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Kanika Kapoor

Kanika Kapoor is an Indian playback singer, who predominantly sings for the Hindi language films. Through her successful singing career, she has received one Filmfare Award and has established herself as one of the leading singers of India.

Kapoor, born and raised in Lucknow, always aspired to pursue a career in singing, but she married to a businessman Raj in 1997 at the age of 18 and moved to London. She has three children and got divorce from Raj in 2012 and relocated to Mumbai to become a singer. Kapoor’s first song “Jugni Ji” (2012) was for a music video, which became a huge commercial success. In 2014, she began her Bollywood playback singing career with the song “Baby Doll” for the film Ragini MMS 2. Upon its release, “Baby Doll” went viral and topped the charts and Kapoor received wide critical acclaim for her singing style as well as earned several awards, including theFilmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.

Kapoor subsequently earned more success by singing one of the Hindi cinema’s top charted songs, including “Lovely” and “Kamlee” for the film Happy New Year (2014), “Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan” for the film Roy (2015), “Desi Look” for the film Ek Paheli Leela (2015), “Nachan Farrate” for the film All Is Well (2015), “Jugni Peeke Tight Hai” for the film Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015), “Jab Chaye Tera Jadoo” for the film Main Aur Charles (2015), “Neendein Khul Jaati Hain” for the film Hate Story 3 (2015) and “Premika” for the filmDilwale (2015), the later of these rank among one of the highest-grossing Bollywood film.

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Early and personal life

Kapoor was born and brought up in a Punjabi Khatri family in Lucknow where she also studied music.At the age of 12, Kapoor started to study classical music under musician Pandit Ganesh Prasad Mishra from Varanasi and was accompanied by him to classical concerts around India. Kapoor participated in many music competitions at school in her childhood. At the age of 15, she did a stint with All India Radio and also accompanied bhajan singer Anup Jalota in his shows. She did her B.A. and then Masters in music from Bhatkhande Music Institute in Lucknow. She then moved to Mumbai to pursue her music career.

Kapoor married to Raj Chandok, an NRI businessman, at the age of 18 and moved to London with her husband, with whom she had three children. Kapoor separated from her husband in 2007 and moved back to her parents home in Lucknow. The couple divorced in 2012.She currently resides in London with her children.

Career

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Kapoor at the HT Most Stylish Awards 2016

In 2012, Kapoor released the music video “Jugni Ji”, featuring Dr. Zeus. The track was the remix version of the Pakistani Sufi song “Alif Allah”, originally sung by Arif Lohar and Meesha Shafi at the third season of the musical series Coke Studio Pakistan in 2010. Upon the release, “Jugni Ji” went on to become one of the biggest singles of 2012 and Kapoor earned the Brit Asia TV Music Award for Best Single.By the success of “Jugni Ji”, Meet Bros Anjjan asked Kapoor to sing the song “Baby Doll” for the film Ragini MMS 2 (2014), which marked her Bollywood singing debut.The song created a hype over its release and topped the charts with winning Mirchi Music Awards for the “Number One Song of the Year” award.Kapoor was critically praised for her singing style and went on to win several awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer. The same year she collaborated again with Dr. Zeus along with Vishal-Shekhar for the song “Lovely” in Happy New Year which was picturised on Deepika Padukone.The soundtrack of the album also includes a Punjabi remix of the song titled “Kamlee”. Both the songs “Lovely” and “Kamlee” received generally positive reviews and were proved to be a major success.

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Kapoor performing at “SLAM! The Tour”

That same year, she participated in a concert tour across North America, entitled “SLAM! The Tour”, in which she performed alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone.Apart from concerts and tours, she has also been signed by an NGO for children, as their brand ambassador, where she promoted the cause of children’s education.She also relaunched her own fashion brand “Kanika Kapoor: House of Chikankari” to help the female artisans in Lucknow and develop this art of embroidery and textile decoration.

In the year 2015, she collaborated again with Meet Bros Anjjan for the song “Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan” in Roy, which became a huge critical and commercial success and was the playback singer for Sunny Leone in the song “Desi Look” in the movie Ek Paheli Leela. The song was her last collaboration with Zeus and parted ways with him due to his false claim of being the producer and composer of the song “Baby Doll”.She collaborated third time with Meet Bros Anjjan for the song “Nachan Farrate” for the movie All Is Well. She sang “Neendein Khul Jaati Hain” for the film Hate Story 3, collaborating fourth time with Meet Bros.She also sang a welcome song titled “Hello Namstey” for India’s Prime MinisterNarendra Modi when he attended a gathering at Wembley Stadium, London on 13 November 2015.

