Cousins from their maternal side, Javed and Mohsin belong to the same musical clan as the popular Music Director duo Sajid-Wajid. Their maternal grandfather Padamshri Ustad Fayyaz Ahmed Khan Sahab of Kirana Gharana is a legendary name in the world of classical music. A plethora of stalwarts, including Ustad Dilshad Khan, Umrao Jaan and Kabhi-Kabhi fame music director Khayyam, Ghazal maestros like Talat Aziz, Penaz Masani, Sonali Rathod, actresses like Simi Garewal, Sulakshana Pandit, lyricist and wife of the legendary music director SD Burman, Mrs. Meera Dev Burman, story writer and wife of the Great Yash Chopra, Mrs. Pamela Chopra and many more learnt music from him.
Khan Sahab’s son-in-law and father of Sajid-Wajid and Javed, Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan Sahab was one of the most celebrated Tabla players in Classical music and film arena, both. From giants like Shankar-Jaikishan, OP Nayyar, RD Burman, Kalyanji-Anandji, Lakshmikant-Pyarelal, Ravindra Jain to Disco king Bappi Lahiri and New age sensation Anand-Milind all wanted him on Tabla for their recordings. On the other hand, Padamshri Ustad Fayyaz Ahmed Khan Sahab’s another son-in-law and father of Mohsin, Mohammad Mustafa Shaikh Sahab is an interior designer by profession, but he is a true music aficionado by nature.
A poetry hobbyist and an ardent fan of Madan Mohan Sahab and Kaviraj Shailendra, Mustafa Sahab is so informed of Bollywood’s golden era that even the musical family calls him the “Encyclopaedia of Old Music”.
Both of them started their music career assisting Sajid-Wajid, who got a break with Sohail Khan’s Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya in 1998. Javed associated with them on their very second assignment i.e. Sonu Nigam’s musical album “Deewana” which was released in 1999, but, Mohsin joined them a tad later. While working with them, Javed-Mohsin developed some acquaintances and that sprang forth their first musical event, which was held at Malad in 2001. Javed-Mohsin did a musical experiment which brought the show a phenomenal success.
They re-created the Indian version of three classic overseas songs; 1958 released Latin-flavored rock “Tequila” by The Champs, 1993 released “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz and 2000 released Reggae fusion song “It Wasn’t Me” from Jamaican-American Singer and Deejay, Shaggy’s blockbuster album “Hot Shot”. Particularly “It Wasn’t Me” was an instant hit. Javed-Mohsin had re-created that in brash Haryanvi and made Ajay Jigraan sing that. Sonu Nigam’s Deewana’s Bijuria Bijuria fame Lyricist, Late Ajay Jigraan was their friend, who had that brash accent. Javed-Mohsin knew their version of “It Wasn’t Me” would work in his voice, more in his style and they were right. In the same show, they had renowned Tabla player, Taufiq Qureshi, and Drummer, Adrian does the “entwined twins” (Jugalbandi). After that event, Javed-Mohsin embarked on conceptualizing and designing musical events.
Re-creation became their signature. They also began doing jingles for Radio, TV, and Internet. Since then, they never had to sit idle; they always had offers in their kitty. So far, they have more than 75 musical events and countless jingles to their credit, and over 500 their own compositions, for which the path to light has been paved now.
Javed has seen Mohsin take birth and grow up before him, so he has always been fond of him. As their family has been a close-knit family, so they got to bond with one another regularly. Further, both of them started assisting Sajid-Wajid. That provided them the chance to bond over work, too.
Having completed their day job, Javed would sit on Piano and re-create old songs and Mohsin would croon to add to the effect. This is where Javed and Mohsin learned that they are the obvious partner for each other; they realized that cutting a niche for them in this industry would be easier if they come together as Sajid-Wajid had successfully done.
Javed and Mohsin gel, and gel organically because they complement each other, balance each other. Individually, Javed is a superb arranger and multi-instrumentalist, has the sense of classical, international and soulful music, whereas Mohsin makes catchy tunes, has lyric sense and singing ability. But together, they become a musician… composer… creator… of not just music, but Magic. AND THE MAGIC HAS JUST BEGUN, MY FRIEND…!