Vishal was born and raised in a Sindhi family from Mumbai, Maharashtra. Vishal went to Hill Grange High School, Mumbai and subsequently attended Jai Hind College, Mumbai for two years (1989–90), then was shifted to H.R. College of Commerce and Economics. Vishal graduated in 1994 with a degree of Bachelor of Commerce. In Indian Idol 10, a show where he is the judge, Dadlani has said that he is an atheist.
Vishal Dadlani's musical journey started back in 1994, with the electronica/indie-rock band Pentagram formed in Mumbai. The band fronted by Vishal Dadlani (one half of the film music producing duo Vishal-Shekhar) with Randolph Correia on guitars, Clyde D'souza (former member) on guitars, Papal Mane on bass and Shiraz Bhattacharya on drums. All of whom have recently been actively involved in the Bollywood music business. Pentagram received their initial recognition and fame by winning three major rock competitions at IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay. Of these, Livewire, the annual band competition at Mood Indigo landed them a record deal. Pentagram regarded as one of the pioneers of original Indian independent music, the band has received major recognition. Pentagram has been recognized among the top rock bands of India since past 20 years. Pentagram have had a brief touring history outside India; including the Sundance Music Festival in Estonia in 2003. In 2005, Pentagram became the first Indian band to play at the Glastonbury Music Festival in the UK.
We Are Not Listening (1996-2001), was the debut album of Pentagram. Pentagram won MTV India's Artist of the Month award in 1997 and also won the Channel V awards for Best Live Band and Best Indian Band in 1997 and 1998. They were featured on Channel V's Big Gig show, an hour-long live performance, which was plagued with bad sound. The second album, Up (2002) saw the band's sound evolve into a deliberate, definitive electro rock. One of their greatest hits as listed by Rolling Stone Magazine in their article "25 Greatest Indian Rock Songs of the Last 25 Years" was "Drive" (Up, 2002). During this time Dadlani found fame as a Bollywood music composer, singer and lyricist with movies like Jhankaar Beats, Bluff Master and Salaam Namaste. Pentagram's third album It's OK, It's All Good in 2007 recorded under their own record label, Pentagram Music too received noticeable attention in India. The first single off this album "Voice" won the Song Of The Year and vocalist Vishal was awarded Vocalist Of The Year at the Jack Daniel's Annual Indian Rock Awards. "Voice" also received considerable airplay on VH1 India. The song was later used in a music video competition by the channel and Nokia, and the video that has been released features the contributions of various fans across India who sent in their videos. Pentagram have toured around the country, performing at clubs, college festivals and music festivals like the Bacardi NH7 Weekender and the Invasion festival. In 2011, they released their fourth album, Bloodywood (EMI) and have been touring the same live for the past few years. The same year, they also got to open for one of their biggest inspirations, The Prodigy, at the Invasion Festival in New Delhi and Bangalore. In 2013, they appeared on MTV Unplugged, supported by guitarist and producer Gaurav Gupta and pianist Karan Joseph. In 2014, they complete over 20 years of being together.
- We're Not Listening (1996 Plus Music)
- Up (2002 Pentagram Music, Sony Music)
- It's OK, It's All Good (2007 Pentagram Music)
- Bloodywood (2011, Pentagram Music)
Vishal & Shekhar
In 1999, Vishal & Shekhar, the Bollywood composing/producing and performing music duo was formed. The duo consisting of Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani who have worked in 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), Befikre(2016). The duo has received noticeable recognition in the past 15 years, and today are credited with being amongst the architects of the modern Bollywood sound, having composed for 60 films and released over 300 songs, and performed over 1,000 shows worldwide. The duo rose to prominence in 2003 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.
Other work by Vishal-Shekhar
Vishal Shekhar have been consistently delivering ChartToppers every Year. In 2016 they released a song called Nashe Si Chad Gayi which got extremely hit and was the first Indian song to clock 300 million then 400 million and 435 million on YouTube. Vishal-Shekhar composed the biggest hit Swag Se Swagat which became the fastest song in the world to hit 100 million views and counting up to 650 million in within a year on YouTube.Swag Se Swagat has a funky rap written spontaneously by Vishal Dadlani and his powerful vocals did justice to the song to clock 650 million views within a Year. 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. They composed the song "Allah Ke Bande" from Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II.
