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About Neha Kakkar:
Neha Kakkar (born 6 June 1988) is an Indian singer.
She began performing at religious events at the age of four and participated in the second season of the singing reality show, Indian Idol, in which she was eliminated early.
After several struggles, she made her Bollywood debut as a chorus singer in the film Meerabai Not Out.
She rose to prominence upon the release of the dance track “Second Hand Jawani” from Cocktail which was followed by several other popular party songs including “Sunny Sunny” from Yaariyan and “London Thumakda” from Queen.
Afterwards, she mostly performed party tracks like “Aao Raja” from Gabbar Is Back, “Tu Isaq Mera” from Hate Story 3, “Humne Pee Rakhi Hai” from Sanam Re and “Kar Gayi Chull” from Kapoor & Sons.
She proved her versatility in musical range with the release of “Mile Ho Tum” from Fever which topped the list of most-viewed Bollywood songs on YouTube.
She then released several chart-busters which made into the same list, including “Aankh Maarey” from Simmba, “Dilbar” from Satyameva Jayate “Badri Ki Dulhania” from Badrinath Ki Dulhania, “Cheez Badi” from Machine,
“Kala Chashma” for the film Baar Baar Dekho and the private single “Nikle Currant”, all of which crossed over six hundred million views.
Similarly, “Dilbar” marks the first Indian song to reach number three spot on the Billboard YouTube Music Chart.
Her Early Life:
Kakkar was born on 6 June 1988 in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. She is the younger sister of playback singer Sonu Kakkar and singer-composer Tony Kakkar.
During the early days, her father, Rishikesh Kakkar used to sell samosa outside a college for a living while her mother Niti Kakkar was a homemaker.
In the city, she shared a rented single room house with her whole family, in which they used to sleep and simultaneously convert to a kitchen by putting a table.
In the early 90s, she along with her family moved to Delhi, in order to try her luck in singing.
At that time, the family was reeling under a financial crisis.
Hoping to “contribute” to the family, Kakkar, at the age of four, started performing at local gatherings and religious event with her siblings which she credited for “boosting” her self-confidence.
“I only sang bhajans from four to sixteen years. I would attend four to five jagrans in a day, which became my training ground”.
Having music talent at home, she never felt the need to get any formal training in singing.
In 2004, she moved to Mumbai with her brother, Tony Kakkar.
Some notable Work of the Artist amongst the many includes:
Neha has worked in several popular films like Cocktail (2012), Gabbar is Back (2015), Kapoor & Sons (2016) and Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017).
Notable discography also features the songs London Thumakda from Queen (2014), Mein Tera Boyfriend from Raabta (2017),
Trippy Trippy from Bhoomi (2017) and Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019).
Kakkar’s first release of 2018 was the Yo Yo Honey Singh’s “Chhote Chhote Peg” fromSonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety,
a remake of the Anand Raj Anand-composition “Tote Tote Ho Gaya” from Bichhoo (2000), and was positively received by the critics.
This was followed by Bagchi’s recreation of “Aashiq Banaya Apne” included in the soundtrack album of Hate Story 4, originally performed by Himesh Reshamiyya and Shreya Ghoshal.
Umesh Punwani from Koimoi feels that Kakkar did a “good job” while trying to “give her voice a new shape” although the retained original portions of the song were the only good thing about this version.
“Chamma Chamma”, recreated for the film Fraud Saiyyan–original composition from the film China Gate (1998)–was considered “memorable”, while “Coca Cola Tu” from Luka Chuppi and “Hauli Hauli” from De De Pyaar De were acknowledged by some critics for giving the songs “a new flavor” though other critics disapproved her latest trend of “annoying” association in the remade song.
The year marks her first collaboration with Vishal Mishra and Vishal-Shekhar,
where she performed the female version of “Ki Honda Pyaar” from Jabariya Jodi for the former and “The Hook Up Song” for the latter, which was well received by critics.
The former being a remake of Musafir’s “Saaki”, originally performed by Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan was criticised for the lack of “power” compared to the original version.
Kakkar’s Personal Life:
Kakkar and actor Himansh Kohli were in a romantic relationship since 2014.
In September 2018, they officially announced their relationship on national television and revealed that they will tie the knot soon.
However, three months later, the couple broke-up which was hinted by an emotional message she posted on Instagram.
In an interview with Bombay Times she opened up about her life post the split and revealed how she regrets “making her personal life so public”.
In August 2019, she shared an alarming post on Instagram about “depression” and “thinking of ending her life” after rumours of an affair with an Indian Idol contestant surfaced.
2011: 58th Filmfare Awards South : Best Female Playback Singer – Kannada : Nominated
2016: 3rd PTC Punjabi Music Awards : Best Duo / Group : Nominated
2017: 4th PTC Punjabi Music Awards : Best Duet Vocalist : Won
2017: Zee Rishtey Awards : Favourite Judge Award : Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2017 : Won
2017: 10th Mirchi Music Awards : Female Vocalist of The Year : Nominated
2020: 15th Mirchi Music Awards : Mirchi Social Media Icon of the year : Won
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