Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy

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Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
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Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani and Shankar Mahadevan in September 2014
Background information
Also known asS-E-L
Origin Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Genres Film score, soundtrack, theatre, world music
Occupation(s) music director, instrumentalist, composer, music conductor, film scores, film score composer
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboard, synthesizer, santoor, sarod
Years active1997–present
LabelsSEL Songs
Associated acts Shakti
KAY-S.
Website www.shankarehsaanloy.com
MembersShankar Mahadevan
Ehsaan Noorani
Loy Mendonsa

Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy ( Loudspeaker.svg pronunciation  ) is an Indian musical trio consisting of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa. [1] They have composed music for over 50 soundtracks across five languages - Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and English. Amongst the most critically acclaimed Indian musicians, [2] the trio have won numerous awards, including National Film Award (India), Filmfare Awards, IIFA Awards. They are often referred to as the "Amar Akbar Anthony" of the Hindi film music industry..

Shankar Mahadevan Indian music composer and singer

Shankar Mahadevan is an Indian singer and composer who is part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composing trio team for Indian films. He is also a recipient of one of the India's prestigious award Padma Shree from the Honorable president Ram Nath Govind for his contribution in the music field.

Ehsaan Noorani Indian guitarist

Ehsaan Noorani is an Indian composer and guitarist, Ehsaan is the part of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio which consist of Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa and himself. He is a famous music composer and a guitarist. He was the guitarist for many music directors before he started composing music. Ehsaan studied music with Mr. Bismarck Rodrigues, an experienced guitar teacher from Mumbai (Bombay). Ehsaan studied music at the [Musicians Institute] in Hollywood, California from 1985 to 1986. Ehsaan is the first guitarist from India to be endorsed by Fender guitars and has a Squier signature model to his name. He also endorses Fractal Audio and D'Addario strings. His playing is strongly influenced by players like Robben Ford BB King Larry Carlton etc. In 2015 Ehsaan was a co judge in India's first Western reality show called The Stage produced by Viacom and aired on Colours Infinity . In addition to Shankar Ehsaan Loy Ehsaan also performs with Fender and Friends featuring guitarists like Rudy Wallang Amyt Dutta and singers Arunima Banerjee and Tanya Sen He also performs with sitar player Purbayan Chaterjee in an ensemble called The String Fraternity Loy Mendonsa and Ehsaan have recently reformed their old Electronica band called Instant Karma Loy and he recently co composed and produced a Women's Day special song with Shruti Haasan called My Day In The Sun

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Members

Shankar Mahadevan

Shankar Mahadevan, the main vocalist of the trio, was born and brought up in Chembur, a suburb of Mumbai, [3] in a Tamil Iyer family from Kerala. [4] He learned Hindustani classical music and Carnatic music in his childhood and started playing the veena at the age of five. He studied under Srinivas Khale, a popular Marathi music composer. After graduating in 1988 with a degree in Software Engineering from Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology in Navi Mumbai under the auspices of Mumbai University, he worked as a software engineer on Oracle Version Six. After working for a while for Leading Edge Systems, Shankar ventured into the field of music. [5] He earned his first award as a playback singer in a Tamil movie, collaborating with A. R. Rahman and winning a National Film Award for his song in Kandukondain Kandukondain . A prominent star in Tamil cinema, he gained further recognition upon the release of his first music album, Breathless , in 1998.

Chembur neighborhood in Mumbai Suburban, Maharashtra, India

Chembur is one of the largest suburbs in eastern Mumbai, India.

Mumbai Megacity in Maharashtra, India

Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. As of 2011 it is the most populous city in India with an estimated city proper population of 12.4 million. The larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region is the second most populous metropolitan area in India, with a population of 21.3 million as of 2016. Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. In 2008, Mumbai was named an alpha world city. It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and the city's distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings.

Kerala State in southern India

Kerala is a state on the southwestern, Malabar Coast of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, following passage of the States Reorganisation Act, by combining Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), Kerala is the twenty-second largest Indian state by area. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea and Arabian Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 Census, Kerala is the thirteenth-largest Indian state by population. It is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.

Ehsaan Noorani

Ehsaan Noorani is the guitarist of Shankar Ehsaan Loy. Having studied music with Bismarck Rodrigues from a young age. Prior to going abroad to study further music at MIT, L.A, Ehsaan was an integral part of two local bands in Mumbai, Pegasus and Crosswinds. Ehsaan returned to Mumbai and was in demand for his musical skills in composing jingles, working for all the top composers of the time. Until the day Magic Box productions approached him to compose the jingle for Sona Spices, and that marked the beginning of Ehsaans independent journey as a composer of jingles in India.

