Nadeem-Shravan Genres Movie songs, Film music Occupations Composer, music director, singer Years active 1981–2009
Nadeem-Shravan (sometimes credited as Nadeem Shravan) was a music director duo in the Bollywood film industry of India. The duo derives its name from the first names of its two principals, Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod.
Nadeem-Shravan were two of the most successful music directors of the 1990s till mid 2000s. They are known for their catchy songs that feature a strong rhythm (often accentuated by Latin percussion instruments) and great melodies. Major Hindi playback singers such as Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Abhijeet, SP Balasubramanyam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal and many others have sung under their baton.
They composed soundtracks for many films including Aashiqui (1990), Saajan (1991), Deewana (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Dilwale (1994), Raja (1995), Barsaat (1995), Agni Sakshi (1996), Jeet (1996), Raja Hindustani (1996), Pardes (1997), Sirf Tum (1999), Dhadkan (2000), Kasoor (2001), Raaz (2002), Andaaz (2003), Tumsa Nahi Dekha (2004), Bewafaa (2005) and many others. Their music for Raaz was even appreciated by Sir Paul McCartney.
The association of Nadeem and Shravan dates back to 1972 when they met each other at a function. Their first Hindi film assignment was Maine Jeena Seekh Liya in 1981. But they were stuck with the B-grade films until they got three big films in the form of Ilaaka, Hisaab Khoon Ka and Lashkar. Though the films were big, the music wasn't anything to be talked about.[says who?] These same B-grade film composers in the future would grow so popular to the extent that they were signed on by the biggest banners in Bollywood.
Rise to fame
Aashiqui (1990) brought Nadeem-Shravan into the limelight. Music mogul Gulshan Kumar gave them the break and the film saw the emergence of three superstars - Nadeem, Shravan and Kumar Sanu. Some hits include "Sanson Ki Zaroorat", "Nazar Ke Saamane", "Dheere Dheere Se", "Ab Tere Bin Jee Lenge Hum" and "Jaanejigar Jaaneman". Aashiqui ranks in the lot of the few films that have had a hit in each song. The joy ride continued with Saajan, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, Sadak, Sainik, Raja, Dilwale and Phool Aur Kaante. Whether it was "Chehra Kya Dekhte Ho" (Salaami), "Adayein Bhi Hain" (Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin) "Sochenge Tumhe Pyar" (Deewana), "Aaj Raat Chandni Hai" (Kal Ki Awaz), they all had the distinct stamp of Nadeem Shravan.
They have composed all kinds of music, be it fast-track, sentimental or dance numbers. But their forte was always melody. Most of their compositions were inspired from old time ghazals, westerns and other charts (Example from Aashiqui, "Dheere Dheere Se" from Joyce Sims' "Come Into My Life" , "Tu Meri Zindgi" from Tasavvur Khanum, "Jane Jigar" from Robin Ghosh's "Bin Tere Jeena Nahi" were inspired songs.[original research?]
It has been said[by whom?] that they don't have much variety; that they did not experiment too much. But this is where their strength lay, i.e. delivering the music that is traditionally Indian, yet having a fresh hint of modernity woven around it. But Nadeem Shravan wanted to prove to the whole world that they could be "conventionally different", if they chose to be. For that, they needed the support of a director whose script required all kinds of music and who could give them a free hand in composing. When Subhash Ghai's Pardes was released, a noted music critic[who?] said: "Nadeem Shravan should stop composing music... because there can't be anything better then [sic] this...Nadeem Shravan have reached their peak."[attribution needed] The film had melodious love songs ("Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain"), pop ("My first day in America"), pain ("Ye Dil Deewana"), Qawwali ("Nahin Hona Tha") and "I Love my India". About the song, Nadeem said: "I love my India was not a mere song but it continues to convey my feelings for the country."
They got the maximum hits with Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan, Vinod Rathod and Sonu Nigam. They have worked with lyricists like Anand Bakshi, Faaiz Anwar, Hasrat Jaipuri, Rani Malik, and many others, but their tuning seems to fit best with Sameer. When they arrived on the music scene, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Anand Milind were at the top. But subsequently their hard worked paid and they gave various hits in a row.
Their songs often contain jhankaar / Conga / Electronic drum fusion beats. They have insisted on sticking to lyricist Sameer and male singers Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan and female singer Alka Yagnik for most of their compositions.
