Nadeem–Shravan

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Nadeem-Shravan
Genres Soundtrack, Filmi
Occupations Composer, music director, singer
Years active 1979–1989, 1990–1997, 2000–2005, 2008–2009, 2015–present

Nadeem–Shravan (sometimes credited as Nadeem Shravan) are 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 among the most successful music directors of the 1990s till the early 2000s. They have the strong effect of Ancient Hindustani Music in their compositions and were the only composers during the 1990s and 2000s who always used to use a little or more the three instruments like Bansuri (Indian flute), Sitar & Shehnai (Persian flute) in almost all of their songs. The usage of these instruments explored these instruments in a modern and impressive way without disconnecting from its original value. It made their contribution very unique compared to the contribution of some magnicifent rising Music Directors towards the evolution of new and different music era started in early 90's. Singers Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Lata Mangeshkar, Alka Yagnik and Hindi playback singers such as Sonu Nigam, Abhijeet, SP Balasubramanyam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Anuradha Paudwal and many others have sung under their baton. Veteran singer Mohd. Rafi also sang for them in their film Dangal.

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), Hum Ho Gaye Aapke (2001), Raaz (2002), Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002), Dil Ka Rishta (2003), Andaaz (2003), Tumsa Nahi Dekha (2004), Bewafaa (2005) and many others. Their music for Raaz was even appreciated by Sir Paul McCartney.[1]

Music career[edit]

Shravan in 2012

The association of Nadeem and Shravan dates back to 1972 when they met each other at a function. Their first film assignment was Dangal, a Bhojpuri movie in 1979. Their first Hindi movie assignment was Maine Jeena Seekh Liya in 1981 sung by Amit kumar . They got three big films; IlaakaAmit Kumar & Asha, Hisaab Khoon Ka1 song sung By Amit Kumar and Lashkar. In 1985, the duo composed music for a commercial project called Star Ten. Ten Hindi actors (Mithun, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Sachin, Danny, Vijendra, Sulakshana Pandit, etc.) sang some songs with lyrics by Anwar Saagar.[2]

Rise to fame[edit]

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 "Ek Sanam Chahiye", "Nazar Ke Samane", "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, Raja Hindustani and Phool Aur Kaante. Whether it was "Chehra Kya Dekhte Ho" (Salaami), "Adayein Bhi Hain" (Dil Hai Ke 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.

When Pardes soundtrack was released, the tracks had different varieties of songs; songs ("I Love My India" and "Meri Mehbooba"), love songs ("Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain") and qawwali ("Nahin Hona Tha)" pop ("My first day in America"), pain ("Ye Dil Deewana"). Planet Bollywood started the review by saying, "The music for Pardes is Nadeem-Shravan's best ever."[3]

They have worked with lyricists like Anand Bakshi, Faaiz Anwar, Hasrat Jaipuri, Rani Malik and many others. 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.[2]

Their songs often contain Jhankaar, Conga, Bongos, 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.

Aashiqui has been rated the 4th best soundtrack ever by Planet Bollywood on their "100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks".[4] Others soundtrack by them include Saajan (16), Sadak (51), Raja Hindustani (56), Dhadkan (73), Deewana (79).

Gulshan Kumar murder case[edit]

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.[5][6] In mid-2002, Nadeem Saifi was acquitted of any involvement in the Gulshan Kumar murder case by a court in the Indian city of Mumbai. The judge said there was inadequate evidence to prove the charges.[7]

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 remained in the UK and despite the distance between England and India, he and Shravan continued to make music together. But they later split after Dosti.[8]

Split[edit]

In 2005, the duo split. Dosti was their last movie together. Nadeem started his own perfume and bag company, also involved in solo compositions. Shravan was uninterested in continuing with his music, and instead focussed on his son's music careers and movie production. Another reason cited is probably the distance between the two. In an interview, Nadeem stated that there is not any conflict between him and Shravan.

Awards[edit]

Nadeem–Shravan have won several awards during their music career.

Nominations[edit]

All time Blockbuster and Blockbuster[edit]

Year Film Verdict
1990 Aashiqui All Time Blockbuster
1996 Raja Hindustani All Time Blockbuster
2002 Raaz Blockbuster
2005 Bewafaa Blockbuster
2003 Andaaz Blockbuster
1997 Pardes Blockbuster
1991 Sadak Blockbuster
1991 Saajan Blockbuster
2001 Kasoor Blockbuster
1995 Raja Blockbuster
1992 Deewana All Time Blockbuster
2000 Dhadkan Blockbuster
1994 Dilwale All Time Blockbuster
1996 Agnisakshi Blockbuster
1991 Phool Aur Kaante All Time Blockbuster

Discography[edit]

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 Numbri Beta Dus Numbri
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 Music album
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 Awaz
Junoon
Anaam
Panaah
1993 Shreemaan Aashique
Sangraam
Balmaa
Kaise Kaise Rishte
Dhartiputra
Aadmi Khilona Hai
Divya Shakti
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
Jaadu Unreleased film
Zamaana Deewana
Saajan Ki Baahon Mein
Barsaat
Teri Mohabbat Mein Music album
All Time Hits Music album
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 Music album
1997 Judaai
Jeevan Yudh
Mohabbat
Naseeb
Hi Ajnabi Music album
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 Last film before official split
2006 Mere Jeevan Saathi
2008 Gumnaam – The Mystery
2009 Do Knot Disturb
2009 Sanam Teri Kasam Previously released as Sambandh (1996)
2012 Rang Music Album Previously released as Kal Na Kal Ye To Hona Hi Tha
2015 Ishq Forever First comeback film of Nadeem Saifee as a solo composer without his partner Shravan Rathod
2016 Deewana 2 Announced
2016 Vishesh films next Announced
2016 Saajan 2 Announced

Impact on record sales[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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

Comeback in 2015[edit]

Nadeem Saifee has clarified that he will be making his comeback with lyricist Sameer in a new film titled "Ishq Forever". He has spilt with his partner Shravan and will be making his comeback as a solo composer. The film has six songs and he hopes to recreate his era through his music. They also have other projects in hand like Deewana 2, Saajan 2 & Vishesh Films Next.

Sales[edit]

All time music sales:[9]

Rank Film Year Units Sold
1 Aashiqui 1990 15,000,000
1 Raja Hindustani 1996 11,000,000
1 Saajan 1991 7,000,000
1 Dilwale 1994 5,500,000
1 Deewana 1992 4,500,000
2 Dhadkan 2000 4,500,000
2 Phool Aur Kaante 1991 6,000,000
2 Andaaz 2003 1,500,000
2 Bewafaa 2004 2,500,000
2 Pardes 1997 3,500,000
2 Raja 1995 6,000,000
2 Andaaz 2003 2,500,000
3 Sadak 1991 5,000,000
3 Agni Sakshi 1996 2,800,000
3 Raaz 2002 3,000,000
4 Jeet 1996 2,500,000
4 Sirf Tum 1999 2,200,000
5 Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam 2002 1,600,000
5 Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin 1991 2,500,000
5 Sapne Sajan Ke 1992 2,000,000
5 Qayamat 2003 2,100,000
6 Dil Hai Tumhaara 2002 1,500,000
8 Dil Ka Rishtaa 2001 1,400,000
8 Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke 1993 2,500,000
12 Yeh Dil Aashiqana 2002 1,600,000
11 Haan Maine Bhi Pyar Kiya 2002 1,800,000
1 Kasoor 2001 1,500,000

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