Abhay Jodhpurkar is an Indian multilingual singer. A Marathi by mother tongue, he shot to fame with the Tamil song “Moongil Thottam” for the Tamil film Kadal (2013), which was composed by A. R. Rahman. Let’s dig out some of the interesting facts about Abhay Jodhpurkar, his journey as a singer and much more.
The Leo singer was born on 31 July 1991 (aged 27; as in 2018) in Sendhwa, Madhya Pradesh, India. From his paternal grandfather, he inherited an interest in Hindustani classical music; and gave his first stage performance at the age of 5.
In his school days, he used to listen to a lot of music and when heard the song “Mitwa” from the film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), he was so much influenced that he sang it on all occasions, and all competitions.
Though he was supposed to be an engineer, his passion for music took him to A. R. Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory in Chennai; which he considers the best decision of his life.
After working as a qawwali singer for a while, his fortunes changed when A. R. Rahman discovered a great potential in him. In his debut year, he made an impact; with songs like “Moongil Thottam” for the Tamil film Kadal (2013) and “E Sanje Eke Jaruthide” for the Kannada film RangiTaranga (2015). He got recognition in the Bollywood after he sang the song “Mere Naam Tu” for the film Zero (2018). The movie starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma; opened the doors of Bollywood for him.
Abhay Jodhpurkar is around 5′ 7″ tall, weighs around 60 kg, has black eyes and hair.
Family & Girlfriend
Abhay hails from a middle-class Marathi-Brahmin family with a musical heritage. His father, Manoj Jodhpurkar, is an engineer, and his mother, Amita Jodhpurkar, is a homemaker.
As of 2018, he is unmarried.
Ever since his childhood, Abhay had an undying devotion to music. However, he never let it hamper his studies. He did his schooling from Sendhwa, Madhya Pradesh. He went to Chennai to pursue his B.Tech in Biotechnology from SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur. During the second year of his college, he realized that he was not made for such kind of profession. He, then, started attending part-time music classes at A. R. Rahman’s ‘KM Music Conservatory in Chennai; as a part-timer. At the academy, he was part of a qawwali group that used to perform at private events. At that time, A. R. Rahman was hunting for a new voice for a song in the Telugu film Kadal (2013). When Rahman saw him singing a qawwali, he asked him for a voice test. In just a matter of few days, Rahman gave him a huge break with the duet song “Moongil Thottam,” alongside Harini. The song went on to become a huge hit and opened up other opportunities for him.
- In 2013, he won the BIG Melody Award for Best Playback Singer – Male for the film Kadal (2013).
- In 2017, he won the Studio One Star Icon’17 Voice of the Year for the song “Pachai Uduthiya Kaadu” for the film Vanamagan (2017).
- Mohammed Rafi and Shafqat Amanat Ali have been his inspirations.
- His favourite track is “Mitwa” from the film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006).
- He is a frequent movie watcher. His favourite Bollywood films include Lootera, Anjaana Anjaani, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, and Rockstar. On the other hand, his favourite Hollywood films include Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Harry Potter, and Titanic.
- His all-time favourite TV shows are Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma, MTV Roadies, Friends, and Game of Thrones.
- He likes to eat Sweet Pongal and Mini Idly.
- His hobbies include travelling, reading, swimming, and dancing.
- He loves riding motorcycles and owns a Yamaha FZ.
- He is a sports enthusiast and loves to watch Virat Kohli, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Cristiano Ronaldo in action.
- She is a loyal supporter of IPL team SunRisers Hyderabad and English football club Manchester United FC.
- In his free time, he often read novels by Dan Brown and Chetan Bhagat.
- He likes to travel to Europe and Dubai.
- His dear ones fondly call him Abbu.
- Though he has always been passionate about music, he never wanted to make a career out of it.
- Since his childhood, he was fascinated with the South Indian musical instruments like thavil, mridangam, and ghatam.
- He considers A. R. Rahman as his godfather.
- He has a music band named Sanskruti that plays EDM, Dance-Rock, Electro-pop and Progressive Rock.
- Majority of the songs in his playlist are Malayali.
- He loves animals and likes to take a timeout for them.
- It took him more than five hours for recording the song “Nokki Nokki Nokki Niddu” from the film Jomonte Suvisheshangal (2017); as he found it difficult to perceive.