Diljit Dosanjh


Personal Info

  • Birth Name: Daljit Singh
  • Date of Birth: 6 January 1984


Diljit Dosanjh (born 6 January 1984) is an Punjabi singer, actor and television presenter who works in Punjabi and Hindi cinema.[2][3] He is recognised as one of the leading artists in the Indian music industry.[4] He also acts in Punjabi movies, with many of them being commercially successful, including Jatt & JulietJatt & Juliet 2Punjab 1984Sardaar JiAmbarsariyaSardaar Ji 2Super SinghSajjan Singh Rangroot and Shadaa – which are among the most successful Punjabi movies in history.[5]

He made his Bollywood debut in 2016 with the crime thriller Udta Punjab for which he earned the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. However, this was followed by films that failed to propel his career forward in the Hindi film industry. This changed with his supporting role in the comedy Good Newzz (2019), for which he received nomination for Best Supporting Actor at Filmfare. As of 2020, he has won the most five PTC Award for Best Actor. He has also appeared as a judge in three seasons of the reality show Rising Star.[6]

Life and career

Early life

Diljit Dosanjh was born on 6 January 1984[7] to a Sikh[8] family in the village of Dosanjh Kalan in Phillaur tehsilJalandhar districtPunjab, India. His father, Balbir Singh, is a former employee of Punjab Roadways and his mother, Sukhwinder Kaur, is a homemaker. He has two siblings, one elder sister and one younger brother.[9] He spent his early childhood in Dosanjh Kalan and then moved to Ludhiana, Punjab from where he completed his formal education, including graduating high school from Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School. While still in school, he began his singing career by performing Kirtan (Sikh religious music) at local gurdwaras.

2003–2004: Ishq Da Uda Ada and Dil

Dosanjh released his first album Ishq Da Uda Ada in 2004 with Finetone Cassettes, a division of T-Series. Rajinder Singh of Finetone, who helped Dosanjh make a debut in the Punjabi music industry, suggested to him to spell his first name as Diljit instead of Daljit.[10] The music was composed by Bablu Mahindra and the lyrics were written by Balvir Boparai. Dosanjh gave vocals to all the eight tracks and the producers made a music video for the title track of the album. In 2004, his second album Dil was released, which was again with Finetone Cassettes.

Diljit Dosanjh

Dosanjh’s popularity soared with the release of his third album, Smile, produced by Sukhpal Sukh, which included the tracks “Nachh Diyan Alran Kuwariyan” and “Paggan Pochviyan Wale.” The album was released by Finetone Cassettes in 2005. His next album Ishq Ho Gaya was released in 2006 by Finetone Cassettes. His fifth album, titled Chocolate, came out in 2008. In 2009, Dosanjh released four different singles – “Bhagat Singh,” “No Tension,” “Power of Duets” and “Dance with Me.” Next year, Dosanjh released his sixth album called The Next Level with nine tracks. Dosanjh gave his next song in 2010 for Mel Karade Rabba: Original Soundtrack. The track was lip-synced by the actor Jimmy Shergill and was included in the feature film of the same name during opening credits.[11]

2011–2012: Entry into Punjabi movies and Lak 28 Kudi Da

Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru Bajwa promoting their Punjabi Film.

2011 saw Dosanjh’s entry into mainstream Punjabi movies. His debut film in the lead role The Lion of Punjab, was released in February 2011. Though the film flopped at the box office, his track “Lak 28 Kudi Da,” from the movie’s soundtrack, was a major success. The track, featuring Yo Yo Honey Singh, reached number 1 on The Official Asian Download Chart in USA published by the BBC. In July 2011, his second Punjabi movie Jihne Mera Dil Luteya was released. The film, also featuring Gippy Grewal and Neeru Bajwa, did good business. Dosanjh gave vocals to six of the twelve tracks in the film’s soundtrack. In November the same year, Diljit declared that he won’t release his controversial album Urban Pendu, that included the single “15 Saal.” That single, featuring Yo Yo Honey Singh, talked about the promiscuous behaviour of underage girls and their indulgence in alcohol, drugs and tattoos.[12] He wrote on his Facebook page: “It was not my intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments. I apologize to my fans who were waiting for this song.”[13] Dosanjh wore a T-shirt with the words “Urban Pendu” printed on it in the music video of his 2013 hit single Proper Patola as a remembrance of that track and album. Dosanjh also released three different singles in 2011 – “Catty Eyes,” “Dharti” and “Chustiyan.”

