Pritam was born in Kolkata to a Bengali family to Prabodh Chakraborty who runs a music school for children. He got interested in music because of his father’s background and learnt to play the guitar in school. He formed a band with his college mates called, “Jotugriher Pakhi” and also released a cassette to their credit. Then Pritam joined a Bangla band, “Chandrabindoo”.
Pritam in 1993 joined the Film and Television Institute in Pune for a course in sound recording and sound engineering.This was the time, when Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Gaal gave him a chance to compose background music for a film. Pritam got an insight into music theory, harmony and composition and a glance of African Music from ethnomusicologist and khyal singer Warren Senders and Kedar Avati. Pritam moved to Bombay and composed ad jingles and became acquainted with many struggling film personalities like Shantanu Moitra, Sanjay Gadhvi and Rajkumar Hirani. Sanjay gave his first break as a music composer with “Tere Liye” along with Jeet Ganguly which sank without a trace. In 2002, Pritam and Jeet together composed music again for Yashraj Films’ “Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai” which was a chartbuster.
Pritam’s career as a solo musician started with film “Fun2oosh” which did not do well. But “Dhoom” gave him the due credit that Pritam deserved. It was followed by a number of other hit movies like “Chocolate”, “Garam Masala”, “Gangster”, “Dhoom-2”, “Life In A …Metro”, “Singh is Kinng” and “Kismat Konnection”. Pritam also formed a band called “Metro”.
His other hits are “Bhool Bhulaiyya”, “Jab We Met”, “Woh Lamhe”, “Jannat”, “Love Aaj Kal”, “Tum Mile”, “Golmaal Returns”, “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani”, “De Dana Dan”, “Badmaash Company”, “Raajneeti”, “Once Upon A Time In Mumbai”, “Action Replayy”, “Golmaal-3”, “Dum Maaro Dum”, “Ready”, “Kucch Luv Jaisaa” and “Mausam”. Pritam also has composed track for the Television show, Just Dance. He has also been signed on for various upcoming films like, “Golmaal-4”, “Jannat-2”, “Once Upon A Time In Mumbai-2”, “Ek Tha Tiger”, “Dhoom-3”, “Barfee”, “Race-2”, “Agent Vinod” and more.
Pritam has been accused of Plagiarism on several occassions for having copied tunes for his popular Hindi film songs. In 2009, producer Vipul Shah made Pritam sign an anti-plagiarism indemnity for his film Action Replayy.
Pritam has been nominated for a number of Filmfare, Screen and IIFA awards. He won the IIFA Award for the Apsara Producer’s Guild for “Love Aaj Kal”. He also won the Radio Mirchi, “Composer Of The Year Award” for “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani”. Pritam won the Big Star Award for his song, “Pee Loon”, (Once Upon A Time In Mumbai). He won the Global Indian Film and Television Honours award, “Special Music Director” for Once Upon a Time in Mumbai and the Most Popular Music In Star Screen Award 2011 for the same movie.