Ehsaan was approached by Mukul Anand to compose the music for his film 'Dus', and he in turn asked Shankar and Loy to join him in composing the music for the film. 'Dus' never made it to the big screen, due to the death of the director.

Ehsaan is the only Indian musician to have endorsed a signature line 'The Ehsaan Noorani Fender Squire' signature series Fender guitars, one of the largest and most reputed guitar manufacturers in the world. [6] [7]

Loy Mendonsa

Loy Mendonsa is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the piano, bass guitar, harmonica and is currently learning to play the trumpet. Loy was a genius music teacher for a school in New Delhi, when he was invited to write the music for the show 'Quiz Time' by Siddharth Basu, who gave him his first break. Loy then went on to compose the title track for 'The World This week' and for the Shahrukh Khan TV serial 'Fauji'. Loy moved to Bombay, met Ehsaan in 1989 and together they composed several ad jingles.

History

Formation (1985–1996)

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Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy at Idea Rocks India, Bangalore (6 April 2012)

Shankar Ehsaan and Loy came up from the ranks of the non-film music scene, performing rock, blues, jazz and pop before entering the film music industry. [8] Shankar Mahadevan, a software engineer, worked on Oracle Version Six and studied Western, Hindustani and Carnatic classical music. He made his debut with the 1985 Marathi film Vahinichi Maya. A leading playback singer with Pukar , Sapnay and Biwi No.1 to his credit, he also composed "Breathless".

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<i>Breathless</i> (Shankar Mahadevan album) 1998 studio album by Shankar Mahadevan feat. Javed Akhtar

Breathless is the 1998 Indi-pop album by Indian singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan featuring lyricist Javed Akhtar. It was the album that first made Mahadevan famous. The title track, "Breathless," is a steady stream of a song that goes on without a break, stanzas, verse or apparently even a pause for breath. The length of the part of the song which is 'breathless' is about three minutes. Mahadevan made the album in collaboration with Akhtar, a reputed lyricist in the Indian music industry. Renu Desai was a model and appeared in the music video of Shankar Mahadevan's "Breathless".

Ehsaan Noorani studied music at the Musicians' Institute in Los Angeles and worked with the like of Ronnie Desai, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji and Louis Banks. He composed Alien Desire, did several jingles and like Loy, was part of a blues-and-acid jazz band. Loy Mendonsa is trained in Western classical and also learnt the rudiments of Indian classical music. He performed with several group bands, plays ( Godspell, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar ) and composed jingles and signature tunes ( Fauji , The World This Week). [9]

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Ehsaan was doing jingles and Loy was in Delhi before the union. Loy was writing for television then. The show Quiz Time was his first work and Siddharth Basu gave him his first break. Then he did Prannoy Roy's The World This Week. A few more shows came along and he also did theatre and Shahrukh Khan's Fauji. Loy had also worked as keyboardist with A. R. Rahman and Shankar had sung many famous tracks for him. [10] In 1989, Ehsaan met Loy, who was working for Ranjit Barot, an ad film composer. From then on, they joined together and composed several ad jingles together. Later, Ehsaan and Loy met Shankar when he was roped in by Ranjit Barot to sing for the Pepsi ad directed by Mukul Anand. Since then, they started to compose for ads as a trio. [11]

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Early years (1997–2001)

Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy were to make their debut as composers in Mukul Anand's film Dus . Director Anand wanted Ehsaan to compose the music for the film, but he insisted that Shankar and Loy work with him and Anand agreed. [11] The film remained incomplete after Anand's death, though the album was released later in 1999. After Dus, they had composed music for a couple of films like Rockford and Bhopal Express , but all of them went unnoticed. Their entry to mainstream cinema was with Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Mission Kashmir , which was a musical hit and earned the trio a place in the Bollywood film industry. They also earned IIFA nominations for the same. [9]

Dil Chahta Hai and rise to fame (2001–04)

In 2001, they made their film debut in Tamil film industry, as Kamal Haasan signed them to compose for Aalavandhan . The music sold well due to the hype surrounding the movie, [12] though the movie itself was a dud in the box-office. The turning point of their career as music directors though, was Dil Chahta Hai , which was the debut film of Farhan Akhtar as a director. Initially, A. R. Rahman was considered to do the music, but he backed out due to other assignments. Then the trio composed a title track for the film, which Farhan liked, and he signed them for the film. [11] The film won wide critical acclaim and went on to attain cult status among audiences. [13] This marked the beginning of the trio's friendship with Farhan Akhtar and long-term association with Excel Entertainments.

