Neeti Mohan Biography
Neeti Mohan is an Indian playback singer and music composer. Because of her soulful voice, she is famous in Bollywood industry. She was one of the winners of the Channel V’s reality show Popstars. After her great performance in Popstars show, she was selected by Indian pop group, Aasma. She has sung for Bollywood films. One of her popular songs is “Ishq Wala Love” from the ‘Student Of The Year’ movie.
Neeti Mohan was born on 18 november 1979. Her father is Brij Mohan Sharma who is a government officer, her mother is Kusum who is a homemaker. Neeti Mohan is eldest of the four sisters. Her sisters are Shakti Mohan, Mukti Mohan who are great dancers and Kriti Mohan. She was born into a middle-class family with roots in music. She, along with her sisters, grew up in a strict and disciplined environment.
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”. Later Neeti Mohan attended Birla Balika Vidyapeeth, Pilani and went to Miranda House, University of Delhi to pursue B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy. In her school days, she took part in various singing competitions and won many prizes. She was very active in co-curicullar in her college days and actively participated in music, dance, drama competitions. She was also part of the National Cadet Corps (NCC).
In 2003 Neeti Mohan participated in reality show Popstars, which was her first appearance as a singer. As a result, she was one of the winners of Channel V’s Popstars show. After winning the show she was offered to join Aasma, which is an Indian pop group and which was her first earning achievement.
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.
In 2012 she did her official debut in Bollywood film ‘Student of the Year’ in which she performed “Ishq Wala Love” song with Salim-Sulaiman and Vishal-Shehkar. She was next heard in the song “Jiya Re” from the film ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ which was composed by A. R. Rahman. Furthermore, for these two most popular songs by her, she won RD Burman Award for New Music Talent by Filmfare Awards.
Besides, she 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 her, assisted by her father.
After that, she performed “Saadi Galli Aaja” song alongside Ayushmann Khurrana. This song was one of the most popular and highest grossing song of the year. She 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. She also did playback for Sonam Kapoor in the movie ‘Raanjhanaa’ for the song “Nazar Laaye”.
In 2014, she sung “Tune Maari Entriyaan” song for the film ‘Gunday’. She then collaborated again with Ayushamann Khurrana in Raghu Dixit’s song “Khamakhaan” from the film ‘Bewakoofiyaan’. Apart from rendering Sajid–Wajid’s “Galat Baat Hai” from Main Tera Hero, for which Rajiv Vijayakar of Bollywood Hungama considered Mohan’s vocals “spirited”, she lent to voice for “Kambal Ke Neeche” from Ismail Darbar-composed Kaanchi. She described the latter as a “family song” since it features two of her sisters; Shakti Mohan and Mukti Mohan in the video.
She also performed many songs with Himesh Reshammiya. One of the most popular songs are “Tu hi tu” from the movie ‘Kick’, “Dard Dilo Ke” from the movie ‘The Xpose’, “Caller Tune” and “Look into my eyes” from the film ‘Humshakals’. She collaborated with Jeet Gannguli for the first time with the song “Darbadar” from CityLights. She was roped in by Vishal–Shekhar for Bang Bang! and Happy New Year, where the title track for the former and “India Waale” for the latter were commercially successful.Besides, she provided backing vocals for the track “Makhna”, featuring Sukhwinder Singh in Rahman-composed American film Million Dollar Arm.
In 2015 in the film ‘Shaandaar’, she performed “Senti wali” mental and “Nazdeekiyan” songs which became very popular. She then performed a song “Tumhe apna banane ka” which was composed by Armaan Malik and her.
In 2016 for the films ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ and ‘Tera Surror’, she worked with Himesh Reshammiyan and earned Star Gold Award for the best singer of the year. She garnered her second Filmfare nomination for Best Female Playback Singer for the song “Sau Aasmaan” from the film ‘Baar Baar Dekho’, Composed by Armaan Mallik.
In 2017, Mohan recorded the Star Parivaar Anthem of the year, “Khoobsurat Star Parivaar” alongside Jubin Nautiyal. The fusion of “Dua” from Shangai and “Saware” from Phantom, performed along with Salim Merchant was received positively among critics. In spite of featuring in the single “Man Marziyan” she was heard in several tracks recorded for films. She was heard in an upbeat composition by Rahman, along with Arjun Chandy and Savithri R Prithvi for the soundtrack album Ok Jaanu.
The song was originally recorded for Singh Is Bliing (2015), but used in the soundtrack album Jolly LLB 2 (2017), since it did not match with the theme of the former. She collaborated with Pritam and Rochak Kohli for two albums; Jab Harry Met Sejal and Lucknow Central respectively, where she performed the song “Raula” with Diljit Dosanjh for the former. Additionally, she contributed to the music album of Baadshaho by performing a retro-contemporary fused item song “Piya More” with Mika Singh for an Ankit Tiwari-composition and also by recording the recreated version of “Keh Doon Tumhe” from Deewaar (1975). Titled “Socha Hai”. In 2017 December, she voiced both speaking & singing parts of Rapunzel in the hindi dub of Tangled : Before Ever After.
Recently in 2019, her song “Kithe reh gaya” song was released by T-series.
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.
She also 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.
Neeti Mohan and the actor Nihaar Pandya accidentally met at a common friend’s wedding from where there love story began and were in relationship for 1 year. They tied the knot on 20 Feb, 2019.