4 August 1965 |
Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Occupation||Director, producer, screenplay writer, music director, singer, lyricist|
Early life 
Bhardwaj was born in Bijnor, but raised in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh to Satya Bhardwaj, a homemaker, and Ram Bhardwaj, a popular poet and lyricist. His father was a government employee and was a sugarcane inspector. As a young man, Bhardwaj moved to Delhi. He pursued his graduation in the Hindu College of Delhi University where he nurtured his talents and also met his wife, Rekha Bhardwaj. He was also involved with Delhi theatres.
Bhardwaj started playing harmonium for little known ghazal singers at the various food festivals in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. He was later introduced to R.V. Pandit, who offered him a job in his CBS music company in Delhi.
Music director 
Bhardwaj was recommended by a friend to the filmmaker Gulzar, with whom he successfully collaborated on TV serials such as The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland and Gubbare. Bhardwaj composed the music for Maachis, a film directed by Gulzar. The musical score for Maachis was received to critical and commercial acclaim and gained Bhardwaj the Filmfare R D Burman Award in 1996. In 1999, Bhardwaj received the Rajat Kamal award for Best Music Director at the National Film Awards for his critically acclaimed score in Godmother. In 2011, he has won the same category award for his score in Ishqiya. Bhardwaj has scored music for several Hindi films such as—Satya, Chachi 420, Maqbool, Omkara, Kaminey, Ishqiya, 7 Khoon Maaf—and a host of other popular projects. He also scored the title track for Star Plus' STAR Parivaar Awards, along with the channel’s new anthem, titled "Tu Hi Tu". Vishal has worked with leading playback singers like Lata Mangeshkar, K. J. Yesudas, Asha Bhosle, Hariharan, K. S. Chithra, Udit Narayan, Sadhna Sargam, Suresh Wadkar, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Roop Kumar Rathod, Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal, Abhijeet Bhattacharya.
Bhardwaj came to Mumbai to become a music composer, he took to directing films only to create the opportunity to compose music. His interest in film direction kindled after watching the retrospective of Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski during a film festival in Kerala. His first directorial debut was children's film Makdee which was critically acclaimed. He then made the first of his Shakespearean adaptation, Maqbool, based on Macbeth. This was followed up by another children's film, The Blue Umbrella based on Ruskin Bond's story of the same name. This film also met with critical acclaim throughout. Omkara marked the second of Bhardwaj's Shakespearan endeavours, this time an adaptation of Othello. Omkara was a great success internationally and a musical hit, affirming his status as a music director as well.
His next directorial release was Blood Brothers, a 11-minute short film, which is part of Mira Nair's series of HIV-AIDS awareness films. Guillermo Navarro is the cinematographer on this film. He has also done music direction in the film No Smoking.
Ishqiya, (not as a director, but as a producer, writer and composer), starring Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi and Vidya Balan, received mostly positive reviews earning more than 15 crores in the first two weeks of its release.
7 Khoon Maaf, the film, based on the Ruskin Bond short story, Susanna's Seven Husbands, revolves around Susanna (Priyanka Chopra) and her seven husbands; Naseeruddin Shah, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Irrfan Khan, Annu Kapoor and Russian actor Aleksandr Dyachenko, playing the roles of the six husbands, while the seventh husband is a mystery in the film. The film released on 18 February 2011 and met with overall mixed reviews.
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola produced and directed by Bharadwaj and starring Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma and Pankaj Kapoor in the lead roles, with Arya Babbar and Shabana Azmi was released in January 2013 to critical acclaim. Filming began on 14 February 2012 and the film released on 11 January 2013.
|Dedh Ishqiya||Producer, Composer & Writer|
|Ek Thi Daayan||Producer Composer & Writer||Co-Produced with Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Motion Pictures|
|Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola||Director, Composer, Writer & Producer|
|2011||7 Khoon Maaf||Director, Producer, Composer,
Writer (Dialogue & Screenplay)
|2010||Ishqiya||Composer, Writer, Producer||Winner, National Film Award for Best Music Direction
Nominated, Filmfare Best Music Director Award
Writer (Dialogue & Screenplay)
|Nominated, Filmfare Best Director Award
Nominated, Filmfare Best Music Director Award
|U Me Aur Hum||Composer|
|2007||No Smoking||Composer, Producer|
|Dus Kahaniyaan||Writer (Dialogue & Screenplay)|
|Blood Brothers||Director, Writer (Dialogue)|
|2006||Omkara||Composer, Director, Writer (Dialogue & Screenplay)||Winner, National Film Award - Special Jury Award
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director
Winner, Cairo International Film Festival, Best Artistic Contribution in Cinema of a Director
Winner, Kara Film Festival, Best Music Director
Nominated, International Indian Film Academy's Popular Award for Best Dialogue, Best Director, Best Music Director, Best Screenplay (shared) & Best Story
|2005||The Blue Umbrella a.k.a. Chhatri Chor||Composer, Director, Producer||Winner, National Film Award for Best Children's Film, shared with Ronnie Screwvala|
|2003||Maqbool||Composer, Director, Producer, Writer (dialogue & screenplay)||Winner, International Indian Film Academy's Technical excellence award for Best Dialogue & Best Screenplay (shared with Abbas Tyrewala)
Nominated, Golden Kinnaree Award for Best Film at Bangkok International Film Festival
Winner, Zee Cine technical Award for Best Dialogue and Best Screenplay
Nominated, Zee Cine Award for Best Director & Best Story
|Kagaar: Life on the Edge||Composer|
|2002||Makdee||Composer, Director, Producer, Writer (Story & Dialogue)||Winner at 2nd Place, the Adults Jury Award, at the Chicago Children's Film Festival in the 'Live-Action Feature Film or Video' category|
|2001||Love ke liye kuch bhi karega||Composer|
|Choo Lenge Akash||Composer|
|2000||Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar||Composer|
|1999||Hu Tu Tu||Composer|
|Godmother||Composer||Winner, National Film Award for Best Music Direction|
|Jahan Tum Le Chalo||Composer|
|Tunnu Ki Tina||Composer|
|1996||Maachis||Composer||Winner, Filmfare - R.D. Burman Award for New Music Talent|
Music direction for non-film music 
- Barse Barse (2011)
- Ishqa Ishqa (2002)
- Boodhe Pahadon Par
- Sunset Point (2000)
- Jungle Book
Playback singer 
- "khamkhaa" - matru ki bijli ka mandola (2013)
- "Bekaraan" − 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)
- "Aur Phir Yun Hua" − Striker (2010)
- "Kaminey" − Kaminey (2009)
- "U Me Aur Hum" − U Me Aur Hum (2008)
- "Kash Lagaa" − No Smoking (2007)
- "O Saathi Re" − Omkara (2006)
- Vishal Bhardwaj at the Internet Movie Database
- "Literally pleasing". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 11 May 2007.
- "Of being Gulzar". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 24 September 2005.
- Star Network. "STAR Plus anthem, Tu Hi Tu". Startv.in. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- "'Mein Sabse Bada Kamina Hoon: Vishal Bhardwaj'". realbollywood.com. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "'Krzysztof... In Meerut'". Outlook, India.
- "'So what if it's Coppola' - Mid-Day". mid-day.com. 20 September 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2007.
- "Mira Nair, Farhan Akhtar to make films on AIDS - Rediff". Rediff.com. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2007.
- Sharma, Smrity (22 October 2010). "Priyanka outdoes herself in Saat Khoon Maaf". The Times of India. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
- Awards Internet Movie Database.
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