Sajid and Wajid have given quite a few chartbusters for number of Salman Khan starrers in the capacity of composers. However, when Wajid decided to lift the pen for the track ‘Jack & Jill’ in Paying Guest, he managed to impress none other than Subhash Ghai, the producer of the film. “I wasn’t meant to do lyrics for Paying Guests. In fact officially I have never been in charge of the lyrics department, though on and off I do come up with suggestions. However, it was by default that I ended up writing a song for Paying Guests”, informs Wajid.
The song had traveled quite a few hands before it reached Wajid. The basic requirement was to come up with a song that revolved around the nursery rhyme ‘Jack & Jill’ and would appeal to both children and youth. When none of the other lyricists succeeded in delivering the required results, Wajid took up the challenge on himself. “I asked Paritossh Painter, the film’s director, for a couple of days and assured him that I would revert with the appropriate lyrics for ‘Jack & Jill’. When I returned to him with the song, he liked what he saw but the biggest reaction came from Subhash Ghai himself”, says Wajid in an excited tone. And what exactly was the reaction?
“He was very impressed with the song and complimented me in as many words. Coming from a man like him who has been known for his great taste of music for decades, it was nothing but an honour”, says Wajid. This was not all as Subhash Ghai now wanted him to sing for Paying Guests as well. On his insistence, Wajid went on to sing the title song Paying Guests where he has gone solo. “He loved the base rhythm of the song that I hummed to him”, says Wajid, “He then and there insisted that I sing the song as well and wasn’t even willing try any other singer.” Incidentally, Ghai hadn’t heard any of his songs from other films earlier and heard him for the first time only during the recording of Paying Guests.
“Thankfully, the song was completed in almost a single take and I was relieved because Ghai saab was there in the studio and seeing it all. It was a very good experience to be working under the mentorship of the Showman himself”, gushes Wajid. In fact, Wajid is wearing an all rounder cap today by not just composing the music but also frequently coming behind the mike for rendering a song or two. Most recently he flexed his vocal chords for films like Kal Kissne Dekha, Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge and Hello as well besides composing the music along with Sajid.