Divya Solgamawrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Music Directors Nikhil–Vinay have been together since 1991 and have been around for more than a decade. Nikhil has trained in Western Classical while Vinay has learnt Light Classical.
Vinay started his career as a singer years before he met Nikhil. They got their first break in the film 'Pyar Bhara Dil' whose song ‘Banke Kitab Teri’ was quite popular. Since then there has been no looking back.
They composed songs for films like 'Bewafa Sanam', which launched Sonu Nigam as a playback singer. Followed by 'Uff Yeh Mohabbat', 'Chor Aur Chand' and 'Papa The Great'. 'They have also given the background score for 'Aaja Meri Jaan' and 'English Babu Desi Mem'. They have done about 20 films together. They have also composed music for popular serials like 'Thoda Hai Thodeb Ki Zaroorat Hai' and 'Ajeeb Daastan'. However, their true claim to fame was when Sonu Nigam's popular album 'Jaan' became a chart-topper. Jaan's popularity displayed a distinct Nikhil-Vinay style and the importance of soft romantic melodies. Their next project was Sonu Nigam's next album 'Yaad' followed by Anubhav Sinha's film 'Tum Bin'. According to Nikhil-Vinay, after Tum Bin, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam and the film-turned-album Kuch Dil Ne Kaha, they have landed up with quite a few offers. The composer-duo were backed by T-Series in a big way and most of their work is for the music company. Going by their track record it is obvious that Nikhil-Vinay have a knack for composing romantic numbers, which are high on melody.
After Nadeem-Shravan and Jatin-Lalit, the latest to join the bandwagon of parting their ways are music director duo Nikhil-Vinay. After been together for15 years now they have decided to call quits. But when asked Nikhil denied the news and said that they’re very much together. But Vinay had something different to say about it. “It's true. In fact, it has been nearly eight months since we haven't worked together. I was always reluctant to speak about it. I can say that Nikhil and I are not together anymore,” he said. But he doesn’t give the exact reason for the split. "There's no definite reason. It's just that I got involved in my brother's film and was working separately for around a year. I loved calling the shots. I realised that I could also work alone and do what I wanted to do myself. Apart from that there's nothing more to it. Nikhil is like my brother. We still talk once in a while and I am always there for him. We've had no fights as such. After working for over 15 years, we just drew apart. I respect Nikhil for his work and he is a talented guy.” Inspite of being absent from the movie scene these days they continue to remain a respected name in the music industry.