Born in 1979, Taran Kaur Dhillon never once imagined that she’d perform on stage to a rowdy crowd of hip-hop heads. Destiny, however, had different plans for the young Indian girl who once aspired to be like her aunty dressed in a sari playing the traditional Indian harmonium.
Evolving from the good little Indian girl who didn’t argue or answer back, she is now a fire-breathing dragon spitting rhymes here there and everywhere with a punch so hard it’d knock you out from the other side of the room.
Putting those people who claim to be rappers to shame with her lyrical prowess, this village girl has shown her fans that they have no need to be afraid or worried about what others think, “as long as you have talent and passion, chase your dreams”.
Selling all 3000 copies of her first single ‘Voodoo’ this original rapper proved that music could be used a cultural crossover tool. Despite being unaccepted by both the black and Asian youth communities, Hard Kaur has always held her own and stood up for herself. Never one to shy away from controversy or a challenge, Hard Kaur still stands on stage with a microphone rapping with the ferocity of a lion, in front of a crowd of some of the harshest critics, and constantly shows that she’s got balls that most men would be proud of!
Early lifeBorn Taran Kaur Dhillon in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, where her mother ran a small beauty parlour in the house.When she was young, her father was burnt alive during 1984 Anti-Sikh riots and the beauty parlour of her mother was burnt few days after her father's death. Her paternal grandparents asked her mother to leave their house and wanted to keep only Taran and her brother with them.Subsequently she, her brother and her mother moved to Ludhiana to her maternal grandparents house, where they stayed for the next couple of years.
In 1991 her mother remarried an NRI and her family moved to Birmingham, England, where her mother started working and studying to eventually open a beauty salon, meanwhile she did her schooling.After developing interest in hip-hop she started her musical career as a rapper.
CareerShe first shot to fame with the song Ek Glassy, which was a huge hit. She broke to Bollywood fame in 2007, rapping for Sriram Raghavan's movie Johnny Gaddaar,'s song Paisa Phek (Move Your Body). Since then she has sung numerous songs in movies like Ugly Aur Pagli (‘Talli'), Singh Is Kinng, Kismat Konnection, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and Prince (2010 film). She also performed at Live Earth India, 2008. Her first solo album 'Supawoman' was released in 2007.
In 2008 Hard Kaur was nominated for two awards at the UK Asian Music Awards, "Best Urban Act" and "Best Female Act".She ended up winning "Best Female Act".
She also composed the theme song for Vodafone MTV Splitsvilla Season 1 "This is Splitsvilla".
Hard Kaur recently collaborated with Eminem's group D12 for her next album.
She was a participant in the television dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Season 3. In the semi-finals she was voted off the show.
Hard Kaur was featured on the Fall 2008 cover of Canada's ANOKHI Magazine, North America's award-winning mainstream South Asian glossy. Her music video "Bombay Deewana" was also screened at Deejay Ra's music video night in Toronto at the FILMI festival, North America's longest running South Asian film festival.
She will be the co-host of 'IPL Rockstar', a music reality show on Colours TV channel.She also appeared in the 2011 film, Patiala House, directed by Nikhil Advani, wherein she plays the role of Akshay Kumar's cousin.
- Johnny Gaddaar (2007)
- Haal-e-Dil (2008)
- Splitzvilla Theme Song Season 1 (2008)
- Ugly Aur Pagli (2008)
- Kismat Konnection (2008)
- Singh Is Kinng (2008)
- Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008)
- Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009)
- Dil Bole Hadippa! (2009)
- Chance Pe Dance (2010)
- Prince (2010 film) (2010)
- Patiala House (2011)
- F.A.L.T.U. (2011)
- Hard Kaur Love Asadali