Diljit Dosanjh

Diljit Dosanjh is an Indian singer, actor and television presenter. Born in the village of Dosanjh Kalan, Jalandhar, Punjab, India, today he is recognized as one of the leading artists in the Punjabi music industry. He also acts in Punjabi movies, with many of them being noticeable hits, including 2012 film Jatt & Juliet, 2013 film Jatt & Juliet 2 , Punjab 1984 and 2015 film Sardaar Ji and Sardaar Ji 2 – which are counted among the most successful Punjabi movies in history. His first recorded mainstream performance was his solo track and music video Ishq Da Uda Ada from his 2000 album produced by Finetone Cassettes.

Diljit Dosanjh
Birth name Daljit Singh
Born Dosanjh Kalan, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Origin Ludhiana
Genres Punjabi
Occupation(s) Singer
television presenter
Years active 2000–present
Labels Dharam Seva, Speed Records, Moviebox Records, T-Series
Associated acts Gippy Grewal,Gurdas Maan, Tru Skool ,Sukshinder Shinda, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Dr Zeus, Mickey Singh, Akshay Kumar,

Life and career

1984–2000: Early life and beginnings

Diljit Dosanjh was born into a Sikh family in village Dosanjh Kalan, Jalandhar district, Punjab, India. His father, Balbir Singh Dosanjh, is an employee of Punjab Roadways, and his mother, Sukhwinder Kaur. He has two siblings, one elder sister and one younger brother. He spent his early childhood in Dosanjh Kalan and then moved to Ludhiana, Punjab from where he completed his formal education, including his high school diploma from Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School. While still in school, he began singing Sikh music at local gurdwaras.

2003–2004: Ishq Da Uda Ada and Dil

Dosanjh released his first album Ishq Da Uda Ada in 2004 with Finetone Cassettes, a division of T-Series. Rajinder Singh of Finetone, who helped Dosanjh make a debut in the Punjabi music industry, suggested him to spell his first name as Diljit instead of Daljit. The music was composed by Bablu Mahindra and the lyrics were written by Balvir Boparai. Dosanjh gave vocals to all the eight tracks and the producers made a music video for the title track of the album. In 2004, his second album Dil was released, which was again with Finetone Cassettes. Both of these albums were flop in the industry.

2004–2010: More mixtapes and singles

Dosanjh’s third album, Smile, with tracks Nachh Diyan Alran Kuwariyan and Paggan Pochviyan Wale, soared Dosanjh’s popularitiy. The album was released by T-Series in 2005. His next album, Ishq Ho Gaya was released in 2006 by Finetone Cassettes. Next album, titled Chocolate, came out in 2008. In 2009, Dosanjh released four different singles – Bhagat Singh, No Tension, Power of Duets and Dance with Me. Next year, Dosanjh released his sixth album called The Next Level with nine tracks. Dosanjh gave his next song in 2010 for Mel Karade Rabba: Original Soundtrack. The track was lip-synced by the actor Jimmy Shergill and was included in the feature film of the same name during opening credits.

2011–2012: Entry into Punjabi movies and Lak 28 Kudi Da

2011 saw Dosanjh’s entry into mainstream Punjabi movies. His debut film in the lead role, The Lion of Punjab, was released in February 2011. Though the film flopped at the box office, his track, “Lak 28 Kudi Da”, from the movie’s soundtrack was a major success. The track, featuring Yo Yo Honey Singh, reached number 1 on The Official Asian Download Chart in UK published by the BBC. In July 2011, his second Punjabi movie, Jihne Mera Dil Luteya was released. The film, also featuring Gippy Grewal and Neeru Bajwa, did good business. Dosanjh gave vocals to six of the twelve tracks in the film’s soundtrack. In November the same year, Diljit declared that he won’t release his controversial album, Urban Pendu, that included the single 15 Saal. That single, featuring Yo Yo Honey Singh, talked about promiscuous behaviour of underage girls and their indulgence in alcohol, drugs and tattoos. He wrote on his Facebook page, “It was not my intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments. I apologize to my fans who were waiting for this song.” Dosanjh wore a T-shirt with the words “Urban Pendu” printed on it in the music video of his 2013 hit single, Proper Patola as a remembrance of that track and album. Dosanjh also released three different singles in 2011 – Catty Eyes, Dharti and Chustiyan.

