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Saturday 11 July 2020

Wajid Khan, music composer, dies at 42

The Sajid-Wajid duo had last worked together on Salman song titled Bhai Bhai, which was released on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, amid the COVID-19 induced lockdown

Bollywood has condoled the death of music composer Wajid Khan, one half of popular duo Sajid-Wajid, who died due to complications after a kidney infection in the early hours of Monday.

Starting their career in 1998 with Salman Khan-starrer Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, Sajid-Wajid scored music for many films of the superstar including Dabangg franchise, Chori Chori, Hello Brother, Wanted and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

Wajid Khan, best known for composing peppy Bollywood numbers along with his brother Sajid, was mourned on Twitter by Bollywood celebrities with tweets pouring in from the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, her cousin Parineeti Chopra, Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, Preity Zinta and others. “Shocked at the passing of Wajid Khan.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas posted a tweet expressing her disbelief over the sad demise of the noted composer.

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“Terrible news. The one thing I will always remember is Wajid bhai’s laugh. Always smiling. Gone too soon. My condolences to his family and everyone grieving. Rest in peace, my friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”

Actor Varun Dhawan, also took to Twitter to express his shock at the sudden demise, his tweet read, “Shocked hearing this news Wajid Khan bhai was extremely close to me and my family. He was one of the most positive people to be around. We will miss u Wajid bhai thank u for the music.”

Composer, Singer Salim Merchant also took to Twitter and said, “Devastated with the news of the passing away of my brother Wajid of Sajid -Wajid fame. May Allah give strength to the family. Safe travels bro Wajid Khan you’ve gone too soon. It’s a huge loss to our fraternity. I’m shocked & broken. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.

Members of the music industry such as Vishal Dadlani, Adnan Sami, Shankar Mahadevan, Harshdeep Kaur and others also left condolence messages.

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Wajid also did playback for Salman in chartbusters like Mera Hi Jalwa, Fevicol Se and for Akshay Kumar in Chinta Ta Chita Chita from the film Rowdy Rathore, among others. Wajid along with his brother Sajid served as mentor on singing reality shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012 and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar. The composer duo also scored IPL 4 theme song, Dhoom Dhoom Dhoom Dhadaka, which was sung by Wajid.

The Sajid-Wajid duo had last worked together on Salman Khan’s song titled Bhai Bhai, which was released on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, amid the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

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