Playback Singers

Any type of singer, who’s singing has been previously recorded for the purpose of use in either films, audio tapes or than kind of media is known as a playback singer. Generally, playback singers sing for movies and their songs are often lip synched by the actor or actress who appear on the screen. The playback singing industry thrives in South Asian regions like India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh as many of their films have a number of songs. On the other hand when it comes to Hollywood, singing is not very common in films apart from in musical films. Hence the Hollywood industry does not provide many opportunities for playback singers, unless they are making musical films. Playback singers play a crucial and important role in films as their songs make a great impact on the failure or success of a movie. Playback singers in the 21st century enjoy a celebrity status and are often in the media glare. They hold an established status in the society and are recognized as prominent figures. Discover, learn and explore more about many of the world’s most famous playback singers with a collection of their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
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 1 Neha Kakkar

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 2 Allu Arjun

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 3 Patrick Wilson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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 4 Stockard Channing

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

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 5 Teri Hatcher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 6 Dulquer Salmaan

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 7 Kristy McNichol

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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 8 Lata Mangeshkar

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Birthdate: September 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

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 9 Kishore Kumar

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Famous As: Indian playback singer
Birthdate: August 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 13, 1987

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 10 Aditya Narayan

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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
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 11 Tulsi Kumar

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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: 1986 AD
Nationality: Indian

 12 Honor Blackman

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: April 5, 2020
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 13 Skylar Astin

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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 14 Udit Narayan

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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian, Nepalese
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 15 Ashok Kumar

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 13, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British Indian Ocean Territory
Died: December 10, 2001

 16 Roopa Ganguly

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian
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 17 Cybill Lynne Shepherd

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 18 Maggie Siff

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

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 19 Raashi Khanna

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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: November 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 20 Carroll O’Connor

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 21, 2001

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 21 Jeremy Northam

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

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 22 Padmini Kolhapure

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 23 Carice van Houten

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch
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 24 Nithya Menen

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian
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 25 Olivia Olson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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 26 Sara Paxton

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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 27 Savitri

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 26, 1981

 28 Nikki DeLoach

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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 29 Steve Kazee

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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 30 Antonia Thomas

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
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 31 Holly Robinson Peete

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 32 Hope Davis

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 33 Dennis Weaver

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006

 34 Mohammed Rafi

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Birthdate: December 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 31, 1980

 35 Arshad Warsi

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 36 Russ Tamblyn

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 37 Bryan Greenberg

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 38 Meena Kumari

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 31, 1972

 39 Glynis Johns

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African

 40 Asha Bhosle

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Famous As: Indian playback singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
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 41 Alisha Chinai

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Famous As: Playback singer, Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 42 Donald O'Connor

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: September 27, 2003

 43 Edward Woodward

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: November 16, 2009

 44 Yuvan Shankar Raja

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 45 K. S. Chithra

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Famous As: Playback singer
Birthdate: July 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 46 Gemma Jones

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 47 Maxwell Caulfield

Maxwell Caulfield
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 48 Sharon Leal

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 49 Manoj Tiwari

Manoj Tiwari
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

 50 Sid Sriram

Sid Sriram
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Famous As: Playback singer
Birthdate: May 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
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