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Sunidhi Chauhan

Bollywood Singer from Mumbai

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Sunidhi Chauhan (born Nidhi Chauhan on 14 August 1983) is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi film songs in Bollywood. She has also recorded songs for Punjabi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Assamese and Gujarati films .

Chauhan began to sing at the age of four and was discovered by a local TV anchor. She won recognition through a televised singing contest, Meri Awaz Suno, which she won, and made her entrance into playback singing with the Hindi film Shastra.

Her breakthrough was Ram Gopal Varma's film Mast, in which she sang the hit song, "Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi. " She has been nominated for fourteen Filmfare Awards, winning it on two occasions as well as a Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. She has won two Star Screen Awards, two IIFA Awards and one Zee Cine Award.


Early career

Sunidhi Chauhan was born in Delhi. She started her singing career as a child, giving her first performance at the age of four, in a local temple in Delhi. She did her early studies in Greenway Modern Sr. Sec. School, Dilshad Garden in Delhi. Thereafter, she began to participate in, and sing for, competitions and local gatherings. When local TV anchor, Tabassum, spotted her talent, her family shifted to Mumbai in a bid to further develop the young singer's skills, and Chauhan became the lead singer in Kalyanji's 'Little Wonders' troupe.

Recognition first met her in 1996, through the music show Meri Aawaz Suno ??? the first such televised contest in India ??? which was broadcast through the Indian national television channel, Doordarshan. She won the competition and bagged the top prize of recording an album, Aira Ghaira Nathu Khaira, with HMV.

Unluckily for Chauhan, Aira Ghaira Nathu Khaira was promoted as a children's album and failed to get the recognition it deserved. In 2002, Chauhan herself observed this in an interview:

"My first song and the contest did not help me much. Nothing happened for a while. But by then, I had made up my mind that I will pursue singing as a career. "

Chauhan stepped into the world of playback singing with the 1996 Bollywood film, Shastra, after Aadesh Srivastava asked her to lend her voice to the song "Larki Deewaani Dekho, Ladka Deewaana. " She followed it with work in films like Gang, Veergati, Dahek, Bade Dilwala, Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat and Samar. By the age of nineteen, Chauhan had already lent her voice to over 350 songs.
Breakthrough and later work with Anu Malik

Chauhan's breakthrough was Ram Gopal Varma's Mast, in which she sang the hit song, "Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi" and three others, including the title song. In an interview, while speaking of Mast, she said:

"Whatever I am today, I owe to Mast. I met Sandeep Chowta through Sonu Nigam, and fifteen days later, Mast was in my lap. I was only sixteen then. "

In February 2007, as part of its marketing campaign and launch of Windows Vista in India, Microsoft hired Sunidhi Chauhan to sing the "Windows Vista Song" titled "Wow is Now". This song features English and Hindi lyrics proclaiming the many 'glamorous' features of the Windows Vista operating system.

Chauhan sung for the Hindi-dubbed version of Disney's movie, High School Musical - songs which were sung by Vanessa Anne Hudgens in the English version. Moreover, she was the singer of the English language song "Reach Out" at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Asian Games at Doha, Qatar.

2008 was a highly successful year for the young singer, as she went on to deliver a huge number of superhit songs like "Chhaliya" (Tashan), "Rock Mahi, " "Lucky Boy, " "Desi Girl" (Dostana), "Dance Pe Chance" (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi), and "Race Saanson Ki" (Race), and which resulted in her winning the "Kelvinator GR8! FLO Women Award 2009" for her contribution to music.

In April 2010, Chauhan joined Anu Malik and Salim Merchant as a judge on the fifth season of the immensely popular singing talent show, Indian Idol 5. She also judged the sixth season of Indian Idol alongside Asha Bhosale, Anu Malik and Salim Merchant.

Due to her high pitch voice and outstanding stage performances Sunidhi got "Chevrolet GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) of Best Live Performer- Female"

Sunidhi Chauhan also joined Pitbull, John Ledend, K'Naan and Alicia Keys in the Western Union's World Of Betters to raise fund. Sunidhi sang two English songs, "Call me" and "Valentine". She moved the money to disadvantaged girls of Mumbai to help them discover their inner beauty
Collaborations

Chauhan has collaborated with Indian singers such as Alka Yagnik, Shaan and Udit Narayan. She is known for her popular pairing with Sukhwinder Singh (in films such as Omkara and Aaja Nachle). She is most often paired with singer Sonu Nigam and with the female playback singer Shreya Ghoshal, whom critic's view as a stiff competitor of Chauhan. She had done a duet with Pakistani singer Faakhir Mehmood for album Mantra, She has also collaborated with Enrique Iglesias, on a song titled as "Heartbeat (India Mix)" which was included on Iglesias' album Euphoria (Special Indian Edition).

