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Alisha Chinai: Indipop singer with a sassy disco voice

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Alisha Chinai was a household name in India during the 1990s for bringing 'Englishness' to Indipop.

It is well-known that Alisha Chinai  was introduced to Bollywood by music director, composer and singer Bappi Lahiri.

Together, they had many disco hits together in many films in the 1980s including Tarzan, Dance Dance, Commando, Guru, Love Love Love, etc.

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In 1980s, Alisha delivered one of her biggest hits – “Kaate Nahin Katthe” from film Mr India.

This duet was recorded with legendary singer Kishore Kumar.

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In 1990s, she also started recorded songs as an Indipop artist.

As a pop singer, Alisha was noted for her 1995 hit single and album – Made in India.

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This album was composed by Biddu and went on to become one of the highest selling pop albums in India.


She left Bollywood playback singing and concentrated on pop albums.

Alisha’s comeback to Bollywood was in the Yash Raj Film Mujhse Dosti Karoge.

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In 2000s, she gave her most popular and successful song.

Alisha’s item numbers – “Aaj ki Raat” from Don 2 and "Kajra Re" from Bunty Aur Babli – made it clear that people still love this queen of Indipop.


Although, “Kajra Re” went on to become a party anthem in India, Alisha was paid only Rs 15,000 by Yash Raj Films.

In an interview, she alleged – "I was shocked when I received a cheque of only Rs 15,000 from YRF. I gave it back, but they sent it to me again."

Alisha took another break from Bollywood to protest the unfair copyright rules of the industry.

She was last heard in Krishh 3.

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To know more about Alisha Chinai and her impact on the Indipop music of 1990s, listen to Amit Sarwal’s conversation with Melbourne-based music composer and singer Mohit Pandit.


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