Himesh Reshammiya (Hindi: हिमेश रेशम्मिया) is an Indian Bollywood film Music Composer, Singer and Actor.
Himesh Reshammiya is the son of Gujarati music director Vipin Reshammiya and his wife, Madhu Reshammiya. Himesh lost his elder brother at the age of 11, and decided to take up music as his career after the incident, to fulfill his father's wishes. He did his schooling at Hill Grange School in Padder Road area, Mumbai. Himesh started his career with a production house which aired quite a few TV soaps on Doordarshan Ahmedabad and Zee TV at the age of mere 16.
Himesh Reshammiya avoided speaking about his personal life in media until July 2007, when in the talk show "Koffee with Karan", he revealed that he is married to Komal Reshammiya , and they have a 10 year old son named Swayam Reshammiya.
In October 2006, Himesh Reshammiya became the first Indian to perform at the Wembley Stadium in London.
In one of the instance he was the chosen one, after A R Rahman could not provide dates to score the music of a Film. The Film was Dashavtaram starring South Superstar Kamal Hassan.
In December 2008 Himesh Reshammiya became the first Indian to perform at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center in (Hong Kong).
Himesh Reshammiya scored the music and made his acting debut in Aap Kaa Suroor The Movie:The Real Love Story, which released on June 29, 2007 and had an 80% box office opening. The film proved to be a hit. Himesh's movie Karzzzz with actor Urmila Matondkar was mediocre at the box office. His hopes are now pinned on John Mathew Mathan's A New Love Iiiishtory which if industry buzz is to be believed, has a fantastic story line written by none other than Vipul K Rawal of IQBAL fame.
Himesh Reshammiya is also actively involved in mentoring and judging the popular singing competition on Zee TV's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge. His group is called "Rock" gharana. His slogan for this show is "Jai Mata Di Let's Rock." Himesh was the winning mentor of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007, the winner being Aneek Dhar from Kolkata. Himesh also excelled in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009, as Vaishali Made, a female contestant from his "Rock" gharana, won the competition.
Himesh Reshammiya also composed the title song for a serial named "Andaaz" starring Sudesh Berry in the title role on Doordarshan. The song was sung by Kumar Sanu.
Criticism and controversies
In spite of his popularity, Himesh Reshammiya has been the target of criticism. In the past, his critics had suggested that success has gone to his head, and that he had signed on films indiscriminately. His nasal twang has been criticized by many. Himesh Reshammiya initially defended himself saying that his voice is not nasal, but "high-pitched singing". Later, in an interview with The Times of India, he said "I accept I'm a nasal singer."
In his debut film as an actor, Aap Kaa Suroor The Movie:The Real Love Story, Himesh Reshammiya added a song Tanhaiyaan from Boney Kapoor's proposed film Milenge Milenge. Initially,Himesh Reshammiya had composed the song for Kapoor's film but later decided to use it for his own movie. Tips, which held the audio rights of Milenge Milenge, accused Reshammiya of copyright violation, as audio rights for Aap Kaa Suroor The Movie:The Real Love Story were acquired by T-Series. However, Himesh Reshammiya defended himself saying that he had made Kapoor listen to the song, but it wasn't included in Milenge Milenge. He also claimed to have tried to get in touch with Kapoor for seven months, and since there was no progress on the film, he decided to use the song for his own movie. In June 2007, they reconciled their differences after Himesh Reshammiya apologized.
In November 2006, Himesh Reshammiya remarked that Mukesh, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and R D Burman had a nasal style of singing. He also claimed that he had thirty-six hits in a year, and none of the above mentioned artists "ever gave the same number of hits in a year". He said this in response to allegations that all his songs are nasal-based. The remark invited the wrath of late R D Burman's wife, Asha Bhosle. Later, Himesh Reshammiya clarified that his intention was not to insult R D Burman and apologized several times to Asha Bhosle..
In November 2006, Himesh Reshammiya and his co-artists were questioned by the Income Tax department about their income from a concert in Surat. The organizer of the show, Nanu Ghaswalla, claimed that the IT officials were upset because they had been denied free passes for the show.
On June 27, 2007, Himesh Reshammiya visited the shrine of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti, disguised in a burqa, reportedly to avoid crowd of fans. Some people objected to this, and some even felt that it was a publicity stunt for his forthcoming film. Later, Himesh Reshammiya issued an apology for "offending religious sentiments", which was accepted by the Anjuman Committee that runs the shrine. The Khadims (servers) of the Anjuman Committee said that he had not committed any offence, and there was no need for an apology.
Awards & Nominations
Himesh Reshammiya won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for "Aashiq Banaya Aapne". This was his first song and the most successful song in the year 2005. He also received several nominations for his music direction.