Wajid Khan was a famous Indian music director and singer. He used to work as a duo with his brother, Sajid Khan.
He was born on Sunday, 10 July 1977 (age 42 years; at the time of death), in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. His zodiac sign is Cancer.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family & Caste
He was born in a Muslim family.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan was a popular Tabla player. His mother’s name is Razina Khan. His paternal grandfather is Ustad Abdul Latif Khan and maternal grandfather is the Padma Shri awardee, Ustad Faiyyaz Ahmed Khan. His uncle is Niaz Ahmed Khan who was conferred with the Tansen award.
His elder brother, Sajid Khan is a music director too.
Relationships, Wife & Children
He got married to Maryam Asif Siddiqui in 2010. The couple has two children; one daughter and one son.
Sajid–Wajid debuted as music directors with the Bollywood song, “Teri Jawani” from the film ‘Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’ (1998); starring Salman Khan and Kajol. The duo came into the limelight with Sonu Nigam’s music album “Deewana” (1999), in which they composed music for the songs, “Deewaana Tera,” “Ab Mujhe Raat Din,” and “Iss Kadar Pyaar Hai.”
Sajid-Wajid composed music for a few albums, like ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’ (2001) and ‘Tera Intezar’ (2005). Wajid and his brother, Sajid composed music for various films, including ‘Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai’ (2002), ‘Gunaah’ (2002), ‘Chori Chori’ (2003), ‘The Killer’ (2006), ‘Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar’ (2006), ‘Jaane Hoga Kya’ (2006), and ‘Freaky Ali’ (2016).’
He was a singer too and lent his voice for various songs in Bollywood films like ‘Wanted’ (2009), ‘Dabangg’ (2010), ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ (2012), ‘Grand Masti’ (2013), and ‘Satyameva Jayate’ (2018). Sajid-Wajid was one of the favourite music directors of the ‘Bhai of Bollywood,’ Salman Khan. Sajid-Wajid composed music for various films of Salman Khan including ‘Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge’ (2002), ‘Tere Naam’ (2003), ‘Garv’ (2004), ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’ (2004), ‘Partner’ (2007), ‘Hello’ (2008), ‘God Tussi Great Ho’ (2008), ‘Wanted’ (2009), ‘Main Aur Mrs Khanna’ (2009), ‘Veer’ (2010), ‘Dabangg’ (2010), ‘Dabangg 2’ (2012), and ‘Dabangg 3’ (2019). Some of the popular Bollywood songs of Sajid-Wajid are ‘Soni De Nakhre’ (Partner, 2007), ‘Jalwa’ (Wanted, 2009), ‘Surili Akhhiyon Wale’ (Veer, 2010), and ‘Muni Badnam Hui’ (Dabangg, 2010).
Sajid-Wajid worked as a lyricist for many Bollywood songs like ‘Jee Le’ (Aag, 2007), ‘Le Le Mazaa Le’ (Wanted, 2009), and ‘Fevicol Se’ (Dabangg 2, 2012). Sajid-Wajid composed background score for the Hindi films including ‘Welcome’ (2007), ‘Bullett Raja’ (2013), and ‘Daddy’ (2017). Sajid and Wajid appeared as mentors in the singing TV reality shows, ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar’ (2010) and ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ (2012).
Wajid sang the IPL 4 theme song “Dhoom Dhoom Dhoom Dhadaka” in 2011.
The duo composed tracks for the TV shows like ‘Dus Ka Dum’ (2008), ‘Bigg Boss 4′ (2010), and ‘Bigg Boss 6’ (2012). During the Corona lockdown in 2020, Sajid-Wajid composed Salman Khan’s lockdown songs ‘Bhai Bhai’ and ‘Pyaar Karona.’ “Bhai Bhai’” is the last song composed by Wajid Khan.
On 1 June 2020 (Monday), Wajid Khan left the world. A few days before his death, he was admitted in Chembur’s Surana Hospital, Mumbai. In an interview, the famous Indian music composer, Salim Merchant said,
He had multiple issues. He had a kidney issue and had a transplant a while ago. But recently he got to know about kidney infection… He was on the ventilator for the last four days, after his situation started getting worse. Kidney infection was the beginning and then he got critical.”
Earlier, he had a kidney transplant and was suffering from a kidney infection, and later, he was tested positive for COVID-19. He had a cardiac arrest, which resulted in his death. On his demise, various Bollywood celebrities shared their condolence and tweeted,
Salman Khan 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 …”
Amitabh Bachchan wrote on Twitter,
Shocked at the passing of Wajid Khan. A bright smiling talent passes away. Duas, prayers and in condolence.”
Varun Dhawan tweeted,
Shocked hearing this news @wajidkhan7 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.”
Priyanka Chopra wrote,
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. @wajidkhan7”
His body is buried at the Versova Kabrastan in Mumbai; next to Late Irrfan Khan’s grave who left the world on 29 April 2020, after fighting a long battle with cancer. His funeral was attended by a few people including, Aditya Pancholi, Sajid Khan, and Wajid Khan’s wife and children.
- He belonged to the musical Gharanas, ‘Kirana Gharana’ and ‘Punjab Gharana.’
- He was trained in playing the guitar under one of the India’s best guitarists, Das Babu.
- He loved to sing ghazals.
- Wajid had won many awards as the best music director and singer.
- Sajid-Wajid always gives credit to Salman Khan for giving them the opportunity to work in various Bollywood films. In an interview, Wajid said,
We would not deny that it is only because of Salman Khan that we got an opportunity to work in different projects and prove our prowess as a music director duo. How can we forget the fact that it was Salman, who believed in our music when no one else had trust in our capability? Your ‘thinking’ itself becomes big when you work with an actor like Salman Khan, because he is a huge superstar. When you compose a song like Mera Hi Jalwa, you just cannot think of any other hero today gyrating to the number of the big screen with effortless ease.”
- Interestingly, Wajid’s first and last song as a music director was with the Bollywood actor, Salman Khan.
- Wajid’s mother was also tested positive for COVID-19 a day after his death.