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Baba Sehgal

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  • Born: Lucknow, India
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s


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In India, one performer dominates the rap scene: the Lucknow-born Baba Sehgal. Baba Sehgal's rap is far removed from the sting and grit of Public Enemy, Ice-T, or, to take an example of rap transplanted into another language, French wit MC Solaar. Sehgal's safe, inoffensive pop/rap employs a cutesy-pie image with cheeky Hindi lyrics about hobnobbing with Madonna on the telephone. Interjections of a Hinglish nature (a relative of Japlish, the seemingly dyslexic or random plucking of English words in adverts or on bomber jackets or baseball caps in Japan), like "Five star hotel," "James Bond," "Madonna is a very good friend of mine," abound. Superstardom is his self-professed goal. Despite the transparency of his aims, his is a rare instance of non-filmi success in India.


Baba Sehgal is an Indian rapper, film composer, actor and playback singer, known for his works in Indipop, Telugu cinema, Bollywood and Tamil cinema. Brought up in Lucknow, he began his career in mid-1990s. He is credited as the first Indian rapper to jump on the Indipop bandwagon, and released an album which got frequent airplay on MTV India. Since then he has dominated the Indian rap scene with hits such as 'Thanda Thanda Paani' (a remake of "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice), 'Manjula' and 'Dil Dhadke'.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).


Baba Sehgal was a mechanical engineering student at BITS Pilani but dropped out of college to pursue his music career.

Sehgal's first album was Dilruba (1990) followed by Alibaba (1991), Thanda Thanda Pani (1992), Main Bhi Madonna (1993), Double Gadbad (1999) and many more albums. He almost always writes, composes and sings the songs in his albums himself. He was the music director of the movie Dance Party (1995) which had a popular song "kapurthala se aaya hoon, tere liye laaya hoon, Orange kurta peela pajama..". He has the distinction of having the first Indian music video ever to be shown on MTV Asia (which was broadcasting out of Hong Kong at the time).

In 1998 he made his acting debut in Miss 420 for which he was also the playback singer for hit songs including "Dhak Dhak Yeh Dil" and "Memsaab O' Memsaab". In 1999 he played a double role in the film Double Gadbad (1999). He also wrote, composed and sang all the songs for this film's soundtrack. He was also the television host of the TV show Superhit Muqabla which was aired on DD2 at primetime. He has also worked as a stage performer and a model.

He was in New York from 2001 to 2005 and when he came home to Mumbai, he released his album 'Welcome to Mumbai', which was his 22nd and latest music album.

He also directed the music for the Bollywood film Bhoot Uncle (2006). He is also anchoring the TV show 'Santa and Banta news unlimited' on Zoom. In 2009 he was one of the performers on the NDTV Imagine show Dhoom Macha De. That same year he played a role in the SAB TV comedy series Jugni Chali Jalandhar. In 2011 he appeared in Rang Badalti Odhani on Star One. He is featured on the Imagine Showbiz series Baba's Cross Connection.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

Renewed as a Playback Singer[edit]

Baba Sehgal sung many songs for Tollywood. Some of the instant hits include Rikshavodu, Jalsa, Aarya 2, Adhurs, and Don Seenu, Gabbar Singh. He was mostly hired by music director Devi Sri Prasad. It was under Devi Sri Prasad's composition that Sehgal sung the Tamil songs "Jalsa Jalsa" from Villu, "Kadhal Vandhale" from Singam, "Osthe Mama" from Osthe.He has also sung the Tamil song "sokku Podi" from Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal' and Kannada song "Chanagidyalle" for the movie "Lucky"," Nee oodi bandaga" for film Shiva 2012 Kannada. He recently sang the Gabbar Singh title song from the movie 'Gabbar Singh'. It became one of his most popular songs.

He admits that he likes pawan kalyan and composed a song on " PAWANISM " which is chanted by all Pawan Kalyan Fans. The song "Pawa Pawa Pawan Kalyan" was released by Aditya Music on Pawan Kalyan's birthday (2 September 2012) and is expected to be whistled by Baba Sehgal in the audio release of Pawan Kalyan's new film "Cameraman Ganga to Rambabu".

Acting Debut[edit]

Baba Sehgal also making his Debut in a Heroine centric magnum opus movie Rudhramadevi, Anushka Shetty in the lead .directed by National award winner Gunasekhar.

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DilrubaAlibabaThanda Thanda PaniDouble GadbadMai Bhi MadonnaDr DhingraIndian RomyoTora ToraMiss Loomba LoombaNa Ariya hai Na Jariya haiAmerica mein Indian DhabaJugni MastkaladarPump Up Your StyleWelcome To MumbaiPinga PingaBaba's Cross ConnectionMumbai City (2012)Pawa Pawa Pawan Kalyan (2012)


Selected filmography1.1 As Actor1.2 As Playback singer1.3 Television appearances

Selected filmography[edit]

As Actor[edit]
Rudhramadevi (2014)My Friend Ganesha 3 (2010)Nalaik (2005)Double Gadbad (1999)Miss 420 (1998)
As Playback singer[edit]
Telugu CinemaRikshavodu (Telugu)Jalsa (Telugu)Adhurs (Telugu)Arya 2 (Telugu)Don Seenu (Telugu)Mr.Perfect (Telugu)Ragada (Telugu)Gabbar Singh (Telugu)Shadow(Telugu)Pada Pada Pada (Telugu)Right now ( Telugu )Mamacita (Telugu )Adda ( Telugu )Bollywood13B (2009)Double Gadbad (1999)Miss 420 (1998)Sarhad (1995)Hum Hain Bemisaal (1994)Khoon Ka Sindoor (1993)Roja (1992)Tamil CinemaBengali Cinema
Television appearances[edit]
Santa Banta UnlimitedRang Badalti Odhani (2011) ....Jugni Chali Jalandhar (2009) ... VirendraDhoom Mache De (2009) .... PerformerSuperhit Muqabla (1992-1994) ... AnchorMovers and Shekhars (1998) ... Guest
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