Jatin Pandit (l) and Lalit Pandit (r)
Background information
Birth name Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit
Also known as Jatin-Lalit
Occupation(s) Film composer
Years active 1991–2006
(they have been working independently since 2006)

Jatin–Lalit are a Bollywood film composer duo consisting of Jatin Pandit and his younger brother Lalit. They have written the scores for films such as Khiladi, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Khamoshi: The Musical, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Yes Boss, Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Fanaa .

Jatin–Lalit is their professional name and appears on the covers of their music CDs and DVDs. In 2006, the brothers ended their professional relationship, citing personal problems.

Jatin holds the record for most nominations at the Filmfare Awards without ever winning, with eleven. They all came in the Best Music Director category, in which the duo has received 11 nominations. Lalit has won the award for Dabangg(2010), along with Sajid-Wajid.

Early life

Jatin and Lalit were born into the Mewati gharana of Jodhpur in Rajasthan and are nephews of classical exponent Pandit Jasraj. They received their musical education primarily from their father, Pandit Pratap Narayan. They were taught guitar and piano by Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma, of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo.[1]

Hindi film actresses Sulakshana Pandit and Vijeta Pandit are their sisters, and music director Aadesh Shrivastava was their brother-in-law, being married to the younger of the sisters, Vijeta.[2]

Musical career

They began their career in 1991, composing music for the Hindi movie Yaara Dildara. Although the film was a flop, its music was a big hit. The evergeen famous song of the movie was "Bin Tere Sanam", which topped the charts. They were first noticed for their work on the soundtrack of the movie Khiladi and for "Pehla Nasha", a romantic song from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, the film which earned then their first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. Their compositions are strongly influenced by R. D. Burman's style of music making. In 1994, they composed the successful soundtrack to the Shahrukh Khan starrer Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. Jatin–Lalit's score for the cult classic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was a massive success, and is remembered as one of the all-time best Bollywood soundtracks, earning them another nomination at the Filmfares. Following this, their successful scores for Khamoshi: The Musical (1996) and Yes Boss (1997), which earned them their third and fourth nominations at the Filmfare Awards cemented their place as Bollywood's top music directors. Jatin–Lalit's next big success came with Karan Johar's debut directorial, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which sold 8.5 million copies and won a nomination for best music at the Filmfare Awards. Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, in the same year, and Sarfarosh, in 1999 were also appreciated, earning them their fifth and sixth nominations at the Filmfare Awards. Mohabbatein, (2000) directed by Aditya Chopra won acclaim, and the song "Humko Humise Chura Lo" became a classic. This soundtrack was also nominated at the Filmfare Awards, as was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), another famous soundtrack which included songs like "Bolein Chudiyan". Before their split in 2006, some of their successful soundtracks include Hum Tum (2004), Chalte Chalte (2003) and Fanaa (2006), their final collaboration. The latter two movies won them their tenth and eleventh nominations at the Filmfare Awards. Despite being nominated eleven times, Jatin–Lalit never won a Filmfare Award, and hold the record for the most nominations without ever winning.

They have composed a total of 473 songs in 72 films.[3] The duo has worked with a variety of lyricists Majrooh Sultanpuri, Gopaldas Neeraj, Anand Bakshi, Sameer, Javed Akhtar and singers including Kumar Sanu, Amit Kumar, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Udit Narayan, Hariharan, Sonu Nigam, Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Shaan, Babul Supriyo and many others. Veteran singers Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle & Jagjit Singh has also sung in few movies for the duo. Abhijeet credits Jatin–Lalit with the success of his career, due to songs like "Yeh Teri Aankhen Jhunki Jhunki", "Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaon", "Chaand Taare", and "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishare".

During the last few years of their joint career, their music albums contained several songs composed by other musicians. This practice was not liked by Jatin–Lalit; however, the producer and director insisted on it. In Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham two of the tracks were composed by Sandesh Shandilya. In Chalte Chalte, Aadesh Shrivastava composed several songs while in Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, one song was composed by Himesh Reshammiya and Sajid-Wajid.

They were among the first composers to write songs performed by Bollywood film stars rather than playback singers. They specially composed "Aati Kya Khandala" in the film Ghulam for the lead actor Aamir Khan. Later, They also composed a song for Sanjay Dutt to sing in the movie Khoobsurat.

Jatin–Lalit have composed the highest selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year on four occasions - Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in 1995, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998, Mohabbatein in 2000, and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in 2001.

Acting career

Jatin and Lalit appeared in the movie Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar during the song "Humse Hai Saara Jahaan". Jatin is the guy singing the song with the girl whereas Lalit can be seen playing the guitar (the very first shot of the song). Jatin performed the song "Rooth ke Humse" in the film.

Television career

Jatin–Lalit are generally reclusive: they rarely attend industry parties or conduct interviews with the media.

Jatin–Lalit were appointed as judges in the Zee Television musical show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. They were judges on another musical show, Star Voice of India. Jatin has appeared as a mentor in a popular TV show Jhoom India. He was judge and mentor in the popular reality show on Sony, Waar Pariwaar. This show was hosted by Urmila Matondkar and was appreciated by the Indian community all over the world especially in the USA.

The separation

After working for almost 16 years together, they announced that they would be parting ways due to personal problems.[4] Reasons for the separation are unknown, but entertainment writers have speculated that the split is because of financial matters.[5]

Solo careers

Lalit and Jatin have continued to compose separately.

Lalit scored the 2007 film, Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee, Showbiz, Horn Ok Pleassss and Dulha Mil Gaya.

