Pritam Chakraborty is a music director and composer from Kolkata, currently based in Mumbai. He was born in Kolkata into a Bengali family to Prabodh Chakraborty, who runs a music school for children.
He gained his early training in music from his father and learned to play the guitar in school. Most of his hit songs have come from films of Priyadarshan. Having completed his education from St. James' School and Presidency College, he went to a music school. At the Presidency College, he was the Social Services Secretary of the Students Union run by the Independents' Consolidation (IC). Pritam was part of bands called Chandrabindoo and Jotugriher Pakhi, with a music (cassette) release of the same.
In January 1993, Pritam joined the Film and Television Institute in Pune to undertake a course in sound recording and sound engineering where he mastered music theory, harmony and composition from ethnomusicologist and khyal singer Warren Senders. He also imbibed a few principles of African Music from Senders and musicologist Kedar Avati. Having completed his education, Pritam Chakraborty moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in Bollywood. During his stay in Mumbai, he began composing ad jingles, and befriended fellow artists like Shantanu Moitra, Rajkumar Hirani, Sanjay Gadhvi and Chandrajeet Ganguly.
Pritam got his first break when Gadhvi was signed on to direct 'Tere Liye' and he, in turn, signed on his friends Jeet and Pritam as music composers, in addition to being signed up for 'Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai'. Pritam has also been actively involved in mentoring and judging new talent on Zee TV's singing competition show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge' 2009. After Jeet and Pritam amicably parted ways, his career as a solo musician stalled as he signed a series of flops like 'Fun2shh - Dudes In The 10th Century' and 'Agnipankh'. However, in 2004, Pritam composed the music for Sanjay Gadhvi's second film, 'Dhoom', which was a runaway success. The film did well and the music topped the charts. Pritam followed up the success of 'Dhoom' with a string of chartbusting numbers after a year for 'Chocolate', 'Garam Masala' and 'Gangster'. Also he composed the music for 'Dhoom 2', the sequel to 'Dhoom' and 'Life in a Metro'.
Most recently he composed the music for 'Singh Is Kinng', 'Kismat Konnection' and formed a band named Metro. Pritam has done music for serials such as 'Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani' and 'Kavyanjali'. His most top rated music are from the movies 'Dhoom', 'Dhoom2', 'Gangster', 'Garam Masala', 'Chocolate', 'Life in a metro', 'Ankahee', 'Bhagam Bhag', 'Bhool Bhulaiya', 'Awarapan', 'Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal', 'Jab we met', 'Race', 'Woh Lomhe', 'Jannat', 'Singh Is Kinng', 'Billu', 'Love Aaj Kal', 'Golmaal Returns', 'Tum Mile', 'Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani', 'De Dana Dan', 'Toh Baat Pakki', 'Badmaash Company', 'Rajneeti', 'Khatta Meetha', 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai', 'Aashayein', 'Crook', 'Action Replayy', 'Golmaal 3', 'Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji' and more.
Pritam has been accused of plagiarism on several occasions, wherein he has copied the music for a number of his most popular Hindi film songs from various artists from around the world (especially Asia), without giving credit to the original artists themselves. In some cases he has bought the copyright and given due credit too. In 2009, producer Vipul Shah made Pritam sign an anti-plagiarism indemnity for his film 'Action Replayy'. Pritam has been nominated as Best Music Director for various awards including Filmfare Award, Star Screen Award, IIFA, etc. In 2010 he won The IIFA AWARD, ZEE CINE AWARD as well as the APSARA PRODUCER'S GUILD AWARD for his music in 'Love Aaj Kal'. He also won the Radio Mirchi Composer of the Year Award for his music in 'Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani'. In 2011 he won the BIG star Awards for his music in the song Pee Loon.