2012–present: Breakthrough with Jatt & Juliet and Back to Basics

Dosanjh continued his collaboration with Honey Singh in 2012 and released a single titled “Goliyan” that formed a part of the album International Villager He next sang for the soundtrack of Bollywood film Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, released in January 2012, in a single called “Pee Pa Pee Pa” that also featured Priya Panchal. He also acted in that music video in the movie. His subsequent single, “Bodyguard”, glorified the fall of Libyan revolutionary and politician, Muammar Gaddafi, where Dosanjh sang about his lifestyle, capture and death. His subsequent single, “Miss Lonely”, was composed by JSL Singh. In March 2012, he released his first religious album titled Sikh. The album featured eight singles and talked about the principles and philosophy of Sikh religion. Dosanjh played a lead role in June 2012 movie Jatt & Juliet, which became one of the biggest hits in the Punjabi film industry. The award-winning film, directed by Anurag Singh, also featured actress Neeru Bajwa and was shot in Punjab & Mumbai in India and Vancouver, Canada. Dosanjh Diljit won the PTC Punjabi Film Award for Best Actor for the movie. He gave vocals to five of the seven songs in the soundtrack of the movie. The same year in November, he released his eighth album, called Back 2 Basics, with nine tracks and the music composed by Tru-Skool. The duo worked together to produce the incredibly popular ‘Kharku’ which won the ‘Best Bhangra Song of the Year’ award at both the Brit Asia TV Music Awards, and the PTC Punjabi Music Awards. In January 2013, Dosanjh’s third Punjabi film, Saadi Love Story hit the big screens. The film, that also starred Amrinder Gill and Surveen Chawla, flopped at the box office. Dosanjh sang for two songs in the movie’s soundtrack, which was composed by Jaidev Kumar. Dosanjh made a guest appearance in the April 2013 Bollywood movie Bikkar Bai Sentimental with his track “Main Fan Bhagat Singh Da”. Inspired by the success of Jatt & Juliet, the producers of the movie released a sequel to the film, titled Jatt & Juliet 2, in June 2013. Dosanjh played the role of a cop in the movie. The film had nine songs in the soundtrack, of which four were sung by Dosanjh. He gave vocals for the track “Main Taan Aidaan Hi Nachna” from the soundtrack of Bollywood movie Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, which was released in June 2013. In August 2013, Dosanjh’s music video “Proper Patola” was released on Vevo, making it the first Punjabi song to be featured on Vevo. The single, composed by Badshah, received over one million hits on YouTube just within a fortnight of its release. Dosanjh said, “I extend my thanks to all who have liked watching the song. I’m glad to live up to the expectations of all, and with their faith in me.” Diljit shot for his next Punjabi movie, Disco Singh, which was released on 11 April 2014. The movie, directed and written by Anurag Singh, also features Surveen Chawla and is shot in Delhi NCR. In 2014, he worked for the movie Punjab 1984, which is set in the backdrop of 1984–86 Punjab insurgency. The film was released on 27 June 2014 and is directed by Anurag Singh. The movie won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Punjabi. Diljit is only the first south Asian artist who visited the US headquarters of Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram on the same day. In 2015, he sang in a duet song in Coke Studio @ MTV Season 4, Ki Banu Duniya Da, with the singer Gurdas Maan which was released on 15 August 2015 and was broadcast on 16 August 2015 on MTV India. Diljit’s second film from 2015, Mukhtiar Chadha was appreciated for his unique role in it. In 2015, Most Sensational Celebrities (MSC) study among most famous people in Pollywood the riskiest personalities on the web, Diljit Dosanjh was found number one from number five in 2014 thus leaving behind Mika Singh, Gippy Grewal and Harbhajan Mann.

Udta Punjab

Dosanjh has made his acting career in hindi debut as a lead role in 2016 film Udta Punjab. In the film he portrayed the role of an ASI Sartaj Singh who works against drug mafia in Punjab. Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shahid Kapoor, and Alia Bhatt are his Co-Stars.


Musical style and influences

Continually experimenting with new musical ideas and images, Dosanjh’s musical and performance style is the subject of analysis and scrutiny from critics. Dosanjh grew up learning music from Gobinder Singh Alampuri and Kartar Singh, and his initial work reflected their style. His later collaboration with Honey Singh lend a different dimension to his music. He has taken influences from various music composers he has worked with – Jaidev Kumar, Sukhpal Sukh, Sachin Ahuja, Pavneet Birgi, Jassi Bros Bhinda Aujla, and the one and only Tru Skool. His goal is to make a Punjabi song that becomes worldwide hit like Korean single Gangnam Style.