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.
Vishal has also performed a Sufi performed with DEV GUPTA influenced song "Madari" in the Season 2 of Coke Studio.
In the aftermath of Panama papers leaks the names of Vishal and his family members (Reshma Motiram Dadlani, Moti Thanwerdas Dadlani and Anjana Haresh Vaswani) have been surfaced with some of their investments made through his company Sunny Blessing Holding InC, British Virgin Islands. Some of these transactions are currently under investigation by the enforcement directorate.
Vishal witnessed a very strong opposition when he tweeted against Jain Muni Tarunsagar ji Maharaj. Many FIR are filed against him all over India for hurting the religious sentiments. Though Muni Tarun Sagar Maharaj has never taken the issue seriously. Vishal also made himself apart from any political work after these conflicts. He has written an open letter to the saint saying that it was his biggest mistake to comment unknowingly. He was fined by Punjab & Haryana HC for the tweet.
Vishal Dadlani's vocals were usually recorded for Vishal-Shekhar and Pentagram Albums. Vishal got his first break as Playback Singer when Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy called him for the movie Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Some reasons the song came out late and Vishal had Recorded a Track called "Dhoom Again" for Pritam Chakraborty which came out earlier than the first one in 2006. Hence, it became the most popular track in the country and became Vishal's first track as a Playback Singer.
- Student of the Year 2 (2019)
- Thugs Of Hindostan (2018)
- Open Tuborg(with Diplo) (2018)
- Namaste England (2018)
- Bogda (2018)
- Mulk (2018)
- Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare (2018)
- Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India (2018)
- Gold (2018)
- Kaalakaandi (2018)
- One (2017)
- Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)
- Chef (2017)
- A Gentleman (2017)
- Befikre (2016)
- Banjo (2016)
- Sultan (2016)
- Sarrainodu (2016)
- Miruthan (2016)
- ABCD 2 (2015)
- Bajirao Mastani (2015)
- Vedalam (2015)
- Romeo Juliet (2015)
- Kaaki Sattai (2015)
- Ungli (2014)
- Bang Bang (2014)
- Happy New Year (2014)
- Hasee Toh Phasee (2014)
- Kaththi (2014)
- Vanakkam Chennai (2013)
- Chennai Express (2013)
- Gippi (2013)
- Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
- Akaash Vani (2013)
- Race 2 (2013)
- Student of the Year (2012)
- Talaash (2012)
- Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum (2012)
- Shanghai (2012)
- Vicky Donor (2012)
- Ishaqzaade (2012)
- Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012)
- Don 2 (2011)
- Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011)
- Ra.One (2011)
- Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011)
- Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
- Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap (2011)
- Pyar Ka Punchnama (2011)
- Game (2011)
- Patiala House (2011)
- No One Killed Jessica (2011)
- Tees Maar Khan (2010)
- Break Ke Baad (2010)
- Knock Out (2010)
- Anjaana Anjaani (2010)
- We Are Family (2010)
- I Hate Luv Storys (2010)
- Kites (2010)
- Paathshaala (2010)
- Hum Tum Aur Ghost (2010)
- Pyaar Impossible (2010)
- Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)
- Kurbaan (2009)
- Aladin (2009)
- London Dreams (2009)
- Kaminey (2009)
- 8 x 10 Tasveer (2009)
- Dostana (2008)
- Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008)
- Krazzy 4 (2008)
- Tashan (2008)
- Taare Zameen Par (2007)
- Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007)
- Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007)
- I See You (2006)
- Dhoom 2 (2006)
- Golmaal (2006)
- Taxi Number 9211 (2006)
- Bluffmaster (2005)
- Ek Ajnabee (2005)
- Karam (2005)
- Shabd (2005)
- Popcorn Khao! Mast Ho Jao (2004)
- Jhankaar Beats (2003)
Lyrics by Vishal Dadlani
- Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi - Musu Musu Hasi
- Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II -"Allah ke Bande" 2003
- Jhankaar Beats - All Songs...Among them some to list are like Tu Ashique Hai, Suno Na
- Popcorn Khao! Mast Ho Jao - All Songs
