Name: Vishal Dadlani
Awards: Music composer Vishal Dadlani was the winner of the IIFA Award for Best Background Score for the film Godmother in 1999. However, he gained more recognition when, along with partner Shekhar Ravjiani, he won the R D Burman Award for New Music Talent for the 2003 film Jhankaar Beats. The duo has also been the recipients of Asian Film Award for Best Composer for 2007 film Om Shanti Om.
Trivia: One of the most successful music composers of today’s times, Vishal Dadlani is a popular name among music lovers, and fans of heavy metal bands. While he has been churning out chartbuster tracks year after year since 1999 for both Hindi and Marathi films, he is also the lead singer of the famous band Pentagram. He has also been the judge for many singing reality shows on television and has performed in several stage shows all over the world.
Biography: Vishal Dadlani is an eminent music director in B-town and generally composes music with partner Shekhar Ravjiani. Vishal started his career in the industry in 1999 and scored the music for ‘Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi’, which became quite popular among music listeners. And then came along ‘Jhankaar Beats’, which proved to be a major turning point of his career. The songs of this film became chartbusters, and his efforts were materialized when he won the R D Burman New Music Talent Award along with Shekhar.
With songs like ‘Saaki’ and ‘Door Se Paas’ in ‘Musafir’, they received more recognition especially because of their combination of techno sounds and Indian music, which went down very well with youngsters. The singer- composer whose Twitter handle reads ‘@V1SH4L’ then went on to compose some great piece of music in films like Dus, Salaam Namaste, Bluffmaster, Golmaal, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and Tashan, to name a few.
2007 became another great year for Dadlani as he was the music director for Farah Khan’s blockbuster film ‘Om Shanti Om’. The film was a milestone in his career and he was nominated for various awards like Filmfare, Apsara and Asian Film Awards. Other memorable films in which Vishal Dadlani composed music are Dostana, Bachna Ae Haseeno, I Hate Luv Storys, Anjaana Anjaani and Break Ke Baad.
The talented music composer reached newer heights in 2011 when he scored music for two of the most popular films of the year- Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One and Milan Luthria’s The Dirty Picture. For the former, he won the IIFA Award for Best Song Recording and the GIFT Honours for Best Music Director, besides being nominated for plenty of awards for the same. The Dirty Picture won him the Mirchi Music Award for Best Item Song of the Year and a nomination for the Most Entertaining Music at the BIG Star Entertainment Awards.
2012 has also been a rewarding year for Dadlani. Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani and Karan Johar’s Student of the Year have fared quite well at the music charts. His band ‘Pentagram’ has also been doing great work in the field of music and has garnered a huge fan following.
Besides composing music for around 50 films till date, Vishal Dadlani has lent his voice to songs in many films, including Student of the Year, Vicky Donor, Ishaqzaade, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, I Hate Luv Storys, Kurbaan, Taare Zameen Par, Dhoom 2 and Jhankaar Beats, to name a few. His forthcoming assignments include Chennai Express, Race 2 and Balak Palak (a Marathi film).
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