Videos, movies and stage

His live performances are described as highly entertaining and innovative. For his music videos, he has worked with a wide range of directors like Rimpy Prince, Amarjit Satwant, Parmod Sharma Rana and Azeem I Parkar. He has been best appreciated for comic roles in the movies. In March 2016, Diljit stated his dream role that he would love to play a pirate similar to Johnny Depp did in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean series. He regularly tours in Canada/USA and, since 2014, in the United Kingdom. His 2016 “The Dosanjh Tour” led to sold out concerts throughout the UK. As a result, he became the second Punjabi artist after Gurdas Mann who sold out Wembley Arena.

Brand endorsements

Diljit Dosanjh is associated with Coca-Cola. In August 2015, Coca-Cola Signed Diljit Dosanjh as Brand Endorser for Punjab, India. Flipkart, India’s leading e-commerce company roped Diljit Dosanjh for its Flipkart Connect campaign for Punjab. Diljit was appointed the brand ambassador of Season 4 of the Star Sports Pro Kabbadi along with Rana Daggubati and Puneeth Rajkumar. He sang and preformed the Pro Kabbadi League theme song “Asli Panga”, produced by Yo Yo Honey Singh.


Dosanjh started an NGO called Saanjh Foundation focusing on underprivileged children and seniors, contributing to orphanages and old age homes. It also endeavours youth empowerment with issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development. It takes its name from the second part of Dosanjh’s last name, which loosely translated means “amity”. He launched this organisation on his birthday in 2013.



Year Title Notes
2000 Ishq Da Uda Adaa Finetone T-Series
2004 Dil T-Series
2005 Smile T-Series
2006 Ishq Ho Gaya T-Series
2008 Chocolate Speed Records
2009 The Next Level T-Series
2012 Sikh Non-traditional Religious Album
2012 Urban Pendu Unreleased
2012 Back 2 Basics Speed Records
2013 Sikh 2 Non-traditional Religious Album
2016 Party Drops Music: Micky Singh
2016 Back To Basics 2 Music: Tru Skool

Film soundtrack


Year Title Notes
2011 Dharti song Warrant
2011 The Lion of Punjab
2011 Jihne Mera Dil Luteya


Year Title Notes
2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Pee Pa Pee Pa Ho Gaya
2013 Mere Dad Ki Maruti Title song
2013 Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 Aidaan hi nachna
2015 Singh is Bling Tung tung baje song
2016 Udta Punjab Ik Kuddi


Year Title Notes
2009 Nachdi De ft. Miss Pooja From Album The Power of Duets
2009 Bhagat Singh ft. Miss Pooja
2009 Dance With Me ft. Yo Yo Honey Singh
2009 Jatt Bukda Firre From Album 2009 Vich No Tension
2010 Main, Me & Myself ft. Yo Yo Honey Singh
2010 Dubb Ch Revalver From Album Ral Bhangra Payiye
2011 Chustiyan
2011 Catty Eyes
2011 Goliyan ft. Yo Yo Honey Singh From Album International Villager
2012 Miss Lonely Ft. Ikka Music: JSL Singh
2012 Bodyguard – Gaddafi Song From Album Bhangra Paa Mittra Music : Joy Atul
2013 Proper Patola ft. Badshah
2013 ELTT – The Judai Song Music: JSL Singh
2014 Soorma Music: Sachin Ahuja
2014 RayBan Lyrics: Dharm Pannu Baupur
2014 Work of Warriors Dharam Seva Records
2014 Selfie
2014 This Singh is so Stylish Ft. Ikka MTV Spoken Word
2014 Holla Holla Music : Milind Gaba(MG)
2014 Patiala Peg director – Navjit Buttar, Assistant director – Enn Syan
Music: Nick Dhammu
2014 Singh Naal Jodi From Album Collaborations 3
2015 Ishq Hazir Hai Music: simran_singh_snl
2015 Jatt Fire Karda Music: Preet Hundal / Lyrics: Amrit Maan / Label: Panj-Aab Records
2015 Faiz-E-Noor Music : Joy Atul
2015 Sewa Nanaksar Di Beat Minister
2015 5 Taara Music: Jatinder Shah Lyrics; Ranbir Singh
2016 Supremacy of Khalsa Music: Nick Dhammu, Lyrics: Ranbir Singh



