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Jatin-Lalit
Jatin and Lalit Pandit.jpg
Jatin Pandit (l) and Lalit Pandit (r)
Background information
Birth name Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit
Also known as Jatin-Lalit
Occupation(s) Film composer
Years active 1992–2006
(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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Hindi film actresses Sulakshana Pandit and Vijeta Pandit are their sisters, and music director Aadesh Shrivastava is their brother-in-law, being married to the younger of the sisters, Vijeta.[2]

Musical career[edit]

They began their career in 1992, composing music for the Hindi movie Yaara Dildara and the famous soundtrack of the movie was "Bin Tere Sanam..." 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.[citation needed]

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.

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.[citation needed] 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.

Acting career[edit]

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.

Television career[edit]

Jatin-Lalit are generally reclusive: they rarely attend industry parties or conduct interviews with the media.[citation needed]

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.

The separation[edit]

After working for almost 16 years together, they announced that they would be parting ways due to personal problems.[3] Reasons for the separation are unknown, but entertainment writers have speculated that the split is because of financial matters.[4]

Solo careers[edit]

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.

Jatin composed the score for Saurav Shukla's upcoming film, I am 24, starring Neha Dhupia and Rajat Kapoor. It is a Planman Motion Films Presentation.

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.[citation needed] 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[edit]

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.[5]

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has been rated the 6th best soundtrack ever by Planet Bollywood on their "100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks".[6] Other soundtracks included in the list are Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (64), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (69), Khamoshi: The Musical (97).

Filmography[edit]

Jatin-Lalit[edit]

Year Film Notes
1991 Yaara Dildara
1992 Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Khiladi
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman
1993 Aadmi
Ashaant
Bhookamp
Boy Friend
1994 Cheetah
Hanste Khelte
Vaade Iraade
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Gangster
Nishana
Paandav
1996 Fareb
Khamoshi Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Return of Jewel Thief
1997 Daava
Ek Phool Teen Kante
Gunda Gardi
Yes Boss Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
1998 Badadin
Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge
Ghulam
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Winner, Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Winner, Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Winner, Bollywood Movie Award – Best Music Director
Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya
Pyar To Hona Hi Tha Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Saazish
1999 Dil Kya Kare
Khoobsurat
Dillagi
Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin
Sar Aankhon Par
Sangharsh
Sarfarosh Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Silsila Hai Pyar Ka
Vaastav
Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan
2000 Dhai Akshar Prem Ke
Mohabbatein Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya
Raju Chacha
2001 Albela
Censor
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2002 Aankhen
Kehtaa Hai Dil Baar Baar
Kranti
Soch
Waah! Tera Kya Kehna
Tum Jiyo Hazaro Saal
2003 Chalte Chalte Nominated, FFilmfare Award for Best Music Director
Haasil
2004 Aur Phir Ek Din
Hum Tum
Rok Sako To Rok Lo
Sab Kuch Hai Par Kuch Bhi Kahin
2005 Chand Sa Roshan Chehra
Aap Jaisa Koi Nahin
Khamosh Khauff Ki Raat
Filmstar
Pyaar Mein Twist
Revathi
Zameer
2006 Fanaa Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Mera Dil Leke Dekho

Filmography of Lalit Pandit[edit]

Year Film Notes
2007 Showbiz
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
2012 Chaalis Chauraasi
2013 Besharam
2014 Spark Song - Kuch Lab Pe Hai

Sales[edit]

All time music sales:[7]

Film Year Units Sold
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995 9,000,000
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai 1998 8,000,000
Mohabbatein 2000 5,000,000
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
Yes Boss 1997 3,000,000
Ghulam 1998 2,500,000
Khiladi 1992 2,500,000
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
Fanaa 2006 1,700,000
Hum Tum 2004 1,600,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jatin-Lalit Interview". The Calcutta Telegraph. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Thambirajah, Mohan (8 July 2004). "Clayderman First on Bollywood Album". Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. Retrieved 13 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "Jatin-Lalit on their last movie together". 
  4. ^ "Jatin-Lalit to split?". 
  5. ^ "Top 40 Soundtracks of All Time". BBC. Retrieved 13 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "DDLJ: one of the best soundtrack". Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Top Music Sales in last 60 years". Naachgaana. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 

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