Whenever we talk about Hindi music from the 90s, Kumar Sanu is a name that often comes to mind. He has sung many popular Bollywood songs in his career. The long list includes songs from ‘Baazigar’, ‘Saajan’, ‘Deewana’, ‘Aashiqui’, ‘Dhadkan’ and ‘Raja Hindustani’.
Kumar Sanu got his major break when Gulshan Kumar with music directors Nadeem and Shravan gave him chance to sing most of the songs of the 1990’s popular film Aashiqui. Kumar Sanu and Nadeem-Shravan later collaborated on many interesting projects. However, composer Nadeem Saifi doesn’t have pleasing things to say about Kumar Sanu.
Nadeem, who is upset with singers reprising his chartbuster songs and not giving him due credit recently interacted with media to express his opinions.
He said, “They performed well. They became superstars in their own rights. In my personal opinion, it was kind of betrayal because they never gave us the credit for the music. Right now, when you see them on national television, they never ever give credit to Nadeem Shravan of the songs they are singing. Out of most of the songs sung by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik but they don’t like to take our names. For that, I was very hurt.”
Nadeem recalls confronting Kumar Sanu about the whole situation. He said, “At one time, I spoke directly with Kumar Sanu and I had said that you were on the show on Sony Television and throughout the show you didn’t bother to take the name (Nadeem Shravan), did they stop you? Did the television crew stop you to give due credit. He said ‘No, No, No – Whatever the answer was’. It’s sad.”
Nadeem Saifi took a dig at Kumar Sanu as he said, “Kumar Sanu is addressed as Melody King. What melody has he composed for God’s sake? Today anyone can say anything and get away with it. I’m left gaping open-mouthed and in exasperation at it all.”
Nadeem Saifi has been living in London since 1997. He was accused of being involved in Gulshan Kumar’s murder. However, he claims that he was wrongly targeted and there was a conspiracy to frame him. Nadeem said that he was like a younger brother to Gulshan Kumar and that he loved him a lot. “The very fact that I want to return to India, proves my innocence. I have suffered this exile for nothing,” he said.