7 Forgotten Bollywood Singers

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Vasundhara Das

Das is as much a recognisable face as she is a known voice, having acted in films like Hey Ram (2001) and Monsoon Wedding (2001). From 2001 to 2008, she was a regular playback singer, appearing on the soundtracks of Lagaan (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Main Hoon Na (2004), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), among others, but has not performed a Bollywood number since 2010.

Mahalakshmi Iyer

Iyer began her career with the special album cut for Dus (1997) and went on to contribute to soundtracks like Dil Se (1998), Saathiya (2002), Bunty aur Babli (2005), and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007). She continued to sing for Hindi films, but only on occasion, and it has now been five years since her last song for a Hindi film.

Sadhana Sargam

Sargam boasts a record of over a thousand Hindi film songs, having started out in the late 70s, though she only became a consistent singer 1982 onwards. Her major work has been on films like Parinda (1989), Tridev (1989), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), Lagaan (2001), Pinjar (2003), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), and Kuch Na Kaho (2003).

Lucky Ali

Ali continues to endure on the indie scene, where he has been a mainstay for over two decades now, but his last Hindi film song was in Tamasha (2015), and that too came after a 5 year hiatus. He was more proficient between 1996 & 2010, crooning for the films Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000), Kaante (2002), Sur (2002), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and Anjaana Anjaani (2010), among others.


Arriving at the cusp of the new millennium, Shaan quickly established himself as a popular voice among fans of Hindi film music, contributing to films like Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), and Om Shanti Om (2007). With the arrival of newer, younger voices, Shaan receded into the background, working on off-beat films

Vijay Prakash

Prakash had a very brief Hindi playback career, debuting with Lakshya (2004) and following up with Swades (2004) and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005). He was a consistent singer for the next few years, but has not performed in the mainstream since 2011

Babul Supriyo

Supriyo's career as a singer for Hindi film soundtracks was interrupted by his dive into electoral politics, with his last recorded number being for Laila Majnu (2018). His peak lasted from 1994 to 2010, with contributions to the albums of Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000), Hum Tum (2004), and Fanaa (2006).