“Wajid’s love for and knowledge of music was extraordinary” – Milap Milan Zaveri


Around a month ago, on June 1, composer and singer Wajid Khan breathed his last in a Mumbai based hospital. Apart from suffering from a renal ailment, he was affected with the Covid-19 virus too. Wajid, along with his brother Sajid had composed the music for several memorable films including ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’, ‘Partner’, ‘Dabangg’, ‘Housefull 2’ and ‘Jai Ho’, among others. Some of their most underrated scores included the work they did for Milan Luthria’s ‘Chori Chori’ and Kunal Kohli’s ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’.

Today, on July 10, Wajid would have turned 48.

Writer-director Milap Milan Zaveri had a long-standing association with Wajid. Wajid and brother Sajid had composed the music for Milap’s debut directorial feature ‘Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai’ and had also composed the song ‘Tajdar-E-Haram’ for ‘Satyameva Jayate’ which happened to be Milap’s third film as a director. Sajid and Wajid had also composed the songs for ‘Main Tera Hero’ which Milap had written the dialogues for.

Milap had spent a lot of time with Wajid while working on ‘Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai’.

“Wajid, along with Sajid, had not just done the songs, he had also put together the background score for ‘Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai’. So, the entire soundtrack of the film was put together by the brothers. It was a very good album which did not get its due but every once in a while, I come across somebody who tells me how much he loves the music of that film. Wajid’s love for and knowledge of music was extraordinary. He was an extremely positive and enthusiastic person who would always have a smile on his face. All the four songs in ‘Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai’ were selected in one go. We never had to listen to a second tune for a particular situation”, Milap says.

For ‘Satyameva Jayate’, which had a multi-composer soundtrack,  Sajid – Wajid composed ‘Tajdar-E-Haram’, a song with a devotional touch to it and one which helped in taking the story forward.

“Because of a guideline issued by the Censor Board, we had to change a line in ‘Tajdar-E-Haram’. Wajid was a little unwell and in hospital. I did not know that and when I called him, he immediately got me in touch with Sajid and then, both of them made the necessary changes in a couple of hours. This just showed how dedicated and passionate he was towards his craft.”

Apart from being somebody whom he collaborated with on his films, Wajid was also a friend to Milap.

“Wajid was suffering from health issues for a while. When I messaged him last year to invite him for my birthday, he wished me and said he would not be able to come as he was recovering from a surgery. He wished me luck for ‘Marjaavaan’ which was about to release then. I would always remember him with all the fond memories I have of him in my heart.”

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