B’day Jukebox: SP Balasubrahmanyam Was Salman Khan’s 90s Voice
Remember the song ‘Aate Jaate...’ which ushered us into Maine Pyar Kiya? With that SP Balasubrahmanyam became identified as Salman Khan’s voice in the 90s just like Kishore Kumar became Rajesh Khanna’s voice through the 70s.
The singer, who holds a Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs, turns a year older on 4 June and we revisit his best songs:
5. Saajan: Tumse Milne Ki Tamanna Hai
This song is from the film Saajan (1991), starring Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt. It was a blockbuster and the music from the film played a vital role in making it a memorable one.
4. Pathar Ke Phool: Kabhi Tu Chhalia Lagta Hai
Pathar Ke Phool (1991) didn’t do well but this song sung by Lata Mangeshkar and SP Balasubrahmanyam was a super it.
3. Hum Aapke Hai Kaun: Pehla Pehla Pyaar Hai
This lovely ballad from Sooraj Barjatya’s blockbuster Hum Aapke Hain Koun? became a love anthem, thanks to SP Balasubrahmanyam’s velvety voice and Lata Mangeshkar’s melodious jugalbandi with him.
2. Maine Pyar Kiya: Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali
One of the songs that became a rage along with the film Maine Pyar Kiya. Mere Rang Mein... comes at a crucial point in the film which tests Salman and Bhagyashree’s relationship; SP Balasubrahmanyam’s rendition does full justice to it.
1. Love: Saathiya Tune Kya Kiya
One of the most romantic songs ever from a rather forgettable Love (1991), starring Salman and Revathi. Chitra’s fresh and lilting voice was new to Bollywood and it created magic along with SP Balasubrahmanyam’s playful vocals.
(This article is from The Quint’s archives and was first published on 4 June 2015.)