Diljit Dosanjh (Punjabi: ਦਿਲਜੀਤ ਦੋਸਾਂਝ) is an Indian actor, singer, television presenter and social media celebrity[2] who works in Punjabi and Hindi cinema. He is recognised as one of the leading artists in the Punjabi music industry.[4] He also acts in Punjabi movies, with many of them being noticeable hits, including the 2012 film Jatt & Juliet, the 2013 films Jatt & Juliet 2 and "Punjab 1984", the 2015 film Sardaar Ji, and the 2016 films Ambarsariya, Sardaar Ji 2 and the 2017 Punjabi Film Super Singh – which are counted among the most successful Punjabi movies in history.[68] His first recorded mainstream performance was his solo track and music video Ishq Da Uda Ada from his 2004 album produced by Finetone Cassettes.[6] He made his Bollywood debut with Udta Punjab in 2016 for which he earned the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He mostly works with White Hill Productions. Prativa Singh of Silchar is a big fan of his songs.

Life and career

Early life

Diljit Dosanjh was born into a Sikh[7] family in the village of Dosanjh Kalan, Jalandhar district, Punjab, India. His father, Balbir Singh, is a retired employee of Punjab Roadways, and his mother, Sukhwinder Kaur, is a homemaker. He has two siblings, one elder sister and one younger brother.[8] 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 performing Kirtan (Sikh religious 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 to him to spell his first name as Diljit instead of Daljit.[9] 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.

2004–2010: More mix tapes and singles

Dosanjh's third album Smile, with tracks Nachh Diyan Alran Kuwariyan and Paggan Pochviyan Wale, soared Dosanjh's popularity. The album was released by Finetone Cassettes in 2005. His next album Ishq Ho Gaya was released in 2006 by Finetone Cassettes. His 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 USA 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."[12] 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 and Bollywood career

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 the 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, British Columbia, Canada.[13] 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.[14] 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 the 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.[15] 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."[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] Diljit is only the first south Asian artist who visited the US headquarters of Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram on the same day.[19][20] In 2015, he sang in a duet song in Coke Studio @ MTV Season 4, Ki Banu Duniya Da, with the singer Gurdas Maan[21] which was released on 15 August 2015 and was broadcast on 16 August 2015 on MTV India.[22] Diljit's second film from 2015 Mukhtiar Chadha was appreciated for his unique role in it.[23][24] In 2015, the 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.[5] With a worldwide collection of 996.7 million, the film proved to be a commercial success.[52]

Dosanjh next starred in the social drama Udta Punjab (2016), his first Hindi film. Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the film deals with the subject of substance abuse in the Indian province of Punjab.[53][54] Co-starring alongside Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, Udta Punjab generated controversy when the Central Board of Film Certification deemed that the film represented Punjab in a negative light and demanded extensive censorship before its theatrical release.[55] The Bombay High Court later cleared the film for exhibition with one scene cut.[56] Dosanjh also sang the song "Ik Kudi" for the film.[57] In a highly positive review, The Hindu said that Dosanjh was "successful" in delivering a "highly hitting performance".[68]

As of September 2016, Dosanjh has completed work on his second Bollywood production Phillauri, alongside Anushka Sharma and Suraj Sharma.[59] The film was released on 23 March 2017. It grossed over ₹5 million in its box-office.[60] He's also working on a film based on world war 1 which will be releasing in early 2018.The yet untitled film will be based on World War I and he will play a soldier in it.[61]

Artistry

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.[26] Dosanjh grew up learning music from Gobinder Singh Alampuri and Kartar Singh,[9] and his initial work reflected their style. His later collaboration with Honey Singh lent 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.[27][28]

Videos, movies and stage

His live performances are described as highly entertaining and innovative.[29][68][68][32][33][34] For his music videos, he has worked with a wide range of directors such as 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.[35] 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.

In 2017, Diljit will be seen in the Navdeep Singh directed movie Kaneda[62] produced by Anushka Sharma.

Brand endorsements

Diljit Dosanjh is associated with Coca-Cola.[36] In August 2015, Coca-Cola Signed Diljit Dosanjh as Brand Endorser for Punjab, India.[37] Flipkart, India's leading e-commerce company roped Diljit Dosanjh for its Flipkart Connect campaign for Punjab.[6][39] Diljit was appointed the brand ambassador of Season 4 of the Star Sports Pro Kabbadi along with Rana Daggubati and Puneeth Rajkumar.[6] He sang and performed the Pro Kabbadi League theme song "Asli Panga", produced by Yo Yo Honey Singh.[64]

Philanthrophy

Dosanjh started an NGO called Saanjh Foundation focusing on underprivileged children and seniors, contributing to orphanages and old age homes.[40] 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.[15]

Discography

Albums

YearTitleNotes
2000Ishq Da Uda AdaaFinetone
2004DilFinetone
2005SmileFinetone
2006Ishq Ho GayaFinetone
2008ChocolateSpeed Records
2009The Next LevelT-Series
2012SikhNon-traditional Religious Album, Speed Records
2012Urban PenduUnreleased
2012Back 2 BasicsSpeed Records
2013Sikh 2Non-traditional Religious Album, Speed Records

