Gursharanjot Singh Randhawa (born 30 August 1991) is an Indian rapper, singer, songwriter and music composer associated with Punjabi, Bhangra, Indi-pop and Bollywood music. He is known for songs like Lahore, High Rated Gabru, Ishare Tere”, and “Tere Te”. Guru Randhawa’s debut single was Same Girl in collaboration with Arjun.
Guru was ranked in The Times Most Desirable Men at No. 23 in 2018.
He was also ranked in the Chandigarh Times Most Desirable Men at No. 4 in 2019 and No. 6 in 2020.
Early Life and Career
Randhawa was born as Gursharanjot Singh Randhawa in Nurpur on 30 August 1991, Dera Baba Nanak tehsil in Gurdaspur district. He started by doing small shows in Gurdaspur and then began performing in Delhi, at small parties and functions. While staying in Delhi, Randhawa completed his MBA. He was named “Guru” by the rapper Bohemia who would shorten his full name while on stage.
Randhawa started his music journey in December 2012 with a song named “Same Girl” with Arjun who was the first person to take Randhawa in his own video. However, the song was not so successful for both the artists. In the beginning of 2013, Randhawa released his first single named “Chhad Gayi” on YouTube with the label of Speed Records. His elder brother, Ramneek helped him financially to release this song. Later in 2013, Guru launched his first album Page One and released three songs from the album. “Dardan Nu”, “I Like You” and “Southall” were the respective songs. Randhawa launched many songs but none of them became much popular to take Guru on heights. 2014 was also not special for him. He released the remaining songs from the Page One album but did not got success. The songs were “Khali Bottlan”, “My Jugni”, “Maa”, “Na Na Na Na Na”, “Pyaar Wale Test”, “Modern Thumka”, and “Billo On Fire”.
Bohemia, who was a well-wisher of Guru, requested T-Series to launch the young artist on their channel. Then they collaborated in the song “Patola”. This song is regarded as the turning point in Guru’s life as it was one of the most remarkable songs by Randhawa and gathered more than 368 Million views across YouTube. “Patola” also got the award for best Punjabi Duo. Further he sang with Ikka Singh in the songs “Outfit” and “Khat”. Both the songs were loved by the fans of both the artists. In 2016, Randhawa gave four blockbuster songs. He released “Yaar Mod Do” with Millind Gaba again on the label T-Series in January. The motive of the project was to show true friendship and it did and collected more than 227 million YouTube views. In the month of April, Randhawa dropped the super hit song “Tu Meri Rani” on his own YouTube channel. This song also featured the rapper, Haji Springer. One of his most popular songs, “Suit” was released in 2016. It was Guru’s second collaboration with Arjun. It became a blockbuster and currently holds 441 million views on YouTube. In September, he collaborated with Rajat Nagpal and released a song named Fashion on T-Series. The song gave a great response that time and holds more than 203 million views on YouTube currently.
In 2017, Randhawa released an emotional track named “Taare” in January. The track performed average on YouTube but this song’s video was trolled to be a copy of Zayn Malik’s song “It’s You”. Randhawa made his Bollywood singing debut in the Indian movie Hindi Medium. His foot tapping track “Suit” was recreated in the film as “Suit Suit”. He sang in the 2017 Indian Premier League opening ceremony. Later in 2017, his two tracks appeared in Bollywood movies. His old track “Tu Meri Rani” was recreated in the Hindi film Tumhari Sulu and an original track named “Lagdi Hai Thaai” was also released in the movie Simran in collaboration with Jonita Gandhi. His two most-viewed songs, “High Rated Gabru” and “Lahore”, have over 1,083 and 975 million views on T-Series’ official YouTube channel respectively. In 2018 “Lahore” won Track of the Year at the Brit Asia TV Music Awards, where Randhawa also won Best Male Act. His first international collaboration was “Slowly Slowly” featuring Pitbull, released on 19 April 2019. The song’s music video received 38 million views on YouTube within 24 hours, becoming one of the world’s all-time most-viewed music videos in 24 hours.
In 2019, Randhawa turned producer with Punjabi language film Tara Mira starring Ranjit Bawa and Nazia Hussan, directed by Rajiev Dhingra. In 2020, Guru made his second international collaboration “Surma Surma” with British artist Jay Sean. In the year 2020, Guru’s old track “Lahore” was presented as “Lagdi Lahore Di” in the movie ‘Street Dancer 3D’ in collaboration with Sachin-Jigar and Tulsi Kumar. Later, he collaborated with Vee Music and international singer and songwriter Jay Sean in the song “Surma Surma”. During the Corona pandemic, he released a soothing track named ‘Satnam Waheguru’ with Vee. He was also featured by Pitbull in a music video for the track “Mueve La Cintura” with Tito El’ Bambino, which is included in Pitbull’s album Libertad 548. This was his second collaboration with Pitbull. Guru Randhawa’s popularity rose immensely after his Bollywood Debut in the film Hindi Medium and release of the pop Ballad Lahore in 2018. Rolling stone India stated that, “If you’ve missed him on the Charts, you’ve heard him on the radio”.
In 2021 He started with “Mehendi Wale Haath” that was loved very much by his fans after that “Doob Gaye” become very popular that crosses 50 million views in 3 days of release. and on 14 July 2021 in history first time the song “Nain Bengali” from India is the first song to cross 70 million views in 24 hrs and 100 million+ views in 50 hrs. Now the song “Aise Na Chhoro” is trending on YouTube.
Guru is known for his chartbusters such as Patola, High Rated Gabru, Suit Suit, Ishare Tere, Ban Jaa Tu Meri Rani and Lagdi Lahore Di. In 2020, he told HT Brunch that he is in no hurry to tie the knot: “I am settled. Settlement is in the mind. There is no pressure on me to get married.
Guru Randhawa is currently single and not yet married.
Guru Randhawa’s net worth as of 2021 is estimated to be around $900, 000 – $10.5 million.
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