Nadeem-Shravan have been among the most prolific composer duos in the 90s. Their name is also synonymous with numerous hits starting from ‘Aashiqui’ through ‘Saajan’, ‘Phool Aur Kaante’ and Raja ‘Hindustani’ till ‘Pardes’. In 90s they completely refreshed the Indian music.
Their association 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 ‘Ilaka’, ‘Hisaab Khoon Ka’ and ‘Lashkar’. Though the films were big, the music wasn’t anything to be talked about.
‘Aashiqui’ (1990) changed all that. Music Moghul Gulshan Kumar gave them the break and the film saw the emergence of 3 superstars- Nadeem, Shravan and Kumar Sanu. Can anyone forget ‘Sanson ki zaroorat’, ‘nazar ke saamane jigar ke paas’, ‘dheere dheere se meri zindagi me aana’, ‘ab tere bin je lenge hum’ and “Jaanejigar Jaaneman”. Aashiqui ranks in the lot of the few films that have had a hit in each song. The Lions had tasted blood. Their success was overdue and they were not going to slip it away now. The joy ride continued with ‘Saajan’, ‘Dil hai ke maanta nahin’, ‘Sadak’, ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Phool Aur Kaante’. Whether it was ‘Chehra kya dekhte ho'(Salaami), ‘Adayen bhi hain'(dil hai ke manta nahin) ‘sochenge tumhe pyar'(deewana), ‘aaj raat chandni hai'(Kal ki awaaz), they all had the distinct stamp of Nadeem Shravan. What made them different from the other composers is their beats.