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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.

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]

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 [10]


  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. ^ "Vishal Dadlani to judge Indian Idol Junior 2015". SonyLIV. Retrieved 17 August 2015.