Lyricists she has worked with include Jaideep Sahni, Irshad Kamil, Gulzar, Sameer, Prasoon Joshi, Swanand Kirkire, Javed Akhtar and Anand Bakshi;[unreliable source?] and the music directors include Vandemataram Srinivas, Bappi Lahiri, A. R. Rahman, Ilaiyaraja, Yuvan, Himesh Reshammiya, Anu Malik, Jatin Lalit, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Pritam Chakraborty, Rajesh Roshan, Nadeem-Shravan, Anand-Milind, Vishal-Shekhar, M. M. Keeravani and others.

Chauhan is one of the few female singers of the present generation who have lent there voice for most of the leading actresses in the Hindi entertainment industry, among those include Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol, Aishwarya Rai, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Konkona Sen Sharma. She has also sung for actresses of yester year cinema, such as Rekha. She was the main singer who lent voice for the comebacks of two leading Bollywood actresses; Kajol, in the movie (Fanaa), and Madhuri Dixit (Aaja Nachle).

In 2011, Chauhan got her breakthrough in international pop world by collaborating with international pop star Enrique for Hindi version of song Heartbeat and becomes first Indian female singer for an international collaboration.


Special appearances

In October 2008, Chauhan appeared on a special episode of the singing contest, Star Voice of India, alongside composer Ashu Dhruv, to promote their film, Drona.

She was a guest RJ for India's Radio City 91.1 FM's new morning show, Musical-e-Azam where, over her week-long stint, she interviewed the likes of Kunal Ganjawala, Daler Mehendi, Sukhwindar, Adnan Sami and Gulzar.

She also appeared on the Femina Miss India 2011 contest and X-factor India to promote her song HEARTBEAT, a song in collaboration with the international pop star Enrique Iglesias in his album Euphoria.


