Birth: 11-03-1966, Nahan, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Mohit Chauhan is an Indian singer, most known for his work as a playback singer for Bollywood movies as well as the former front-man of the Indipop band Silk Route. He is a two-time recipient of the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer as well as several other awards.
Mohit Chauhan was born in the Nahan town of Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh. He can speak fluently in Pahari, English and Hindi. He first attended St. Xavier's School, Delhi and then again moved to Himachal Pradesh to complete his education. Chauhan went to college in Nahan and graduated with a Master of Science in Geology from the Dharamsala College in Himachal Pradesh. He never received formal training in music, but sings and plays guitar, harmonica and the flute.
After completing his education in Himachal, Chauhan came to Delhi where he formed the band Silk Route with his schoolmate Kem Trevedi (pianist) in 1996. He started his career singing Indian pop songs with the band Silk Route, with Arpit Gupta which released two albums, Boondein (1998) and Pehchan. The song "Dooba Dooba" became a hit in the Indipop music scene. However, the band dissolved. He would stay off the scene for a while until he came back with the song "Guncha" in 2005 from the "Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh" for which, he would also compose. Impressed by his vocals, he was then approached by A. R. Rahman to sing for the movie Rang De Basanti. However, it wouldn't be until 2007 when music director Pritam approached him for the song Tum Se Hi for the movie Jab We Met that Chauhan would finally achieve mainstream success.
Chauhan's career in Bollywood began in 2002 when he sang "Pehli Nazar Mein Dari Thi" in the movie Road. His songs "Khoon Chala" and "Masakali" from the films Rang De Basanti and Delhi-6 respectively, composed by Rahman and "Tum Se Hi" from the film Jab We Met, composed by Pritam, were successful. His subsequent chartbusters included the songs "Tu Ne Jo Na Kaha" for the 2009 film New York, "Ye Dooriyan" for Love Aaj Kal, and "Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai" for Kaminey.
In 2010, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for "Masakali". He also sang two superhit tracks "Bheegi Si" from the Movie Raajneeti and "Pee Loon" from Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai both arranged and directed by Pritam. His songs "Pee Loon" from Once Upon A Time in Mumbai,"Tujhe Bhula Diya" from Anjaana Anjaani directed by Vishal-Shekhar became chartbusters. He then sang "Yun Hi" from Tanu Weds Manu which is another addition to his superhit songs. His songs from the movie Rockstar (2011 film) have become anthems. He sang his first Bengali song for the movie Sedin Dekha Hoyechilo and also he sang his second Bengali song for the movie Paglu. He sang his first Tamil Song "Po Nee Po" for the Movie 3
In addition to film playback singing, Chauhan has sung many advertisement jingles for products including Alpenlibe, Parachute, Wheel (detergent), Nescafe, Hippo Munchies, Vicks Vapor Rub, Alchemist & Maruti Suzuki Alto (2011). He has also sung the theme song for Star Parivaar Awards 2011. In 2007, he took part in singing reality show, Mission Ustaad on 9X, where he teamed with Vasundhara Das. He also took part in the singing reality show on STAR Plus, Music Ka Maha Muqqabla, where he led the team Mohit's Fighhter.
Mohit has also performed at various college festivals across the country, like at Sparsh 2008, the annual cultural festival at Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, the Crescendo night of Alcheringa, the annual cultural festival of IIT Guwahati, in February, 2013, and the Cultural Night of IIT Kharagpur in 2001, as well as IIT Bombay in 2009 and 2013. He recently also performed at the Star Night of the annual cultural festival, Engifest of Delhi Technological University on 16 February, 2014.
In 2011 he featured in the third episode of The Dewarists collaborating with Indian Ocean for the song called Maaya. He was also featured on MTV Unplugged (India) in the same year. In 2013 he sung a song "Jad Se Judien" for the advertisement of L'Oreal Paris India.