Film songs

Punjabi
YearTitleSongs
2011DhartiSong "Warrant"
2011The Lion of Punjab
2011Jihne Mera Dil Luteya
Hindi
YearTitleSongs
2012Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya"Pee Pa Pee Pa Ho Gaya"
2013Mere Dad Ki Maruti"Mere Dad Ki Maruti"
2013Yamla Pagla Deewana 2"Aidaan Hi Nachna"
2015Singh is BlingTung Tung Baje[41]
2016Udta PunjabIkk Kuddi
2017PhillauriNaughty billo

Dum Dum (Reprise)

2017NoorMove Your Lakk
2017RaabtaSadda Move
2017Jab Harry Met SejalRaula

Singles

YearTitleNotes
2009Nachdi De ft. Miss PoojaFrom Album The Power of Duets
2009Bhagat Singh ft. Miss Pooja
2009Dance With Me ft. Yo Yo Honey Singh
2009Jatt Bukda FirreFrom Album 2009 Vich No Tension
2010Main, Me & Myself ft. Yo Yo Honey Singh
2010Dubb Ch RevalverFrom Album Ral Bhangra Payiye
2011Chustiyan
2011Catty Eyes
2011Goliyan ft. Yo Yo Honey SinghFrom Album International Villager
2012Miss Lonely Ft. IkkaMusic: JSL Singh
2012Bodyguard – Gaddafi SongFrom Album Bhangra Paa Mittra Music : Joy Atul
2013Proper Patola ft. Badshah
2013ELTT – The Judai SongMusic: JSL Singh
2014SoormaMusic: Sachin Ahuja
2014RayBanLyrics: Dharm Pannu Baupur
2014Work of WarriorsDharam Seva Records
2014Selfie
2014This Singh is so Stylish Ft. IkkaMTV Spoken Word
2014Holla HollaMusic : Milind Gaba(MG)
2014Patiala Pegdirector – Navjit Buttar, Assistant director – Enn Syan
Music: Nick Dhammu
2014Singh Naal JodiFrom Album Collaborations 3
2015Ishq Hazir HaiMusic: simran_singh_snl
2015Jatt Fire KardaMusic: Preet Hundal / Lyrics: Amrit Maan / Label: Panj-Aab Records
2015Faiz-E-NoorMusic : Joy Atul
2015Sewa Nanaksar DiBeat Minister
20155 TaaraMusic: Jatinder Shah, Lyrics; Ranveer Sandhu[42]
2016Supremacy of KhalsaMusic: Nick Dhammu, Lyrics: Ranveer Sandhu
2016Do You KnowMusic: B Praak, Lyrics: Jaani
2016Dhan Guru NanakMusic: Jassi Brothers, Lyrics: Veet Baljit
2016LaembadginiMusic: Jatinder Shah, Lyrics: Veet Baljit
RanjhanaUnreleased
BlameUnreleased
Hona Ni ft.Mickey SinghUnreleased
2017Maujan RakhdaMusic: Mukhtar Sahota, Lyrics: Veet Baljit

Filmography

Punjabi
YearFilmRoleNotes
2011The Lion of PunjabAvtar Singh
2011Jihne Mera Dil LuteyaGurnoor Singh Randhawa
2012Jatt & JulietFateh Singh
2013Saadi Love StoryRajveer / Billa
2013Jatt & Juliet 2Fateh Singh
2014Disco SinghLattu Singh
2014Punjab 1984Shivjeet Singh Mann / Shiva
2015SardaarjiJaggi
2015Mukhtiar ChadhaMukthtiar Chadha
2016AmbarsariyaJatt AmbarsariyaFilmfare Award for Best Actor
2016Sardaarji 2Jaggi / Athraa / SatkaarFilmfare Award for Best Playback Singer - Male
2017Super SinghSaajan Singh /Sam/ Super Singh / Lovely Putt
Hindi
YearFilmRoleNotes
2016Udta PunjabSartaaj SinghFilmfare Award for Best Male Debut
2017PhillauriRoop Lal Phillauri
2018KanedaWith Anushka Sharma and Arjun Kapoor[65]
2018‘’Soorma’’Sandeep Singh[66]
Short Films
YearTitleRoleNotes
2015Ishq Hazir HaiYuvraaj
Special Appearances
YearTitleLanguageRoleNotes
2010Mel Karade RabbaPunjabiRajveer DhillonCameo appearance
2012Tere Naal Love Ho GayaHindiHimselfSpecial appearance in song Pee Pa Pee Pa
2013Bikkar Bai SentimentalPunjabiHimselfSpecial appearance in song Main Fan Bhagat Singh Da
2015Eh Janam Tumhare LekhePunjabiHimselfSpecial Appearance in song Sunn Ve Poorna
2017NoorHindiHimselfSpecial Appearance in song Move Your Lakk

