Baba Sehgal,Template:Lang hin a Punjabi Khatri, is an Indian rapper and actor.
Brought up in Lucknow, he was famous in the mid 1990s. He is credited as the first Indian rapper1 to jump on the Indipop bandwagon,2 and released an album which got frequent airplay on MTV India.3 Since then he has dominated the Indian rap scene4 with hits such as 'Thanda Thanda Paani' (a remake of "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice),5 'Manjula' and 'Dil Dhadke'.
Renewed as a Playback Singer
Baba Sehgal sung many songs for Tollywood. Some of the instant hits include Rikshavodu, Jalsa, Aarya 2, Adhurs, and Don Seenu. He was mostly hired by music director Devi Sri Prasad for his commendable voice. It was Devi Sri Prasad who made a superstar in Telugu and Tamil film industries.
Instant Hit in Tamil Industry
Baba Sehgal's entry into Tamil Industry came with a musical blockbuster song Kadhal Vandhale in movie Singam.6" class="reference">7 He has managed to attract millions of fans of Surya Sivakumar and indeed make them his fans as well. The song with a mix of simple as well as rap lyrics with South India's most attractive Kuthu beats 8 is first of its kind for Surya Sivakumar and Baba Sehgal's voice made it earn No.1 position in Songs list for almost many weeks in a row since the movies release.
He has released 22 albums till now,9 though they haven't all met with the same level of commercial success. He released Dilruba (1990),10 Alibaba (1991),11 Thanda Thanda Pani (1992),12 Main bhi Madonna (1993),13 Double Gadbad (1999) and many more albums. He almost always writes, composes and sings the songs in his albums himself. He was the music director of the movie 'Dance Party' which had a popular song "kapurthala se aaya hoon, tere liye laaya hoon, Orange kurta peela pajama..".14 He has the distinction of being the first Indian music video ever to be shown on MTV Asia15 (which was broadcasting out of Hong Kong at the time).
He also acted in a few films such as Miss 420 in 1998 and Double Gadbad in 1999.16 Before this he hosted the TV show Superhit Muqabla which was aired on DD2 at primetime.17 He has also worked as a stage performer18 and a model.
He was in New York from 2001 to 200519 and when he came home to Mumbai, he released his album 'Welcome to Mumbai',20 which was his 22nd and latest music album.
He also directed the music for the Bollywood film 'Bhoot Uncle'.21
He is also anchoring the tv show 'Santa and Banta news unlimited' on Zoom.22 In 2009 he was one of the performers on the NDTV Imagine show Dhoom Macha De.
He is currently playing a role in the SAB TV comedy seriesJugni Chali Jalandhar.style="white-space: nowrap;" title="This claim needs references to reliable sources from December 2009">citation needed
Apparently his song Thanda Thanda Pani is a copy of Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice.