|Real Name||Sonu Nigam|
|Profession(s)||Singer, Music Director|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 7”
|Weight (approx.)||in Kilograms- 65 kg
in Pounds- 143 lbs
|Body Measurements||- Chest: 38 Inches
- Waist: 30 Inches
- Biceps: 12 Inches
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Date of Birth||30 July 1973
|Age (as in 2018)||45 Years|
|Birthplace||Faridabad, Haryana, India|
|School||J.D. Tyler School, Delhi|
|College||University of Delhi, New Delhi|
|Debut||Singing: Bewafa Sanam (1995, Bollywood)
Album: Rafi Ki Yaadein Vol 10-20 (1993)
Music Direction: Sooper Se Ooper (2013)
Film Actor: Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002)
|Family||Father- Agam Kumar Nigam (Singer)
Mother- Shobha Nigam
Sisters- Meenal and Neekita (Younger)
|Awards, Honours||National Film Award
• Best Male Playback Singer, for the song "Kal Ho Naa Ho", from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003); at the 51st National Film Awards
• Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Saathiya", from the film Saathiya (2002)
• Best Male Playback Singer, for the song "Kal Ho Naa Ho", from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
• Haryana Gaurav Samman by the Haryana Government
|Controversies||• A huge controversy arose in 2015 after he supported Radhe Maa by saying- "Just my 2 pence. Kaali Maa is depicted in lesser clothes than Radhey Maa. Interesting that this country wants to sue a woman for her clothes."
• He had some heated arguments with Babul Supriyo at the Hotel Sun-n-Sand in Juhu over the issue of royalty earned on songs.
• In April 2017, he landed himself in trouble after he posted a series of tweets regarding the sound of Azaan that he termed it as "forced religiousness."
• After his tweets on the use of loudspeakers at mosques, a West Bengal cleric's issued a fatwa by which he will pay INR 10 lakhs to shave off Sonu's head. In response, Sonu invited a hairstylist Aalim Hakim to cut his hair.
• After the release of the film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) in which Anushka Sharma mocked Mohammed Rafi by saying "Wo Gaate Kam Rote Zyada The," Sonu Nigam, being a huge fan of Rafi, lashed out at the filmmaker Karan Johar.
• At the Agenda Aaj Tak Summit in December 2018, he made a controversial statement by digging at the adoration that Pakistani singers enjoy in India. "Sometimes, I feel as if it would have been better if I were from Pakistan. At least I would get offers from India."
|Favourite Food||Paneer makhanwala, paneer kofta, gulab jamun, butter chicken and tandoori chicken|
|Favourite Actors||Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan|
|Favourite Actress||Madhuri Dixit, Marlyn Monroe|
|Favourite Films||Bollywood: Amar Prem, Kunwara Baap, Half Ticket, Sholay
Hollywood: The Sixth Sense
|Favourite Musicians||Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Micheal Jackson, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Michael Bolton, Cliff Richards, Mariah Carey|
|Favourite Song||"Duniya Rang Rangeeli Wah Wah" by K.L. Saigal|
|Favourite Book||Don't Sweat the Small Things by Richard Carlson|
|Favourite Destination||Greece, Egypt, New Zealand|
|Girls, Affairs and More|
|Salary||Rs. 5-7 Lakh/song|
|Net Worth||$8 million|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sonu Nigam
- Does Sonu Nigam smoke?: No
- Does Sonu Nigam drink alcohol?: Not Known
- Sonu Nigam is a popular Indian playback singer who is called “Elvis Presley of India.”
- Sonu gave his first stage performance at the tender age of 3 on the popular song “Kya Hua Tera Vaada.”
- He was initially trained by classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
- At the age of 10, Sonu made his Bollywood debut as an actor by playing the role of young Shatrughan Sinha in the film ‘Taqdeer’ (1983).
- In 1991, he shifted to Mumbai from Faridabad, and during his initial days, he used to sing cover versions to Mohammed Rafi’s songs.
- Sonu’s first super-hit song was “Accha Sila Diya” from the film ‘Bewafa Sanam’ (1995).
- Due to his similar singing style to Mohammed Rafi, he was earlier called as “Rafi clone.”
- His albums of the 90s – “Kismat”, and “Deewana” were huge hits.
- If not a singer, he would have been a scientist or an astronaut.
- His debut film as a lead actor was ‘Love in Nepal’ (2004).
- He firmly believes in fitness and is trained in ‘Taekwondo.’
- He has a fear of cockroaches.
- He enjoys doing mimicry of fellow singers and Bollywood actors, which is often seen in various events.
- He has sung songs in various languages like Hindi, English, Oriya, Tamil, Assamese, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, Telugu and Nepali.
- He did Hindi voice-overs for Hollywood animated films “Aladdin” and “Rio.”
- He hosted singing reality shows like ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ (1995-1999), ‘Kisme Kitna Hai Dum’ in 2002, and ‘Life Ki Dhun’ Radioshow in 2006.
- He has been awarded the National Award for the song “Kal Ho Naa Ho” from the film ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ (2003).
- When he went to receive the National Award for the song “Kal Ho Naa Ho”, he had a hairstyle similar to that of
Late A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (the then President of India).
- He co-judged ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs International’ with Suresh Wadkar in 2007.
- In 2016, Sonu Nigam disguised as a beggar on the streets of Juhu and performed an act, called ‘The Roadside Ustaad.’
- In February 2019, he was admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai after he got a skin allergy due to the consumption of seafood.
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