Post Dil Chahta Hai , they composed music for several small budget films like Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? , Nayee Padosan and Ek Aur Ek Gyarah , where all of them went unnoticed as all the movies were panned by the critics. They also had two big ventures, Honey Irani's Armaan and Rohan Sippy's Kuch Naa Kaho , which yet again, failed to impress both critics and audiences – though their work in Armaan was lauded by critics. [14]

Kal Ho Naa Ho and First National Award (2004–06)

Following Dil Chahta Hai, their next big venture was Dharma Productions' Kal Ho Naa Ho , directed by Nikhil Advani. The album broke all the previous records as a best-selling album. The music won many awards including the National Film Award for Best Music Direction. [15]

The year 2005 saw them collaborate with Shaad Ali for Bunty Aur Babli , as his first choice, A.R. Rahman, was busy with other assignments. The soundtrack, despite the initial mixed reaction from various critics, became immensely popular among the public, and went on to win several awards including Filmfare and IIFA awards. The song "Kajra Re" featuring Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan became a rage among the listeners.

Following the success of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna , their next album of 2006 was Farhan Akhtar's Don: The Chase Begins Again starring Shahrukh Khan. They composed seven songs, including two versions of "Yeh Mera Dil" and "Khaike Paan Banaraswala", from the original Don. The track "Aaj Ki Raat" was included in the Academy Award-winning soundtrack Slumdog Millionaire . [16]

Later career (2007–present)

2007 was arguably the best year of their career. [17] The year started off with Nikhil Advani's multistarrer Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love , which was lauded by critics and music lovers alike, and went on to rule the music charts. [18] The music was praised by the movie critics too, despite the movie itself receiving mixed to negative responses. [19] Same was the fate of their next release, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom . Despite the music getting positive reviews [20] and becoming quite a sensation among listeners, the movie failed to make a mark. [21] However, this pattern was broken by their next release, Akshay Kumar's Heyy Babyy, where both the movie and the music were commercial successes. [22]

In August, the album Johnny Gaddaar was released, which was co produced by the trio and Adlabs, first of its kind in the history of Bollywood. [23] Both the music and movie received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics.

Their year ended on a good note, as their last album of the year, Aamir Khan's Taare Zameen Par , was well received by critics, and both movie and music got a cult status among the audience. [17] Thus, a really good year for the trio came to an end, with most of the above albums making its way to the top 10 lists of all major websites. [24] [25]

In 2008, their major release was Rock On!! – which was a cult favourite and rage among the audience, and went on to become a huge commercial success, [26] despite the initial cold reaction from the critics. [27] Luck By Chance was their last album of 2008, which garnered positive reviews from both Indian and international critics alike. [28]

In 2009 the scored music of Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan starrer London Dreams . Although the music received favourable reviews, [ldmusic 1] [ldmusic 2] the movie didn't fare well in the box office. They also composed the music of Ayan Mukherjee's debut film Wake Up Sid starring Ranbir Kapoor along with Amit Trivedi. The music, especially the title track, topped charts. [29]

Their first soundtrack of the 2010 was Shahrukh Khan starrer My Name Is Khan . The soundtrack blends western bar blues and techno sounds with Indian classical styles such as Sufi and Hindustani. The soundtrack was well received, and they won several awards including, Star Screen Award for Best Music Director , Big Star Award For Best Music, and IIFA Award for Best Background Score . This was followed by Farhan Akhtar's Karthik Calling Karthik which despite getting mixed reviews from critics, went on to rule the charts. The track "Uff Teri Adaa" marked the debut of Loy's daughter Alyssa Mendonsa and became immensely popular. [30] The next major release of the year was Sajid Khan's Housefull , which received generally favourable reviews from reviewers and the track "Oh Girl" crooned by Alyssa and Tarun Sagar topped the charts. [31] Ali Zafar's Tere Bin Laden then followed, of which the song "Ullu Da Pattha" became a rage. The phrase was hence used for the promotion of the movie. [32] Final release of 2010, was Dharma's We Are Family starring Arjun Rampal, Kajol and Kareena Kapoor. The album received lukewarm response, and the movie didn't do well at the box office either. [33]

2011 began with Nikhil Advani's Akshay Kumar starrer Patiala House , which was well received by all mainstream critics, though the movie didn't quite get such an enthralling reception. [34] The following release, Excel Entertainment's Game , was met with poor reviews. the movie itself was met with extremely negative reception from the critics and turned out to be a disaster at the box office. [35] They also scored music for Walt Disney's maiden Indian venture, Zokkomon . The music and the movie failed to generate any positive buzz.

