30 December, 2019 11:11 AM
*He loves sneakers and his collection is worth more than Rs15 million (Dh770,098).
*He has a clothing line called Badfit, a resto-bar and a content production house.
*He has opened up about mental illness and anxiety and his song ‘Andhera’ (darkness) stemmed from that phase.
*Hollywood actor Will Smith became his fan after hearing his promotional song in the film ‘Aladdin’. “Badshah, great work man... that is beautiful... looking at the things that you shot against what is in the movie, that is some good production you got going on there,” Smith said in a video posted on Instagram. “It’s funny when we were making the sequence, what I kept saying to [diretor] Guy Ritchie, it gotta be Bollywood level man....don’t let the sequence not be Bollywood level. You know I always wanted to be in a Bollywood dance sequence, so this is a beautiful man. Love the working man, really appreciate it. Thank you.”
Born Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, he adopted his stage name Badshah (which means emperor) when he began his career in 2006 along with Yo Yo Honey Singh in his band called Mafia Mundeer. Their collaboration ended in 2012, but his Haryanvi song ‘Kar Gayi Chull’ put him on the music map of emerging Indian rappers. For years later, this single was a part of the 2016 Bollywood blockbuster ‘Kapoor & Sons’. He has also worked in films including ‘Khoobsurat’, ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ and ‘Good Newwz’. But is his debut single ‘DJ Waley Babu’, featuring Aastha Gill, established him as a hit machine. The song crossed a million views on YouTube within 30 hours of its release.
He belongs to a middle-class family from Karnal, a city in Harayana, and his father hoped that he would become a civil engineer, considered to be a stable, conventional job.
“My dad was always concerned when I started out as a musician … He was concerned about my future and kept wonder if I would be able to earn or not in this line of work. He kept asking why I was doing this to my life … But I proved him wrong,” said Badshah.
2019 also saw him make his acting debut with Sonakshi Sinha in ‘Khandani Shafakhana’ as an eccentric rapper. Badshah claims it was his close friend and actress Sinha who convinced him to take the acting plunge.
He’s married to Jasmine and is a father to a two-year-old girl. His net worth is around $5 million (Dh18.3 million), but the figure couldn’t be independently verified.