Music composers Sajid-Wajid are arguably enjoying the best year of their
career spanning a dozen odd years. Wajid Ali Khan, the younger brother
of the duo, discusses what went right for them after a long span spent
As part of Sajid-Wajid, you had
around 10 releases in 2012. You seem to be one of the busiest music
We are not only the busiest, but have
also given the maximum number of hits. It started with Housefull 2,
and then came new ventures like Rowdy Rathore. All our songs are
very good, but hitting the mark with one song is important. Mashallah
mashallah was the only song we did in Ek Tha Tiger and we
hit bull's-eye. Musically, it has been a fantastic year. No regrets.
you prefer the times when you could take it slow?
better to have a lot of work than no work at all. Jab kaam nahi tha,
tab yeh nahi poocha ki free kyun hain? Toh ab jab kaam hai, hum khush
Dabangg 2 sounds very similar to your tunes for the original Dabangg.
It is a sequel, so
the sound had to remind people of Dabangg. The music can't
suddenly resemble that of Rock On, or any other film. People say Dagabaaz
re reminds one of Tere mast mast do nain. But then the
film's protagonist Chulbul is now trying to woo his wife. In Dabangg,
he was wooing a girl, but this time the same girl has become his wife,
and she has beautiful eyes.
Most of your career's landmark
films have been with Salman Khan. How important is he in your life
personally and professionally?
Salman is like an elder
brother. He believed in us when no one else did. He is 10 on 10, if I
have to rate him.
It has taken you 13 years to reach this
position. Do you sometimes rue that recognition has come too late?
is a time for everything. Samay se pehle aur kismet se zyaada kuch
nahi milta. We have learnt a lot in these years.
you ever get frustrated when things were not working out?
than getting frustrated, we analysed where we were going wrong and what
was not working for us. When we didn't have work we continued creating
Who has the last say in the
decision-making, you or older brother Sajid?
We do have
arguments while composing, but it is only to better our music.
On what basis do you decide to sing one of your compositions?
never just because we are the music directors. I sing only when the
song demands my voice.
As a mentor on the singing reality
show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012; do you feel responsible for the
careers of the singers you mentored?
Everyone has his or
her own journey. We can only teach them and show them the right
direction. When we graduate from college, the institute doesn't
guarantee us a job.
Your sound lays emphasis on melody.
Any contemporaries or legends you feel inspired by?
music directors like Roshan, Naushad, Laxmikant-Pyarelal,
Shankar-Jaikishen, SD and RD Burman. We wanted to concentrate on good
lyrics, good music and by the grace of God, people are able to recognise
our music through its quality.
With new music directors
flocking to the industry, do you feel threatened?
If new people don't come in, how will we get to learn new things? One has to work hard to sustain in the face of competition. What matters is what the future holds. Jo ho gaya woh bhool jao. We are working hard on our future projects like Himmatwala, Rangrezz, Bullet Raja, Heropanti and Chashme Buddoor.