Sonu Nigam is a renowned playback vocalist and well-known Music Director, Writer, Anchor, and Actor of the Bollywood film industry. He is typically recognized for his versatile voice and distinctive way of singing. His style is considered similar to that of legendary singer “Mohammed Rafi,” which is why he is often regarded as “Modern Rafi.” Sonu’s songs have been featured in numerous Bollywood and Kannada movies. Still, he has also sung in Bengali, Gujarati, Odia, Tamil, Bhojpuri, Telugu, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Malayalam, Tulu, and other Indian languages. He has also released numerous Indi-pop albums and acted in a few Hindi feature films.
Sonu Nigam Biography & Wiki
Sonu Nigam’s nickname is Elvis Presley of India and Sonu. He was born on 30 July 1973 in Faridabad, Haryana, India, and then his family shifted to Delhi, India. Hence, his current age is 47 years. Sonu ‘s Zodiac is Leo.
Height, Weight & Body Measurements
|Height in centimeters||170 cm|
|Height in meters||1.70 m|
|Height in feet inches||5’ 7”|
|Weight in Kilograms||65 kg|
|Weight in Pounds||143 lbs|
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
Sonu Nigam Family Members
Sonu Nigam’s father was Agam Kumar Nigam, a playback singer, and his mother was Shobha Nigam. He also has two sisters, Meenal and Nikita(Singer).
Girls, affairs, spouse name
Sonu married Madhurima (Actress, RJ) on 15 February 2002. The couple has a son, Neevan, born on 27 July 2007.
Education and School, College
Sonu Nigam completed his school education at J.D. Tytler School and later pursued his graduation from Delhi University.
Favourites Things and Like & Dislike
|Favourite Actor||Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan|
|Favourite Actress||Madhuri Dixit, Marlyn Monroe|
|Favourite Films||Amar Prem, Kunwara Baap, Half Ticket, Sholay and The Sixth Sense|
|Favourite Musicians||Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Micheal Jackson, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Michael Bolton, Cliff Richards and Mariah Carey|
|Favourite Song||“Duniya Rang Rangeeli Wah Wah” by K.L. Saigal|
|Favourite Color||Black, White|
|Favourite Foods||Paneer makhanwala, paneer kofta, gulab jamun, butter chicken and tandoori chickenr|
|Favourite Destination||Greece, Egypt, New Zealand|
Sonu Nigam’s Singing Career
Sonu Nigam began his singing career at three when he joined his father on stage to sing Mohammad Rafi’s “Kya Hua Tera Wada.” Then on, he accompanied his father on his singing assignments at weddings and parties. In 1989, at the age of 16, he performed on Mahabharata’s title track. Then, at the age of 18, he moved to Mumbai with his father to begin his Bollywood singing career.
Sonu got his first break for playback singing in the movie “Janam” in 1990, but unfortunately, the film wasn’t released. T-series owner Gulshan Kumar offered him a singing contract for his upcoming project, “Bewafa Sanam.” The song “Achha Sila Diya Tune” became a huge hit, and people started sitting up and take notice of this talented singer.
He struggled during his initial days in Mumbai as he was not getting many playback opportunities. For that reason, he did some radio commercials. His primary source of income was from stage shows as a Mohammed Rafi voice double.
His career took off when he sang hits like “Sandese Aate Hain” in the 1997 film “Border.” He shuffled among various musical genres and styles with songs like ‘YehDil‘ in ‘Pardes‘ (1999) at one end and the title track of the 2004 film “Kal Ho Na Ho.” With time he became the most experimental singer in the Bollywood playback industry, taking up unique projects with all the top composers, including A.R. Rahman, in “Sathiyaa.” Collaborations with modern composers like the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio for the song “Tanhayee” in the super successful “Dil Chahta Hai” exhibited his fantastic range and versatility.
Sonu collaborated with Britney Spears in 2011 Nigam on a remix of her track “I Wanna Go.” In 2012, he featured in the song “Indian Levels” in an album produced by DJ Avicii.
Award And Recognitions
- Sonu Nigam has bagged prestigious awards like Filmfare and National Film Awards. In 2003, Sonu received the “Filmfare Best Male Playback Award” for the song “Saathiya” from the film “Saathiya.”
