Bollywood music director Vijay Patil, popularly known as the Laxman of Raam-Laxman duo, passed away at his Nagpur residence on Saturday. Patil earned fame for providing music to comic Dada Kondke’s Marathi films and Hindi movies like ‘Hum Aapke Hai Kaun’ and ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, reports Times of India.
Patil, born and brought up in Nagpur, started as a singer and instrumentalist in city’s popular orchestra groups. Later, he shifted to Mumbai with an ambition to become a music director. With his friend Surender ‘Raam’ Kadam, Patil formed a team which was given the sobriquet ‘Raam-Laxman’ by Kondke.Even after the death of Kadam soon after the pair bagged its first Hindi film ‘Agent Vinod’, Patil continued providing melodies to more than 75 Hindi, Marathi and Bhojpuri films as ‘Ram-Laxman’. Rajshri Productions’ songs in ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ (Filmfare award), ‘Hum Aapke Hai Kaun’ (many awards) and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ proved to be super-duper hits.
‘Lavleena aa gaya main’ from ‘Agent Vinod’ in 1977 and ‘Deva ho deva, Ganapati Deva’ from ‘Humse Bhadkar Kaun’ in 1981 stand out in his oeuvre. Patil composed many chartbusters during the 1980s and 1990s before the advent of Nadeem Shravan and Annu Malik.
Family members said that Patil was not a Covid-19 patient and had taken both doses of Covid vaccine. On Friday night he complained of chest pain. Before he could be shifted to a hospital, Patil got a severe cardiac arrest and died at home itself around 2 am. His last rites were performed at Mokshadhaam Ghat.
In 2018, Raam-Laxman was bestowed the Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar.