Nadeem Saifi is one of the musical composers from the duo Nadeem Shravan. The duo came to recognition as Nadeem Saifi and
Shravan Rathod in the industry. They chose to keep their first names and got credited as Nadeem-Shravan in the industry. But after 2005, the duo composers got a split and Nadeem is making his comeback again after ten years with a film ‘
Ishq Forever’ which is expected to get released in January 2016. The soundtrack is quite pleasing, and he has chosen singers like
Sonu Nigam, Fateh Ali Khan, Palak Muchha and
Neeti Mohan. This film does not have Kumar Sanu’s songs; Sanu was a permanent playback singer in Nadeem-Shravan’s films.
The composer also has a few more assignments for 2016. Nadeem has been 17 years away from India due to false implications that were made against him for the death of T.Series owner
Gulshan Kumar. It was in 1972 that the two musicians came across each other at a function. Thus, their association grew up and the first assignment that they got was for a Bhojpuri movie ‘
Dangal’ (1972). In 1981, the duo bagged their first Hindi movie project ‘Maine Jeena Seekh Liya’. But their real success came after the release of ‘Aashiqui’ (1990) which put the duo composers in the limelight. Bollywood industry’s Moghul Gulshan Kumar (famous for T.Series) gave them a break. Every song of ‘Ashiqui’ was in lips of every moviegoer and the film became hit only for songs. It was said that when the songs were played in the theater, people used to get in and come out after the song sequences were over. The film ran for houseful shows in many locations. After ‘Aashiqui’ there was no looking back for this duo. Their association continued together for many blockbuster movies such as ‘
Saajan’, ‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin’, ‘Sadak’, ‘
Dilwale’, ‘Raja Hindustani’ and ‘
Phool Aur Kaante’.
The uniqueness of their composition was that they used bansuri (flute), the sitar and the shehnai. This usage was pleasing The highlight of their music was that they retained the classical music patterns alive in every music album and every movie for which they had scored. Their music is still popular and hummable even now. Some songs of this duo that are noteworthy and mentionable include ‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin’, ‘Sochenge Tumhe Pyar’, ‘Dekha Hai Pehli Baar', etc. Nadeem Shaifi had composed songs for lyricist like Hasrat Jaipuri, Anand Bakshi, Faaiz Anwar, etc.
Nadeem was also responsible for the growth of the career of Anuradha Paudwal, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet, etc. Most of this duo’s compositions were inspired from ghazals and other charts. Even S.P. Balasubramanyam,
Sadhana Sargam, Hariharan, Sonu Nigam,
Suresh Wadkar had lent their voices for their compositions. The duo was in demand in the industry for a decade (1990s-2000s). They got separated after 2005. After the split, Nadeem Saifi concentrated to run his own perfume and bag Company, and Shravan Rathod concentrated on his son’s musical career. However, Nadeem Saifi is expected to return as a solo composer for a new film in 2016. It may be noted that ‘Ashiqui’ Album crossed sale of more than 200 million cassettes and CDs. Nadeem is hopeful that he will create another magic with his new film after ten years.