Real Name Sujata Chinai
Nickname(s) Alisha Chinoy, Baby Doll, Indian Madonna
Profession Playback Singer
Famous For Her song ‘Made in India’ (1995)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 168 cm
in meters– 1.68 m
in feet inches– 5’ 6”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms– 70 kg
in pounds– 154 lbs
Eye Colour Brown
Hair Colour Brown
Personal Life
Date of Birth 18 March 1965
Age (as in 2018) 53 Years
Birthplace Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Pisces
Nationality Indian
Hometown Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Debut TV (As a Judge): Indian Idol 3
Album (Hindi): Jaadoo (1985)
Album (Konkani): Old Goan Gold (1985)
Film (Bollywood): “Zooby Zooby” song from the film ‘Dance Dance’ (1987)
Song (Kannada): Kanninalle Nee Kollabeda (1989)
Song (Malayalam): Jawaan Dil Hain (1987)
Song (Telugu): Deewana Mastana (1990)
Song (Punjabi): Cmon Cmon (2008)
Religion Hinduism
Hobbies Travelling, Reading
Awards, Honours, Achievements Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for the song “Kajra Re” from the film Bunty Aur Babli in 2005
• International Billboard Award
• Freddie Mercury Award for Artistic Excellence
Controversies • In 1995, she became a news headline when she filed a sexual harassment case against Anu Malik. She claimed that he had molested her and demanded ₹26.60 Lakhs as compensation.
• Later, Anu Malik had denied all the charges and reported a defamation suit against her worth ₹2 Crore.
• In 2018, during the ongoing MeToo campaign in India, when many women raised their voice against Anu Maik and accused him of sexually harassing them, Chinnai extended her support to them. She even said that Anu had been preying girls of his daughter’s age since ages.
Relationships & More
Marital Status Divorced
Affair/Boyfriend Romel Kazzouah (2003) (Canadian Musician-Entrepreneur)
Marriage Year 1986
Husband/Spouse Rajesh Jhaveri (m. 1986-1994) (her Former Manager)
Children Not Known
Parents Father: Madhukar Chinai (Singer)
Mother: Name Not Known (used to play the piano)
Favourite Things
Favourite Song(s) Attention by Charlie Puth, Despacito by Luis Fonsi

Some Lesser Known Facts About Alisha Chinai

  • Does Alisha Chinai smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Alisha Chinai drink alcohol?: Yes
    • She belongs to a Gujarati family. Her parents gave her the name Sujata Chinai, which she later changed to Alisha (the name of her cousin’s daughter).
    • Alisha had a deep interest in music since childhood, and she grew up listening to the melodies of Ustad Ghulam Ali.
    • She was introduced to the Hindi Film Music Industry by the veteran music composer and director “Bappi Lahiri.”
    • In the 1980’s, she gave several disco hits with Bappi Lahiri such as Love Love Love, Guru, Tarzan, Dance Dance, Commando, and more.
    • In the starting of her career, she has done playback singing for Bollywood’s well-known names including Sridevi, Divya Bharti, Juhi Chawla, Karisma Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, and others.
    • In 1987, she lent her voice in Pankaj Parashar’s film “Jalwa;” the song was composed by Anand-Milind.
    • One of her greatest hits of that time was from the film “Mr. India (1987):” “Kate Nahi Kat Te,” which she had sung with Kishore Kumar.
    • Her another famous track in 1989 was “Raat Bhar Jaam Se” from the film “Tridev;” the song had music by Kalyanji-Anandji and Viju Shah.
    • In the 1990s, she rose to the peak of her career by giving several hits, and in 1995, she gave the biggest hit of her career i.e., “Made in India.”
    • In 2005, she became famous all over the country with her song ‘Kajra Re’ from the film “Bunty Aur Babli;” the song featured Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan, and Abhishek Bachchan
    • She has lent her voice in several movies including Taaqatwar (1989), Naaraaz (1994), Chehraa (2005), No Entry (2005), Aap Ki Khatir (2006), Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), Krrish 3 (2013), and more.
    • She is also known as a pop diva in the Indian Music Industry.