Television

As a television presenter

YearTitleChannelRole
2010Awaaz Punjab DiMH1 MusicCo-host with Divya Dutta
2012PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2012PTC PunjabiCo-host with Gulshan Grover
2013PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2013PTC PunjabiCo-host with Kapil Sharma
2014PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2014PTC PunjabiCo-host with Binnu Dhillon and Arjan Bajwa
2017Rising StarColorsExpert alongside Monali Thakur & Shankar Mahadevan

As a guest

YearTitle
2012Voice of Punjab on PTC Punjabi
2014Comedy Nights with Kapil
2015CNN-IBN E Lounge[45]
2015MTV Coke Studio India -Sung the song, Ki Banu Duniya Da with Gurdaas Maan
2016Comedy Nights Live
2017The Kapil Sharma Show

Awards and nominations

YearFilmAward CeremonyCategoryResult
2012The Lion of PunjabPTC Punjabi Film AwardsBest Male DebutNominated
Best ActorNominated
Jihne Mera Dil LuteyaPunjabi International Film Academy AwardsBest Actor
(shared with Gippy Grewal for Jihne Mera Dil Luteya)
Won
PTC Punjabi Film AwardsBest Actor
(shared with Gippy Grewal for Jihne Mera Dil Luteya)
Won
2013Jatt & JulietBest ActorWon
2014Jatt & Juliet 2Best ActorWon
2015Disco SinghBest ActorNominated
Punjab 1984Best Actor
(tied with Gippy Grewal for Jatt James Bond)
Won
2016SardaarjiBest ActorNominated
2017Udta PunjabFilmfare AwardsBest Supporting ActorNominated
Best Male DebutWon
AmbarsariyaFilmfare Awards PunjabiBest ActorWon
YearSong/AlbumAward CeremonyCategoryResult
2010The Next LevelPTC Punjabi Music AwardsBest Folk Pop AlbumWon
2012Lak 28 Kudi DaPTC Punjabi Film AwardsBest Playback Singer MaleNominated
PTC Punjabi Film AwardsMost Popular Song of the YearWon
FukrePTC Punjabi Film AwardsMost Popular Song of the YearNominated
2013Bacha Ho GayaPTC Punjabi Film AwardsBest Playback Singer MaleNominated
PTC Punjabi Film AwardsMost Popular Song of the YearNominated
KharkuPTC Punjabi Music AwardsBest Bhangra Song of the YearWon
PTC Punjabi Music AwardsBest Pop Vocalist MaleWon
Brit Asia TV Music AwardsBest Bhangra Song of the YearWon
Back 2 BasicsBrit Asia TV Music AwardsBest Album of the YearWon
PTC Punjabi Film AwardsBest Album of the YearNominated
2014ShoulderPTC Punjabi Film AwardsMost Popular Song of the YearNominated
Main Fan Bhagat Singh DaPTC Punjabi Film AwardsBest Playback Singer MaleNominated
Proper PatolaPTC Punjabi Music AwardsBest Pop Vocalist MaleWon
Most Popular Song of the YearWon
Best Music VideoNominated
2015Happy BirthdayPTC Punjabi Film AwardsMost Popular Song of the YearWon
Best Playback Singer (Male)Nominated
Swaah BankeMirchi Music AwardListeners' Choice Film Song of the YearWon
PTC Punjabi Film AwardsBest Playback Singer (Male)Nominated
Punjab 1984Mirchi Music AwardFilm Album of the YearWon
Listeners' Choice Film Album of the YearWon
ChannoPTC Punjabi Film AwardsMost Popular Song of the YearNominated
Beautiful BilloPTC Punjabi Film AwardsMost Popular Song of the YearNominated
RangrutPTC Punjabi Film AwardsMost Popular Song of the YearNominated
Patiala PegPTC Punjabi Music AwardsBest Pop Vocalist Male for a SingleWon
Best Bhangra Song of the YearWon
Most Popular Song of the YearNominated
Brit Asia TV World Music AwardsBest Single WorldWon
Brit Asia TV World Music AwardsBest Male ActWon
Mirchi Music AwardsSong of the Year – Non FilmWon
2016Taare MutiyaarePTC Punjabi Film AwardsBest Playback Singer (Male)Nominated
VeervaarPTC Punjabi Film AwardsBest Playback Singer (Male)Nominated
PTC Punjabi Film AwardsMost Popular Song of the YearWon
5 TaaraPTC Punjabi Music AwardsMost Popular Song of the YearWon
Best Bhangra Song of the YearWon

Special awards

Won

  • 2013 – Brit Asia TV Music Awards for Best International Act
  • 2014 – Brit Asia TV Music Awards for Best International Act
  • 2017 – Filmfare award for Best Debut Actor Male in (Udta Punjab) Bollywood movie
  • 2017 – Filmfare Punjabi Award for Best Actor Male in Ambarsariya
  • 2017– Filmfare Punjabi Award for Best Playback Singer (Male) in Mitran de junction(Sardaarji 2)
  • 2017-Colors Golden Petal Awards for Stylish icon of the year
  • 2017-IIFA Award for Best Debut Actor Male in (Udta Punjab) Bollywood movie

See also