Their first international venture, the UK movie West is West , was released on 18 February 2011. The music was well received by almost all the reviewers, despite the movie itself receiving reviews ranging from mixed to positive. [36]

Their major release of the year, Zoya Akhtar's multistarrer Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara , was met with universal critical acclaim and opened well in the charts. [37] However, the year ended on a low note for them with Farhan Akhtar's much anticipated Don 2 receiving mixed response from the critics. [38] [39]

The trio had three releases in 2012. The bigger of their biggest releases, Kamal Haasan's controversial film Vishwaroopam , went on to become a major financial success. [40] Their other release, Chittagong, was met with critical praise, and won Shankar the 2013 National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer, and Prasoon Joshi the National Film Award for Best Lyrics. [41] They had also composed for the animated film Delhi Safari, whose title song was shortlisted for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards. [42]

In 2019, it was announced that the trio would be making their debut in the digital streaming space by composing the soundtrack and background score for an upcoming web series named Bandish Bandits. [43]

Other works

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Shankar Ehsaan Loy performing at IFFI 2006

Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy have been involved in several projects aside from films. Ehsaan, Loy and Farhad had formed the band Instant Karma, and they released redone versions of R D Burman and other composers over two albums in 2002. [44] They have also composed music for several jingles, signature tunes for corporates including Reliance and Aircel, and public awareness campaigns. In 2010, the troika wrote music for the first ever Bollywood musical, Zangoora. [45]

In 2011, they composed the official anthem for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, titled De Ghuma Ke , which became quite popular among youths and cricket enthusiasts within days of its release. [46]

In 2004, they performed for a concert organised by The Indian Express held in celebration of the democracy of India, which was also attended by Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar and other celebrities. [47] They organised a concert at IFFI titled Salaam Boss (Salute to the Boss) in 2006 paying tribute to the legendary music composer R.D. Burman. [48] Later in 2008, they performed for the Live Earth India Concert to help light homes with solar energy along with several other celebrities like Jon Bon Jovi. [49] They have also performed a worldwide tour in 2010, called Inspiration: Aman Ki Aasha tour , which began in New Jersey, United States. The tour was a major success, garnering overwhelming response from the audience. [50] [51] [52] They performed at UK for the first time, in the Asia Rocks! concert at London's Royal Albert Hall in September 2011. [53]

Frequent collaborators

Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy have composed for most of the films produced by Excel Entertainment, founded by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. They have also associated frequently with Karan Johar's Dharma Productions. Other notable collaborations are with directors like Karan Johar, Shaad Ali, Zoya Akhtar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

Most of the lyrics for the songs composed by the trio are penned by Gulzar and Javed Akhtar; however, they have also frequently associated with lyricists like Prasoon Joshi & Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Musical style

Each member of the trio brings his own talents and experiences to the group, combining the Carnatic and Hindustani vocal tradition (Shankar), Western rock (Ehsaan) and a deep understanding of fusion including a virtual mastery over the electronic synthesizer (Loy). They continue a tradition quite common in Bollywood music, that of partnerships between music composers contributing and pooling their individual strengths, often combining deep knowledge of Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian) classical music with technical expertise as composers and orchestral arrangers. Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy probably represent the first trio of composers to entertain Bollywood audiences themselves with their chart-topping music. [54]

The eternal quest among Bollywood's music composers has been to create interest among younger audiences who tend to be inspired more by musical themes and influences from the West. Since a film's soundtrack is a very influential and critical component of commercial and critical success (required and achieved or sometimes squandered at the box office), this quest to "deliver a film" has always inspired composers to create tunes which combine the best of both traditional Indian music and popular Western or international influences. An overwhelming majority of Bollywood's most popular music has been composed based on classical Indian rāgas (in Sanskrit "raga" is literally "color" or "mood"). Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy have bridged that gap.

Inspiration

Academy Award-winning lyricist Gulzar described the music of the trio as a sensible synthesis of popularity and class. [55] Composer duo Vishal-Shekhar considers them as an inspiration. [56] Upcoming musicians Arko Mukherjee, Rajkumar Sengupta and Debopratim Bakshi of the Friends of Fusion band from Kolkata said "We have been influenced by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, so we mix our own elements to their composition. It's our way of paying homage to them" [57] In Marathi film 'Satrangee Re' paid a tribute to Shankar Ehsan Loy by playing their song Kal Ho Naa Ho. Incidentally Shankar Mahadevan's nephew Saumil Shringarpure also acted in this.

