Vishal Bharadwaj is one of the leading music director, director and writer in Indian film industry. Born to a lyricist father, Vishal get noticed in the industry when he won Filmfare R. D. Burman Award for film Maachis in 1997. Bharadwaj recently received rave reviews for his film Omkara (2006) as director and music director. Omkara was hit film with the marvelous performances of Saif Ali Khan, Konkana Sen, Kareena Kapoor and Ajay Devgan. It was also hit because of its music and lyrics. Music for it was given by Bharadwaj himself and lyrics was given by Gulzar. Omkara is termed as one of the best film of year 2006.
Vishal Bharadwaj was born and grown up in Bijnoir district of Uttar Pradesh. In his childhood he never thought of doing a film career, rather he wanted to become a cricketer. He also played cricket from is state for the under-19 team. But his father Ram Bharadwaj, who was a popular lyricist, wanted his son to become a music composer.
After death of his father, the whole responsibility of his family came on his shoulders. He shifted to Delhi, where he began playing the harmonium for ghazal singers at various festivals in Delhi's Pragati Maidan. At the time he also composed music for some Delhi Doordarshan programmes and for some documentaries. During his stay in Delhi, he met Mr. R.V. Pandit, who gave Bharadwaj a job in his music company CBS in Delhi.
Bharadwaj later moved to Mumbai to try his hand in film industry. His singer friend Suresh Wadekar introduced him to Gulzar. Since then Gulzar and Bharadwaj had worked on many projects together. In their early collaboration they worked on serials and children's films like 'Guchche', 'Jungle Book', and 'Alice in Wonderland'. They later worked together in film Maachis. Maachis was directed by Gulzar and music for it was given by Bharadwaj. With this film he gave the hit compositions like 'Chappa Chappa Charka Chale', 'Chodh Ayaye Hum Woh Galiyaan', and 'Pani Pani Re'. Bharadwaj won his first Filmfare Award- R.D. Burman Award as New Music Talent for film Maachis. Later he also composed music for Gulzar's film Hu Tu Tu.
His other well known films as music director includes Satya, Godmother, Chachi 420, Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, Makdee, Maqbool, Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar, Ramji Londonwaley and the recent ones Omkara, Nishabd and No Smoking. For most of the film Gulzar had penned the lyrics like Omkara and No Smoking. Bharadwaj won National Award as Best Music Direction for film Godmother in 1999.
Bharadwaj turned to movie direction with film Maqdee, starring Shabana Azmi in 2002. This children special film earned him many awards and appreciations. Afterwards, he directed films like Maqbool, The Blue Umbrella (Chatri Chor), and Omkara. Each of these received many accolades for him. Both his films Maqbool and Omkara are the Shakespearean adaptations. Maqbool is based on Macbeth, while Omkara is based on Othello. Also his film The Blue Umbrella (Chhatri Chor) is based on Ruskin Bond's story of the same title.
Vishal Bhardwaj also had done story writing for films like Makdee, Maqbool, Chatri Chor (The Blue Umbrella), Omkara and Dus Kahaniyaan.
Bhardwaj recently had done composition for No Smoking and story writing for Dus Kahaniyaan. He is also directing 11-minute short film called Blood Brothers, which is a part of Mira Nair's AIDS awareness films. He is also planning to make a film Julia. It is biography of actress Nadira. It will be co-written by Hollywood screen-writer Matthew Robbins. It is also supposed that Hollywood actress Uma Thurman and Hrithik Roshan will play the lead roles in the film.
Vishal Bharadwaj - Hit Songs