Neeti Mohan Age, Profile, Bio, Height, Affair, Family, Wiki
Neeti Mohan (born 18 November 1979) is an Indian singer. She sings mainly in Hindi films but has also done songs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, and English. Born in Delhi, she was one of the winners of the Channel V’s reality show Popstars, subsequently being chosen for Aasma, with other winners of the show. She rose to prominence after recording “Ishq Wala Love” from Student of the Year (2012), ultimately winning the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent and was nominated for the Best Female Playback Singer for “Jiya Re” from Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012).
Her rendition of six jazz tracks in the soundtrack album of Amit Trivedi’s Bombay Velvet (2015) received a positive response from the music critics. The following year, she received her second Filmfare nomination with the song “Sau Aasmaan” from Baar Baar Dekho (2016). In that year, Mohan appeared as a coach in the 1st season of The Voice India Kids and the second season of The Voice India. Besides her career in music, she has also been involved in various charities and social causes.
Neeti Mohan Family/Early life
Neeti Mohan was born in Delhi. Her father, Brij Mohan Sharma, is a government officer and her mother, Kusum, is a homemaker. Neeti Mohan is the eldest of four sisters; Shakti Mohan, Mukti Mohan, and Kriti Mohan. Neeti Mohan initiated in learning music at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. During the time, she was involved in dramatics and dancing; considering singing as a “serious hobby”. She later moved to nalla school, Nalla public school.
During her school days, Mohan was part of the school band and participated in the Delhi Republic Day parade for five years in a row. Convinced by her father, Mohan participated in many extra-curricular activities during her school; singing, dancing, performing in the band and theatre. She was adjudged the best cadet in the National Cadet Corps of India and represented India as Youth Exchange Programme cadet. Later, she learned music formally at the Bhatkhande Music Institute and continued training in Mumbai with Rajashree Pathak, for five years.
Apart from training in singing, Mohan studied dancing with her two sisters. She trained in Bharata Natyam and Kathak under the supervision of Ashley Lobo. Besides training kids to dance, Mohan worked as an instructor there. Mohan graduated in philosophy from Miranda House, University of Delhi.
In 2003, Mohan was one of the winners of Channel V’s reality television show Popstars, subsequently being chosen for Aasma—a pop group formed with the other winners of the show—where she got the chance to perform with Bryan Adams. Insisted by Deepak Gattani, who manages A.R. Rahman’s concert tours, Mohan managed to catch the attention of Rahman when she randomly sent a demo CD to him and was offered a chance to join his musical troupe.
While she was assisting Lobo, he proffered Mohan to be featured in a supporting role in Imtiaz Ali-directed film, Socha Na Tha (2005), while Lobo was working as the choreographer in the film. In 2009, Mohan participated in the Star Plus show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla, where she was part of the winning team “Shankar’s Rockstars” led by Shankar Mahadevan. She tied the knot with actor Nihaar Pandya on 20 Feb 2019.
Parents Father- Brij Mohan Sharma (a Government Officer & a Writer)
Mother- Kusum Mohan (a Homemaker)
Siblings Brother– None
Sisters- Shakti Mohan (Younger, Dancer)
Mukti Mohan (Younger, Dancer)
Kriti Mohan (Younger)
Neeti Mohan Bio/Wiki
Full Name Neeti Mohan Sharma
Profession(s) Singer, Songwriter, Music Composer
Famous For Her songs:
• “Jiya Re” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
• “Ishq Wala Love” – Student of the Year (2012)
Neeti Mohan Physical Stats
Height (approx.) in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet inches- 5’ 5”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms- 55 kg
in pounds- 121 lbs
Figure Measurements (approx.) 32-26-32
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Black
Debut Bollywood (Actress): Socha Na Tha (2005)
Singles (Solo Song): “Ja Ja” (2012)
Bollywood (Singer): “Ishq Wala Love” – Student of the Year (2012)
Telugu (Singer): “Viyyalavaru” – Tadakha (2013)
Bengali (Singer): “Korishna Rangbaazi” – Rangbaaz (2013)
Tamil (Singer): “Thiruda Thiruda” & “Star Jolykkuthendru” – Ner Ethir (2014)
Marathi (Singer): “Dhooan Ha Dhooan” – Hello Nandan (2014)
Gujarati (Singer): “Rom-Com” – Romance Complicated (2016)
Kannada (Singer): “Hello Mister” – Kotigobba 2 (2016)
TV: Yeh Hai Aashiqui – Season 4 (2016)
Awards, Achievements Filmfare Awards
2013: RD Burman Award – “Jiya Re” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), and “Ishq Wala Love” – Student of the Year (2012)
LIVE Quotient Awards
2015: Best Singer/Performer
Mirchi Music Awards
2012: Upcoming Female Vocalist of The Year – “Jiya Re” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
2017: Indie Pop Song of the Year – “Man Marziyan” – Super 8 Womaniya Special: Happy Women’s Day (2017)
Dada Saheb Phalke Film Foundation Award
2018: Best Playback Singer (Female)
Neeti Mohan Personal Life
Date of Birth 18 November 1979
Age (as in 2018) 39 Years
Birthplace Delhi, India
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Scorpio
Hometown Delhi, India
School Birla Balika Vidyapeeth, Pilani
College/University Miranda House, University of Delhi, New Delhi
Educational Qualification B. A. (Hons.) Philosophy
Food Habit Vegetarian (Earlier, she was a Non-Vegetarian)
Hobbies Travelling, Dancing, Long Drives
Neeti Mohan Affairs/Boyfriend/Husband
Marital Status Married
Affair/Boyfriend Nihaar Pandya (Actor, Model)
Marriage Date 15 February 2019 (with Nihaar Pandya)
Marriage Place Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Favourite Food(s) Falafel, Veg Pulao, Dal, Bhindi Mirch Masala, Angoori Rabdi, Crispy Potato, Cheese aur Subz ki Sheekh, Paneer ke Shikanje
Favourite Beverage(s) Spicy Guava, Lychee Honey
Favourite Actor(s) Aamir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Tom Hanks
Favourite Actresses Madhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone
Favourite Film(s) Bollywood- Satte Pe Satta
Hollywood- The Sound of Music, Lord of the Rings
Favourite Singer(s) Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Mohit Chauhan, Ed Sheeran, Arijit Singh, Benny Dayal, Armaan Malik
Favourite Music Director(s) A. R. Rahman, Amit Trivedi, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shankar Ehsan Loy, Vishal-Shekhar, Mithoon, Amaal Malik
Favourite Song “Dil Se Re” by A. R Rahman – Dil Se (1998)
Favourite Band Silk Route
Favourite Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya
Favourite Concert Venue The O2 Arena, Wembley, London
Favourite Jewellery Brand(s) Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston
Favourite TV Show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
Favourite Restaurant Pebbles in Mumbai
Favourite Destination(s) Ladakh, Iceland, Dubai
Neeti Mohan Career
2012–14 Student of the Year and into Bollywood
Mohan made her Bollywood debut with Vishal–Shekhar-composed Student of the Year (2012), where she performed the soft-ballad “Ishq Wala Love”, along with Salim Merchant and Shekhar Ravjiani. She was next heard in “Jiya Re” from Jab Tak Hai Jaan which was composed by A. R. Rahman. Mohan perceived that Rahman called her for recording the song, since she has shown “a lot of spirits” in the shows she did with him, and the song features a girl played by Anushka Sharma enacting the song “very spunky”. Koimoi’s Shivi mentioned that Mohan’s “refreshing voice delivers the track with a lot of enthusiasm and variations”.
Though “Ishq Wala Love” was released earlier, Mohan’s first recorded Hindi song was “Jiya Re”. For her work in both the songs, Mohan won the RD Burman Award for New Music Talent at the Annual Filmfare awards, and was nominated as the Best Female Playback Singer for the song “Jiya Re”. Besides, Mohan provided the chorus along with Natalie Di Luccio in Raghav Sachar-composed “Bittoo Sab Ki Lega” from Bittoo Boss, released the same year. During the year, she released her first single, titled “Ja Ja”; composed and written by Mohan, assisted by her father.
The following year, Mohan lent her voice for Ayushmann Khurrana’s Punjabi track, “Saadi Galli Aaja”, co-composed, co-written and co-sung by Khurana. Since Mohan does not speak Punjabi, she had to learn to pronounce the words before recording the song. Koimoi stated that Mohan “mesmerizes” the listeners in the unplugged version of the song, with her “husky voice”. Mohan performed the track “Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari” for Vishal Shekhar composed Chennai Express, along with Sunidhi Chauhan and Arijit Singh.
Besides, she worked with Vishal Shekhar for two other projects; Gippi and Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, where she recorded “Dil Kaagzi” for the former and “Naina” for the latter. While Mohan and Rashid Ali were performing in one Rahman’s concert-show, he came up with the idea to bring a duet between the two, since “both shares similar vocal texture”. Hence, she did playback for Sonam Kapoor in Raanjhanaa “Nazar Laaye”. Mohan had to bring the “softness” in her voice to match the “definite attitude” in Kapoor’s persona for her character.”
Voice and musical style
Regarding Mohan’s voice type, The Indian Express wrote that she has a “high pitched”, “raw” vocal structure. According to Amitabh Bhattacharya, Mohan’s voice has the “right kind of jazz sensibilities with a certain Hindustaniyat”. Mohan mentioned that her classical training taught her how to approach a song in “different octaves”. She explored more about the texture of voice and harmony through her time at Aasma. Complimenting her Jazz vocals in Bombay Velvet, The Indian Express stated “If “Ka Kha Gha” shows Mohan’s range, “Dhadam Dhadam” gets melancholy a voice”. During her career, she performed various genres of songs, though she loves “singing melodies the most”. In an interview, Mohan expressed her keen to explore bhajans.
Mohan has said that from childhood she has been influenced by Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, and Kishore Kumar. She considered Mangeshkar as her “greatest teacher for playback”, while she credited A. R. Rahman for making her sustain her standard; “He is a taskmaster but he gets the best out of you. His standards are very high, be it a recording or live performance”. Mohan has also been influenced by many artists outside the country. She considered herself as a fan of John Mayer for his inspiring style of writing lyrics. Mohan credits the 1971 released song “Imagine” by John Lennon for inspiring on achieving her dreams with the “right kind of dedication”.
Besides her career in music, Mohan has also contributed to various charities. In October 2014, she performed at the “Hum Hain Umeed E Kashmir” concert in Ballia, in an appeal for donation to support rehabilitation of those who suffered during the Kashmir flood. The same month, Mohan took part in the musical concert held in New Delhi for raising funds for the flood-affected people of Assam. In June 2016, she performed at Smile Foundation’s charity gala dinner, to support the cause of empowerment of underprivileged children and youth. In January 2017, she collaborated with United Nations on a project aimed at empowering women, ending human trafficking and promoting gender equality. Her single “Udne De” was selected for the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund Project titled “Music to Inspire-Artists united against Human Trafficking”.
Some Known Facts About Neeti Mohan
- Does Neeti Mohan smoke?: No
- Does Neeti Mohan drink alcohol?: No
- Neeti was born into a middle-class musically enthusiast family with roots in Jaipur, Rajasthan. She, along with her sisters, had a strict and disciplined upbringing.
- In her childhood, she used to travel to Iskcon Temple in Vrindavan with her family. Watching Lord Krishna’s devotees over there playing mridangam, singing and dancing developed her interest in music.
- Neeti Mohan was a popular singer in her school and had won many prizes in school and inter-school singing competitions.
- Neeti Mohan has always been fond of her mother’s jewelry, and when she passed her 10th exams, her mother gifted her a gold pendant with her name written on it.
- In her college, Neeti Mohan used to actively participate in music, dance, dramatics, and National Cadet Corps (NCC).
- After watching the American film ‘The Sound of Music’ (1965), and repeatedly hearing A. R. Rahman‘s music in Roja (1992) and Bombay (1995), she decided to pursue a career in music. Moreover, she credits her college for shaping her career as an artist.
- Neeti Mohan received the training in singing from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi.
- Neeti Mohan learned Hindustani classical for a decade.
- The year 2003 proved to be a turning point in her life; as she became the co-winner of ‘Channel V Popstars Season 2’ contest, which later formed a band named, Aasma.
- After joining the ‘Aasma’ band, she moved from Delhi to Mumbai and began her professional music career.
- Her father encouraged and helped her make her first single “Ja Ja,” which was released in 2012.
- The same year, she made a sensational singing debut in Bollywood; as her first two songs “Jiya Re” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) and “Ishq Wala Love” – Student of the Year (2012), earned her numerous awards and accolades.
- Neeti Mohan never leaves her house without a recording bag.
- Neeti Mohan is an avid dog lover and has a beagle named Frodo. Moreover, she named him after her favourite Hobbit from the film, Lord of the Rings (2001).
- Neeti Mohan is eco-friendly and is very particular about cleanliness. Moreover, she doesn’t use plastic bottles and has a dustbin in her car.
- Neeti Mohan considers the song “Dhadaam Dhadaam” from the film ‘Bombay Velvet’ (2015); as the most difficult song of her career.