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Alisha Chinoy

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Born in 1972 to a Gujarati family, Sujata changed her name to that of her cousin’s daughter Alisha (also Chinai) after she was born. She is also known as the “Indian Madonna” (she was first known as Babydoll but an image change later resulted in the “Madonna” moniker). Alisha Chinai is a leading pop singer, who can be given the credit for bringing the trend of pop music in India.

Alisha’s initial foray into the Hindi music was through her album, Jadoo, the music for which was composed by Anu Malik. She also had another album titled Babydoll. She was introduced to the Hindi film music by the veteran music director and composer Bappi Lahiri. They had many disco hits together in many films in the 1980s including “Tarzan”, Dance Dance, Commando, Guru, Love Love Love etc. When she started her career with him, she was doing playback singing for many actresses, such as Smita Patil, Mandakini, Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit and Divya Bharati etc. In 1985, Alisha sang with Remo Fernandes in the album Old Goan Gold. The songs she sang in this album became very popular.

In the 90s, she took on working in different films, collaborating with other music directors, such as Anu Malik and Nadeem-Shravan.
Throughout these years, she had numerous Bollywood hit songs, including Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge (Raja Hindustani), Roundhe (Pyar Tune Kya Kiya), Sona Sona Roop Hai (Bollywood/Hollywood), and the controversial Mujhe Log Bole (Khud-daar).

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