2012–present: Breakthrough and Bollywood career[edit]

Diljit and Sonakshi Sinha at 18th IIFA Awards

Dosanjh continued his collaboration with Honey Singh in 2012 and released a single titled “Goliyan” that formed a part of the album International Villager. He next sang for the soundtrack of the Bollywood film Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, released in January 2012, in a single called “Pee Pa Pee Pa” that also featured Priya Panchal. He also acted in that music video in the movie. His subsequent single “Bodyguard”, glorified the fall of Libyan revolutionary and politician, Muammar Gaddafi, where Dosanjh sang about his lifestyle, capture and death. His subsequent single “Miss Lonely”, was composed by JSL Singh. In March 2012, he released his first religious album titled Sikh. The album featured eight singles and talked about the principles and philosophy of Sikh religion. Dosanjh played a lead role in June 2012 movie Jatt & Juliet, which became one of the biggest hits in the Punjabi film industry. The award-winning film, directed by Anurag Singh, also featured actress Neeru Bajwa and was shot in Punjab & Mumbai in India and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[14] Dosanjh Diljit won the PTC Punjabi Film Award for Best Actor for the movie. He gave vocals to five of the seven songs in the soundtrack of the movie. The same year in November, he released his eighth album, called Back 2 Basics, with nine tracks and the music composed by Tru Skool. The duo worked together to produce the incredibly popular “Kharku” which won the “Best Bhangra Song of the Year” award at both the Brit Asia TV Music Awards, and the PTC Punjabi Music Awards.[15] In January 2013, Dosanjh’s third Punjabi film Saadi Love Story hit the big screens. The film, that also starred Amrinder Gill and Surveen Chawla, flopped at the box office. Dosanjh sang for two songs in the movie’s soundtrack, which was composed by Jaidev Kumar. Dosanjh made a guest appearance in the April 2013 Bollywood movie Bikkar Bai Sentimental with his track “Main Fan Bhagat Singh Da”. Inspired by the success of Jatt & Juliet, the producers of the movie released a sequel to the film, titled Jatt & Juliet 2, in June 2013. Dosanjh played the role of a cop in the movie. The film had nine songs in the soundtrack, of which four were sung by Dosanjh. He gave vocals for the track “Main Taan Aidaan Hi Nachna” from the soundtrack of the Bollywood movie Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, which was released in June 2013. In August 2013, Dosanjh’s music video “Proper Patola” was released on Vevo, making it the first Punjabi song to be featured on Vevo.[16] The single, composed by Badshah, received over one million hits on YouTube just within a fortnight of its release. Dosanjh said: “I extend my thanks to all who have liked watching the song. I’m glad to live up to the expectations of all, and with their faith in me.”[17] Diljit shot for his next Punjabi movie Disco Singh, which was released on 11 April 2014. The movie, directed and written by Anurag Singh, also features Surveen Chawla and is shot in Delhi NCR.[18] In 2014, he worked for the movie Punjab 1984, which is set in the backdrop of 1984–86 Punjab insurgency. The film was released on 27 June 2014 and is directed by Anurag Singh. The movie won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Punjabi.[19] Diljit is only the first south Asian artist who visited the US headquarters of Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram on the same day.[20][21] In 2015, he sang in a duet song in Coke Studio @ MTV Season 4, Ki Banu Duniya Da, with the singer Gurdas Maan[22] which was released on 15 August 2015 and was broadcast on 16 August 2015 on MTV India.[23] Diljit’s second film from 2015 Mukhtiar Chadha was appreciated for his unique role in it.[24][25] In 2015, the Most Sensational Celebrities (MSC) study among most famous people in Pollywood, the riskiest personalities on the web, Diljit Dosanjh was found number one from number five in 2014 thus leaving behind Mika Singh, Gippy Grewal and Harbhajan Mann.[26]

Dosanjh next starred in the social drama Udta Punjab (2016), his first Hindi film. With a worldwide collection of ₹996.7 million, the film proved to be a commercial success.[27] Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the film deals with the subject of substance abuse in the Indian province of Punjab.[28][29] Co-starring alongside Kareena KapoorShahid Kapoor and Alia BhattUdta Punjab generated controversy when the Central Board of Film Certification deemed that the film represented Punjab in a negative light and demanded extensive censorship before its theatrical release.[30] The Bombay High Court later cleared the film for exhibition with one scene cut.[31] Dosanjh also sang the song “Ik Kudi” for the film.[32] In a highly positive review, The Hindu said that Dosanjh was “successful” in delivering a “highly hitting performance”.[33]

As of September 2016, Dosanjh has completed work on his second Bollywood production Phillauri, alongside Anushka Sharma and Suraj Sharma.[34] The film was released on 23 March 2017. It grossed over ₹5 million in its box-office.[35] In 2018, a film based on World War 1, titled Sajjan Singh Rangroot was released in which Dosanjh played the titular character.[36][37][38] He is the first turbaned Sikh to be honoured with a wax statue at Madame Tussauds.[39]


Musical style and influences

Continually experimenting with new musical ideas and images, Dosanjh’s musical and performance style is the subject of analysis and scrutiny from critics.[40] Dosanjh grew up learning music from Gobinder Singh Alampuri and Kartar Singh,[10] and his initial work reflected their style. His later collaboration with Honey Singh lent a different dimension to his music. The composers Jaidev Kumar, Sukhpal Sukh, Sachin Ahuja, Pavneet Birgi, Jassi Bros Bhinda Aujla, and Tru Skool have all influenced him. His goal is to make a Punjabi song that becomes worldwide hit like Korean single Gangnam Style.[41][42]

Videos, films and stage

His live performances are described as highly entertaining and innovative.[43][44][45][46][47][48] For his music videos, he has worked with a wide range of directors such as Rimpy PrinceSukh Sanghera, Amarjit Satwant, Parmod Sharma Rana and Azeem I Parkar. He has been best appreciated for comic roles in films. In March 2016, Diljit stated his dream role that he would love to play a pirate similar to Johnny Depp appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean series.[49] He regularly tours in Canada/USA and, since 2014, in the United Kingdom. His 2016 “The Dosanjh Tour” led to sold-out concerts throughout the UK. As a result, he became the second Punjabi artist after Gurdas Mann who sold out Wembley Arena.

In 2019, Diljit is scheduled to appear in the Navdeep Singh directed film Kaneda[50] produced by Anushka Sharma.

Brand endorsements

Diljit Dosanjh is associated with Coca-Cola.[51] In August 2015, Coca-Cola Signed Diljit Dosanjh as Brand Endorser for Punjab, India.[52] FlipkartIndia‘s leading e-commerce company roped Diljit Dosanjh for its Flipkart Connect campaign for Punjab.[53][54] Diljit was appointed the brand ambassador of Season 4 of the Star Sports Pro Kabbadi along with Rana Daggubati and Puneeth Rajkumar.[55] He sang and performed the Pro Kabbadi League theme song “Asli Panga”, produced by Yo Yo Honey Singh.[56]


Dosanjh started an NGO called Saanjh Foundation focusing on underprivileged children and seniors, contributing to orphanages and old age homes.[57] It also endeavours youth empowerment with issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development. It takes its name from the second part of Dosanjh’s last name, which loosely translated means “amity”. He launched this organisation on his birthday in 2013.[16]



Year Title Music Label
2000 Ishq Da Uda Adaa Babloo Mahendra Finetone
2004 Dil Sukhpal Sukh Finetone
2005 Smile Sukhpal Sukh Finetone
2006 Ishq Ho Gaya Sachin Ahuja Finetone
2008 Chocolate Pavneet Birgi Speed Records
2009 The Next Level Yo Yo Honey Singh T-Series
2012 Sikh JSL Singh Amandeep Singh & NG Non-traditional Religious Album, Speed Records
2012 Urban Pendu Yo Yo Honey Singh Speed Records
2012 Back 2 Basics Tru Skool Speed Records
2013 Sikh 2 JSL Singh Amandeep Singh Non-traditional religious album, Speed Records
2018 CON.FI.DEN.TIAL Snappy T-Series
2018 Roar Jatinder Shah Famous Studios
2020 G.O.A.T. Various artists Famous Studios

Film songs

Year Title Songs
2011 Dharti “Warrant”
2011 The Lion of Punjab
2011 Jihne Mera Dil Luteya
2012 Saadi Love Story “Aaja Bhangra Pa Laiye”
“Laltain Nachdi”
2019 Shadaa “Shadaa Title Song”
Year Title Songs
2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya “Pee Pa Pee Pa Ho Gaya”
2013 Mere Dad Ki Maruti “Mere Dad Ki Maruti”
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 “Aidaan Hi Nachna”
2015 Singh is Bling “Tung Tung Baje”[58]
2016 Udta Punjab “Ikk Kudi (Reprised Version)”
2017 Phillauri “Naughty billo”
“Dum Dum (Reprise)”
Noor “Move Your Lakk”
Raabta Sadda Move
Jab Harry Met Sejal “Raula”
2018 Soorma “Ishq Di Baajiyan”
Welcome to New York Pant Mein Gun
Namaste England “Proper Patola”
2019 Arjun Patiala “Dil Todeya”
Good Newwz “Sauda Khara Khara”


