Arijit Singh made his Bollywood debut with Mithoon-composition, "Phir Mohabbat" from Murder 2, which was recorded in 2009 though released in 2011. The following year, he worked with Pritam for four of his films. He rendered four versions of the song "Raabta" in Agent Vinod. He also lent his voice for Chirantan Bhatt in 1920: Evil Returns and for Vishal–Shekhar in Shanghai, where the song "Duaa" from the latter fetched him Mirchi Music Award for Upcoming Male Playback Singer award and was nominated in the same category for "Phir Le Aya Dil" from Barfi!.Singh rose to widespread prominence with the release of the song "Tum Hi Ho" from Aashiqui 2 (2013). The song fetched him several awards and nominations including his first Filmfare Awards. He worked with Jeet Gannguli for the rest of his tracks in the album. He further allied with Pritam, singing three tracks for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The duo collaborated with Shahid Kapoor, performing "Main Rang Sharbaton Ka" and "Dhokha Dhadi". Moreover, he dubbed for Shah Rukh Khan in the song "Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari" which was composed by Vishal–Shekhar. Apart from rendering the duet version of "Har Kisi Ko", the year marks his first collaboration with Sharib–Toshi and Sanjay Leela Bhansali by singing the song "Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse" for the former and the semi-classical number, "Laal Ishq" for the latter.In 2014, Singh worked with Sajid–Wajid for the first time, performing two tracks of Main Tera Hero and the song "Raat Bhar". He rendered three re-mixed songs; Amit Trivedi's "Hungama Ho Gaya", Sharib–Toshi's "Samjhawan" and Arko Pravo Mukherjee's "Aaj Phir". The year marks his first collaboration with Vishal Bhardwaj, Tony Kakkar, Palash Muchhal, A. R. Rahman and Sachin–Jigar. During the year, he sang "Humdard", "Manwa Laage", "Sun Le Zara", "Sajde", two songs of Zid and three tracks of Holiday, to name a few. Gannguli-composed Muskurane garnered him most nominations from the year, while he received two Filmfare nominations for Suno Na Sangemarmar and the Sufi song Mast Magan.
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