Exclusive! Sophie Choudry on SP Balasubrahmanyam’s demise: Growing up in London and loving Hindi film music, his voice had a direct impact on me

Bollywood lost yet another gem today after SP Balasubrahmanyam breathed his last at a Chennai hospital. Celebrities have been taking to their social media handles to mourn the loss of the legendary singer. Talking exclusively to ETimes, actress Sophie Choudry said, “My Deepest condolences to his family and friends. I am devastated to hear this news. As a young kid growing up in London and loving Hindi film music, his voice had a direct impact on me because it was so soulful and unique. Be it the fun or romantic songs in ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’, ‘Hum Aapke hain Koun…’ ‘Saajan’, ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’, or the incredible songs in ‘Roja’, he made every song his own and he was simply a legend in every language he sang in.”

Elaborating further, she added, “His voice touched your heart and made you smile. For those who still don’t understand the seriousness of Covid-19, today we have lost a music legend and his loss is irreplaceable. May his soul RIP. My deepest condolences to his family.”

The late singer was hospitalized in August after he tested positive for COVID-19. On September 4, he tested negative but reportedly continued to be on the ventilator and ECMO even as he participated in passive physiotherapy.

The iconic singer has sung over 40,000 songs in as many as 16 languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi.