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Selecting only 10 songs - A hell of a task
Apr 07, 2009 03:33 AM 10112 Views
(Updated Jun 08, 2009 04:26 AM)

NADEEM SAIFI and SHRAVAN RATHORE - this duo is a benchmark of melodious, soul-touching, evergreen, and unmatched music in Bollywood. From AASHIQUI(1990) to DOSTI(2005), they have given countless evergreen chartbusters - way more than any other music director. AASHIQUI, SAAJAN, DIL HAI KE MANTA NAHIN, DEEWANA, SALAAMI, RAJA HINDUSTANI, PARDES, RAAZ, etc., are some of the rare movies of modern bollywood in which all songs are chartbusters. AASHIQUI remains the highest selling Bollywood film soundtrack of all times till date. The best part of their music is the composition of simple, evergreen, and soul-touching music without too much of sound engineering, which is done by most of the so called music composers of today, which surely enhances the sound quality but severely degrades the quality of music. However, NADEEM SHRAVAN's music is evergreen and will stay alive forever in the hearts of true music lovers.

Critics say that NS compose good music mainly with Kumar Sanu. However, starting from RAJA(1995) in which Kumar Sanu had sung no song - yet all songs were chart busters, they proved their supremacy with Udit, Abhijeet, and Sonu too. As far as female singers are concerned - everyone has sung her best with NS.

Critics have also accused NS of plagiarism from time to time. I do agree that they have copied music a few times, but the so called music directors of today - they are worse than horrible. Except a few, almost all chartbusters of NS are their original scores. Moreover, no one can alter this universal truth that NS are the greatest music directors of modern bollywood and one of the greatest of all times.

This review topic requires the selection of only10 best songs composed by NS,which is an extremely difficult task. I think selecting 100 could have been a bit easier. In many of their albums, all songs have turned out to be evergreen chartbusters, and that is what makes this task really arduous. For me, it is next to impossible to select only 10 best songs. Still, I have tried my level best to select 20.

However, I honestly believe that songs composed by NS are beyond any rating or comparison.

Here are my 20 best songs of NS(in reverse order). I am actually ranking entire albums, represented by one song per rank. However, all song selections and rankings are random, except the no.1 song:

20) Tum dil ki dhadkan mein - DHADKAN(2000) - One of the best songs ofAbhijeet from an equally sweet movie

*Pictured on: Sunil Shetty, Shilpa Shetty

19) Yeh dosti tere dum se hai - DOSTI(2005) - A ode to everlasting friendship by Udit Narayan and SonuNigam** from NS's last movie(before recent reunion).

Pictured on: Bobby Deol, Akshay Kumar

18) Gawah hain Chand Taare - DAMINI(1993) - Magical singing of Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik. A brilliant song from an unforgettable movie.Meenakshi Sheshadri's best performance till date

Pictured on: Rishi Kapoor, Meenakshi Sheshadri*

17) Tum bin na hum jee sakenge - MERE JEEVAN SAATHI(2004) - A gem of a song. Exceptional singing by Udit and Alka, especiallyAlka

*Pictured on: Akshay Kumar, Karishma Kapoor

16) Main Ladki Kashmir ki - SHEEN(2004) - An absolute timeless and exceptional beauty byKavita Krishnamurthy

Pictured on: Sheen

15) Dil Laga liya - DIL HAI TUMHARA(2002) - One of the best duets of  Udit and Alka - truly heartfelt

Pictured on: Jimmy Shergill, Preity Zinta

14) Pehli Pehli Baar Mohabbat ki hai - SIRF TUM(1999) - One of the best duets of Sanu and Alkafrom a sweet movie

Pictured on: Sanjay Kapoor, Priya Gill

13) Zara Tasveer se - PARDES(1997) - Unforgettable brilliance ofSanu and Alka from an unforgettable blockbuster

Pictured on: Shahrukh Khan, Mahima Chaudhary

12) Aapke pyar mein - RAAZ(2002) - One of the best solos of Alka from a superb horror movie

Pictured on: Dino Morea, Malini Sharma

11) Ghoonghat ki aad se - HUM HAIN RAHI PYAR KE(1993) - Supreme singing by Sanu and Alka

from an unforgettable, national film award winning movie

Pictured on: Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla

10) Kitna haseen Chehra - DILWALE(1994) - Another magical, evergreen solo by Sanu

Pictured on: Ajay Devgan

9)Tu dharti pe chahe jahan bhi rahegi - JEET(1996) - Another piece of brilliance by Sanu and Alka

Pictured on: Sunny Deol, Karishma Kapoor*

8) Aaye ho meri zindagi mein - RAJA HINDUSTANI(1996) - One of Udit's best solos of all times

Pictured on: Aamir Khan

7) Chehra kya dekhte ho - SALAAMI(1994) - Sanu's unparalleled magic with Asha Bhonsle from one of NS's most romantic albums

*Pictured on: Ayub Khan, Sanyukta Singh

6) Humko sirf tumse pyar hai - BARSAAT(1995) - Magical soft song by Sanu and Alka. One of the most romantic scores by NS

Pictured on: Bobby Deol, Twinkle Khanna

5) Teri ummeed tera intezaar - DEEWANA(1992) - Exceptional duet by Sanu and Sadhana Sargam.The sweet lyrics will intoxicate you instantaneously.

Picturized on: Rishi Kapoor, Divya Bharti

4) Mera dil bhi kitna paagal hai - SAAJAN(1991) - Sanu-Alka's best duet till date. A filmfare award winning song - best music, lyrics and male playback singer - from a gem of a movie

Pictured on: Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit

3) Sanson ki zaroorat hai - AASHIQUI(1990) - An unmatched and unforgettable solo by Sanu - one of his best. Sanu's first chartbuster under NS.

Pictured on: Rahul Roy

2) Kitni Hasrat hai - SAINIK(1993) - Sanu and Sadhana's best duet till date. Magical music, singing as well as lyrics - from a less known movie

Pictured on: Akshay Kumar, Ashwini Bhave

1) Dil hai ke manta nahin - DIL HAI KE MANTA NAHIN(1991) - By all means, this is undoubtedly the best composition ever made, by NS and also one of the all time best compositions in bollywood, exceptionally sung byKumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal, from one of the best movies ever made in bollywood. I am sure that such a song will never ever be re-composed in bollywood. Truly a rare diamond

Pictured on: Aamir Khan, Pooja Bhatt

There are way more evergreen, melodious, and heart-felt songs composed by NS than just these 20. This is an extremely small fraction of NS's exceptional, unmatched brilliance. They are unbeatable and irreplaceable- even an Oscar winning music director is no match for them.

Finally, a GREAT news for all music lovers.  NADEEM and SHRAVAN have paired up once again, and are back in the industry to spread the everlasting fragrance of their melodious and unmatched music.


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