Ram Sampath

Ram Sampath (born 25 July 1977) is an Indian composer, music producer and musician, who started his career composing advertising jingles for Mumbai-based advertising industry, subsequently he started composing for pop albums like Tanha Dil (2000) by Shaan, before composing for films like Khakee, Delhi Belly (2011), Talaash (2012), Raees etc.

Ram Sampath
Ram Sampath at the Loreal Paris Femina Women Awards 2014.
Ram Sampath at the Loreal Paris Femina Women Awards 2014.
Background information
Born (1977-07-25) 25 July 1977 (age 43) [1]
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
GenresRock music
Occupation(s)music director, composer, record producer, Singer
Years active1997–present
Associated actsINXS, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z

He has composed music for advertising jingles for brands like Airtel, Docomo, Thums Up, Pepsi and the Times of India.

Early life and backgroundEdit

Born to a Tamilian father and Kannadiga mother, Sampath grew up in Chembur, Bombay where he did his schooling from OLPS High School. Both his parents were musically inclined, while his grandfather TV Ramanujam, was one of the founder of Shanmukhananda Hall, a cultural centre in Sion, Mumbai, established in 1952.[1][2] Thus his ancestral house, was frequented by leading musicians and singers of Carnatic music. Later on, he too learnt Carnatic music for eight years. After his schooling he studied commerce at Podar College, Mumbai, where he played keyboard in a rock band.[1]


Non-film musicEdit

Ram Sampath at MTV Coke Studio

Over the years, he has composed advertising jingles for brands like Airtel, Docomo, Thums Up, Pepsi and the Times of India, for which he composed the theme song for the "I Lead India" campaign in 2013.[1][3]

In 2008, he collaborated with the Australian rock band INXS to record Indian version of their songs, God's Top Ten, Devil's Party, and Afterglow.[4] Also in 2008, the Bombay High Court ruled that two songs from the film, Krazzy 4, including the title track "Krazzy4" and "Break-free" plagiarised the "hook-phrase" from an advertisement previously composed by Sampath for Sony Ericsson. The court ordered a stay on film's release with the two songs. Subsequently, the case was settled out-of-court after producers paid Sampath 20 million (US$280,000), and film was released along with the songs.[5][6] However the judgment was seen by "landmark decision" by legal commentators, as it set a new precedent in the Indian film industry, often plagued with plagiarism.[7][8] In 2012, he composed the highly popular title track "Tera Rang Aisa" of the debut talkshow Satyamev Jayate hosted by Aamir Khan, it had lyrics by Prasoon Joshi.[9]

He was also part of the 2013 season of the popular television music series Coke Studio.[10]

Film musicEdit

Sampath got his first break as a film score composer with Let's Talk (2002) directed by Ram Madhvani. Thereafter, he composed for several films like Khakee (2004) and Family (2006) by Rajkumar Santoshi, besides Jumbo (2008), Aagey Se Right (2009) and Luv Ka The End (2011). However, he first received popular acclaim with Delhi Belly (2011) produced by Aamir Khan.[11] Most notably hit track "Bhaag DK Bose Aandhi Aayi" with -rock beat, became an internet sensation ahead of the release of the film.[12] Later he received a Filmfare Award nomination for the film. His next film, Talaash (2012) was a joint production between Farhan Akhtar's Excel Entertainment and Aamir Khan Productions also starring Aamir Khan as the lead. The music received positive reviews, including Indiaglitz, which noted, "Once again Ram Sampath has an unmatched compilation of tracks here. Along with Javed Akhtar's fantastic lyrics they have created a masterpiece here."[13][14] Thereafter, Akhtar signed him again for his next production, Fukrey, directed by Mrigdeep Singh Lamba.[15] Fukrey was a sleeper hit and opened to good music reviews, especially for the song "Ambarsariya", an adaptation of a traditional Punjabi folk song, performed by Sona Mohapatra, his wife and regular collaborator.[16][17]


In 2009, he appeared as a judge of singing reality series, MTV Rock On (Season 1) on MTV India, along with singer Kailash Kher and MTV VJ Nikhil Chinapa.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Ram Sampath is married to Sona Mohapatra, a singer, who is his frequent collaborator and business partner in their music production house OmGrown Music. The couple resides in Mumbai.[19] The couple met in 2002, while she was still working as a brand manager with Marico. They were introduced by director Ram Madhvani, with whom Sampath was working for Let's Talk (2002); they married in 2005.[20][21]



Year Film Director Notes
2002 Let's Talk Ram Madhvani English-language indie film.
2004 Khakee Rajkumar Santoshi
2006 Family Rajkumar Santoshi
2007 Positive Farhan Akhtar short film
2008 Jumbo Kompin Kemgumnird Animation film
2009' Aagey Se Right Indrajit Nattoji
2010 Peepli Live Anusha Rizvi "Mehngai Dayain" (Remix) sung by Raghubir Yadav
2010 Phillum City Deven Khote
2011 Game Abhinay Deo Background score
2011 Luv Ka The End Bumpy
2011 Delhi Belly Abhinay Deo Filmfare Award Nomination for Best Music

Screen Award Nomination for Best Music

2012 Talaash Reema Kagti
2013 Dekh Le Ketan Rana Viral video
2013 Fukrey Mrighdeep Singh Lamba
2013 Rock The Shaadi Navdeep Singh
2014 Bhoothnath Returns Nitesh Tiwari
2014 Purani Jeans Tanushri Chattrji Bassu
2015 Bangistan Karan Anshuman
2016 Raman Raghav 2.0 Anurag Kashyap
2017 Raees Rahul Dholakia


Year Album Singer
1996 Loveology Shaan
1997 Mohabbat Kar Le Shiamak Davar
1998 Color Blind Ram Sampath
2000 Tanha Dil Shaan
2006 Sona Sona Mohapatra


Year Programme Notes
2009 MTV Rock On (Season 1) Judge (Reality singing competition)
1998 Baat Ban Jaaye Title Song
2012 Satyamev Jayate 14 Songs: title track and 13 theme based songs played at the end of each episode.
2013 MTV Coke Studio season 3 6 songs
2015 MTV Coke Studio season 4 4 songs

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
Filmfare Awards
2012 Best Music Director Delhi Belly Nominated [22]
Mirchi Music Awards
2011 Best Background Score of the Year Delhi Belly Won [23]
2012 Indie Pop Song of the Year "Satyamev Jayate" Won [24][25]
Programmer & Arranger of the Year "Jiya Laage Na" from Talaash Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d "Aamir almost entirely ignores reputation: Ram Sampath". The Times of India. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Profile:The Trinity of Institution Builders". Sri Shanmukhananda website. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Change yourself and you change the world, Ram Sampath says". The Times of India. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Ram Sampath to re-do INXS numbers". Sify. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Two Krazzy4 songs a copy: Bombay HC". The Hindu. 10 April 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Judge says Krazzy 4 tracks are copied, case settled out-of-court". Indian Express. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  7. ^ Lawrence Liang (16 April 2008). "Copyright vs the right to copy". Indian Express. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  8. ^ Alisha Coelho (3 January 2010). "Copyrights mired in grey". MId DAY. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Won't compromise with people's emotions: Aamir Khan". The Times of India. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Indie musicians on national TV". Hindustan Times. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Ram Sampath refuses 11 films, chooses Ektas project". The Times of India. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Hit song 'DK Bose' twists name into expletive". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  13. ^ Shama Bhagat. "Talaash: The Answer Lies Within - Music Review". Indiaglitz.
  14. ^ Atta Khan. "Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (New)". Planet Bollywood.
  15. ^ "New filmmaker-music composer combos in Bollywood". The Times of India. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Fukrey - Times of India Music Review". The Times of India. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  17. ^ "I'm desi all the way, and am proud to be one: Sona Mohapatra". The Times of India. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  18. ^ "MTV and Kurkure go 'desi' with Rock On". afaqs. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  19. ^ "Sona Mohapatra". The Telegraph. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  20. ^ "Music's in the air: The Inside Story of Ram Sampath and Sona Mohapatra". Economy Decoded. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  21. ^ "Ram Sampath: Delhi Belly is behind me". Rediff.com Movies. 28 July 2011. pp. 1–6. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  22. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (11 January 2012). "Nominations for 57th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011 - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Winners - Mirchi Music Awards 2011".
  24. ^ "Nominations - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2012". www.radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Winners - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2012". www.radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018.

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