Raftaar is an Indian rapper, singer, lyricist, and dancer who predominately makes Hindi and Punjabi music.
Raftaar was born Dilin Nair The Indian Express on Wednesday, 16 November 1988 (age 34 years; as of 2022) in Trivandrum, Kerala. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. He did his schooling at six different schools because he was bullied by kids in school. He attended Mount Abu Public School, New Delhi, Sachdeva Public School, Rohini, and Shiva Shiksha Sadan, Sonipat. When he was a kid, he was interested in dancing and after completing his studies, he started taking classes at a dance institute in Delhi that used to charge Rs 150 per kid. He pursued a bachelor’s degree in computer application at Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, New Delhi. Raftaar – Facebook He learned Hindi, Punjabi and Haryanvi languages while staying in hostels and could only perform in clubs and college fests.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 40′ Waist 30′ Biceps 14′
Parents & Siblings
Raftaar’s father’s name is K.K Devdasan, who worked at Indian railways. His mother’s name is Lalitha Nair, who worked as a typist.
In 2008, he started his career by recording songs with Lil Golu and Young Amli (now known as Ikka) and uploaded those videos on social media. He joined the Mafia Mundeer group and started working with Honey Singh after which he gained some popularity. In 2012, due to some differences, the group split up and Raftaar got entry into the Punjabi industry after being managed by music manager Ankit Khanna. He joined the Punjabi music band RDB. Later, he joined the label, Three Records. The RDB group also split and later, he joined Manjeet Ral (now known as Manj Musik).
Raftaar sang his first solo song Bottle in 2012 for the album Born Star by Deep Money.
In 2013, he released the song “Swag Mera Desi” after which he came to recognition. The song also led to some problems between Raftaar and Honey Singh because the line in the song ‘Ab yeh karke dikhao’ came out to be a diss to Honey Singh.
He recorded song singles You Don’t Know Me (2013), All Black (2015), Do Hazaar Solo (2016), Click Pow Get Down (2020), and RATATA (2022).
In 2018, he released his first album ‘Zero to Infinity’ which included popular songs like Baby Marvake Maanegi, Saare Karo Dab, Gall Goriye, Lonely, and Woh Chori.
In 2020, he released another album ‘Mr. Nair’ in which he sang songs including Main Wahi Hoon, Drama, Bottal Wargi, Naachne Ka Shaunq and Superman.
In 2013, he started singing songs for films. He made his debut with the song Tamanchey Pe Disco for the film ‘Bullet Raja.’
Some of the film music written by him are Whistle Baja for the film Heropanti (2014), A Flying Jatt Title Track for the film A Flying Jatt (2016), Teen Kabootar for the film Lucknow Central (2017), Thalaiva In Charge for the film Darbar (2020), and Janhit Mein Jaari Title Track for the film Janhit Mein Jaari (2022).
In 2011, he participated in Dance India Dance, with a colleague from the institute and named the duo “Max and Manik”. He stood eighth in the competition.
Raftaar appeared on television in 2015 in the show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 on Colors as a contestant.
He appeared as a gang leader for the show Roadies Xtreme (2018), Roadies: Real Heroes (2019), and Roadies: Revolution (2020).
He appeared as a judge on the shows Dance India Dance Battle Of The Champions (2019) and MTV Hustle (2020).
Raftaar in controversy with Honey Singh
In 2014, Raftaar attracted controversy when singer Honey Singh did not give him credit for writing and composing three tracks, Fugly, Banjarey and Dhup Chik. In an interview, Honey Singh said that he had the rights to the songs Fugly and Banjarey. Raftaar disagreed with his statement and said,
Raftaar’s stand against CAA
In 2019, Raftaar spoke against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens in one of his concerts. In the concert, while abusing, he said that no one will leave the country. Later, tweeted his apology for abusing on Twitter and said,
Before everyone starts jumping in and fighting on who agrees or disagrees with me. I want to apologise for abusing on stage. That is something I shouldnt have done. Gaali dena aur ladki ki izzat karne me farq hai. Galat tab bhi hai. Uske liye maafi.” The Times of India
The similarity between Raftaar’s and BTS’s video
In 2022, Raftaar released the video of the song Mantoiyat after which the BTS fans accused him of copying the music video of Kim Namjoon aka RM’s Do You. In a tweet, Raftaar talked about this and said,
I can totally understand why BTS fans are upset and you have all the right to be. In our industry we are hired to do our part of the job. I personally acknowledge the resemblance of the video. I really feel bad for it but please dont target my music or the message it holds.” Zoom
- 2014: Best Urban Song at the Britasia Music Awards for the song “Swag Mera Desi”
- 2016: Best Music Director and Best Club Song Of The Year at PTC Punjabi Music Awards
- 2018: Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Award
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- On his both shoulders
- Mic inked on his chest
- The word ‘Loyalty’ inked on his wrist
- On his left hand
- A ring inked on his ring finger
- Food: Saag with Makki ki Roti
- Musician(s): Eminem, Linkin Park
- His hobbies include travelling and gyming.
- He changed his name from Dilin to Raftaar because he had a Malayali name, but he used to record his songs in Punjabi and Haryanvi. In an interview, he talked about how his fans got to know his real name and said,
After Malaika Arora Khan revealed that I am a Malayali on India’s Got Talent, my Facebook and Twitter pages were filled with queries. In fact, some even thought I have signed on some Malayalam movie and was promoting it.”
- In 2016, he started working with Zee Music Company.
- In 2017, Raftaar worked in the Bengali music industry. He sang the title track for the Bengali film ‘One’ along with singer Vishal Dadlani. He produced and rapped for the song ‘Dekho Dekho Chaamp‘ for the Bengali film Chaamp.
- In 2018, he participated in the second edition of Breezer Vivid Shuffle with Varun Dhawan.
- He recorded two EPs BAR’ISH EP in 2020 and HARD DRIVE Vol. 1 in 2022.
- He started the Desi Hip Hop label named Kalamkaar.
- He is often spotted enjoying alcohol on various occasions.