The trio is known for launching the career of numerous singers, including Mahalakshmi Iyer, Anusha Mani, Caralisa Monteiro, Dominique Cerejo, and Hard Kaur.

Awards

Shankar Ehsaan Loy were the recipients of several awards, including three Filmfare awards (Bunty Aur Babli, Kal Ho Naa Ho, 2 States), three International Indian Film Academy Awards (Kal Ho Naa Ho, Bunty Aur Babli, My Name is Khan), three Star Screen awards (Dil Chahta Hai, Bunty Aur Babli,My Name Is Khan),one Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent and two MTV Immies Awards. In 2004, they received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the film Kal Ho Naa Ho.Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy won the filmfare and iifa awards 2015 for 2 states.

In 2010, they were honoured with the Years of Excellence at the Jack Daniel's Annual Rock Awards at Hard Rock Café, Mumbai. [58]

Other ventures

Business

SEL co-produced the album Johnny Gaddaar, with Adlabs, first time ever in the history of Hindi film music. [59] In 2010, they also launched their own record label, SEL Songs [60] and an iPhone app, making them the first Hindi film composers to do so. [61]

They provide celebrity endorsement for various brands, including Sennheiser, Philips Consumer Lifestyle [62] and Radio One 94.3 [63]

Charitable causes

Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy have been involved in many charitable activities. They composed the music for an album Haath Se Haath Mila as the part of an AIDS Awareness campaign launched by BBC World Service Trust [64] In 2007, they performed in Chennai for a concert organised by The Shakti Foundation – For the Physically Challenged to raise funds. [65] Organized by Farhan Akhtar, they lead the Rock concert for raising funds for a paediatric medical camp in Bihar in 2008. [66] They also launched the You Know You Can Rock Harder G3 Challenge talent hunt in search of the most talented rock band in the country in the same year. [67] They had performed for a fund raising concert for the NGO Alert India which fights against leprosy in 2009. [68]

Discography

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<i>Don</i> (soundtrack) 2006 soundtrack album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Don is the soundtrack album to the 2006 Hindi film Don: The Chase Begins Again, directed by Farhan Akhtar, and starring Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Boman Irani. The music was released on 26 August 2006, on T-Series. It was one of the best-selling Bollywood soundtracks of the year, with 1.5 million units sold in India.

"Kal Ho Naa Ho" is a 2003 Hindi-language filmi song performed by Sonu Nigam for the 2003 Indian romantic drama film of the same name. The track was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, while lyrics were written by Javed Akhtar. In a pathos version, Nigam is joined by Alka Yagnik and Richa Sharma. Kal Ho Naa Ho was directed by Nikhil Advani and written by Karan Johar; the latter co-produced it with his father Yash Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions. The music video of "Kal Ho Naa Ho" features leads Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Preity Zinta; the former sings about life's unpredictability and wistfully watches the others romance.

<i>Rock On!!</i> (soundtrack) 2008 live album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Rock On!! is the soundtrack to the 2008 Hindi film of the same name directed by Abhishek Kapoor, starring Arjun Rampal, Farhan Akhtar, Purab Kohli and Luke Kenny. The original score and songs were composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The songs' lyrics were written by Javed Akhtar.

Aaj Ki Raat is a 2006 Hindi song from the Bollywood film soundtrack for Don: The Chase Begins Again, a remake of the 1978 film Don. The track is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio with lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar. The song was later used by AR Rahman in the Academy Award–winning 2008 soundtrack Slumdog Millionaire.

"Mitwa" is a popular Hindi song from the 2006 Hindi film Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna directed by Karan Johar, starring Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta. The song is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, while the lyrics are penned by Javed Akhtar the song was sung by Pakistani folk singer Shafqat Amanat Ali. and the female singer Caralisa Monteiro sang and also penned the words "love will find a way".

Anusha Mani Bollywood playback singer

Anusha Mani is an Indian female playback singer who works actively in the Bollywood film industry.

Caralisa Monteiro is an Indian singer known for advertising jingles and bollywood songs.

<i>Bhaag Milkha Bhaag</i> (soundtrack) 2013 soundtrack album to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag by Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is the soundtrack album, by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, to the 2013 Hindi film of the same name, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra that stars Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles. The album features eight tracks, and was released digitally on 14 June 2013.

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