Jatin Pandit (l) and Lalit Pandit (r)
|Birth name||Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit|
|Also known as||Jatin-Lalit|
(they have been working independently since 2006)
Jatin-Lalit are a Bollywood film composer duo consisting of Jatin Pandit and his younger brother Lalit. They have written the scores for films such as Khiladi, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Khamoshi: The Musical, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Yes Boss, Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein and Fanaa.
Jatin-Lalit is their professional name and appears on the covers of their music CDs and DVDs. In 2006, the brothers ended their professional relationship, citing personal problems.
Jatin and Lalit were born into the Mewati gharana of Jodhpur in Rajasthan and are nephews of classical exponent Pandit Jasraj. They received their musical education primarily from their father, Pandit Pratap Narayan. They were taught guitar and piano by Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma, of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo.
They began their career in 1991, composing music for the Hindi movie Yaara Dildara. Although the film was a flop, its music was a big hit. The famous soundtracks of the movie were "Bin Tere Sanam" and " Tumhi hamari ho manzil". They were first noticed for their work on the soundtrack of the movie Khiladi and for "Pehla Nasha", a romantic song from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. Their compositions are strongly influenced by R. D. Burman's style of music making. Towards the second half of the nineties, they were among the most sought-after music directors in the Indian film industry. They have composed total 473 songs in 72 films. The duo has worked with a variety of lyricists Majrooh Sultanpuri, Anand Bakshi, Sameer, Javed Akhtar and singers including Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Lata Mangeshkar, and many others.
During the last few years of their joint career, their music albums contained several songs composed by other musicians. This practice was not liked by Jatin-Lalit; however, the producer and director insisted on it. In Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham two of the tracks were composed by Sandesh Shandilya. In Chalte Chalte, Aadesh Shrivastava composed several songs. And Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, one song was composed by Himesh Reshammiya and Sajid-Wajid.
They were among the first composers to write songs performed by Bollywood film stars rather than playback singers. They specially composed "Aati Kya Khandala" in the film Ghulam for the lead actor Aamir Khan. They also composed a song for Sanjay Dutt to sing in the movie Khoobsurat.
Jatin and Lalit appeared in the movie Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar during the song "Humse Hai Saara Jahaan". Jatin is the guy singing the song with the girl whereas Lalit can be seen playing the guitar (the very first shot of the song). Jatin performed the song "Rooth ke Humse" in the film.
Jatin-Lalit are generally reclusive: they rarely attend industry parties or conduct interviews with the media.
Jatin-Lalit were appointed as judges in the Zee Television musical show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. They were judges on another musical show, Star Voice of India. Jatin has appeared as a mentor in a popular TV show Jhoom India. He was judge and mentor in the popular reality show on Sony, Waar Pariwaar. This show was hosted by Urmila Matondkar and was appreciated by the Indian community all over the world especially in the USA.
After working for almost 16 years together, they announced that they would be parting ways due to personal problems. Reasons for the separation are unknown, but entertainment writers have speculated that the split is because of financial matters.
Lalit and Jatin have continued to compose separately.
Lalit scored the 2007 film, Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee, Showbiz, Horn Ok Pleassss and Dulha Mil Gaya.
He composed for Raja Sen's film Krishnakanter Will. "I am working on the number. I am trying to make it in such a way that it goes along with the novel written by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay. The song will be melody based," says Jatin. He recorded an album for the president of the Indian Business and Professional Council, Abbas Ali Mirza. He is doing the Music for Kundan Shah's next. Considering the strong track record Jatin Lalit had with Kundan Shah, this film could be the next Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa for Jatin. Jatin is working on the maiden venture of Gazebo Entertainment's "Saturday Night".
Lalit composed the song "Munni Badnaam Hui" for 2010's all-time blockbuster movie Dabangg. The song has become hugely popular among the masses. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director with Sajid-Wajid in 2011 for this song, particularly for the quirky lyrics and Malaika Arora Khan's dance moves.
Awards and recognition
Their soundtrack of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge was judged the top Hindi soundtrack of all time by on-line voters on the BBC Asian Network. The number two and three positions also went to Jatin-Lalit for their compositions from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has been rated the 6th best soundtrack ever by Planet Bollywood on their "100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks". Other soundtracks included in the list are Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (64), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (69), Khamoshi: The Musical (97).
Filmography of Lalit Pandit
|2008||Mr. White Mr. Black|
|Rafoo Chakkar: Fun on the Run|
|2009||Red Alert: The War Within|
|Horn 'Ok' Pleassss|
|2010||Dabangg||Filmfare Award for Best Music Director along with Sajid-Wajid|
|Dulha Mil Gaya|
|Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke|
|2011||Force||Song: Dum Hai Toh Aaja|
|2014||Spark||Song - Kuch Lab Pe Hai|
All time music sales:
|Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge||1995||9,000,000|
|Kuch Kuch Hota Hai||1998||8,000,000|
|Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham||2001||3,500,000|
|Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya||1998||3,500,000|
|Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha||1998||3,200,000|
|Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander||1992||2,500,000|
|Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai||1998||2,000,000|
|Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman||1992||1,800,000|
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- "DDLJ: one of the best soundtrack". Retrieved 12 February 2012.
- "Top Music Sales in last 60 years". Naachgaana. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jatin Pandit.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lalit Pandit.|
- Jatin Pandit at the Internet Movie Database
- Lalit Pandit at the Internet Movie Database
- Biography at Hindilyrix