Gulshan Kumar murder case
In 1997, the duo ran into negative publicity when Nadeem, while on vacation in London, England, was named a suspect in the murder of his former mentor, record executive Gulshan Kumar (the boss of T-Series Music Company). In India, by the investigating police and arrest warrants were issued against him. He was said[by whom?] to have paid a hitman for carrying out this task. His passport was revoked, and to avoid arrest, he stayed in England. The House of Lords upheld the London High Court's decision against the extradition in the 1997 murder case, and turned down the Indian government's plea for review of the decision. "In the findings given by the UK court which were confirmed by the House Of Lords, Nadeem Saifi was not only declared innocent, he was also a victim of conspiracy falsely involved in a serious charge of conspiring to kill Gulshan Kumar.". In mid-2002, Nadeem Saifi was acquitted of any involvement in the Gulshan Kumar murder case by a court in the Indian city of Bombay. The judge said there was inadequate evidence to prove the charges.
After being inactive for sometime, Nadeem-Shravan made a comeback of sorts with films like Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa, Ek Rishta, Kasoor, Hum Ho Gaye Aapke, Raaz, Dil Hai Tumhaara, Qayamat, Hungama, Andaaz, Bewafaa, Tumsa Nahi Dekha, Barsaat, Dosti and Do Knot Disturb.
Nadeem-Shravan have been accused of committing plagiarism on several occasions, some of their popular Hindi film songs have been inspired from Pakistani singers.
Split and coming back together
In 2005, the duo split. Nadeem started his own perfumes and bag company, also involved in solo compositions. Also Shravan was disinterested in continuing with his music, and instead focusing on his son's music careers and movie production. Another reason cited is probably the distance between the two.
Nadeem-Shravan have won several awards during their music career including four Filmfare Awards, two Screen Awards and a Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director.
- 1990 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Aashiqui
- 1991 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Saajan
- 1992 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Deewana
- 1996 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Raja Hindustani
- 1996 - Star Screen Best Music Director Award - Raja Hindustani
- 1997 - Star Screen Best Music Director Award - Pardes
- 2002 - Zee Cine Best Music Director - Raaz
- 1991 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Phool Aur Kaante
- 1993 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke
- 1995 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Raja
- 1997 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Pardes
- 2000 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Dhadkan
- 2000 - Star Screen Best Music Director Award - Dhadkan
- 2000 - IIFA Best Music Director - Dhadkan
- 2002 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Raaz
- 2003 - Zee Cine Best Music Director - Andaaz
Nadeem-Shravan missed another Screen and Filmfare award for Raaz in 2002, as the songs were more popular than any other soundtrack that year, eventually the Screen award won by Ismail Darbar and Filmfare by A. R. Rahman for Devdas and Saathiya respectively.
Year Film Notes 1979 Dangal Bhojpuri 1982 Bebassi Anmol Sitaare Naya Safar Maine Jeena Seekh Liya Apradhi Kaun? Zakhmi Insaan 1985 Cheekh 1986 Vikram Betaal 1987 Khooni Mahal 1988 Zulm Ko Jalaa Doongaa 1989 Ilaaka Hisaab Khoon Ka Lashkar 1990 Baap Numberi Beta Dus Numberi Solah Sattra Mere Humdaam Pyar Pyar Aashiqui Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director Apmaan Ki Aag Lal Paree Shandar 1991 Jigarwala Jaan Ki Kasam Aanchal Tera Dhalka Hua Aap Ki Yaadein Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin Saajan Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director Saathi Phool Aur Kaante Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director Pyaar Ka Saaya Sadak 1992 Dil Ka Kya Kasoor Sapne Sajan Ke Jaan Tere Naam Dilwale Kabhi Na Hare Paayal Deewana Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director Bekhudi Kal Ki Awaaz Junoon Anaam