Vijay Patil of Raamlaxman fame passed away into the ages on May 22.
Though his partner Ram passed way back in 1976, Vijay Patil continued to compose music under the name Raamlaxman.
After making music for some Marathi and Hindi films at the beginning of his career, he achieved fame after the super success of Main Pyaar Kiya in 1989.
Joginder Tuteja looks at the hit music he made for Salman Khan.
Maine Pyar Kiya
This was the film that started it all.
When S P Balasubrahmanyam sang Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate and Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali for Salman Khan, music lovers lapped them up.
Raamlaxman also curated Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka, Aaja Shaam Hone Aayee and the biggest hit of them all, Dil Deewana.
Patthar Ke Phool
Right after Maine Pyar Kiya came Patthar Ke Phool.
This is the only Salman film for which Raamlaxman scored the music despite it not being a Sooraj Barjatya production.
G P Sippy and Vivek Vaswani came together for this romantic actioner, and roped in Raamlaxman, who was riding on the success wave of Maine Pyar Kiya.
The composer delivered two solid chartbusters: Kabhi Tu Chhalia Lagta Hai and Tumse Jo Dekhte Hi Pyar Hua.
Hum Aapke Hain Koun...!
By the time Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! arrived, the quartet of Salman Khan, Sooraj Barjatya, S P Balasubrahmanyam and Raamlaxman had grown in stature.
No wonder, the soundtrack turned out to be not just the biggest of the year ,but also that of the decade.
The fact that the film had more than a dozen songs raised many eyebrows.
But once Salman lip-synched to Didi Tera Devar Deewana, Joote Do, Paise Lo, Pehla Pehla Pyar, Mujhse Juda Hokar, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Wah Wah Ramji, Dhiktana and more, there was no looking back.
Each and every song from the film was a chartbuster and the overall music was even bigger than their first outing together, Maine Pyar Kiya.
Hum Saath-Saath Hain
After a huge high came the dip as well.
No, not that the music of Hum Saath-Saath Hain flopped, but it was nowhere close to what the team had come up with earlier.
The film was a blockbuster and the album sales were good as well.
But beyond the title song Hum Saath Saath Hain, the picnic number A B C D and family track Chhote Chhote Bhaiyon Ke, there wasn't much to sing along.
Incidentally, Salman did not have a single solo song in this film where everything was done saath saath with Saif Ali Khan and Mohnish Behl.
Raamlaxman did not make music for Salman from this point on.