Bappi has been known to work with the singing legends of the Hindi music industry.
He has been known to sing duets with Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar. He has also worked with renowned singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. Vijay Benedict and Sharon Prabhakar were launched into the Bollywood music industry by Bappi. He also paved the path to fame for Alisha Chinai and Usha Uthup through his compositions. Bappi Lahiri’s reign over the Hindi music industry continued throughout the 1990s when provided music for the Prakash Mehra produced 'Dalal' starring Mithun Chakraborty. The song 'Gutur Gutur' from the film was a big hit.
Even in the 2000s, Bappi Lahiri’s reign and popularity with the masses remains as strong as ever. His album 'Bappi Magic - The Asli Baap Mix', featuring popular numbers such as 'Gori Hai Kalaiyan' and 'Jimmy Jimmy' was released in 2004 to great fanfare and attained great success and following. The following year he composed the background score for the Jahnu Barua film, 'Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara'.
Bappi lent his voice to another composer for the first time with the song "Bombai Nagariya" in 2006 which he sang for Vishal-Shekhar for the movie Taxi Number 9211, which went on to become an instant success. Subsequently, he lent his voice for the title track of the Mani Ratnam film 'Guru', in which the music has been composed by A. R. Rahman, which also went on to become a super hit.
Having conquered the world of big screen Hindi films, Bappi turned his attention to reality shows on television. In 2006, he appeared on the popular television show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs' on Zee TV as co-judge with singers Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet. Bappi was also one of the celebrated judges for Zee TV's 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007,' along with fellow music composers: Himesh Reshammiya, Ismail Darbar, and Vishal-Shekhar. Bappi was also a judge for Sony Entertainment Television's ‘K For Kishore’ reality show that sought to find the 'heir apparent' to Kishore Kumar. All of these reality shows gained tremendous amount of worldwide popularity.
In late 2016, Lahiri voiced the character of Tamatoa in the Hindi-dubbed version of Disney's 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film Moana; he also composed and sang "Shona" (Gold), the Hindi version of "Shiny". This was his first time dubbing for an animated character, and he also appeared in Ramratan song "Yeh Hai Dance Bar". Bappi won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at 63rd Filmfare Awards.
Currently, Bappi Lahiri is transcending the barriers between the East and West and is striving to make history once more with his new album: My Love. Over the decades and through years of well deserved fame and accolades, Bappi Lahiri remains the undisputed Disco King of India, and one of the most amiable celebrities in the Hindi film industry today.
Bappi Lahiri, the original Disco King of Indian music entered Hollywood by singing a song for the dubbed version of Moana, the animated Disney hit. The song is titled "Shona" which means gold, something Bappi da openly displays his love for.
Besides the track, he will also lend his voice for the character of Tamatoa, a giant crab who has a penchant for hoarding shiny treasures. Bappi mentioned the "it is a great pleasure to associate with this film. I am always looking forward to new things. This is the first time I'm dubbing for an animated character, and Tamatoa is very similar to me. I hope people will enjoy this avatar of mine, it is truly a golden memory."
Bappi Lahiri is also known to be accredited with providing newcomers with opportunities in the Hindi film industry. Bappi was the secret benefactor that provided superstar Akshay Kumar with his first opportunity as a hero in the movie Khiladi. Bappi Lahiri is admired and respected by several prominent members of the film fraternity, and he holds close ties with superstars like Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan. On the request of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Bappi Lahiri also provided an outstanding musical score for the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the Indian Premier League, 2008.Contact Me