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Mika remembers music composer Wajid Khan


The song ‘Chinta Ta Chita’ from ‘Rowdy Rathore’ by Mika Singh was one of the best tracks of the songster’s career. The track was composed by late Wajid Khan, and remembering the musical artist, Mika Singh in an exclusive word with ETimes shared a BTS tale from the recording studio.

Mika Singh told us, “I had recorded the whole song, but there were these lines ‘Kya rang roop hai, kya chal dhal hai, ye lajab hai, ye bemisaal hai, ’ that I was unable to get the right. I wasn’t able to imagine how I should sing that they look perfect on the body language of Akshay Kumar. And then, Waji Khan danced on those 4 lines of ‘Chinta Ta Chita’ to make me understand the feel of the song.”

“I still remember Prabhu Deva was there in the studio, and Wajid danced even better than him. He grooved and asked me to dance too and feel the lines to get them right. This is how he used to work. He had so much patience that I don’t think nowadays other music directors or composers have,” added Mika Singh.

Furthermore, the ‘Jumme Ki Raat’ fame artists said, “Sajid-Wajid are those composers who have given grand music. Their work spoke volumes. You know it is easy to release an album or a song, as you don’t have to always think about a strong background. Whereas, in a movie, you have to create music that speaks about your story, the actors and everything. Moreover, nowadays we see six music composers working on a single movie, and most of them focus more on recreating old songs. On the other hand, they (Sajid-Wajid) single handedly used to bring new pieces, and they had amazing command over it. They were like Laxmikant Pyarelal of Bollywood.”

During the conversation, the singer told us a couple of other stories about his and Wajid Khan’s friendship. He said, “After ‘Chinta Ta Chita’, we met on a reality show, where both of us were judges. I used to call him my handsome brother, and I loved the style of his beard. I even used to ask him again and again that from where he gets his beard styled. One day he finally told me and I visited the very place. That is how close we were. I remember on the sets we used to have the home cooked meal. We used to open roza with the food made by his Ammi (mother).” “There was always so much positivity around him. He used to have a constant smile on his face. And I would like to share one very good thing about him that I never saw him drinking or smoking. He was one of the most positive persons I ever met. Even when he was sick, he never lost hope; he kept fighting till the end,” he added.

Mika Singh concluded on the note – “Post the show we were in touch through phone. I knew about his condition, and I was shocked to hear about his demise. My own elder brother Shamsher Singh had the very condition, but he was able to survive on a single kidney for five to six years. I guess that since Wajid bhai’s immunity dropped amid this pandemic situation, things took an ugly turn.”

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