Jatin-Lalit made their debut as music composers with Yaara Dildaara in 1991, and right from the first film, they struck the chord with the audience. The film was the beginning of journey for the two masters in the stream of music, whom I call the most under-rated music director of Hindi film industry. Despite delivering memorable songs at regular intervals in the 90’s, the duo never quite got the due respect from the media fraternity, nor were they felicitated at any award shows.

With Yaara Dildaara they announced their arrival, it was the music album of Khiladi and Jo Jeeta Wohi Jikander that reinstated the fact that they are here to stay and Yaara Dildaara was not a fluke. The song “Pehla Nasha” from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander till date is considered one of the finest romantic composition of the 90’s. The duo had a diverse track record, and other hit songs for them in the same year were “Wada Raha Sanam” and “Khud Ko Kya Samjhti Hai” from Khiladi. As mentioned above, these 3 albums were just the beginning for Jatin Latin and continued giving memorable hit songs in films like Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa followed by the ICONIC romantic film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Be it “Deewana Dil Deewana”, “Ae Kash Ke Hum”, “Woh Toh Hai Albela”, “Ana Mere Pyaar Ko” from Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na or “Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jaana Sanam”, “Ho Gaya Hai Tujh Ko”, “Rukh Ja Oo Dil Deewani”, “Mehndi Laga Ke”, and several other songs from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, it was a Jatin – Latin show all across. But sadly, they never quite got any recognition from the award functions in India. Jatin – Lalit have been nominated by Filmfare as best music composer 11 times but were not rewarded even once in their peak. One of the most successful music albums of modern era, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was also nominated, but didn’t win the award. The duo lost the award to AR Rahman, who won the award for Rangeela in 1995.

Recalling Jatin-Lalit’s Brilliance: From Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to Fanaa!
Recalling Jatin-Lalit’s Brilliance: From Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge To Fanaa!

Even after the historic success of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, they didn’t let success go over their head and delivered a few other memorable albums like Khamoshi, Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Kuch kuch Hota Hai, Mohabattein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham to name a few. Back then, the success of music was judged by the sale of audio cassette and Jatin-Latin in their era have composed the music for four films that hold the record of being the highest selling soundtrack of the year – DDLJ, KKHH, K3G and Mohabattein. And coincidentally, all the films starred the romance king, Shah Rukh Khan in lead.

Sadly, the duo split citing personal reasons 2006, following which it became quite difficult for the two to get work and prove their worth. Had they been together for a longer time, we are quite sure that the two would have surely delivered a few other albums that we as an audience would remember for years to come. If you are a music lover, the best way to spend your weekend is by listening to the melodies composed by Jatin-Latin in the following albums:

Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Pyaar Toh Hona Hi Tha
Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai
Yes Boss
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na
Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander
Which one is your favourite? Let us know in comments section below

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  1. AR Rahman is so overrated. Jatin-Lalit gave superbly hit numbers with their simple composition rarely using any computer generated gimmicks like Rahman. This list doesn’t give any due to them. Try Googling their albums and be shocked by the number of hits they gave. So many of you have accused Anu Malik as well for plagiarism but he has always given countless super hit songs with his mesmerising composition and mega romantic numbers. But rarely won any awards. Try Googling his list of soundtracks too. Nadeem-Shravan had their share too. The worst have been Rajesh Roshan and Uttam Singh. Music awards were given because of the stars in the movies and NOT by merit. Award functions have always been crap at giving music awards, for example “Gupt” music director Viju Shah not winning. Go listen to the soundtrack of “Gupt”, and you tell me. Uttam Singh won the award for “Dil To Pagal Hai” because the movie was a hit but the music was average. Had it been a flop, we wouldn’t have heard of this guy. But even today, no news about him. Ismael Darbaar as well didn’t win any despite giving such wonderful music for “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” and “Devdaas”. Had it been Rahman who composed these, he would have won the award.
    Now we have Jatin-Lalit who never won any awards. This is so sad because Awards have always been biased and given because of big names involved.

    • Similar thing happening with Vishal-Shekhar. They’ve been giving many super hit soundtracks while awards have been given to Pritam…


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