Vishal Dadlani is a talented singer, music director and lyricist from India. He is popular for his music composing skills, but he is also a great singer with a powerful and unique voice. He works with his ‘Partner in Creation’ Shekhar Ravjiani and they are popularly known as Vishal-Shekhar. Apart from working in the mainstream Bollywood music industry, he is also a member of a rock/electronica band called Pentagram. He has also sung songs in Tamil, Telugu and Marathi languages.
Vishal Dadlani was born on Thursday 28 June 1973.age 48 years; by 2021) in Bandra, West Bombay, Maharashtra. He grew up in Bandra, Mumbai, where he completed his schooling.
After completing his schooling at Hill Grange High School in South Bombay, he joined Jai Hind College, University of Mumbai for two years and later, he completed his graduation from HR College of Commerce and Economics, HSNC University . He obtained a bachelor’s degree in commerce in 1994. Vishal developed a sense of music when he heard the music that his parents used to listen to. From Led Zeppelin to Jagjit Singh, he tried and experimented with different languages and styles of music. His career began in 1994 when he started working as the lead singer in a band called Pentagram. After some time he ventured into the music industry of Hindi cinema and since then there has been no turning back for him.
family and caste
Vishal Dadlani belongs to a Sindhi Hindu family.
parents and siblings
Moti Dadlani, his father was a businessman who passed away on 8 January 2022 due to some complications in gall bladder surgery.
His mother’s name is Reshma Dadlani and he has a younger sister named Anjana Dadlani.
Vishal married Priyali Dadlani in 1999. The couple lived happily till 2017 but called it quits after 18 years of marriage.
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Pentagram is a rock band formed in 1994 and is the lead vocalist of the giant band. It consists of three more members with Shiraz Bhattacharya on drums, Randolph Correia on guitar and Papal Mane on bass. He is considered a pioneer in the field of independent music bands. His debut album ‘We Are Not Listening’ was released in 1996 and featured renowned poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar and music artist Shankar Mahadevan in his album. After their debut, the band became very popular and released more albums such as ‘Up’, ‘It’s OK, It’s All Good’ and ‘Bloodywood’. He rose to fame as a singer, composer and lyricist after bagging several Bollywood projects like Jhankar Beats (2003), Bluffmaster (2005), and Salaam Namaste (2005).
Vishal-Shekhar: The Dynamic Duo
This dope Vishal-Shekhar duo was formed in 1999 and has composed and produced several top-notch films including Dus (2005), 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) and many others. He is counted among the best music producers of Indian cinema and has given a new stream to Bollywood music. He has composed music for more than 60 films. For his brilliant work in the movie Jhankar Beats, he has received the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.
Big break as a singer in Bollywood
It was Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy who gave Vishal the opportunity to start his career as a playback singer. She sang “Kiss Of Love” for the movie Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and then she sang “Dhoom Again”, which was released before “Kiss of Love” for some reason. Vishal’s voice has such a versatile tone that he can sing songs of any genre, be it pop, rock, classical or romantic and for actors of any age group. He has recorded over 100 tracks and most of them are super-duper hits. Some of his songs are melodious and mesmerizing and some are foot-tapping and absolutely full of energy like Dhoom Again, Qurban Hua, Dhan Te Naan, Malhari, Radha, Jee Le Zara, Marziyaan, I Feel Good, Jab Found you, you are my, welcome with swagBalasHar Fan Maula, Khuda Hafiz and many more.
Vishal has not only worked with Indian music artists but also with many international artists like Akon, Diplo, The Vamps and Imogen Heap.
Caution: No more remixes
In 2019, he raised his voice against the culture of remix songs in Bollywood. Talking about his song ‘Saki’ from the Bollywood film Musafir (2004), Dadlani said that he would sue anyone who would now try to remix Vishal-Shekhar’s songs. Tanishk Bagchi had recreated the song ‘Saki’ for the Bollywood film Batla House (2019). In an interview, Dadlani talked about this and said,
It is not about one song, one person, one company or one remix. It’s about a poor system that allows the exploitation of a composer’s legacy, regardless of the original composers.”
Made fun of Jain Muni
In 2016, Vishal had made a derogatory tweet showing anger and mocking Jain Muni Muni Tarun Sagar. He was strongly criticized by his followers and others who were against it and wanted him to apologize for his mistake. He tweeted,
If you voted for these people, you are responsible for all this absurd nonsense! No #AchcheDin, just #NoKachcheDin.”
He was fined by the Punjab and Haryana High Court for this tweet. Later he decided to meet the sadhu and apologize for his big mistake.
Removing resentment against Honey Singh
The misunderstanding during the music production of the film ‘Chennai Express’ has been resolved after 7 years on the stage of Indian Idol Season 12. This confusion happened when the rapper Honey Singh The track “Lungi Dance” kept the idea for a while and an argument between the musician and the rapper became heated, however, the song turned out to be the biggest hit of the year. Honey Singh arrives to promote his song ‘Saiyan Ji’ Nushrat BharuchaWhile Vishal and Honey hugged each other, both performed with the contestants and enjoyed the show.
Awards and Achievements
- Filmfare RD Burman Award (2004)
- IIFA Award (2012) for Best Song Recording.
- Zee Cine Awards (2012, 2013) for Best Track of the Year.
- Mirchi Music Awards for Listener’s Choice Song of the Year (2013).
- Mirchi Music Awards for Listener’s Choice Album of the Year (2013).
- Mirchi Music Awards for Critics’ Choice Song of the Year (2015)
- Singer(s): Raghu Dixit, Shanoand Nikhil D’Souza
Vishal has a net worth of $8 million (as of 2022).
Facts / Trivia
- Vishal is a celebrity supporter of AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) and actively promotes it. He has also composed a song for AAP (Aam Aadmi Party).
- Vishal and Shekhar went on a trip of 3 months and after 3 days Vishal randomly decided to write a song. He converted the 3 month journey into 3 days and returned then he said, “Music is a holiday, brother.”
- In 2020, Vishal revealed that there was a time when he used to smoke more than 40 cigarettes in a day.
- Adventure sports and travel are two of his hobbies.
- He has been one of the judges for the 3rd season (2018-2020) of the popular singing show Indian Idol.