Vishal–Shekhar are an Indian music composition, production, singing, and songwriting duo consisting of Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani from Mumbai. Known predominantly for their work as music composers in Hindi cinema, Vishal–Shekhar have also recorded in Telugu, Tamil and Marathi with the likes of Akon, The Vamps, Imogen Heap and Diplo. They have been streamed over 3 billion times on YouTube, have had 72 number-one singles, and have been featured on over 350 film sound tracks. They are one of the most successful music composers in the history of Bollywood music.

Vishal–Shekhar
Vishal Dadlani (left) and Shekhar Ravjiani (right)
Vishal Dadlani (left) and Shekhar Ravjiani (right)
Background information
OriginMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musicians
  • lyricist
  • actors
Years active1999–present
Labels
MembersVishal Dadlani
Shekhar Ravjiani

Their most popular soundtracks include Jhankaar Beats (2003), Dus (2005), Salaam Namaste (2005), Bluffmaster (2005), Om Shanti Om (2007), Tashan (2008), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), Dostana (2008), I Hate Luv Storys (2010), Anjaana Anjaani (2010), Tees Maar Khan (2010), Ra.One (2011), The Dirty Picture (2011), Student of the Year (2012), Chennai Express (2013), Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013), Hasee Toh Phasee (2014), Bang Bang! (2014), Happy New Year (2014), Sultan (2016), Befikre (2016), Tiger Zinda Hai (2017), Bharat (2019), War (2019) and Pathaan (2023). They have also appeared as judges on Indian Idol Junior, The Stage India, MTV Hustle, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Voice of India – Mummy Ke Superstars, Indian Idol, and Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar. The also composed background scores from 1994 to 2012. After a part, Ravvjiani composed background music independently.

Background

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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 2011.

Musical film career

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1999–2002: Beginnings in Bollywood

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Vishal Dadlani, along with his Pentagram teammates Shiraz Bhattacharya and Samrat, made his Bollywood debut by composing tracks for Tyger Productions' film Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi (1999) including the hit songs "Woh Pehli Baar" and "Musu Musu Hasi". Coincidentally, Dadlani's childhood friend Shekhar Ravjiani also composed a few tracks on the same film including "Dil Se Mere Door Na Jana". The two childhood friends met in the studio while recording songs for the film where they decided to form a team together to write music for Bollywood films. They formed the musical duo Vishal-Shekhar.

Their first composition in Bollywood as a duo was as guest composers for Padam Kumar's Champion, where they composed two tracks "Aisa Champion Kahan" and "Lelo Lelo". They would compose one song each as guest composers for Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001) and Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai (2001). Vishal-Shekhar's first full soundtrack was Vadh (2002).

2003–2007: Breakthrough

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Vishal-Shekhar first got noticed in Bollywood with Jhankaar Beats (2003), which included hit songs such as "Tu Aashiqui Hai" and "Suno Na". They won the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for Jhankaar Beats. Recognized for introducing techno music in Bollywood, Vishal-Shekhar continued further success after Jhankaar Beats with soundtracks like Supari (2003) and Musafir (2004). "Allah Ke Bande" from Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II also became a success during this period. Vishal-Shekhar began receiving offers from bigger banners and 2005 was hugely successful for the duo as they composed the songs for three films: Dus, Salaam Namaste and Bluffmaster. Dus earned them their first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.

The duo would continue to write music for successful soundtracks during this period including Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), I See You (2006), Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007) and Om Shanti Om (2007). Om Shanti Om which had the hit songs "Main Agar Kahoon", "Dard-e-Disco" and "Aankhon Mein Teri" earned the duo their second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. They won the Best Composer Award at the 2nd Asian Film Awards for Om Shanti Om.

2008–present: Mainstream success

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2008 was the year when Vishal-Shekhar established themselves among the leading music directors in Bollywood with extremely popular soundtracks for Tashan, De Taali, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Dostana. Tashan had the hit song "Falak Tak Chal Saath Mere" while Bachna Ae Haseeno had several hit tracks including "Khuda Jaane" and "Lucky Boy" and Dostana had the evergreen item number "Desi Girl". Dostana earned them their third nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.

After only one release with Aladin in 2009, Vishal-Shekhar continued their success in 2010. The year included Anjaana Anjaani which had the hit songs "Tujhe Bhula Diya" and "Aas Paas Khuda" and I Hate Luv Storys which had evergreen successes with "Bin Tere" and "Bahara". Both these films earned them two nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director at the 56th Filmfare Awards. The same year also included Tees Maar Khan, which included the hit item number "Sheila Ki Jawani", one of the two most popular Bollywood songs of 2010 along with "Munni Badnaam Hui".

Vishal-Shekhar's success continued with two major soundtracks in 2011 for Ra.One and The Dirty Picture. Ra.One included the hit songs "Dildaara" and "Chammak Challo", which featured internationally renowned singer Akon on vocals while The Dirty Picture had the hit item number "Ooh La La" and "Ishq Sufiana". They earned their sixth nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for Ra.One. The following year, Vishal-Shekhar composed music for Karan Johar's Student of the Year (2012), which included hit tracks such as "Ishq Wala Love" and "The Disco Song", earning the duo their seventh nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.

