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Genres Pop/Rock, Hip-Hop, Dance, R&B and Indian film music
Occupations Composer, Music director, singer, Arranger, instrumentalist and Record producer
Years active 1999–present
Associated acts Chandrabindoo

Pritam Chakraborty (chakravarty) better known as Pritam is a music director and composer from India who is currently based in Mumbai.



Early life

Born in Kolkata, in a Hindu Brahmin family. Pritam is the son of Prabodh Chakravarty, who runs a music school for children. Pritam gained his early training in music from his father and learned to play the guitar while still in school.

After completing his schooling at St. James' School and college education at Presidency College, he went to a music school. At Presidency he was the Social Services Secretary of the Students Union run by the Independents' Consolidation (IC). Pritam joined a Bangla band, Chandrabindoo. Before that he formed another band with his Presidency batchmates, called "Jotugriher Pakhi". They even have a cassette released to their credit at that time. In January 1993, Pritam joined the Film and Television Institute in Pune to undertake a course in sound recording and sound engineering. During this time, he was offered a chance to compose background music for a film by Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Gaal. He also learned African music from 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 became friendly with a number of other young men struggling to make it big, like Shantanu Moitra, Rajkumar Hirani, Sanjay Gadhvi and Chandrajeet Ganguly, also known as Jeet, who played the guitar with Anup Jalota.

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. Though the music was well received, the film sank at the box office. However, in 2002 Yashraj Films signed Gadhvi up to direct Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, for which the Jeet-Pritam duo once again composed the music. All the songs from that movie were chartbusters, and the duo had hit the big time.His music comprises various kinds including Indian classical music and western influences. Pritam was then actively involved in mentoring and judging new talent on Zee TV's singing competition show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009.

Solo career

Jeet and Pritam worked together for only one more film which was Mudda-The Issue, before amicably parting. After the separation, Pritam's career as a solo musician stalled as he signed a series of flops like Fun2shh - Dudes In The 10th Century and Agnipankh. The films sank at the box office and with them, Pritam’s music too. 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] & Life in a Metro. Most recently he composed the music for Singh Is Kinng, Kismat Konnection and formed a Band named Metro. His most top rated musics are from the movies Dhoom, Dhoom2, Gangster, Life in a metro, Jab we met, Race, Billu, Love Aaj Kal, Golmaal Returns, Tum Mile, Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani, De Dana Dan, Toh Baat Pakki, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? and more.

Accusations of plagiarism

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.[1][2][3] In some cases he has bought the copyright and given due credit too.[4]


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As a music director

Year Film Other Notes
2011 All the Best-2
2010 Golmaal-3
2010 I Am
2010 Badmaash Company
2010 Har Pal
2010 Action Replay
2010 Hook Ya Crook
2010 Hello Darling
2010 Helloo India
2010 Once Upon A Time In Mumbai
2010 Khatta Meeta
2010 Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge
2010 Toh Baat Pakki
2009 Love Khichdi
2009 All the Best-The Fun Begins
2009 De Dana Dan
2009 New York
2009 Tum Mile
2009 Life Partner
2009 Dil Bole Hadippa
2009 United Six
2009 Love Aaj Kal Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2009 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2009 EK - The Power of One
2009 Billu
2008 Golmaal Returns
2008 Kidnap
2008 Singh Is Kinng Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
2008 Haal-e-dil
2008 Kismat Konnection
2008 Jannat Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
2008 Race Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
2008 Pirate Shelved
2008 My Name is Anthony Gonsalves
2007 Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal
2007 Jab We Met Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
2007 Bhool Bhulaiya
2007 Naqaab
2007 Bhram
2007 Raqeeb
2007 Awarapan
2007 Dhol
2007 Life In A... Metro Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award

Nominated Star Screen Award for Best Music Director

2007 Hattrick
2007 Just_Married_(2007_film)
2006 Bhagam Bhag
2006 Dhoom 2 Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
2006 Bas Ek Pal
2006 Woh Lamhe
2006 Apna Sapna Money Money
2006 Naksha
2006 Pyaar Ke Side Effects
2006 Ankahee
2006 Gangster
2006 Fight Club
2005 Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena
2005 Garam Masala
2005 Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets
2005 Chehraa
2004 Dhoom Nominated Filmfare Best Music Director Award
2003 Fun2shh... Dudes in the 10th Century
2003 Mudda: The Issue With Jeet
2003 Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai With Jeet
2003 Raghu Romeo
2003 Stumped
2000 Tere Liye with Jeet
1999 Tasty Titbits Short movie

Filmography as an actor


  1. ^ Plagiarism - Common chord that strings Pritam's music
  2. ^ 'I don't deny copying'
  3. ^ Bollywood music: If it's a hit, it's a rip-off
  4. ^ Pritam's the legitimate copy cat?

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