New Delhi: Music composer Wajid Khan of renowned composer duo Sajid-Wajid died at a Mumbai hospital in the wee hours of Monday because of complications from kidney infection, reported news agency PTI. He was 42. 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, his son Abhishek, Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, her cousin Parineeti Chopra, Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Kapoor and others. “Shocked at the passing of Wajid Khan. A bright smiling talent passes away. Duas, prayers and in condolence,” tweeted Mr Bachchan while Akshay remembered Wajid Khan as “Talented and ever-smiling” in his tweet. “An irreplaceable loss for the music industry,” wrote Anil Kapoor in his condolence tweet.
After Wajid Khan’s death, speaking to news agency PTI, Salim Merchant said Mr Khan was admitted to Mumbai’s Surana Hospital in Chembur a few days ago following complications related to kidney infection and that his condition eventually deteriorated: “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.”
Sajid-Wajid made their debut as composers, creating music for Salman Khan’s film Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya in 1998 and continued composing songs for Salman Khan films in the years to come – they composed entire playlists for the Dabangg series of films, Partner and Welcome. Wajid Khan recently co-composed Salman’s songs Pyaar Karona and Bhai Bhai, which the actor released during the lockdown. Sajid-Wajid also composed the theme songs for Salman Khan-hosted reality TV shows Bigg Boss 4 and Bigg Boss 6.
Wajid Khan was also a playback singer and sang tracks such as Mera He Jalwa, Fevicol Se, Chinta Ta Chita Chita, Mashallah, among others. Wajid Khan also sang the theme song of IPL 4, which was composed by the duo.
Wajid Khan and his brother Sajid were part of reality music show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012 and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar as mentors.