This is another sad story after music director Shravan Rathod died on 22 April. The wish to see Nadeem and Shravan together again will never be fulfilled. Shravan Rathod had been admitted to SL Raheja hospital in Mumbai in a “critical” condition after testing positive for Covid-19. He breathed his last in the hospital. “He passed away around 10:15 PM tonight. Please pray for his soul,” his son, musician Sanjeev Rathod, informed the press that day.
Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod might have had big ego clashes back in the day, but Nadeem said, when contacted, “Look, such things happen after working with each other for many years, especially after children grow up. Lekin ek baat mujhe karni thi lekin ab woh hogi nahi.” Clearly, too much water has flown under the bridge since then. Nadeem has mellowed down with time and he does not want to look back at their split harshly.
So what’s that wish which shall now always remain unfulfilled, he was asked. “I wanted to do a farewell tour with Shravan, which would have had us performing to our hit songs in different parts of the world. We were looking forward to it but the lockdown came as a big dampener. We thought we would certainly do it after things improve on the Covid-19 front but alas!” exclaimed Nadeem, the fugitive who has been wanted in connection with the case of the murder of filmmaker and cassette industries’ tycoon Gulshan Kumar since the 1990s.
Nadeem said that Shravan and he had spoken to each other on the phone about 25 days before Shravan’s death. “We chatted for about 20/25 min on quite a few things,” he said and then lamented, “How I wish that things were still the same and we had resolved everything and started working together again.”
Nadeem-Shravan composed super hit music in Bollywood during the 90s golden era. From Aashiqui, Saajan, Pardes to Raja Hindustani — the duo made chartbusters that are still a hit in small towns and among those nostalgic about the 1990s and Kumar Sanu’s voice that the composer duo arguably exploited the best. Post their split, Nadeem and Shravan collaborated one more time for David Dhawan’s Do Knot Disturb in 2009.