She regularly arranges and take part in live shows and concerts. She has a lot in pipeline. In 2016, she will pair up with various composers including Amit Trivedi, Raghav Sachar, Jitendra Shah. In a recent interview, she said that she will now concentrate more on Sufi and classical tracks. Apart from this, she will also collaborate with international artists, one of them which is with Naughty Boy. She will also release her songs as singles.

Discography

Year Film/Album Song(s) Composer(s) Co-singer(s) Writer Reference
2012 Alif Allah “Jugni Ji” Dr. Zeus Shortie Folk
2014 Ragini MMS 2 “Baby Doll” Meet Bros Anjjan Meet Bros Anjjan Kumaar
“Baby Doll (Remix Version)
Happy New Year “Lovely” Dr. Zeus, Vishal-Shekhar Ravindra Upadhyay, Miraya Varma, Fateh Kumaar, Jiwan Mann
“Kamlee”
2015 Roy “Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan” Meet Bros Anjjan Kumaar
Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan (MBA Swag) Meet Bros Anjjan
(Remix by: MBA feat. DJ Shilpi)
Meet Bros Anjjan
“Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan (Remix)” Meet Bros Anjjan
(Remix by: Kuwar Virk)
Meet Bros Anjjan
NH10 “Chhil Gaye Naina” Sanjeev–Darshan Dipanshu Pandit
Ek Paheli Leela “Desi Look” Dr. Zeus
“Desi Look (Remix)” Dr. Zeus
(Remix by: DJ Chetas)
Ten Cricket Project “We Could Be Heroes”(Recreated Song) Alesso Sajid-Wajid
All Is Well “Nachan Farrate” Meet Bros Kumaar
“Nachan Farrate (MB Swag) Meet Bros
Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon “Jugni Peeke Tight Hai (Version 1)” Amjad Nadeem Divya Kumar Shabbir Ahmed
The Big Indian Wedding “Teddy Bear” Kanika Kapoor Ikka Singh
Main Aur Charles “Jab Chaye Tera Jadoo” Sanjeev-Darshan Ikram Basra
Hate Story 3 “Neendein Khul Jaati Hain” Meet Bros Mika Singh Shabbir Ahmed
Super Girl From China “Super Girl From China” Kanika Kapoor Mika Singh
Dilwale “Premika” Pritam Chakraborty Benny Dayal Amitabh Bhattacharya
“Tukur Tukur” Arijit Singh, Neha Kakkar, Siddharth Mahadevan,Nakash Aziz
2016 Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 “Jawaani Le Doobi” Sajid–Wajid Uvie, Rap by Ikka Danish Sabri
Teraa Surroor “Ishq Samundar (Reloaded)” Himesh Reshammiya Anand Raj Anand

Awards

Kapoor at launch of her single ‘Teddy Bear’

  • BIG Star Entertainment Awards
    • 2014 Most Entertaining Female Singer for “Lovely” from Happy New Year
  • Brit Asia TV Music Award
    • 2012 Best Single for “Jugni Ji” from Alif Allah
    • 2015 Bollywood Record of the year for “Lovely”, Bollywood Act of the Year, Best Female Act
  • Filmfare Award
    • 2015 Best Female Playback Singer for “Baby Doll” from Ragini MMS 2
  • Hello! Hall of Fame Awards
    • 2016 Popular Choice Award
  • Hindustan Times Most Stylish Awards
    • 2016 Most Stylish Music Personality (Film)
  • IIFA Award
    • 2015 Best Female Playback Singer for “Baby Doll” from Ragini MMS 2
  • Screen Awards
    • 2015 Nominated: Best Female Playback Singer for “Baby Doll” from Ragini MMS 2
  • Stardust Awards
    • 2014 Best Playback Singer – Female for “Baby Doll” from Ragini MMS 2
  • Star Guild Awards
    • 2015 Best Female Playback Singer for “Baby Doll” from Ragini MMS 2