Kamal Haasan On SP Balasubrahmanyam: He Was Part Of My First Love, Marriage And Melancholy


Mumbai: Superstar Kamal Haasan on Friday stated he appears to be like again at his five-decade-long bond with mythical singer SP Balasubramaniam as an act of destiny, the place the latter turned into an inseparable a part of his lifestyles. Balasubrahmanyam, 74, died on Friday after being admitted to a health center on August 5. He had examined certain for COVID-19. In his superb profession of over 50 years, SPB, because the singer was once fondly known as, was once referred to as the voice of Haasan, no longer handiest dubbing for his motion pictures in Telugu however making a song songs for him, maximum significantly within the 1981 blockbuster “Ek Duje Ke Liye”.

The movie marked the singer’s Hindi debut and he endured making a song for Haasan in films like “Zara Si Zindagi”, “Ek Nai Paheli”, “Dekha Pyar Tumhara” and “Appu Raja” amongst others. Over a digital press convention, the 65-year-old actor described SPB as his “greatest public relations man” as he would at all times bathe love and reward on him. “I heard him first before I saw him. Like everyone else, he has been a part of my romance, melancholy, part of my happiness, first love and marriage as well. “I used to complain to him that it’s only your songs that got me into marriage! That’s the kind of relationship (I had with him),” Haasan advised journalists. The actor stated it will be unattainable to remember the primary time he met SPB because it’s very similar to recalling “the first time you saw your mother. Haasan credited fans for their union as artistes. “We were knitted together by popular choice. It was not like we chose each other. The audience chose us. Since they loved us as a pair, we started falling in love and later became brothers.” A six-time nationwide award winner, Balasubrahmanyam, who had sung over 40,000 songs, was once additionally honoured with Padma Shri in 2001 and Padma Bhushan in 2011.

Haasan stated although his achivements have been unending, Balasubrahmanyam was once no longer a person blinded via good fortune. “He never carried his fame with him. When he completed recording 30,000 songs, I wanted to speak about it but he requested not to as it won’t look nice, look like we are showing off. That’s what I liked about him. He took criticism and applause in the same way…

“To sing more than 40,000 songs is not an easy feat. If COVID had not hit him, he would still be singing, recording everyday. He died with his boots on.” Balasubrahmanyam blurred geographical obstacles, crossed language limitations and left an indelible mark along with his paintings throughout Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam movie industries. Haasan stated restricting him to only one state could be objectionable to his fanatics in different areas. “He is not just a Tamil or Telugu singer. He is a national voice and that’s how we should celebrate him.” The singer’s legacy, Haasan stated, could be that of kindness. Balasubrahmanyam’s humility “was not a mask” and he would ceaselessly lengthen the similar kindness he gained as a tender singer to the brand new artistes running with him, the actor stated. “He wanted to improve, he admired new talents and worked with them kindly. He never forgot the kindness which was offered to him as a young singer and imparted it those young talents who worked with him. That’s why he could move with times. “I never spoke about his singing. The world did. I would just be there, brimming with tears, proud of my brother,” Haasan stated.


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