Jatin composed the score for Saurav Shukla's upcoming film, I am 24, starring Neha Dhupia and Rajat Kapoor. It is a Planman Motion Films Presentation.

He composed for Raja Sen's film Krishnakanter Will. "I am working on the number. I am trying to make it in such a way that it goes along with the novel written by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay. The song will be melody based," says Jatin. He recorded an album for the president of the Indian Business and Professional Council, Abbas Ali Mirza. He is doing the Music for Kundan Shah's next. Considering the strong track record Jatin Lalit had with Kundan Shah, this film could be the next Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa for Jatin. Jatin is working on the maiden venture of Gazebo Entertainment's "Saturday Night".

Lalit composed the song "Munni Badnaam Hui" for 2010's all-time blockbuster movie Dabangg. The song has become hugely popular among the masses. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director with Sajid-Wajid in 2011 for this song, particularly for the quirky lyrics and Malaika Arora Khan's dance moves.

Awards and recognition

Filmfare Awards

Their soundtrack of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge was judged the top Hindi soundtrack of all time by on-line voters on the BBC Asian Network. The number two and three positions also went to Jatin–Lalit for their compositions from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.[6]

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has been rated the 6th best soundtrack ever by Planet Bollywood on their "100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks".[7] Other soundtracks included in the list are Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (64), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (69), Khamoshi: The Musical (97).

Collaboration with singers

Jatin–Lalit is most remembered their collaboration with Alka Yagnik. They composed 136 songs for her and this pair has become one of the most sought after singer-composer duo in music history alongside Asha Bhosle–R. D. Burman, Asha Bhosle–O. P. Nayyar, Asha Bhosle–Bappi Lahiri, Asha Bhosle–Laxmikant Pyarelal, Asha Bhosle–Ravi, Lata Mangeshkar–Laxmikant Pyarelal, Lata Mangeshkar–R. D. Burman, Lata Mangeshkar–Shankar Jaikishan etc. Among the male, Jatin–Lalit's most favourite was Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan. They equally propelled their career with hits after hit. Both singers sang 100+ songs for them.

Singer Number of songs
Alka Yagnik 136
Kumar Sanu 109
Udit Narayan 102
Kavita Krishnamurthy 61
Abhijeet Bhattacharya 52
Sonu Nigam 30
Sunidhi Chauhan 15



Year Film Notes
1991 Yaara Dildara
1992 Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman
1993 Aadmi
Boy Friend
1994 Cheetah
Hanste Khelte
Vaade Iraade
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
1996 Fareb
Khamoshi Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Return of Jewel Thief
1997 Daava
Ek Phool Teen Kante
Gunda Gardi
Yes Boss Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
1998 Badadin
Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge!
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Winner, Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Winner, Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Winner, Bollywood Movie Award – Best Music Director
Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya
Pyar To Hona Hi Tha Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
1999 Dil Kya Kare
Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin
Sar Aankhon Par
Sarfarosh Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Silsila Hai Pyar Ka
Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan
2000 Dhai Akshar Prem Ke
Mohabbatein Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya
Raju Chacha
2001 Albela
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2002 Aankhen
Kehtaa Hai Dil Baar Baar
Waah! Tera Kya Kehna
Tum Jiyo Hazaro Saal
2003 Chalte Chalte Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2004 Aur Phir Ek Din
Hum Tum
Rok Sako To Rok Lo
Sab Kuch Hai Par Kuch Bhi Kahin
2005 Chand Sa Roshan Chehra
Aap Jaisa Koi Nahin
Khamosh Khauff Ki Raat
Pyaar Mein Twist
2006 Fanaa Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Mera Dil Leke Dekho

Filmography of Lalit Pandit

Year Film Notes
2007 Showbiz
2008 Mr. White Mr. Black
Rafoo Chakkar: Fun on the Run
2009 Red Alert: The War Within
Horn 'Ok' Pleassss
2010DabanggFilmfare Award for Best Music Director along with Sajid-Wajid
Dulha Mil Gaya
Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke
2011 Force Song: Dum Hai Toh Aaja
2012 Chaalis Chauraasi
2014 Spark Song - Kuch Lab Pe Hai
2016 Shorgul 3 Songs

Non-film Songs

Year Album Song Composer Singer
2016 Tujhako Bulate Hain "Tujhako Bulate Hain" Lalit Pandit Sanjeev Yadav
Kaho Itna Pyar Karogi Na"Kaho Itna Pyar Karogi Na" Lalit Pandit Sanjeev Yadav


All-time music sales:[8]

FilmYearUnits Sold
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge19959,000,000
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai19988,000,000
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham20013,500,000
Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya19983,500,000
Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha19983,200,000
Yes Boss1997 3,000,000
Ghulam 19982,500,000
Khiladi 19922,500,000
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander 19922,500,000
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai19982,000,000
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman19921,800,000
Fanaa 2006 1,700,000
Hum Tum2004 1,600,000


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  2. Thambirajah, Mohan (8 July 2004). "Clayderman First on Bollywood Album". Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. Retrieved 13 October 2008.
  3. http://muvyz.com/people/hb969526
  4. "Jatin-Lalit on their last movie together".
  5. "Jatin-Lalit to split?".
  6. "Top 40 Soundtracks of All Time". BBC. Retrieved 13 October 2008.
  7. "DDLJ: one of the best soundtrack". Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  8. "Top Music Sales in last 60 years". Naachgaana. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
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