Music composers at the top of their profession
in the 70s and 80s. Composed the two biggest
hit songs of the late 80s, Ek do teen (from
Tezaab) and the Bachchan number Jumma chumma (from Hum).
Both musicians started as performers in orchestras, becoming
arrangers for Hindi film music, which often
included ghosting for composers. Laxmikant
learnt the violin with Husnlal while Pyarelal
learnt music from the Goan music teacher,
Anthony Gonsalves (a memory celebrated in
his score for Amar Akbar Anthony).
Pyarelal assisted Bulo C. Rani at Ranjit; both assisted
Naushad, C. Ramchandra and Kalyanji- Anandji.
Their first film as music directors, Parasmani,
yielded a major hit, Hansta hua nurani chehra.
Broke through with Milan and the Lata Mangeshkar/Mukesh hit,
Sawan ka mahina. Real success came in the 70s with
their Rajesh Khanna films (Dushman, Hathi
Mere Saatbi, Do Raaste) and with Raj
Kapoor's Bobby. Since then they have worked
on many Manmohan Desai films (Dharam
Veer, Naseeb), Shekhar Kapur's Mr India
and the film that breathed new life into their
career, Tezaab, followed by Hum.
They tend to ascribe their success to their integration of
classical Indian and folk rhythms with
electronic synthesisers. The lyrics of their songs
are frequently written by Anand Bakshi.