Bollywood star Salman Khan joined fans and film stars in mourning the demise of veteran music director Vijay Patil, aka Laxman of Raam-Laxman duo.
Taking to his Twitter handle, the actor, offered Laxman’s family his condolences and praised the musician’s contribution towards some of his biggest films. “Raam Laxman, music director of my successful films like maine pyaar kiya, patthar ke phool, hum saath saath hain, hum apke hain kaun has sadly passed away. May his soul rest in peace. Condolences to the bereaved family,” Khan tweeted.
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Ram Laxman, music director of my successful films like maine pyaar kiya, patthar ke phool, hum saath saath hain, hu.
The composer, whose real name was Vijay Patil, passed away at his residence in Nagpur in the early hours of Saturday, due to a cardiac arrest, He was 78.
“He had taken second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, six days ago. There was no problem at that time… But when he came home he developed weakness. His parameters were dropping. Doctors were attending at home. He passed away at around 2 am on Saturday. He had a cardiac arrest,” his son Amar said in a statement.
Patil, known by cinema aficionados as ‘Laxman’ of duo composers ‘Raam-Laxman’, started his journey in films with Marathi actor-comedian Dada Kondke’s 1975 film ‘Pandu Hawaldar’.
He gave the music for the movie with his collaborator Surendra under the name Raam-Laxman.
Surendra passed away in 1976, but Patil continued to compose under the same name, slightly changing it to Raam-Laxman.
Patil took his initial lessons in music from his father and uncle. He later studied music at the Bhatkhande Shikshan Sanstha.
In his over four decades-long career, he composed music for over 150 films in Hindi, Marathi and Bhojpuri and worked with famous film directors such as Manmohan Desai, Mahesh Bhatt, GP Sippy, Anil Ganguly and Sooraj Barjatya.
Some of his other memorable works are ‘Agent Vinod’, ‘100 Days’, ‘Anmol’, ‘Tarana’, ‘Patthar Ke Phool’ and ‘Hum Se Badhkar Kaun’.
Legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar was one of the first film personalities to pay tributes to Patil.
“I got to know now about the demise of the very talented Raam Laxman ji (Vijay Patil). I am deeply saddened. He was a very good person. I have sung many songs composed by him which had become quite popular. My heartfelt condolences,” she wrote on Twitter.
The official Twitter handle of production banner Rajshri also mourn the loss.
“Music Composer Vijay Patil aka Laxman of the iconic #RaamLaxman duo passed away. Our deepest condolences to his family in this tough time. Rajshri will always remember him for his immense contribution to the music industry. May his soul Rest In Peace,” the post read.