The famous Bollywood composer duo of Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit have entertained the masses for more than a decade. The brothers were born at Jodhpur in Rajasthan and are nephews of classical music exponent Pandit Jasraj. They were taught the nuances of music from their father, Pandit Pratap Narayan. As they grew older they were taught the piano and guitar by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Jatin and Lailit were deeply influnced by R.D. Burman and began their career in 1992. They got their first lucky break with the Bollywood film "Yaara Dildara" (1991). The song "Bin Tere Sanam" was a raging hit and helped propel their careers forward. The real recognition came when they composed the soundtrack of the movie "Khiladi" (1992) followed by "Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander" (1992). The romantic song "Pehla Nasha" was a super hit and established the duo’s position in the industry. Their most successful album came in the super-hit Shahrukh Khan starrer "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge" (1995). All the songs from the film including "Tuje Dekha To", "Ruk Ja O Dil Deewaane", "Mere Khwabon Mein", "Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna" and "Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main" are popular even today.
Their successful run continued with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Khamoshi - The Musical" (1996), "Yes Boss" (1997) and "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" (1998) and "Sarfarosh" (1999). They seemed to have depleted their creative juices by the onset of the 2000s and although they continued to deliver with films like "Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham" (2001), "Chalte Chalte" (2003) and "Fanaa" (2006), their music had started to sound dated and the hits were few and far between. They also stared facing flak for plagiarism and borrowing ideas from other composers.
Personal differences, perhaps brought one by their dwindling popularity, brought an end to their 16 year long relationship and they stopped composing as Jatin - Lalit.
Depite several nominations, the duo failed to bag the Filmfare Award but did manage to win many other awards. The BBC Asian Network voted the soundtrack of "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge" as number one among online voters; the second and third position also went to Jatin - Lalit compositions for "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" and "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai".