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Deadly music duos of Bollywood

On the 14th death anniversary of Laxmikant, we look at other filmi combinations and their musical legacy.

bollywood Updated: May 26, 2012 16:50 IST
Gaurav Sharma
Gaurav Sharma
Hindustan Times

Remembering music composer Laxmikant of the legendary duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal in the week of his death anniversary (25 May, 1998), one can’t help but think about Bollywood musical jodis (pairs) that have created more than just music. From Shankar-Jaikishen, Vishal-Shekhar and Anand-Milind to Nadeem-Shravan, Kalyanji-Anandji and Salim-Sulaiman, such partnerships have always ensured musical treats which generations have enjoyed!

People think that Sajid- Wajid is one person!

Another successful music composer duo that has been belting out superhit melodies and foot-tapping numbers for over a decade now is Sajid and Wajid. They have just

finished working on two eagerly-awaited big films — Rowdy Rathore and Teri Meri Kahaani. We caught up with the musicians to compliment them about their newest chartbuster Mukhtasar Mulaqat (from Teri Meri Kahani), and during the meeting they revealed that people still think that Sajid-Wajid is one person!

Making of Mukhtasar

Says Sajid, “We approached this song as a remix of a slow song because it has such a strong melody. The first time Kunal made me listen to the song, I heard it on my new music system. The minute this song began, I got up and started dancing. Since then, every time we play Mukhtasar I dance like crazy. We named the song after a

mukhtasar mulaqat

(short meeting) with lyricist Prasoon Joshi and director Kunal Kohli.

Mukhtasar means “brief, short”. We already had a tune and went to see Prasoon. After I finished explaining the situation to him, he said, “

Acha, toh ladka aur ladki ki ek mukhtasar mulaqat hoti hai!

” (So the boy and girl meet briefly) and we had a eureka moment! I’m one of the few lucky music directors Prasoon writes for. He was worried whether these words would fit in the meter, but I always say that he has the meterwala pen!”

First Published: May 26, 2012 12:16 IST