As singer

Year Title Notes
2009 Nachdi De ft. Miss Pooja From Album The Power of Duets
2009 Bhagat Singh (ft. Miss Pooja)
2009 Dance With Me (ft. Yo Yo Honey Singh)
2009 Jatt Bukda Firre From Album 2009 Vich No Tension
2010 Main, Me & Myself (ft. Yo Yo Honey Singh)
2010 Dubb Ch Revalver From Album Ral Bhangra Payiye
2011 Chustiyan
2011 Catty Eyes From Album Ral Bhangra Payiye
2011 Goliyan (ft. Yo Yo Honey Singh) From Album International Villager
2012 Miss Lonely (ft. Ikka) Music: JSL Singh
2012 Bodyguard – Gaddafi Song From Album Bhangra Paa Mittra Music : Joy Atul
2013 Proper Patola (ft. Badshah) Music:JSL Singh
2013 ELTT – The Judai Song Music: JSL Singh
2014 Soorma Music: Sachin Ahuja
2014 RayBan Lyrics: Dharm Pannu Baupur
2014 Work of Warriors Dharam Seva Records
2014 Selfie
2014 This Singh is so Stylish (ft. Ikka) MTV Spoken Word
2014 Holla Holla Music : Milind Gaba(MG)
2014 Patiala Peg director – Navjit Buttar, Assistant director – Enn Syan
Music: Nick Dhammu
2014 Singh Naal Jodi Music: Sukshinder Shinda
2015 Ishq Hazir Hai Music: Simran Singh
2015 Jatt Fire Karda Music: Preet Hundal / Lyrics: Amrit Maan / Label: Panj-Aab Records
2015 Faiz-E-Noor Music : Joy Atul
2015 Sewa Nanaksar Di Beat Minister
2015 5 Taara Music: Jatinder Shah, Lyrics; Ranveer Sandhu[59]
2016 Supremacy of Khalsa Music: Nick Dhammu, Lyrics: Ranveer Sandhu
2016 Do You Know Music: B Praak, Lyrics: Jaani
2016 Dhan Guru Nanak Music: Jassi Brothers, Lyrics: Veet Baljit
2016 Laembadgini Music: Jatinder Shah, Lyrics: Veet Baljit
2017 El Sueño Music: Tru Skool, Lyrics: Lally Mundi
2017 Raat Di Gedi Music: Jatinder Shah, Lyrics: Ranbir Singh [60]
2017 Maujan Rakhda Music: Mukhtar Sahota, Lyrics: Veet Baljit
2017 Smile 2 Music: Deep Jandu, Lyrics: Priya Gill
2018 Putt Jatt Da[61] Music: Archie, Lyrics: Ikka Singh | Rap: Kaater
2018 Pagal Music: Goldboy, Lyrics: Babbu
2018 Aar Nanak Paar Nanak Music: Gurmoh, Lyrics: Harmanjit
2018 Jind Mahi Music: Manni Sandhu, Lyrics: Gurnazar Chattha
2019 Gabru Nu Music: Rishie Rich, Lyrics: Ikka Singh
2019 “Kylie & Kareena” Music: Money Musik, Manu, XD Pro Music, Lyrics: Tej Gill, Money Musik, Herman Atwal
2019 Muchh Music: The Boss, Lyrics: Kaptaan[62]
2019 Nanak Aadh Jugaadh Jiyo Music: Gurmoh, Lyrics: Harmanjeet
2019 Surma Music: Jatinder Shah, Lyrics: Sukh Sandhu
2020 Stranger ft. Simar Kaur Music: Mofusion StudiosLyrics: Alfaaz

As producer

Year Title Notes
2019 Muscle Car Raj Ranjodh ft. Byg Brd


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Film Role Notes
2011 The Lion of Punjab Avtar Singh
2011 Jihne Mera Dil Luteya Gurnoor Singh Randhawa
2012 Jatt & Juliet Fateh Singh
2013 Saadi Love Story Rajveer / Billa
2013 Jatt & Juliet 2 Fateh Singh
2014 Disco Singh Laatu
2014 Punjab 1984 Shivjeet Singh Mann / Shiva
2015 Sardaarji Jaggi
2015 Mukhtiar Chadha Mukthtiar Chadha
2016 Ambarsariya Jatt Ambarsariya Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2016 Sardaarji 2 Jaggi / Athraa / Satkaar Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer – Male
2017 Super Singh Saajan Singh /Sam/ Super Singh / Lovely Putt
2018 Sajjan Singh Rangroot Sajjan Singh
2019 Shadaa Chadta
2020 JodiFilms that have not yet been released TBA


