Vishal Dadlani is an Indian singer, music director, and lyricist. He works with his ‘partner in creation’ Shekhar Ravjiani, and they are popularly known as Vishal-Shekhar. Besides 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, Telegu, and Marathi languages.
Vishal Dadlani was born on Thursday, 28 June 1973 (age 50 years; as of 2023) in Bandra, West Bombay, Maharashtra. He grew up in Bandra, Mumbai, where he did his schooling.
After completing his schooling at Hill Grange High School in South Bombay, he joined Jai Hind College, the University of Mumbai for two years, and afterwards, he went on to complete his graduation from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, HSNC University. He received a bachelor’s degree in commerce in 1994. Vishal developed a sense of music when he listened to the music that his parents used to listen to. From Led Zeppelin to Jagjit Singh, he tried different languages and genres of music and experimented with them. The beginning of his career took place in 1994 when he started working as a lead vocalist in a band named Pentagram. After a while, he stepped into the music industry of Hindi cinema, and since then, there was no turning back.
Height (approx.): 5 feet 7 inches
Weight (approx.): 82 kg
Hair Colour: N/A (Bald)
Eye Colour: Black
Family & Caste
Parents & Siblings
His father, Moti Dadlani, was a businessman, who passed away on 8 January 2022 due to some complications in the gall bladder surgery.
His mother’s name is Reshma Dadlani and he has a younger sister named Anjana Dadlani.
Vishal got married to Priyali Dadlani in 1999. The couple lived happily till 2017 but called it quits after 18 years of marriage.
He lives in an apartment on Peddar Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Pentagram is an Indian rock band that was formed in 1994, and Vishal is the lead singer in the band. It consists of three more members in which Shiraz Bhattacharya plays the drum, Randolph Correia is on guitar and Papal Mane is on bass. They are considered to be the forerunner in the field of independent music bands. Their debut album, We Are Not Listening, was released in 1996 and renowned poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar and music artist Shankar Mahadevan were featured in his album. After its 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 grabbing many Bollywood projects like Jhankaar Beats (2003), Bluffmaster (2005), and Salaam Namaste (2005).
Vishal-Shekhar: The Dynamic Duo
The duo was formed in 1999, and they went on to compose music for many popular films including Om Shanti Om (2007), Ra. One (2011), Student of The Year (2012), and Chennai Express (2013) The duo is counted among the best musicians in the Indian music industry.
The Big Break in Bollywood
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy was the first who gave Vishal an opportunity to sing in Bollywood films. The first song in which he lent his voice was “Kiss of Love” from the Bollywood film ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’ in 2007; however, it was the song ‘Dhoom Again’ from the film ‘Dhoom 2’ that was released earlier than ‘Kiss of Love.’ Vishal’s songs have a wide range from pop to rock and from classical to modern. He has recorded more than 100 tracks, and most of them are superhits including Kurban Hua, Dhan Te Nan, Malhari, Tu Meri, Swag Se Swagat, Bala, and many more.
Vishal has worked with not only Indian music artists but also many international artists like Akon, Diplo, The Vamps, and Imogen Heap.
Caution: No More Remix!
In 2019, he raised his voice against the culture of remixing songs in Bollywood. While talking about his song ‘Saaki’ from Bollywood film Musafir (2004), Dadlani said that he would sue anyone who would try to remix Vishal-Shekhar songs anymore. The song ‘Saaki’ was recreated by Tanishk Bagchi for the Bollywood film Batla House (2019). In an interview, Dadlani talked about this and said,
This is not about one song, one person, one company or one remix. This is about a screwed-up system that allows the exploitation of what should be a composer’s legacy without any regard for the original composers themselves.”
Mocking a Jain monk
In 2016, Vishal tweeted a disrespectful tweet while showing anger and making fun of Jain monk Muni Tarun Sagar. Muni’s followers heavily criticised him and asked him to render an apology. He tweeted,
“If you voted for these people, YOU are responsible for this absurd nonsense! No #AchcheDin, just #NoKachcheDin.”
Chennai Express: Dadlani and Honey Singh Row
Reportedly, when Honey Singh was offered a song in Shah Rukh khan’s film ‘Chennai Express’ Dadlani was not happy with the decision of Shah Rukh Khan and the team of ‘Chennai Express’ as he did not want a singer like Honey Singh to get associated with the project. Earlier, Dadlani had criticized Honey Singh for his misogynistic approach to his songs. The Free Press Journal Dadlani tweeted,
“It’s hilarious and pathetic, how desperately this tacky rap-rapper is trying to ride on the fame of @iamsrk and #ChennaiExpress. Poor guy”.
Honey Singh came to promote his song “Saiyan Ji” with Nushrat Bharucha on the set of Indian Idol 12, where Vishal and Honey hugged each other, both performed with the contestants and enjoyed the show.
- Filmfare R.D. Burman Award for New Music Talent for the film ‘Jhankaar Beats’ in 2004
- IIFA Award for Best Song Recording for ‘Chammak Challo’ from ‘Ra One’ in 2012
- Zee Cine Awards for Best Track of The Year for ‘Chammak Challo’ from ‘Ra One’ in 2012
- Zee Cine Awards for Best Track of The Year for ‘Radha’ from ‘Student of The Year’ in 2013
- Mirchi Music Awards for Listener’s Choice Song of the Year for ‘Radha’ from ‘Student of The Year’ in 2013
- Food: Sindhi dishes
- Actor: Shah Rukh Khan
- Actress: Madhuri Dixit
- Cricketer: Sachin Tendulkar
- Movie: Border
- Singer(s): Raghu Dixit, Shaan, and Nikhil D’souza
Vishal’s net worth is 8 million dollars (as of 2022).
- Vishal is a celebrity supporter of AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) and actively promotes it. He has even made a song for the party.
- Vishal and Shekhar went on a 3 months trip and after 3 days Vishal randomly decided to write a song. They turned a 3 months trip into 3 days and returned then he said, “Music is a vacation, bro.”
- In 2020, Vishal revealed that there was a time when he would smoke more than 40 cigarettes in a day.
- His hobbies include adventure sports and travelling.
- He has been one of the judges on the popular singing show Indian Idol for 3 seasons (2018-2020).