Music is an integral part of every Bollywood movie, giving the
flick a unique feel and a soundtrack for the characters to play their
story on. Heck, the music of a film can even hold the power to make or
break a movie! 2012 has been a great year for music in Bollywood with
music directors churning out chart-topping hits by taking risks with new
trends and new voices. BollyCurry brings to you a few of these fresh
voices that stole our hearts in 2012. While a few of the following names
may have been popular even before they stepped into B-Town, they are in
this list because they made their playback singing debut this year!
The first in the list is the man with many talents, Mr. Ayushmann Khurrana
. Since winning the MTV Roadies Season 2
2004, there has been no looking back for this talented man. He started
out as a MTV VJ, quickly moving on to being a much in demand anchor and
most recently stepping into Bollywood as an actor and a singer with
the much successful Vicky Donor
. This Punjabi lad made his
singing debut with "Paani da Rang", a song primarily in Punjabi that he
helped write and compose. Apparently, he wrote and composed this song
with a college friend almost a decade earlier. This soft, romantic song
was quite popular and even received the "Hottest Song of the Year" award
at the 2012 Global Indian Music Awards.
Gopalan is an established South Indian singer who made her B-Town debut
with the title song of the most recent YRF release Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
song was composed by A.R. Rahman
and features Javed Ali
on the male
vocals. Shakthisree has been around in the music industry for a few
years as a vocalist for the bands 'Off the Record' and 'Pyjama
Conspiracy'. She has also lent her voice to numerous Tamil songs since
her Tamil playback debut in 2008 and has even won two awards for the
same. However, the biggest feather in her hat has been the fact that she
managed to capture the attention of Rahman, the music maestro himself.
She has served as a backing vocalist for Rahman for numerous years and
even performed alongside him in a recent episode of the MTV Unplugged
Miss Pooja is perhaps the most popular
female Punjabi singer of our time. Known as the 'Queen of Duets', she
has featured in dozens of Punjabi songs since 2006. She even has
numerous awards to her name including the Best International Act in the
UK Asian Music Awards in 2009 and again in 2011. However, despite her
vast success in regional music, Miss Pooja only stepped into Bollywood
this year. She gave her voice to the much popular song "Second Hand
Jawaani" from Cocktail.
Neeti Mohan first showed her singing mettle by being one of the winners in the 2003 season of Popstars
on Channel V. She became a member of the pop group Aasma
the other 3 winners of that season. While the group failed to last for
long, Neeti managed to make a niche for herself. She is seen frequently
in A. R. Rahman's live shows. However, in 2012, she finally made her
Bollywood debut and managed to deliver not 1, but 2 widely popular
songs. She sang the popular "Jiya Re" from Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
She also lent her voice for the female vocals of the very popular "Ishq Wala Love" from Student of the Year.
Kholgade is definitely here to stay! This talented 22 year old made her
Bollywood playback debut this year and already has 3 widely popular
songs under her belt with another one lined up for early 2013. She comes
from a musical family with her mother being a classical singer and
theater personality. Shalmali started her education in music at the
tender age of 8 and was already performing at the age of 16. She sings
both in English and Hindi and has even featured in a Latvian Cabaret
troupe. Even in Bollywood, she has shown her versatility in playback
singing by lending her voice to 3 very different types of
songs:"Pareshaan" from Ishaqzaade
, "Daaru Desi" from Cocktail,
and "Aga Bai" from Aiyyaa.
She is also the female vocalist in the song "Lat Lag Gayee" in the upcoming Race 2.
Aman Trikha's claim to fame was the current singing reality show Sur Kshetra
Colors. He was an Indian contestant. His team captain, Himesh
Reshammiya, took him under his wing and gave Aman his break into
Bollywood. Aman debuted with "Go Go Govinda" from OMG! Oh My God!
which features music directed by Reshammiya. The song gained much
popularity and catapulted Trikha to success. Aman solidified his
position as a good playback singer by delivering another hit in the form
of "Po Po" from Son of Sardaar.
Finally, he has also featured in two more successes in another of Reshammiya's albums, Khiladi 786.
He is heard in "Hookah Bar", "Khiladi (Title Track), and their respective remixes.
Singh, also known as Yo Yo Honey Singh, is perhaps the most popular
Punjabi rapper and singer currently. He reached unparalleled popularity
in the Punjabi music realm with his album International Villager
(2011). One of the songs from the album, "Angreji Beat", was featured in the movie Cocktail
the opening credits. He also gave his voice to another song on the
album, "Main Sharabi". Not only did he rap in the song, he also sung a
huge portion of the song, giving it even more of a club-like feel. You
can also hear him rap in the popular "Rani Tu Mein Raja" from Son of Sardaar.
Honey Singh's signature rapping, albeit in Hindi, can be heard in "Kikli Kalerdi" from Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
as well. His rap opens up and sets the tempo for "Lonely" from Khiladi 786.
Yo can also be seen sharing easy camaraderie with Akshay Kumar
in the remix video of the same song. Finally, he was
also heard crooning away in the club favorite "Party on My Mind" from
the upcoming Race 2.
However, the biggest proof of his vast
popularity is the fact that he recently charged Rs. 70 lakh for 1 song
in an upcoming movie titled Mastaan.
This hefty fee is the highest ever charged by a singer for one Bollywood song!
there you have it... the list of singers who made power-packed debuts
in the year 2012. Who is your favorite and who do you think is in it for
the long haul?
Editor: Hershi J.
Graphics: Preet K.