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Shirley Setia
Shirley Setia snapped at Miss Diva 2020 Mumbai Preliminary Event
Setia in 2020
Background information
Born Daman, India
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Pop
  • Singer
  • YouTuber
  • actress
  • Vocals
  • ukulele
Years active 2012–present
YouTube information
Years active 2012–present
Subscribers 3.85 million
Total views 381.98 million
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 22 October 2023.

Shirley Setia is a New Zealand singer and actress known for her work in the Indian film and music industries.

Born in Daman, India in the former union territory of Daman and Diu, she immigrated with her family to Auckland and came to attention as a YouTube musician uploading covers of Bollywood songs while still a student at the University of Auckland. Setia was subsequently featured in Forbes magazine, where she was referred to as "Bollywood's Next Big Singing Sensation".

Setia made her acting debut with the 2020 Hindi film Maska which was released on Netflix. She made her big screen debut with Nikamma in 2022 and also starred in the Telugu film Krishna Vrinda Vihari, which was released on 23 September 2022.

Early life

Setia was born in Daman, India and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. A graduate student from the University of Auckland and marketing and publicity intern at Auckland Council, Setia took part in a contest conducted by T-Series. Her YouTube entry was recorded in her bedroom while she was wearing pyjamas, which earned her the nickname "Pyjama popstar" by the New Zealand Herald. Setia was eventually declared the winner.


Singing career

After working in a weekly radio show and taking part in local competitions in Auckland, Setia performed in her first concerts in Mumbai and Hyderabad in India in 2016. Forbes magazine's Rob Cain wrote a feature on her and her future goals, in which he stated that "Bollywood's Next Big Singing Sensation Just Might Be This Tiny Kiwi". she was also acknowledged as India's YouTube sensation by the Hindustan Times and as one of New Zealand's biggest international artists by TVNZ.

As of September 2023, she has 3.86 million subscribers on YouTube with 381 million views. She was invited by YouTube as a 'YouTube Creator' to perform live in YouTube FanFest held in Mumbai in 2016 and 2017.

Acting career

Setia made her acting debut with the 2020 film Maska which was released on Netflix. Her next film was Nikamma released in June 2022, a remake of the 2017 Telugu film Middle Class Abbayi. She made her Telugu film debut with Krishna Vrinda Vihari which released in September 2022.


Year Film/Album Song Music director Co-singer
2014 Non-album single "Thode Se Hum" Shirley Setia and Abhas Joshi Abhas Joshi
2015 4 Steps Forward "Naye Love Ki Subah" Parichay Parichay and Gunsmith
2016 Non-album single "Koi Shor" Ravi Singhal Ravi Singhal
Passengers "Aadat" Sukumar Dutta Raftaar and Jubin Nautiyal
2017 A Gentleman "Disco Disco" Sachin–Jigar Benny Dayal
Best of Luck Laalu "Luv u Luv u" Kirtidan Gadhvi
T-Series Mixtape "Tu Jo Mila-Raabta" Abhijit Vaghani Jubin Nautiyal
Non-album single "Tu Mil Gaya" Haroon-Gavin
2018 "Jab Koi Baat" (Recreated) DJ Chetas Atif Aslam
"Koi Vi Nahi" Rajat Nagpal Gurnazar Chattha
5 Weddings "Na Chah Ke Bhi" Vishal Mishra
Non-album single "Naiyo Jaana" Ravi Singhal
2019 Aladdin "A Whole New World" Kurt Hugo Schneider
T-Series Electrofolk "Bhumro" Aditya Dev Aditya Dev and Parry G
Non-album single "Biba" Marshmello and Pritam Pardeep Singh Sran and Dev Negi
T-Series Mixtape Season-2 "Ik Vaari Aa/Naadan Parindey/Tum Ho Toh" Bhushan Kumar and Ahmed Khan Abhijit V and Jubin Nautiyal
2020 Maska "I Wanna Hang With You" Mikey McClealy IP Singh
Non-album single "Dil Ko Tumse Pyaar Hua" (Recreated) Abhijit Vaghani
"Naa Tum Jaano Na Hum" (Recreated)
" Chura Liya Hain Tumne Jo Dil Ko" (Recreated)
2021 "Tere Naal Rehniya" Gaurav Dev and Kartik Dev Gurnazar Chattha
2022 Nikamma "Tere Bin Kya (Reprise)" Gourov Dasgupta Mame Khan
2023 Chhatriwali "Main Teri Hi Rahoon" Akhil Sachdeva Akhil Sachdeva



Year Title Role Language Ref.
2020 Maska Persis Mistry Hindi
2022 Nikamma Natasha "Nikki" Singh
Krishna Vrinda Vihari Vrinda Mishra Telugu

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 Lockdown Herself Cameo appearance
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