Alisha Chinai

Alisha Chinai, formerly known as Alisha Chinoy, is an Indian pop singer known for her albums as well as playback singing in Hindi cinema.[1]

She is best known for her songs with Anu Malik during the 1990s. Her most successful and popular song is Made in India released in 1995.

Alisha Chinai
Alisha Chinai 2009 - still 64293 crop
Chinai in 2009
Background information
Birth nameSujata Chinai
Also known asAlisha, Alisha Chinai, Baby Doll,Indian Madonna, Alisha Chinoy
Born18 March 1965 (age 53)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
GenresIndipop, playback singing
Years active1985–present


Alisha's initial albums for HMV include Jaadoo, Babydoll, Aah... Alisha! and Made in India.[1] Alisha was introduced to Hindi film music by the veteran music director and composer Bappi Lahiri. They had many disco hits together in many films in the 1980s including "Tarzan", Dance Dance, Commando, Guru, Love Love Love, etc. When she started her career with him, she was playback singing for many leading actresses, such as Karisma Kapoor, Smita Patil, Mandakini, Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, Divya Bharti. In 1985, Alisha sang 2 Songs with Remo Fernandes in the album Old Goan Gold In Konkani. She also recorded a song for Pankuj Parashar's film Jalwa (1987), composed by Anand-Milind. One of her biggest hits during the 80s was "Kaate Nahin Katthe" (Mr. India) in 1987, which she recorded with Kishore Kumar under the music direction of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Another successful track in 1989 was "Raat Bhar Jaam Se" from the film Tridev, which had music by Kalyanji-Anandji and Viju Shah.[2]

In the 90s, she took on working in different films, collaborating with other music directors, such as Anu Malik, Anand-Milind, Rajesh Roshan and Nadeem-Shravan. Throughout these years, she had several Bollywood hit songs, including "Dhak Dhak Dhak" with Aditya Pancholi (Maha-Sangram), "Jalta Hai Badan" (Balwaan), "Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge" (Raja Hindustani), "Chaa Raha Hain Pyaar Ka Nasha" (Chandramukhi), "Roundhe" (Pyar Tune Kya Kiya), "Sona Sona Roop Hai" (Bollywood/Hollywood), "Mouje Mein" (Karobaar), "De Diya" (Keemat), "Ruk Ruk Ruk" (Vijaypath) and the controversial "Sexy sexy sexy Mujhe Log Bole" (Khuddar).

She did an album with Lesle Lewis called Bombay Girl with hit song like "De de" released in 1994. Simultaneously, she recorded many songs as a pop singer, with album releases. Chinai was noted for her 1995 hit single and album, titled Made in India, which was composed by Biddu. Made in India went on to become one of the highest selling pop albums of its time and Alisha became a household name. This album contains well-known songs like, "Aaja Mere Dil Mein", "Ek Baar Do Baar", "Sun O Meri Dhadkan", "Tu Kahan", "Ooh La La", "Tu Jo Mila", "Dhokha Diya Hai Re Tune Mere Dil" and "Lover Girl". With its success, Alisha announced her departure from playback singing and wanted to concentrate only on private pop albums. However, her follow-up albums were less successful. This was also the period when she got into a major controversy with the man who recorded several hit songs with her, Anu Malik. During the release of Made in India, Alisha had accused Anu Malik of molesting her. While some claim it was a publicity stunt by the singer to promote her album, Anu Malik and Alisha did not work for several years, only to reunite in 2003 with Ishq Vishk.

Chinai in 2010

Alisha's comeback to film music was with the song "Oh My Darling" in the Yash Raj Film Mujhse Dosti Karoge!. Through the 2000–2009 decade, she recorded primarily with Himesh Reshammiya, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Pritam. After her controversy with Anu Malik in the 90s, she patched up with him to record for a number of films starting with Ishq Vishk, Fida, No Entry, Love Story 2050, Maan Gaye Mughle Azam, Ugly Aur Pagli, Chehraa and Kambakht Ishq.[3]

In 2005, her career reached a new high when she sang "Kajra Re" (Bunty Aur Babli). The song was a hit and won Alisha a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.

Alisha was a judge in Indian idol 3 and is a judge in Zee TV's Star ya Rockstar with Anu Malik.


  • Alisha received the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for the song "Kajra Re" from Bunty Aur Babli in 2005.[4]
  • Alisha received the International Billboard Award around the time Made in India came out,[5] and also won the Freddie Mercury Award for Artistic Excellence.

Personal life

Alisha Chinai is a Gujarati.[6] She was married to her manager Rajesh Jhaveri and is now separated.[7]

Partial discography

Studio albums

  • Jaadoo 1985
  1. Jaadoo
  2. Khuda
  3. Mon cheri
  4. My angel blue
  5. Rootho na humse
  6. Kabhi na raat
  7. Tum meri zindagi ho
  8. Jaadoo
  1. Aah Alisha
  2. Babusha
  3. Baby doll
  4. Dekho dekho
  5. Dheere dheere
  6. Jadoo
  7. Kiss ko dil doon
  8. Pyaara awara
  9. Rootho na hum se
  10. Shor sharaaba
  11. Superman
  12. Tara
  13. Tarzan my Tarzan
  14. Vote for Alisha
  • Alisha
  1. Seulement vous (Only you)
  2. Ishq se ishq
  3. Dilbar jaaniya
  4. Maashuka
  5. Woh pyaar mera
  6. Soniyaa
  7. Don't want your love
  8. Aai teri yaad
  9. Dhuaan dhuaan
  10. Can you dance
  • Shutup N Kiss Me
  1. Shutup n kiss me (Ravi Bal mix)
  2. Sohneya aaja (Smedrock dance refix)
  3. Tra la la- tere pyaar mein (3si Ibiza mix)
  4. Dil goes boom (Mumbai mix)
  5. Meri jaan mujhe kehke
  6. Silsila (Jazzed up mix)
  7. Ghazal
  8. Shutup n kiss me (Ravi Bal hiphop refix)
  9. Sohneya aaja (Sli Booty mix)
  10. Sooni meri kalai
  11. Be my lady
  12. Shutup n kiss me (Cheeky Monkee refix)

Selected hit songs


  1. ^ a b Kasbekar, Asha (2006). Pop culture India!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle. ABC-CLIO. p. 34. ISBN 1-85109-636-1. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Interview | I think my time has come: Alisha Chinai | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 2017-09-08. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  3. ^ India Today International - Volume 2, Issues 27-34 - Page 56 2003 Indipop Rock 'n' Rule 1 QO r It has been in arrival mode ever since Alisha -L-/0 J Chinai's Jaadu hit platinum. Ten years on, her Made in India sparked the music video boom. India believed it had found a Madonna clone, while in Daler Mehndi's energetic warbling, they thought folk — or a reasonable simulacrum — had achieved record-busting status. But film music remains indomitable, accounting for 65-75 per cent of sales,
  4. ^ 51st Filmfare Awards Archived 3 January 2013 at Retrieved 29 August 2007
  5. ^ Alisha going global Archived 6 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 29 August 2007
  6. ^ "Priyanka Chopra is Alisha's fan". The Times of India. 2011-10-16.
  7. ^ "The Sunday Times on the Web – Plus". 8 December 1996. Retrieved 22 September 2011.

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