Year Film Role Notes
2011 The Lion of Punjab Avtar Singh
2011 Jihne Mera Dil Luteya Gurnoor Singh Randhawa
2012 Jatt & Juliet Fateh Singh
2013 Saadi Love Story Rajveer / Billa
2013 Jatt & Juliet 2 Fateh Singh
2014 Disco Singh Lattu Singh
2014 Punjab 1984 Shivjeet Singh Mann / Shiva
2015 Sardaarji Jaggi
2015 Mukhtiar Chadha Mukthtiar Chadha
2016 Ambarsariya Jatt Ambarsariya / Diljit Singh
2016 Sardaarji 2 Jaggi Khuwala / Athraa / Satkaar
2017 Super Singh Balaji Telefilms’ film directed by Anurag Singh


Year Film Role Notes
2016 Udta Punjab ASI Sartaaj Singh Debut in Hindi as Lead role
2017 Phillauri TBA Releasing on 31 March 2017

Short Films

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Ishq Hazir Hai Yuvraaj

Special Appearances

Year Title Language Role Notes
2010 Mel Karade Rabba Punjabi Rajveer Dhillon Cameo Role as Rajveer Dhillon
2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Hindi Himself Special appearance in song Pee Pa Pee Pa
2013 Bikkar Bai Sentimental Punjabi Himself Special appearance in song Main Fan Bhagat Singh Da
2015 Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe Punjabi Himself Special Appearance in song Sunn Ve Poorna


As a television presenter

Year Title Role
2010 Awaaz Punjab Di Co-host with Divya Dutta
2012 PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2012 Co-host with Gulshan Grover
2013 PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2013 Co-host with Kapil Sharma
2014 PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2014 Co-host with Binnu Dhillon and Arjan Bajwa
2015 PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2015 Co-host with Binnu Dhillon and Sonu Sood

As a guest

Year Title
2012 Voice of Punjab on PTC Punjabi
2014 Comedy Nights with Kapil
2015 CNN-IBN E Lounge
2015 MTV Coke Studio India -Sung the song, Ki Banu Duniya Da with Gurdaas Maan
2016 Comedy Nights Live

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Ceremony Category Result
2012 The Lion of Punjab PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Male Debut Nominated
Best Actor Nominated
Jihne Mera Dil Luteya Punjabi International Film Academy Awards Best Actor
(shared with Gippy Grewal for Jihne Mera Dil Luteya)
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor
(shared with Gippy Grewal for Jihne Mera Dil Luteya)
2013 Jatt & Juliet PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor Won
2014 Jatt & Juliet 2 PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor Won
2015 Disco Singh PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Punjab 1984 PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor
(shared with Gippy Grewal for Jatt James Bond)
2016 Sardaarji PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
Year Song/Album Award Ceremony Category Result
2010 The Next Level PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Folk Pop Album Won
2012 Lak 28 Kudi Da PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer Male Nominated
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Won
Furke PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
2013 Bacha Ho Gaya PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer Male Nominated
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
Kharku PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Bhangra Song of the Year Won
PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Pop Vocalist Male Won
Brit Asia TV Music Awards Best Bhangra Song of the Year Won
Back 2 Basics Brit Asia TV Music Awards Best Album of the Year Won
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Album of the Year Nominated
2014 Shoulder PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
Main Fan Bhagat Singh Da PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer Male Nominated
Proper Patola PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Pop Vocalist Male Won
Most Popular Song of the Year Won
Best Music Video Nominated
2015 Happy Birthday PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Won
Best Playback Singer (Male) Nominated
Swaah Banke Mirchi Music Award Listeners’ Choice Film Song of the Year Won
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer (Male) Nominated
Punjab 1984 Mirchi Music Award Film Album of the Year Won
Listeners’ Choice Film Album of the Year Won
Channo PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
Beautiful Billo PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
Rangrut PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
Patiala Peg PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Pop Vocalist Male for a Single Won
Best Bhangra Song of the Year Won
Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
Brit Asia TV World Music Awards Best Single World Won
Brit Asia TV World Music Awards Best Male Act Won
Mirchi Music Awards Song of the Year – Non Film Won
2016 Taare Mutiyaare PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer (Male) Nominated
Veervaar PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer (Male) Nominated
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Won
5 Taara PTC Punjabi Music Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Won
Best Bhangra Song of the Year Won

Special awards


  • 2013 – Brit Asia Tv Music Awards for Best International Act
  • 2014 – Brit Asia Tv Music Awards for Best International Act

Source:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diljit_Dosanjh