Panaah 1993 Shreeman Aashiq Sangraam Balmaa Kaise Kaise Rishte Dhartiputra Aadmi Khilona Hai Divyashakti Damini Waqt Hamara Hai Krishan Avtaar Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director Rang Sainik Dil Tera Aashiq Tadipaar 1994 Kranti Kshetra Aatish Choti Bahu Ekka Raja Rani Sayesha Music album Dilwale Salaami Saajan Ka Ghar Stuntman 1995 Aandolan Gaddaar Zamaana Deewana Saajan Ki Bahon Mein Barsaat Anokha Andaaz Teri Mohabbat Mein All Time Hits Raja Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director 1996 Agni Sakshi Majhdhaar Jung Saajan Chale Sasural Jeet Raja Hindustani Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Winner, Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
Himmatvar Sajni 1997 Judaai Jeevan Yudh Mohabbat Naseeb Hi Ajnabi Saat Rang Ke Sapne Pardes Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Winner, Star Screen Award for Best Music Director
1998 Maharaja 1999 Aa Ab Laut Chalen Sirf Tum 2000 Dhadkan Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director 2001 Kasoor Ek Rishta Hum Ho Gaye Aapke 2002 Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya Raaz Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Winner, Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Ansh Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam Dil Hai Tumhaara Jeena Sirf Merre Liye 2003 Dil Ka Rishta Indian Babu Yeh Dil Andaaz Qayamat Hungama Footpath Zinda Dil Raja Bhaiya 2004 Sheen Kal Na Kal Ye To Hona Hin Tha Tumsa Nahin Dekha Hatya 2005 Bewafaa Barsaat Dosti: Friends Forever 2006 Mere Jeevan Saathi 2008 Gumnaam – The Mystery 2009 Do Knot Disturb Rahbar Sanam Teri Kasam Upcoming Bhanwara
Impact on record sales
In total span of 17 years only 4 years (1998, 1999, 2004, 2006) are such which don't have Nadeem-Shravan's album in top 3. The year wise analysis is as follows.
Year Rank (in terms of sales in India) 1990 1 - Aashiqui 1991 1 - Saajan 2 - Phool aur Kaante 3 - Sadak 1992 1 - Deewana 1993 1 - Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke 1994 "Dilwale" 1995 2 - Raja 1996 1 - Raja Hindustani 3 - Agnisakshi 1997 2 - Pardes 1998 none 1999 none 2000 2 - Dhadkan 2001 1 - Kasoor 2002 1 - Raaz 2003 2 - Andaaz 2005 2 - Bewafaa
All time music sales:
Rank Film Year Units Sold 1 Aashiqui 1990 18,000,000 3 Raja Hindustani 1996 11,000,000 8 Saajan 1991 7,000,000 9 Phool Aur Kaante 1991 6,000,000 10 Pardes 1997 6,000,000 11 Dilwale 1994 5,500,000 13 Sadak 1991 5,000,000 15 Deewana 1992 4,500,000 16 Dhadkan 2000 4,000,000 17 Andaaz 2003 1,400,000
- ^ http://www.microcan.net/nadeemshravan/bio.html
- ^ http://www.microcan.net/nadeemshravan/bio.html
- ^ http://www.rediff.com/entertai/2001/aug/25nadeem.htm
- ^ http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/sep/14nandy.htm
- ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1948866.stm
- ^ http://www.indiafm.com/news/2005/10/31/6126/index.html
- ^ http://indiaabroad.com/movies/2003/jan/17news.htm
- ^ http://www.rediff.com/entertai/2003/jan/17news.htm
- ^ http://www.vluvshahrukh.com/exclusive/awards/screen.htm
- ^ http://www.boxofficeindia.com/musicalltime.htm
- Shravan Rathod at the Internet Movie Database
- Nadeem Saifi at the Internet Movie Database
- http://www.nadeemshravan.net Exclusive Fan Site
- http://www.microcan.net/nadeemshravan/interviews.html Interviews
- http://www.indiafm.com/news/2007/01/08/8598/index.html Nadeem - Shravan all set to return together
- http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/sep/14nandy.htm Gulshan Kumar Murder
- http://www.india-today.com/itoday/20000522/cinema.html Nadeem Saifi's Interview on India Today
Filmfare Award for Music Director 1954–1960 1961–1980
Shankar Jaikishan (1961) · Ravi (1962) · Shankar Jaikishan (1963) · Roshan (1964) · Laxmikant-Pyarelal (1965) · Ravi (1966) · Shankar Jaikishan (1967) · Laxmikant-Pyarelal (1968) · Shankar Jaikishan (1969) · Laxmikant-Pyarelal (1970) · Shankar Jaikishan (1971) · Shankar Jaikishan (1972) · Shankar Jaikishan (1973) · S. D. Burman (1974) · Kalyanji Anandji (1975) · Rajesh Roshan (1976) · Khayyam (1977) · Laxmikant-Pyarelal (1978) · Laxmikant-Pyarelal (1979) · Laxmikant-Pyarelal (1980)
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