Vishal Dadlani

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Vishal Dadlani
Vishal Dadlani Indian Idol Junior launch (cropped).jpg
Dadlani at the Indian Idol Junior, in 2015
Born (1973-06-28) 28 June 1973 (age 49)
EducationHill Grange High School
Alma materJai Hind College, MU
HR College, HSNC University
Occupation
  • Music composer
  • film score composer
  • playback singer
  • lyricist
  • screenwriter
  • TV judge (Indian Idol)
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)
Priyali
(m. 1999; div. 2017)
[1][2]

Vishal Dadlani (born 28 June 1973) is an Indian singer, songwriter and music composer. He is one half of the duo Vishal–Shekhar, Front Man and vocalist of one of India's leading rock bands called Pentagram. As a singer he has sung various hit songs for various genre's notably Dhoom Again, Kurban Hua, Jee le Zara, Marjaiyann, I feel Good, Jab Mila Tu, Tu Meri, Swag Se Swagat, Bala, Har funn Maula, Khuda Hafiz. In an interview he admitted that he can sing from Rock to Romantic, any genre as he has particular voice texture for kind of genre.[to whom?][peacock prose] As a vocalist of band Pentagram, notable works are Voice, Tomorrow's Decided, Must I, Love Drug Climbdown and more to go. As music director, he has composed some Songs for Films such as Om Shanti Om, Anjana Anjani, Dostana, I Hate Luv Storys, Bang Bang, Sultan, Student of the Year, Befikre, War etc.

Dadlani has been in collaboration with many international artists like Imogen Heap, Diplo, The Vamps, and Akon.[3][citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Dadlani was born and raised in a Sindhi Hindu family in Bandra, West Bombay.[4] He went to Hill Grange High School in Pedder Road, Cumbala Hill, South Bombay and subsequently attended Jai Hind College, University of Mumbai for two years (1989–90), after which he went to H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, HSNC University, both in Churchgate, South Bombay. He graduated in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in commerce.

Career[edit]

Dadlani's musical journey started in 1994 with the Mumbai-based electronica/indie-rock band Pentagram, which he fronted. Pentagram has gained recognition as one of the pioneers of Indian independent music.[5][6]

While active with the band, Dadlani found fame as a Bollywood music composer, singer, and lyricist, with movies like Jhankaar Beats, Bluff Master, and Salaam Namaste.

Collaboration with Shekhar[edit]

In 1999, Vishal–Shekhar, the Bollywood composing/producing and performing music duo, was formed. Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani have worked together on Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, and Marathi films. Their notable works include Jhankaar Beats (2003), Dus (2005), Bluffmaster (2005), I See You (2006), Om Shanti Om (2007), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), Dostana (2008), Anjaana Anjaani (2010), Ra.One (2011), Student of the Year (2012), Chennai Express (2013), Bang Bang! (2014), Happy New Year (2014), Sultan (2016), and Befikre (2016).[7] The duo has gained nationwide recognition, and today are credited with being amongst the architects of the modern Bollywood sound, having composed music for over 60 films, released over 300 songs, and performed over 1,000 shows worldwide. The two rose to prominence in 2003 when they wrote 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 their work on the film.[8]

Controversies[edit]

  • In the aftermath of the Panama Paper leaks, the names of Dadlani and some of his family members surfaced due to investments they made through his company Sunny Blessing Holding Inc. in the British Virgin Islands. Some of these transactions are currently under investigation by the enforcement directorate.[9]
  • In 2016, Dadlani received strong opposition for criticizing the Jain monk Muni Tarun Sagar in a tweet. He was accused of hurting religious sentiments and several First information reports were filed against him, though the monk is said to not have taken the issue seriously. Dadlani later wrote an open letter, saying that the tweets had been his biggest mistake.[10] He was fined by the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the tweet.[11]

Playback singer[edit]

Dadlani got his first break as a playback singer when Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy asked him to sing "Kiss Of Love" for the movie Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.[citation needed] But because of some reasons[citation needed] the track delayed and he had recorded a track called "Dhoom Again" for Pritam as asked by Aditya Chopra which came out before "Kiss of Love".[citation needed]

Partial list of films Dadlani has recorded vocals for:

Lyrics by Vishal Dadlani[edit]

Discography[edit]

Pentagram

Awards and nominations[edit]

The following is a list of awards and nominations received by Vishal Dadlani alone. A list of awards and nominations received by Vishal—Shekhar can be seen here.

Apsara Film and Television Producers Guild Award[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2008 Best Lyricist "Ankhon Mein Teri" (from Om Shanti Om)' Nominated [12]
2010 Best Male Playback Singer "Dhan Te Nan" (from Kaminey)
(along with Sukhwinder Singh)
[13]

BIG Star Entertainment Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2013 Most Entertaining Singer (Male) "Balam Pichkari" (from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) Nominated [14]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2008 Best Lyricist "Ankhon Mein Teri" (from Om Shanti Om) Nominated [15]
2010 Best Male Playback Singer "Dhan Te Nan" (from Kaminey)
(along with Sukhwinder Singh)
[16]
2011 Best Lyricist "Bin Tere" (from I Hate Luv Storys) [17]
2012 "Chammak Challo" (from Ra.One)
(along with Niranjan Iyengar)
[18]
Best Male Playback Singer "Chammak Challo" (from Ra.One)
(along with Akon)

Global Indian Music Academy Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2011 Best lyricist "Tujhe Bhula Diya" (from Anjaana Anjaani)
(shared with Kumaar)
Nominated [19]
2013 Best Duet "Radha" (from Student of the Year)
(shared with Shekhar Ravjiani, Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal)
[20]
2014 "Balam Pichkari" (from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
(shared with Shalmali Kholgade)
[21]

International Indian Film Academy Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2010 Best Male Playback Singer "Dhan Te Nan" (from Kaminey)
(along with Sukhwinder Singh)
Nominated [22]
2011 "Adhoore" (from Break Ke Baad) [23]

Mirchi Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2011 Album of The Year Ra.One Nominated [24]
2012 Male Vocalist of The Year "Jee Le Zaara" (from Talaash) [25]
2014 "Tu Meri" (from Bang Bang!) [26]

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