- Furthermore, He won the maximum number of awards for Best Playback Singer Male for the title track of the film “Kal Ho Na Ho,” that was “National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer,” “Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer,” “IIFA Best Male Playback Award,” “Apsara Film Producers’ Guild Award for Best Male Playback Singer,” and also “Guild Award for Best Male Playback Singer.”
- In 2007 & 2008, Sonu received “Filmfare Awards South,” Kannada, Best Male Playback Singer for “Ninnindale” from “Milana” and “Filmfare Awards South,” Kannada, Best Male Playback Singer for “Yenagali” from “Mussanje Maathu” respectively.
- He also got the “Zee Cinema Award” for Best Male Playback Singer for “Abhi Mujhme Kahin” from the film “Agneepath” in 2013.
- In 2017, he was also honored by “Haryana Gaurav Samman” by the Haryana Government of India.
- Later in 2020, Sonu Nigam also received the “Bharat Ratna Dr. Ambedkar Award” by Govt. of Maharashtra, Presented by HE Shree Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Governor.
- Finally, in 2021, He also honored by the “Smule Mirchi Music Singer of the decade award” for “Abhi Mujh me Kahin” for the film “Agneepath.”
Salary and Net Worth
As per sources, Sonu Nigam takes ₹5-7 Lakh/song and Sonu Nigam’s estimated net worth around $8 million.
|Phone Number||He didn’t like to share his Phone number publicly.|
|Email Id||Not Available|
- Sonu Nigam faced a massive backlash from the Bollywood music industry for being vocal about Singer’s Right and Copyright Act.
- He had some heated arguments with Babul Supriyo at the Hotel Sun-n-Sand in Juhu over the issue of royalty earned on songs.
- After that, considerable controversy arose in 2015 after he supported Radhe Maa by saying- “Just my 2 pence. Kaali Maa is depicted in lesser clothes than Radhey Maa. Interesting that this country wants to sue a woman for her clothes.”
- Later, in April 2017, he landed himself in trouble after he posted a series of tweets regarding the sound of Azaan that he termed as “forced religiousness.” After his tweets on the use of loudspeakers at mosques, a West Bengal cleric’s issued a fatwa by which he will pay ₹10 lakhs to shave off Sonu’s head. In response, Sonu invited hairstylist Aalim Hakim to cut his hair.
- Furthermore, in 2016, After the release of the film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” in which Anushka Sharma mocked “Mohammed Rafi” by saying “Wo Gaate Kam Rote Zyada The,” Sonu Nigam, being a massive fan of “Mohammed Rafi,” lashed out at the filmmaker Karan Johar.
- Later, at the Agenda Aaj Tak Summit in December 2018, he made a controversial statement by digging at the adoration that Pakistani singers enjoy in India. “Sometimes, I feel as if it would have been better if I were from Pakistan. At least I would get offers from India.”
- Following the suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput, Sonu Nigam posted a video on Instagram on 18 June 2020, accusing two music companies in India of diminishing his image and having complete control over the entire music industry in India. On 22 June 2020, he posted another video in which he explicitly accused Bhushan Kumar of damaging his image and not promoting new talents in the industry. Later, Bhushan Kumar’s wife, Divya Khosla Kumar, also posted a video and responded to Sonu Nigam’s allegations.
Facts about Sonu Nigam
- Sonu has a great fear of lizards and cockroaches.
- Sonu was primarily trained by classical vocalist “Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.”
- Owing to his similar singing to “Mohammed Rafi,” he was formerly named “Rafi clone.”
- Sonu Nigam would have been an astronaut or scientist if not a singer.
- He enjoys doing mimicry of fellow singers and Bollywood actors, which is often seen in various events.
- When he received the National Award for the song “Kal Ho Naa Ho,” he had a hairstyle similar to “Late A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.”
- He also did Hindi voice-overs for Hollywood animated films “Aladdin” and “Rio.”
- In 2016, Sonu Nigam disguised as a beggar on the streets of Juhu and performed an act called “The Roadside Ustaad.”
- He firmly believes in fitness and is trained in “Taekwondo.”