'The reason why Salmanbhai clicks so well with us is because we know the kind of songs he likes to project on screen... thodisi masti thodasa romance and zero vulgarity.'
Wajid Khan's passing leaves a deep dent in Salman Khan's creative repertoire.
Salman shared a unique bonding with Sajid and Wajid; he especially connected with the latter.
The first song that the composer brothers scored for the star was in Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya in 1998.
They had met Salman with their songs and the actor immediately liked their energetic music and easygoing attitude.
But Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya already had Jatin-Lalit doing the music. Salman coaxed Jatin-Lalit to let Sajid-Wajid do one song.
As a career policy, Jatin-Lalit did not do collaborative albums, but then who says no to Bhai?
This beginning led to four songs for Sajid-Wajid in Hello Brother including the superhit Hata Sawan Ki Ghata.
Sajid-Wajid composed the music for a majority of Salman starrers including, of course, Dabangg.
Wajid, who loved and respected Salman almost as much as his brother, once told Subhash K Jha, "I think the reason why Salmanbhai clicks so well with us is because we know the kind of songs he likes to project on screen... thodisi masti thodasa romance and zero vulgarity."
"Bhai is as opposed to double meaning songs as we are," Wajid added. "The closest we came to doing a risque number was Fevicol Se in Dabangg 2 and that, if you listen to closely, doesn't contain a single vulgar word."
Wajid also shared Salman's love for his family.
If Salman's world revolves around his parents, the same is true of Wajid who was so proud of his mother's cooking that he made sure all his friends had a taste of her culinary skills.
Wajid was probably not the same after his father's death some years ago.
"It is like a part of me died with Papa," Wajid had said. "My health also deteriorated after Papa's death. It was like my world had come crashing down."
Salman was a big help in those dark days. He stood by the grieving brothers and waited for them to recover from their mourning to compose he music for Dabangg 3.
Wajid composed his life and career's final two songs, designed especially for the coronavirus crisis, for Salman.