Sonu Nigam Nominated for The Oscars

Here’s looking at Sonu Nigam’s amazing Bollywood journey from the beginning. Although he had several ups and downs, he was victorious in the end.

Online PR News – 30-December-2014 – Mumbai/ Maharashtra – With Sonu Nigam’s original score from Jal being nominated for the Oscars, here’s looking at his amazing Bollywood journey from the beginning.

One day when an 18 year old boy from Kolkata decided to come to Mumbai and be a singer, neither he nor the world knew that he was going to be a music maestro with his romantic songs in Bollywood. The man with the golden voice, Sonu Nigam has had a long journey with some ups and downs, but victorious in the end.

Following his father, Agam Kumar Nigam’s footsteps, Sonu honed his God given talent which was first recognised by the musical genius R.D. Burman when he told Sonu that he would sing the romantic song ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha’ from 1942, A Love Story if the appointed singer Kumar Sanu didn’t turn up on time. Recalling this incident, Sonu later said in an interview that with an innocent heart he wished that Mr. Sanu would not show up but he did. Not being discouraged by this, Sonu went on to be spotted by the makers of Sa Re Ga Ma and got his biggest break by hosting the musical show for several years.

During the mid-nineties, Sonu got a break and sung two emotional love songs, ‘Accha Sila Diya’ for the movie Bewafa Sanam and then his first major hit, ‘Sandese Aate Hain’ composed by Anu Malik for the movie Border. He became a crowd favourite when he sang ‘Yeh Dil Deewana’ for the movie Pardes which starred Shah Rukh Khan.

Not many know that it is Sonu Nigam who is the voice behind the melodious love songs of Shah Rukh Khan who has been famously titled the king of romance. From the beginning of his playback singing career, he became synonymous with his romantic songs. Being the first and last name that came in mind for love songs, Sonu went on to receive several awards for his melodious performances.

After releasing his solo album, ‘Deewana’ in 1999, which became a huge hit, Sonu continued on the Bollywood path to add his vocal beauty to romantic numbers like ‘Tu Fiza Hai’, ‘ Suraj Hua Maddham’, ‘ Saathiya’ and several others. He won Filmfare awards for Best Playback Singer (male) for most of his hit songs in the early years of 2000. In the year 2004, Sonu Nigam became a part of history by winning a Best Male Playback Singer National Award for his heart melting love song ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’.

With so many accolades in his kitty, he continued to prove his talent with the kind of romantic songs that stay with your forever, like ‘Do Pal’ from Veer Zaara, ‘ Main Agar Kahoon’ from the movie Om Shanti Om and the tear-jerking song from Agneepath, ‘Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin’.

Even with so many new singers coming everyday in the Bollywood industry, Sonu has secured his space as the voice of love songs with his previous chartbusters. Now with all this, Sonu has went on to receive a praise which is considered to be one of the highest of all, the singer turned composer has earned a nomination for the Oscar awards for his original from the movie Jal with his partner Bickram Ghosh. Bickram said, "To be in competition with a great musician (Rehman) and that too on the first attempt, has made me and Sonu proud." An elated Ghosh also updated his status on his social networking site with, "Sonubhai and I first started our journey a duo film composers with Jal. So much hard work! To be validated with an Oscar contention for our very first film is more than unbelievable! It's the grace of God! Feeling really blessed and overwhelmed. Kudos to Rahman too who's there with us in the contention! Thanks to Girish Malik the director for his dedication and belief in us! Here’s wishing the king of romance all the very best in the years to come."

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