Year Film Role Director Notes
2016 Udta Punjab Sartaaj Singh Abhishek Chaubey Filmfare Award for Best Male DebutNominated –Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2017 Phillauri Roop Lal Phillauri Anshai Lal
2018 Welcome to New York Teji Chakri Toleti
Soorma Sandeep Singh Shaad Ali
2019 Arjun Patiala Arjun Patiala Rohit Jugraj Chauhan
Good Newwz Honey Batra Raj Mehta
2020 Suraj Pe Mangal BhariFilms that have not yet been released TBA Abhishek Sharma
2021 Kaneda TBA Navdeep Singh


Year Title Channel Role
2010 Awaaz Punjab Di MH1 Music Co-host with Divya Dutta
2012 PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2012 PTC Punjabi Co-host with Gulshan Grover
2013 PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2013 PTC Punjabi Co-host with Kapil Sharma
2014 PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2014 PTC Punjabi Co-host with Binnu Dhillon and Arjan Bajwa
2017 Rising Star Season 1 Colors Expert judge alongside Monali Thakur & Shankar Mahadevan
2018 Rising Star Season 2 Colors Expert judge alongside Monali Thakur & Shankar Mahadevan
2019 Rising Star Season 3 Colors Expert judge alongside Neeti Mohan & Shankar Mahadevan

As a guest

Year Title
2012 Voice of Punjab on PTC Punjabi
2014 Comedy Nights with Kapil
2015 CNN-IBN E Lounge[63]
2015 MTV Coke Studio India -Sung the song, Ki Banu Duniya Da with Gurdaas Maan
2016 Comedy Nights Live
2017 The Kapil Sharma Show
2018 Bigg Boss 11
2018 Koffee with Karan Season 6
2019 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 9

Awards and nominations

As an actor

Year Film Award Ceremony Category Result
2012 The Lion of Punjab PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Male Debut Nominated
Best Actor Nominated
Jihne Mera Dil Luteya Punjabi International Film Academy Awards Best Actor
(shared with Gippy Grewal for Jihne Mera Dil Luteya)
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor
(shared with Gippy Grewal for Jihne Mera Dil Luteya)
2013 Jatt & Juliet Best Actor Won
2014 Jatt & Juliet 2 Best Actor Won
2015 Disco Singh Best Actor Nominated
Punjab 1984 Best Actor
(tied with Gippy Grewal for Jatt James Bond)
2016 Sardaarji Best Actor Nominated
2017 Udta Punjab Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Best Male Debut Won
Ambarsariya Filmfare Awards Punjabi Best Actor Won
2020 Good Newwz Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Zee Cine Awards[64] Best Comic Actor Won
Shadaa PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Actor
(shared with Gurpreet Ghuggi for Ardaas Karaan)

As a singer

Year Song/Album Award Ceremony Category Result
2010 The Next Level PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Folk Pop Album Won
2012 Lak 28 Kudi Da PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer Male Nominated
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Won
Fukre PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
2013 Bacha Ho Gaya PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer Male Nominated
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
Kharku PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Bhangra Song of the Year Won
PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Pop Vocalist Male Won
Brit Asia TV Music Awards Best Bhangra Song of the Year Won
Back 2 Basics Brit Asia TV Music Awards Best Album of the Year Won
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Album of the Year Nominated
2014 Shoulder PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
Main Fan Bhagat Singh Da PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer Male Nominated
Proper Patola PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Pop Vocalist Male Won
Most Popular Song of the Year Won
Best Music Video Nominated
2015 Happy Birthday PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Won
Best Playback Singer (Male) Nominated
Swaah Banke Mirchi Music Award Listeners’ Choice Film Song of the Year Won
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer (Male) Nominated
Punjab 1984 Mirchi Music Award Film Album of the Year Won
Listeners’ Choice Film Album of the Year Won
Channo PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
Beautiful Billo PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
Rangrut PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
Patiala Peg PTC Punjabi Music Awards Best Pop Vocalist Male for a Single Won
Best Bhangra Song of the Year Won
Most Popular Song of the Year Nominated
Brit Asia TV World Music Awards Best Single World Won
Brit Asia TV World Music Awards Best Male Act Won
Mirchi Music Awards Song of the Year – Non Film Won
2016 Taare Mutiyaare PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer (Male) Nominated
Veervaar PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Playback Singer (Male) Nominated
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Won
5 Taara PTC Punjabi Music Awards Most Popular Song of the Year Won
Best Bhangra Song of the Year Won


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