Pritam Chakraborty, popularly known with his first name Pritam only, is one of the most prominent music directors of Bollywood. Within a very short period of time, he had created a niche of himself in the film industry. He had different style of music. He mostly uses guitar in his compositions. Pritam recently rocked his fans with the rock music in film 'Life in.... Metro'.
Pritam was born in Kolkata (Calcutta). His father Prabodh Chakraborty also involved in musical activities. He runs a music school for children. Pritam also had learnt guitar while he was in school. Pritam did his schooling from St. James' School, while did his college from Presidency College. Pritam was a part of Bengali band- Chandrabindoo. But later he formed another band with his Presidency College batch mates called- Jotugriher Pakhi. The band also had released one cassette on their name.
In 1993, Pritam came to Pune and learnt sound engineering and sound recording from Film and Television Institute in Pune. While learning at the institute, he gets the chance to compose background music for Hungarian filmmaker Istvaan Gaal's film. Also he learnt African music from musicologist Kedar Avati.
After completing his education, Pritam went to Mumbai to try his hand in Bollywood. In his early career, he composed jingles for TV commercials. When he was struggling to become music composer in Bollywood, he came across the other strugglers like Sanjay Gadhvi, Rajkumar Hirani, Shantanu Moitra and Chandrajeet Ganguly (also known as Jeet) and become befriended with them. However, Pritam got break as composer along with Jeet in Gadhvi's film Tere Liye in 2000. But it didn't give any hit. Followed by it Jeet and Pritam composed music for Yash Chopra's 'Mere Yaar ki Shaadi Hai' in 2003. All the songs from the film became hit. Later Jeet-Pritam duo worked together only for one film Mudda-The Issue in 2003. Then after they parted their ways amicably.
'Fun2shh - Dudes In The 10th Century (2003)' was his first film as independent music director. Fun2shh as well as its following film Agnipankh didn't gave any big hit. While in 2004, Pritam gave the hit songs with film Dhoom. He won the MTV Award as Best Composer for song 'Dhoom Machaale Dhoom' from Dhoom. The song had two versions in the film- one Hindi sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and another English version sung by Thai singer Tata Young. Dhoom was his first major hit as a solo composer. Since then he never stopped and had given many musical hit films.
He later on went on to give series of successful musical hit films like Chocolate (2005), Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena (2005), Garam Masala (2005), Gangster (2006), Ankahee (2006), Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006), Naksha (2006), Apna Sapna Money Money (2006), Woh Lamhe (2006), sequel of Dhoom- Dhoom 2 (2006), Bhagaam Bhaag (2006). His recent hit films in 2007 include Shilpa Shetty starrer Life In A... Metro, Dhol, Awarapan, Naqaab, Bhool Bhulaiya, Jab We Met, Dhan Dhana Dhan.... Goal and Dus Kahaniyaan. His upcoming movie is My Name is Anthony Gonsalves in 2008.
Pritam also get blamed by critics that he copies tunes from others compositions. Many of his compositions have similarities with Turkish singer Tarkan's songs and some other international sources. But those songs are negligible in front of his original hit numbers. No doubt, he is one of the talented music directors today and has long way to go.