is Kinng Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music
Haal–e–dil
Kismat Konnection
Jannat Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Race Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
Nominated IIFA Best Music Director Award
2009 Billu
Love Aaj Kal Won IIFA Best Music Director Award
Won Apsara Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Tum Mile Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
New York
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Won Listeners Choice Album of the Year at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Music Director of the Year in RMIM Puruskaar[74]
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Golmaal 3 Nominated Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
2010 Action Replayy
Crook: It's Good To Be Bad Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director[75]
Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Won Listeners Choice Album of the Year at Mirchi Music Awards[76]
Won Big Star Entertainment award for song Pee Loon
Won Star Screen Award for Most Popular Music[77]
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director[75]
Nominated IIFA Award for Best Music Director
Aakrosh
2011 Bodyguard Composed 'I Love You' song
Won BIG Star Most Entertaining Music
Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director
Ready Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director
Nominated BIG Star Most Entertaining Music
Dum Maaro Dum Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director
2012 Barfi! Won Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Best Music[49]
Won IIFA Award for Best Music Director
Won IIFA Award for Best Background Music
Won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director[49][29]

Won Filmfare Award for Best Background Score[49][29]
Won Screen Award for Best Music Director
Won Screen Award for Best Background Music
Won Screen Award for Most Popular Music
Won GIMA Award for Most Outstanding Music of the Year 2012
Won TOIFA Award for Best Background Score
Won RMIM Puruskaar Album of the Year[78]
Won RMIM Puruskaar for Song of the Year for Phir Le Aayaa Dil
Won RMIM Puruskaar for Best Sung Songs (Solo) for Phir Le Aayaa Dil
Won RMIM Puruskaar for Best Sung Songs (Duet) for Aashiyaan
Got Satish Kalra Sammaan in RMIM Puruskaar
Nominated Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Album of the Year in Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated Music Composer of the Year in Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated Technical Background score of the year in Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated TOIFA Award for Best Music

Cocktail Won People's Choice Awards India for Favorite Movie Album of the Year
Won Mtv Video Music Awards India VMAI for Best Bollywood Album
Won U.K. Bollywood Cosmpolitan Award for Best Music Album
Won the Best Music Director's award in 8th Apsara producers guild Award
Won GIMA Hottest Song of the Year for Daaru Desi
Won Screen Awards for Most Popular Music
Won Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Nominated TOIFA Award for Best Music
Nominated IIFA Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Screen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated for Song of the Year for 'Tum Hi Ho Bandhu' at Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated Album of the Year at Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated Music Composer of the Year in Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated for Best Music award in 8th Apsara Awards
2013 Dhoom 3
Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobara Pritam's 100th film as a music director
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani Won Screen Award for Best Music Director
Won Star Guild Award for Best Music
Won GIMA Award for Best Music
Won Zee Cine Award for Best Background Score
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Nominated GiMA Award for Best Background Score
Nominated Mirchi Music Award for Composer of the Year
Nominated Mirchi Music Award for Best Background Score
2014 Yaariyan Won Stardust Award for Best Music[79]
Nominated Screen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated BIG Star Most Entertaining Music
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated Star Guild Award for Best Music
2015 Dilwale Won Composer of the Year award at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Song of the Year in Mirchi Music Awards for Gerua
Won Dada Sahab Phalke Award for Best Music
Won GIMA Award for Most Popular song - Gerua[80]
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director[34]
Nominated GIMA Award for Best Music Director
Phantom
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Nominated BIG Star Entertainment Awards for Best Music
Nominated Stardust Award for Best Music
Nominated Guild film Awards for Best Music
Nominated GIMA Award for Best Music Director
Nominated IIFA Award for Best Music
2016 Dangal Won Listeners' Choice Album of The Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Screen Award for Best Music Director
Won Screen Award for Best Background Music
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Won Music Composer of the Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Critics' Choice Album of the Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Critics' Choice Song of the Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards for "Channa Mereya"
Won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Won Stardust Award for Best Music Director
Won Screen Award for Best Music Director
Won Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Won Zee Cine Award for Song of the Year for "Channa Mereya"
Won IIFA Award for Best Music Director
Won IIFA Award for Best Background Score
Won BIG Zee Most Entertaining Music Award
Won BIG Zee Most Entertaining Song Award for "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil"
Won Platinum Disc at MT20Jubilee Awards for "Channa Mereya"
Won Platinum Disc at MT20Jubilee Awards for "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil"
Won News18 Movie Award 2017 for Best Music
Won 2017 SpotBoyE Award for Best Music
White Lies
Dishoom
Azhar Composed 1 song, "Itni Si Baat Hai"
2017 Jab Harry Met Sejal Won Music Composer of the Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Critics' Choice Album of the Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards
Won Critics' Choice Song of the Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards for "Hawayein"
Won RMIM Puruskar for Music Composer of the Year
Won RMIM Puruskaar for Album of the Year
Got Satish Kalra Sammaan in RMIM Puruskaar
Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated for Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Jagga Jasoos Won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Won Filmfare Award for Best Background Score
Won IIFA Award for Best Background Score
Won Listeners' Choice Album of The Year Award at Mirchi Music Awards
Nominated for Zee Cine Award for Song of the Year for "Galti se Mistake"
Nominated for Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Tubelight
Raabta
2019 Kalank[81][82]
Good News (2019 film)
Brahmastra

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