Kamaal Khan |(born 12 March 1972 in Highgate, North London) is a Bollywood/Hindi Pop singer, actor, songwriter, music producer and businessman. Currently residing in Zurich, Switzerland.
In 1995 he wrote and produced his debut single "O Oh Jaane Jaana" in London. The song released in 1996 becoming a UK hit achieving platinum status. The song released worldwide in 1998 (together with his debut solo album) and simultaneously featured in the Bollywood blockbuster Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya starring Salman Khan and Kajol. The soundtrack went on to sell over 10 million copies and the huge success of the movie has widely been attributed by film pundits to the popularity of Kamaal's debut song. As a result of his successful debut single, Kamaal was immediately signed by record label HMV in December 1997.
In 1999 Kamaal Khan won the "R.D.Burman" Filmfare Award for the "Most Promising Upcoming Talent" becoming the first UK born winner of the coveted Filmfare Award since its introduction in 1954. He is also a winner/nominee of numerous MTV, Filmfare, ZEE and Channel V awards for both singing and acting.
He went on to achieve further success with his solo albums O Oh Jaane Jana,Suno To Deewana Dil and "Kal Raat". MTV award winning director Shivraj Santhakumar collaborated with Kamaal to shoot a music video for Kal Raat in Rome. The music video caught the eye of legendary Bollywood director Rahul Rawail and landed Kamaal his debut acting role.
Kamaal has also worked with two time Oscar winning Musical Director "A.R.Rahman" (Slumdog Millionaire, Nicole Scherzinger).
As a solo artist he has performed over 250 concerts in arenas across the globe (including Madison Square Garden) visiting 127 cities in 27 countries as well as performing live with international super group "Boney M". During his career he has met many well known figures such as Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Jay-Z, Will Smith, Kylie Minogue, Jackie Chan and Keanu Reeves.
Film and television:
In May 2005 Kamaal made his acting debut (becoming the first UK born male actor of Indian origin to appear in a lead role in a Bollywood feature film) as the main antagonist in director Rahul Rawail's Jo Bole So Nihaal starring alongside Bollywood star Sunny Deol.
Kamaal was a contestant on NDTV Imagine's reality TV show Dhoom Macha De. The 26 episode series marked the global launch of the TV channel "NDTV Imagine".
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