Jatin Pandit is a member of the Bollywood music composer duo Jatin-Lalit. He, along with his younger brother Lalit, formed the duo back in 1992. They ended their professional relationship, citing personal problems, in 2006.
As a duo, they have created soundtracks for films like “Khamoshi: The Musical” (1996), “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” (1995), “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” (1998), “Mohabbetein” (2000) and “Fanaa” (2006). The first song they composed music for was “Bin Tere Sanam” for the Hindi movie “Yaara Dildara” (1991) though they were first noticed for “Pehla Nasha” from the movie “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander” (1992).
Jatin was born into the Mewati gharana of Jodhpur in Rajasthan and is the nephew of the classical musician Pandit Jasraj. He received his basic training in music from his father, Pandit Pratap Narayan. He learned guitar and piano from Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma.
Both his sisters are Bollywood actresses, namely, Sulakshana Pandit and Vijeta Pandit. Also his brother in law is music director Aadesh Shrivastava, Vijeta’s husband.
As a duo, “Fanaa” was their last movie together. Following the split, the first solo film that Jatin composed was for Smita Thackeray’s 2008 film “Society”. Jatin has composed music for movies like Saurav Shukla’s “I am 24” (2011), Raja Sen’s “Krishnakanter Will” (2007) and Deepak Shivdasani’s “Mr. White Mr. Black” (2008) thereafter.
Jatin-Lalit’s soundtrack “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” became the top Hindi soundtrack of all time as judged by online voters on the BBC Asian Network. The interesting fact is that the second and third positions also went to them for “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” (2001) and “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”!