By Sarita Rautela
Mumbai: Wajid Khan, the composer of superhit songs such as Tere Mast Mast Do Nain and Mashallah, is no more. Covid-19, which led to Kidney complications, is believed to have claimed him on early Monday morning. Khan was buried around 1 PM, today.
Part of the acclaimed Sajid-Wajid duo, Wajid, just 42-year-old, was younger of the two. He had a kidney transplant some time back and recently he developed kidney infection and was on the ventilator for the last four days.
By a quirk of fate, call it an irony, only recently Wajid had composed the song Pyaar karona, a coronavirus-themed song sung by superstar Salman Khan. Its lyrics were penned by Salman and Hussain Dalal and this one of a kind coronavirus themed song was released on Salman’s YouTube Channel with a description that read, “As India fights COVID-19, let’s join our forces of love and compassion to come out stronger in these times.”
Both Wajid and Sajid were sons of great tabla player Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan. They debuted as music director with Salman Khan’s Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya in 1998 and the duo went on to compose music for several Salman Khan starrers such as Hello Brother (1999), Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge (2002), Tere Naam (2003), Garv (2004), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Partner (2007), God Tussi Great Ho (2008), Wanted (2009), Main aur Mrs Khanna (2009), Veer (2009), Dabangg (1, 2 and 3), No Problem (2010), and Ek tha Tiger (2012; “Mashallah” only). Other than this they had worked in Sonu Nigam’s album Dewaana and several other films such as Kya Yehi Pyaar hai (2002), Gunaah (2002), Chori Chori (2003), The Killer (2006), Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yar (2006), Jaane Hoga Kya (2006) and Kal kisne dekha (2009).
After hearing the news of Wajid’s death, Salman tweeted: “Wajid Vil always love, respect, remember n miss u as a person n ur talent, Love u n may your beautiful soul rest in peace …”
Wajid and his brother Sajid had also worked as mentors on the reality singing show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012. They had also composed the title tracks of Big Boss Season 4 and 6, as well as the theme song of IPL 4 –Dhoom Dhoom Dhoom Dhadaka, with Wajid singing the title track.
The duo had won many awards for their composition and directions like Mirchi Music composer of the year(Tere Mast Mast Do Nain), Big Star Most entertaining Music (Ek Tha Tiger), Filmfare Award for Best Music Direction 2011 (Dabangg), Zee Cine Awards for Best Music Direction 2011 and best track of the year (Munni Badnaam hui), Jio Filmfare Award for Background Score 2018 (Daddy) and many more.