Musician Wajid Khan of the Popular Sajid-Wajid Duo Passes Away at 42

Popular music composer and director Wajid Khan has passed away at 42. We take a look at how Bollywood is mourning the loss of this legendary musician, and some of his most popular works.
By: Kanishka Updated: Jun 01, 2020 16:53 IST
Musician Wajid Khan of the Popular Sajid-Wajid Duo Passes Away at 42
Wajid Khan Passes Away

One of the most popular music composers of Bollywood, Wajid Khan has passed away at the age of 42. Wajid Khan, along with his brother Sajid Khan, had given the Indian film industry many hit songs. The duo has mostly composed music for Salman Khan and other top Bollywood celebrities. As per reports Wajid Khan was suspected of having the coronavirus, and was also suffering from kidney related ailments.

Wajid Khan was admitted at a hospital in Chembur, a suburb of Mumbai, after complaining of throat infection. The composer had also undergone a kidney transplant a few years ago. He succumbed to multiple ailments on Monday morning. 

A music composer and director, Wajid Khan was said to be very close to actor Salman Khan. The Sajid-Wajid duo first composed music for Salman Khan starer superhit film Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya in the year 1998, and from then, there was no looking back for the two Khan brothers. Even during his last days in the hospital, Wajid Khan kept signing songs from Salman Khan's popular movies. 

As soon as the news of his untimely demise surfaced on social media, through Sonu Nigam's post on twitter, condolences started pouring in from his fans and other Bollywood celebs. Wajid Khan has had pleasant relations with most of the Bollywood actors and singers. Salim Merchant in his conversation with a news agency said that he was put on ventilator support last week after a kidney infection got worse.

From Amitabh Bachchan to Priyanka Chopra and Varun Dhawan, many Bollywood celebrities have expressed their grief. 

My Brother Wajid left us.

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Wajid Khan Funeral

Wajid Khan has been laid to rest next to Irrfan Khan's grave at a cemetery in Versova, a  neighbourhood in Mumbai. As per reports, only two members from the composer's family were present at the funeral. 

Wajid Khan's Popular Works

Music director Wajid Khan and his brother Sajid Khan are known for their compositions for popular movies such as Wanted, Dabangg, Ek Tha Tiger, and many others. Wajid Khan also did playback for popular songs like Mera He Jalwa, Fevicol Se,  Chinta Ta Chita Chita, and others. He also recently composed Salman Khan's Covid-19 song Pyar Karona and Bhai-Bhai.

Interesting Facts About Wajid Khan

  • Wajid Khan's father Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan was a legendary tabla player and a music arranger, who had also worked with many celebrated musicians in the film industry.
  • Wajid Ali's grandfather Ustad Abdul Latif Khan, a musician and an instrumentalist, was a Padma Shri awardee- India's fourth highest civilian award.
  • The Sajid-Wajid duo wrote and composed the superhit song Hata Sawan ki Ghata from the movie Hello Brother.
  • The title track of one of the most popular TV shows Bigg Boss-4 and Bigg Boss-6 were composed by Sajid-Wajid duo. 
  • The duo has also composed the popular theme song for IPL season-4 and Wajid has also sung the title track.
  • Wajid Khan's first and last composition was for Salman Khan. The Sajid-Wajid duo happens to be one of the most admired musicians in Salman's family.
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