Vijay Kalyanji Shah
5 June 1959
|Occupation||musician, score composer|
Viju Shah (born, Vijay Kalyanji Shah, 5 June 1959) is an Indian score composer of Hindi cinema. He is the son of music director Kalyanji Virji Shah of composer duo Kalyanji Anandji. He composed music for movies such as Tridev(1989), Vishwatama (1992), Mohra (1994), Tere Mere Sapne (1996) and Gupt (1997) for which got his second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director and he won the 1998 Filmfare Award for Best Background Score for Gupt.
He is married to Sunanda Shah. He has three elder brothers Chandrakant, Ramesh, Dinesh and a younger brother Rajesh. He has a daughter pursuing Western Classical piano in the United States of America.
He started his music composing career in 1989 with the movie Tridev. Later in 1992, he composed for movie Vishwatma where the song "Saat Samundar Paar" was a superhit song and is still a favorite among the people. His first breakthrough came two years later, in 1994 with Mohra. He composed hit songs which included "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast" and "Tip Tip Barsa Pani". He even included the song “Na Kajre Ki Dhar” originally sung by Mukesh, composed by Anandji Kalyanji duo (Kalyaniji Shah was his father). The music album went on to become the second most-sold Bollywood soundtrack album of that year, selling more than 8 million units, behind only Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! However, the hit song "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast" was copied from the popular Qawwali "Dam Mast Qalandar" by Pakistani musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Choice of singers
During the 15 years career, Viju Shah mostly worked with Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet, Amit Kumar, Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal, Babul Supriyo, Sapna Mukherjee, Sonu Nigam, Sudesh Bhosle, Vinod Rathod, Shaan, Zubeen Garg and Jolly Mukherjee, Sunidhi Chauhan, KK.
- 1997 – Best Background Score
- 1994 – Best Music Director – Mohra
- 1996 – Best Music Director – Tere Mere Sapne
- 1997 – Best Music Director – Gupt
- 1992 – Best Music Director – Vishvatma
- 1995 – Best Music Director – Raavan Raaj
- 1995 – Best Background Score – Andaaz Apna Apna
- 1993 – Best Background Score – Lootere
- "Lalit Pandit's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai track voted most popular!". Indian Express. 7 September 2012.
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- "Awards". IMDB.
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- "Mohra – second most sold album of 1994". Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Top 25 films between the years 1985-1994". Filmfare. 18 February 2018.
- "Music Hits 1990-1999 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
- Amit Baruah, R. Padmanabhan (6 September 1997). "The stilled voice". The Hindu, Frontline.
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