Vishal-Shekhar continued their association with Red Chillies Entertainment after Om Shanti Om with successful soundtracks for Chennai Express (2013) and Happy New Year (2014), earning their eighth nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for the former.

They continued their success in 2016 with Sultan and Befikre. Sultan had the hit song "Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai" and "Jag Ghoomeya" while Befikre had the huge hit song "Nashe Si Chad Gayi" which went viral and was the first Indian song to clock 300 million views and then 400 million views on YouTube. It currently has over 600 million views. During the same year, the duo collaborated with British rock band The Vamps for the single "Beliya". Sultan earned them their ninth nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.

Vishal–Shekhar's music for Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) was a huge success with "Dil Diyan Gallan" and "Swag Se Swagat", with the latter song becoming the fastest song in the world to hit 100 million views and clocked up to 650  million views on YouTube in its first year.

Vishal-Shekhar have continued their good run with soundtracks for Student of the Year 2 (2019), Bharat (2019) and Pathaan (2023), earning their tenth nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for Bharat.

Awards and nominations

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Annual Central European Bollywood Awards

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Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2005 Best Song "Dus Bahane" (from Dus) Nominated [1]
Best Soundtrack Dus
2007 Om Shanti Om Won [2]
Best Song "Dastaan-E-Om Shanti Om" (from Om Shanti Om)
"Main Agar Kahoon" (from Om Shanti Om) Nominated
2008 Best Soundtrack Dostana [3]
Bachna Ae Haseeno
Best Song "Khuda Jaane Om" (from Bachna Ae Haseeno)
2010 "Wallah Re Wallah" (from Tees Maar Khan) [4]
2011 Best Soundtrack Ra.One Won [5]

Apsara Film and Television Producers Guild Award

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Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2008 Best Music Director Om Shanti Om Nominated [6]
2011 I Hate Luv Storys [7]
2014 Chennai Express [8]

Asian Film Awards

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Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2008 Best Composer Om Shanti Om Won [9]

BIG Star Entertainment Awards

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Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2010 Most Entertaining Music Anjaana Anjaani Nominated [10]
Most Entertaining Song "Sheila Ki Jawani" (from Tees Maar Khan)
2011 "Chammak Challo" (from Ra.One) [11]
Most Entertaining Music The Dirty Picture
2012 Most Entertaining Song "Radha" (from Student of the Year) [12]
Most Entertaining Music The Dirty Picture
2013 Chennai Express [13]

Filmfare Awards

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Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2004 R. D. Burman Award for New Music Talent Jhankaar Beats Won [14]
2006 Best Music Director Dus Nominated [15]
2008 Om Shanti Om [16]
2009 Dostana [17]
2011 Anjaana Anjaani [18]
I Hate Luv Storys
2012 Ra.One [19]
2013 Student of the Year [20]
2014 Chennai Express [21]
2017 Sultan [22]
2020 Bharat
2024 Pathaan Nominated

Global Indian Music Academy Awards

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Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2011 Best Film Song "Sheila Ki Jawani" (from Tees Maar Khan) Nominated [23]
Best Film Album Anjaana Anjaani
Tees Maar Khan
Best Music Director Anjaana Anjaani
2012 Ra.One [24]
Best Film Song "Chammak Challo" (from Ra.One) Won
Best Film Album The Dirty Picture Nominated
Ra.One
2013 Student of the Year [25]
Best Film Song "Radha" (from Student of the Year)
Best Music Director Student of the Year

International Indian Film Academy Awards

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Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2004 Best Music Director Jhankaar Beats Nominated [26]
2006 Bluffmaster! [27]
Dus
2009 Dostana [28]
2011 I Hate Luv Storys [29]
2012 Ra.One [30]
Best Song Recording "Chammak Challo" (from Ra.One) Won

Mirchi Music Awards

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Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2010 Listeners' Choice Song of the Year "Sheila Ki Jawani" (from Tees Maar Khan) Won [31][32]
Album of The Year Break Ke Baad Nominated
2011 Best Item Song of the Year "Ooh La La" (from The Dirty Picture) Won [33][34]
Album of The Year Ra.One Nominated
The Dirty Picture
Music Composer of The Year "Ooh La La" (from The Dirty Picture)
2012 Listeners' Choice Song of the Year "Radha" (from Student of the Year) Won [35][36]
Listeners' Choice Album of the Year Student of the Year
Song of The Year "Radha" (from Student of the Year) Nominated
Album of The Year Student of the Year
2014 Music Composer of The Year "Manwa Laage" (from Happy New Year) [37]
2016 "Jag Ghoomeya" (from Sultan) [38]
Album of The Year Sultan
2017 Tiger Zinda Hai [39]

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