Sunidhi Chauhan ( born 14 August 1983) is an Indian playback singer who began performing in local gatherings at the age of four and made her career debut at the age of 13, with the film Shastra (1996). During the year, she won the first singing reality show titled Meri Awaz Suno.
She rose to prominence after recording "Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi" fromMast (1999), ultimately winning the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent and was nominated for the Best Female Playback Singer.
Her second breakthrough was released in 2000, with the song "Mehboob Mere",from Fiza which was picturized onSushmita Sen for which she received another Filmfare nomination.
Sunidhi Chauhan received her third Filmfare nomination with the song "Dhoom Machale" (2004) followed by two more nominations during the next year for "Kaisi Paheli" and "Deedar De".
2006 was one of the most successful years in her career, where she was bestowed with her first Filmfare award for her rendition of the song "Beedi" and further two nominations for "Soniye" and "Aashiqui Main".
The following year, she was prominently recognized for the title song of Aaja Nachle (2007) and "Sajnaaji Vaari", both critically and commercially well received.
Year 2010 marked her International singing debut, where she was featured in the song "Heartbeat" alongside Enrique Iglesias. That year she also got her second Filmfare award with the item song "Sheila Ki Jawani"
In 2011, Chauhan collaborated with Pritam for four films, out of which she was praised for her rendition of the slow paced track "Te Amo" from Dum Maaro Dum. Her performance in Sangeet Siddharth-Siddharth Haldipur composed sensuous club song "Aa Zara" from Murder 2 was widely acclaimed both critically and commercially.The year marks Chauhan's first collaboration with her husband, Hitesh Sonik by recording the song "Tu" for My Friend Pinto.
In 2012, Chauhan appeared as a judge for the second time with the 6th season of Indian Idol, along with the judges from the previous season and Asha Bhosle as the fourth judge.She teamed up with Amit Trivedi for the lavani track "Sava Dollar", where her "boisterous and bouncy voice" was praised along with her Marathi accent. The duo also worked with another Marathi styled song "Navrai Majhi" for Sridevi's comeback film, English Vinglish.That year "Gun Gun Guna" from Agneepath along with Udit Narayan,"Kyon" from Barfi! and "Yaariyan" from Cocktail, performed with Papon for the former and Arijit Singh for the latter and some item songs during the year, including songs like "Halkat Jawani", "Kafirana", "The Disco Song" and "Laila". were very popular.
In 2014 her song "Kamli" from DHOOM 3 became a hit she was nominated for GIMA Award for that song.
Sunidhi's work has received praise from veteran artist. Lata Mangeshkar calling her the "Numero Uno" singer of the generation said: "Sunidhi can sing all kinds of songs. And her voice and style have all the elements that Gen- Now hankers after".Asha Bhosle,Sadhana Sargam,Usha Uthup and Alka Yagnik
.In 2002, at the age of 18, Chauhan married director and choreographer Bobby Khan after working on the music video for Pehla Nasha but their marriage couldn't last long,they divorced.
Later, Chauhan began a romantic relationship with the music composer Hitesh Sonik whom she was friends with, since the days she won Meri Awaz Suno. After dating for more than two years, Chauhan married Sonik on 24 April 2012, at a low profile wedding ceremony in Mumbai.