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Background information
Origin Mumbai, India
Genres Indian film music
Occupation(s) Music director
Years active 1999–present
Associated acts Sunidhi Chauhan, Indian idol, Indian Idol Junior

Vishal–Shekhar are a music directing duo consisting of Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani who have worked in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Marathi films. Their works include Jhankaar Beats, Dus, Bluffmaster, Om Shanti Om, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Dostana, Chintakayala Ravi, Anjaana Anjaani, Ra.One, Student of the Year, Chennai Express , Bang Bang! and Happy New Year'[1]

Musical film career[edit]

The duo rose to prominence when they composed the score for the film Jhankaar Beats which included the song "Tu Aashiqui Hai". They won the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for Jhankaar Beats. The music for the film Musafir combined techno music with Indian sounds.[citation needed] The score included "Saaki" and "Door Se Paas". In 2005 they composed the scores for three films: Salaam Namaste, Dus and Bluffmaster.

Vishal Dadlani is also the vocalist of Mumbai-based electronic band Pentagram. He collaborated with Imogen Heap on the song "Minds Without Fear" for an episode of The Dewarists.

Shekhar Ravjiani is a trained classical singer (under Ustad Niaz Ahmed Khan). He learned to play the accordion from his father, a music enthusiast, Hasmukh Ravjiani. Shekhar was a participant of Zee TV singing contest Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in 1997. He composed and sung Marathi songs "Saazni" in 2012 and "Saavli" (with Sunidhi Chauhan) in 2013.


Year Film Other Notes
2014 Bang Bang!
2014 Happy New Year
2014 Hasee To Phasee
2014 Gori Tere Pyaar Mein
2013 Chennai Express Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2013 Gippi
2012 Student of the Year Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2012 shanghai
2011 The Dirty Picture
2011 Ra.One Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2011 Rascals
2011 Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap
2010 Tees Mar Khan
2010 I Hate Luv Storys Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2010 Break Ke Baad
2010 Anjaana Anjaani Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2009 Aladin
2008 Dostana Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2008 Golmaal Returns
2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno
2008 Cash
2008 De Taali
2008 Bhoothnath
2008 Tashan
2007 Om Shanti Om Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2007 Ta Ra Rum Pum
2007 Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
2006 I See You
2006 Golmal
2006 Tathastu
2006 Taxi No. 9211
2006 Zinda
2005 Ek Ajnabee
2005 Home Delivery
2005 Salaam Namaste
2005 Dus Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2005 Shabd
2004 Popcorn Khao! Mast Ho Jao
2004 Shaadi Ka Laddoo
2004 Plan
2003 Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II
2003 Jhankaar Beats Won - Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent
2003 Krishna Cottage
2003 Supari
2002 Kaante
1999 Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi

Other work[edit]

They have been judges on the star hunt show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 and the musical talent show Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star with director and choreographer Farah Khan. They are the judges on Amul Star Voice of India Mummy Ki Superstars. They were mentors and judges in the reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa with Sajid-Wajid.

They composed the Indian Premier League theme song of season 3 and the anthem of Kolkata Knight Riders.

Following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Vishal Dadlani launched a petition to ban live media coverage during the rescue operations.[2]

They composed the song "Allah Ke Bande" from Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II.

On 23 January 2012, Vishal and Shekhar performed at Spring Fest 2012 in IIT Kharagpur on 22 January 2012; they also performed at Saarang in IIT Madras.[3] and in February 2012, at Crossroads 2012 in SRCC.[4][5] On 25 March 2012, Vishal and Shekhar with Shruti Pathak performed live at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Flare.[6]

Vishal–Shekhar composed the IPL 6 anthem "Jumping Japaang" and the IPL 7 anthem "Chalo Bulawa Aya Hai".

Vishal Dadlani appeared in cameo roles in Om Shanti Om and Tees Maar Khan.

Vishal was one of the first Indian celebrities to openly support the Aam Aadmi Party.[7]

On 16 June 2014, duo Vishal–Shekhar performed in Bangalore crowd, despite not being paid their dues but plan to sue the organisers to recover their payment.[8][9]

On 28 September 2014, Vishal and Shekhar performed live at Festember at NIT Trichy.[10]

Both Vishal and Shekhar appeared as judges in the reality singing show for children and teens, Indian Idol Junior, Season One, while only Vishal appeared in Season two [11]


  1. ^ "Vishal Dadlani music director of Happy New Year". PlanetBollywood. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "'We should plug this leak once and for all'". 31 December 2004. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Eastern Fare (27 January 2012). "Spring Fest 2012, a Review ~ EF News International". Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  4. ^ 27 February 2012 at 1946 hrs IST (27 February 2012). "XLRI to host International Workshop on Inclusive Financial Innovation". Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "SRCC CROSSROADS 2012". Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Vishal Shekhar Live Performance". 25 March 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "AAP gets its first Bollywood Celeb supporter: Vishal Dadlani". Firstpost. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "When Vishal and Shekhar were cheated in Bangalore". Times of India. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Vishal-Shekhar to take legal action". Mid Day. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Festember’15 is here to win your heart yet again". Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Vishal Dadlani to judge Indian Idol Junior 2015". SonyLIV. Retrieved 17 August 2015.