Awards and honors

Year Category Song and Film Result
Filmfare Awards
2000 Best Playback Singer - Female "Ruki Ruki" (Mast) Nominated
2001 R. D. Burman Award for Most Promising Newcomer Winner
Best Playback Singer - Female "Mehboob Mere" (Fiza) Nominated
2005 Best Playback Singer - Female "Dhoom Machale" (Dhoom) Nominated
2006 Best Playback Singer - Female "Kaisi Paheli" (Parineeta) Nominated
Best Playback Singer - Female "Deedar De" (Dus) Nominated
2007 Best Playback Singer - Female "Beedi" (Omakara) Winner
Best Playback Singer - Female "Soniye" (Aksar) Nominated
Best Playback Singer - Female "Aashiqui Main" (36 China Town) Nominated
2008 Best Playback Singer - Female "Aaja Nachle" (Aaja Nachle) Nominated
Best Playback Singer - Female "Sajnaji Vari Vari" (Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.) Nominated
2009 Best Playback Singer - Female "Dance Pe Chance" (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi) Nominated
2010 Best Playback Singer - Female "Chor Bazari" ( Love Aaj Kal) Nominated
2011 Best Playback Singer - Female "Udi" ( Guzaarish) Nominated
Best Playback Singer - Female "Sheila Ki Jawani" ( Tees Maar Khan) Winner
Star Screen Awards
2001 Best Playback Singer - Female Bhumro for Mission Kashmir Nominated
2004 Best Playback Singer - Female "Meri Zindagi Mein Aaye Ho for Armaan Nominated
2004 Best Playback Singer - Female Sajna Ve Sajna for Chameli Winner
2005 Best Playback Singer - Female Dhoom Machale (Dhoom) Nominated
2006 Best Playback Singer - Female "Kaisi Paheli" (Parineeta) Nominated
2007 Best Playback Singer - Female Beedi Jalaile for Omkara Winner
2008 Best Playback Singer - Female Sajnaji Vaari for Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. Nominated
2009 Best Playback Singer - Female Dance Pe Chance for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Nominated
2010 Best Playback Singer - Female Chor Bazari for Love Aaj Kal Nominated
2011 Best Playback Singer - Female Sheila Ki Jawani for Tees Maar Khan Nominated
Awards of the International Indian Film Academy
2001 Best Female Playback Singer Mehboob Mere for Fiza Nominated
2005 Best Female Playback Singer Dhoom Machale for Dhoom Winner
2005 Best Female Playback Singer Sajna Ve for Chameli Nominated
2006 Best Female Playback Singer Kaisi Paheli for Parineeta Nominated
2006 Best Female Playback Singer Deedar De for Dus Nominated
2007 Best Female Playback Singer Crazy Kiya Re for Dhoom 2 Nominated
2006 Best Female Playback Singer Beedi Jalaile for Omkara Winner
2008 Best Female Playback Singer Aaja Nachle for Aaja Nachle Nominated
2009 Best Female Playback Singer Desi Girl for Dostana Nominated
2010 Best Female Playback Singer Chor Baazari for Love Aaj Kal Nominated
2011 Best Playback Singer - Female Sheila Ki Jawani for Tees Maar Khan Nominated
2011 Best Playback Singer - Female Ainvay Ainvay for Band Baaja Baraat Nominated
2011 Best Playback Singer - Female Udi for Guzaarish Nominated
2012 Best playback singer-female te amofor dum maaro dum
Zee Cine Awards
2005 Best Female Playback Singer Dhoom Machale for Dhoom Winner
2005 Best Female Playback Singer Kaise Paheli Zindagi for Parineeta Nominated
2007 Best Female Playback Singer Beedi Jalaile for Omkara Nominated
Apsara Awards
2004 Best Female Playback Singer Bhage Re Mann for Chameli Nominated
2006 Best Female Playback Singer Dhoom Machale for Dhoom Nominated
2008 Best Female Playback Singer Aaja Nachle (Aaja Nachle) Nominated
2008 Best Female Playback Singer Sajna Vaari (Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.) Nominated
2010 Best Female Playback Singer Chor Bazari (Love Aaj Kal) Nominated
2011 Best Female Playback Singer Ainvayi Ainvayi (Band Baaja Baaraat) Nominated
2011 Best Female Playback Singer Sheila Ki Jawani (Tees Maar Khan) Winner
2012 Best Female Playback Singer Te Amo (Dum Maaro Dum) Nominated
2012 Best Female Playback Singer Aa Zara (Murder 2) Nominated
Global Indian Film Awards
2005 Best Female Playback Singer Dhoom Machale (Dhoom) Winner
2006 Best Female Playback Singer Beedi Jalaile (Omkara) Nominated
2011 Best Female Playback Singer Sheela ki jawani (Tees Maar Khan) Winner
GIMA Awards
2011 Best Playback Singer - Female "Sheela Ki Jawaani" (Tees Maar Khan) Winner
2011 Best Playback Singer - Female "Udi" (Guzaarish) Nominated
2011 Best Playback Singer - Female "Ainvay Ainvay" (Band Baaja Baraat) Nominated
BIG Star Indian Music Awards
2011 Best Playback Singer - Female Neeyat Kharaab Hai for Teen Patti Winner
Central European Bollywood Awards
2006 Best Playback Singer - Female Mere Haat Mein for Fanaa Winner
2007 Best Playback Singer - Female "Sajnaji Vaari" (Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.) Nominated
2010 Best Playback Singer - Female Udi for Guzaarish Winner
Mirchi Awards
2011 Best Playback Singer - Female Udi for Guzaarish Nominated
2011 Best Playback Singer - Female Sheela Ki Jawaani for Tees Maar Khan Nominated
2012 Best Playback Singer - Female Ishq Sufiyana for The Dirty Picture Winner
Bollywood Movie Awards
2005 Best Playback Singer - Female Dhoom Machale for Dhoom Winner
Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Music Awards
2010 Best Playback Singer - Female Sheila Ki Jawaani for Tees Maar Khan Nominated
Big Star Entertainment Awards
2010 Best Playback Singer - Female Sheila Ki Jawaani for Tees Maar Khan Winner
2011 Best Playback Singer - Female Aa Zara for Murder 2 Nominated
(Source: Bollywood Hungama)


Other Awards and Honors

2004: MTV Immies for Best Singer Female (film)- Dekh Le (Munna Bhai MBBS)- Sunidhi Chauhan
2006: RMIM Puraskaar for Female Singer of the Year- Sunidhi Chauhan
2006: RMIM Puraskaar for Song of the Year- Beedi (Omkara)- Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukwinder Singh & Vishal Bhardwaj
2006: RMIM Puraskaar for Best Sung Song- Beedi (Omkara)- Sunidhi Chauhan & Sukwinder Singh
2009: Kelvinator GR8! FLO Women Award
2010: Chevrolet GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) of Best Live Performer- Female
2010: Big Star Indian Music Award for Best Visualized Song Track (Female) - Udi - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan & Sunidhi Chauhan
2010: Big Star Entertainment Award for Singer of The Decade- Amol D
2010: RMIM Puraskaar for Female Singer of the Year- Sunidhi Chauhan
2011: Massal Award for Best International Female Vocalist Award- Sunidhi Chauhan


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