- Karam - Tinka Tinka 2005
- Bluffmaster! - 2005 (Hindi)
- I See You- All Songs 2006
- Golmaal - Vishal and Kumar 2006
- Cash - All Songs 2006
- Dostana - Kuch Kum 2007
- Aladin - You May Be -2007
- Om Shanti Om - Ajab Si
- I Hate Luv Storys - Bin Tere, Jab Mila Tu
- Anjaana Anjaani - Hairat, Aas Pas Hai khuda, I feel Good - 2010
- Tees Maar Khan - Sheila Ki Jawani - 2010
- Kahaani - Vishal and Anvita Dutt Guptan - 2012
- Shanghai - Vishal and Anvita Dutt Guptan - 2012
- Gippi - Vishal and Anvita Dutt Guptan - 2012
- Ra.One - Chamak Chalo, Raftarein, Criminal, Bhare Naina
- Bang Bang! - Tu Meri, Bang Bang Title Track -2014
- Banjo - (Banjo Party) Vishal and Ravi Jadhav -2016
- Sultan - Tuk Tuk Rap
- Tiger Zinda Hai - Swag Se Swagat Rap
Awards and nominations
Following is the list of awards and nominations received by Vishal Dadlani alone. List of awards and nominations received by Vishal-Shekhar can be seen here.
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Award
|2008||Best Lyricist||Ankhon Mein Teri (from Om Shanti Om)'||Nominated|||
|2010||Best Male Playback Singer||Dhan Te Nan (from Kaminey)
(along with Sukhwinder Singh)
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
|2013||Most Entertaining Singer (Male)||"Balam Pichkari" (from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)||Nominated|||
|2008||Best Lyricist||"Ankhon Mein Teri" (from Om Shanti Om)||Nominated|||
|2010||Best Male Playback Singer||"Dhan Te Nan" (from Kaminey)
(along with Sukhwinder Singh)
|2011||Best Lyricist||"Bin Tere" (from I Hate Luv Storys)|||
|2012||"Chammak Challo" (from Ra.One)
(along with Niranjan Iyengar)
|Best Male Playback Singer||"Chammak Challo" (from Ra.One)|
(along with Akon)
Global Indian Music Academy Awards
|2011||Best lyricist||"Tujhe Bhula Diya" (from Anjaana Anjaani)
(shared with Kumaar)
|2013||Best Duet||"Radha" (from Student Of The Year)
(shared with Shekhar Ravjiani, Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal)
|2014||"Balam Pichakari" (for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
(shared with Shalmali Kholgade)
International Indian Film Academy Awards
|2010||Best Playback Singer Male||"Dhan Te Nan" (from Kaminey)
(along with Sukhwinder Singh)
|2011||"Adhoore" (from Break Ke Baad)|||
Mirchi Music Awards
|2011||Album of The Year||Ra.One||Nominated|||
|2012||Male Vocalist of The Year||"Jee Le Zaara" (from Talaash)|||
|2014||"Tu Meri" (from Bang Bang!)|||
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- Times Of India, e-paper, Retrieved 23 November 2008
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- Times of India, Retrieved 23 November 2008
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- Miss Milani, Retrieved 1 October 2010
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- "Vishal Dadlani to judge Indian Idol Junior 2015". SonyLIV. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
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- "Vishal Dadlani offers to quit political work after controversial tweet on Jain monk". 28 August 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
- "Tehseen Poonawalla, Vishal Dadlani fined 20L for tweets against monk". 1 May 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
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- "Film Music Nominations: 4th Gionne Star Global Indian Music Academy (GiMA) Awards 2014 Powered By Reliance 3G". GiMA. 19 October 2014. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "3 Idiots win big at IIFA awards". Rediff.com. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
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- "Nominations - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2011". 30 January 2013. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "Nominations - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2012". www.radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "Nominations - Mirchi Music Awards 2014". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
- Vishal Dadlani on IMDb
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- Vishal Dadlani on Ganna.com
- Vishal Dadlani on Spotify.com