Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor lead Bollywood in mourning SPB's demise
The singer passed away today in Chennai due to COVID related complications
SP Balasubrahmanyam, legendary singer, voice artist and actor, passed away in a private hospital in Chennai today at the age of 74.
The singer, who had crooned many songs in Bollywood, made his debut in Hindi with Ek Duje Ke Liye, an album that remains a chartbuster even today. He later became the voice of actor Salman Khan who was just starting out in Bollywood. Their collaborations in Maine Pyar Kiya (most memorably Dil Deewana), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Saajan and Andaz Apna Apna stand the test of time.
SPB's duets with legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar established him as one of the few South Indian singers to chart a Bollywood career without having to compromise on his identity. After a 15-year-long break since Kabhi Na Kabhi with AR Rahman, S P Balasubrahmanyam returned to Bollywood with Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express (2013), composed by Vishal-Shekhar.
SPB was so connected with the late 80s and early 90s Bollywood that in Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, a film that was an ode to the Hindi cinema of that era, there were references to his singing style in the number, Life Mein Fair Chance Kiska.
After the news about his demise broke out, here's how Bollywood reacted on social media:
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) September 25, 2020
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Balasubrahmanyam ji.Just a few months back I’d interacted with him during a virtual concert in this lockdown..he seemed hale,hearty & his usual legendary self...life is truly unpredictable. My thoughts & prayers with his family#RIPSPB pic.twitter.com/NytdM7YhBL
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 25, 2020
हम बने तुम बने -एक दूजे के लिए। #SPBalasubrahmanyam ji -thank you for the amazing music: -with a heavy heart I say...साथिया या तूने क्या किया? Rest in glory Sir. Condolences to the family, loved ones & millions of fans world over. pic.twitter.com/YYlc9J1UGT
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) September 25, 2020
Great human being and an incredible singer...lucky to have had him dub for me...give his voice to my performances in my first Telugu and Kannada film...SP Balasubrahmanyam will be missed truly...my heartfelt condolences & prayers to the family... pic.twitter.com/bdQWiuXlQD
We lost a legend today #SPBalasubrahmanyan. Over 17,000 songs across 17 languages, his voice united music lovers across generations and regions. Your legacy of songs shall always keep your memories alive. Deepest condolences to the family. #ripspb pic.twitter.com/vfsSihNWar— Boney Kapoor (@BoneyKapoor) September 25, 2020
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) September 25, 2020
SP Balasubrahmanyam Sir’s voice dominated my initial years of cinema. He, of course, had been a legend from long before. Sad to learn of his passing. Condolences to his family. #RIPSPB sir— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) September 25, 2020
— Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) September 25, 2020