It’s a lazy morning at Taj Mahal Tea Home the place I’m to fulfill 5 of Bollywood’s high lyricists: Kausar Munir, Anvita Dutt Guptan, Swanand Kirkire, Varun Grover and Amitabh Bhattacharya. They declare to be nice associates however then fiction is their forte, and the movie trade is anyway well-known for peddling hallmark-card variations of each relationship, in fact replete with lachrymose background music. Rivals can’t actually be associates, I believe. They are often acquaintances. Ingesting buddies maybe. However associates? Can’t be.
Earlier than the morning ends, these 5 will convert the cynic in me.
5 of Bollywood’s high lyricists are additionally quick associates. They like name themselves contemporaries slightly than rivals
We now have a photoshoot deliberate. Kausar, who’s the primary one to reach is anxiously checking her telephone until the final individual of the group is safely in. She is adopted by Anvita and Swanand. Anvita is the shy one and being severely sleep disadvantaged didn’t assist her trigger a lot. However seeing their good friend’s wrestle the opposite two spring into motion, whereas Kausar tries to play the director, silently instructing her pose, in a way that’s harking back to newbie dumb charade, in order to not disturb the photographer, Swanand goes a step forward and begins making humorous gestures standing in entrance of her. This two-pronged technique works and Anvita slowly lets her guards down. However the subsequent SOS comes from Varun to Swanand within the type of a WhatsApp ping asking for a lavish mortgage of ~50 to pay the auto wallah! “We, lyricists don’t make a lot cash you see,” Swanand laughs as he dashes out waving a 50-rupee word to Varun whose auto has simply screeched to a halt in entrance of the café.
As Swanand is harassed for a deal with in view of his current Nationwide Award, we look ahead to Amitabh Bhattacharya. He has been incommunicado since morning, however I’m assured he’ll ‘likely’ flip up as he had confirmed his presence within the Shirt-kurta Group, a WhatsApp group created by the three boys to resolve at present’s gown code. In actual fact, their friendship started with a WhatsApp group to share photos after Amitabh’s birthday a couple of years in the past. It was referred to as Dimpu Ka Birthday however has now been renamed Nagma Nigar, though Anvita had prompt The Hookers given their every day struggles for hooklines.
Dimpu aka Amitabh lastly arrives and Swanand calls the mehfil that ensues Jashn-e-fekta. The dialog matters seamlessly shift from the lunch platters in Bandra to Amitabh’s new automotive to the connection or the shortage of it between a pomelo and Othello and making a watertight and stink-free case for Bombills, their banter is just damaged by our photographer’s exasperated pleas for conserving the path of their laughter in the direction of the digital camera. And they aren’t solely associates for enjoyable instances. Whereas speaking about each other, there are moments when their voices waiver and choke with feelings, their eyes effectively up, and every of those ephemeral moments are became heartwarming recollections by a caring arm of a very protecting good friend across the shoulder or a decent hug or a random compelled joke.
Band of brothers
These are rivals, typically thought of for a similar initiatives. They’re additionally associates. “In actual fact once I was requested to finish a track Swanand had written the mukhra of, I referred to as him to ask if he was okay with me writing the antara of it. So, we have now a track that we have now written half and half!” laughs Anvita.
The lyricist of Gangs of Wasseypur, Udta Punjab and Masaan (a movie he additionally wrote), Varun Grover bagged a Nationwide Award for Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Dum Laga Ke Haisha). He’s additionally a political satirist.
Kausar additionally remembers an occasion when she and Amitabh wrote variations of the identical track for Tubelight (2017) and the 2 had been merged. For Padman (2018), Kausar did the songs and Swanand wrote the movie. There are songs the place they’ve collaborated as writers and at the same time as singers. Swanand has sung Varun’s Tu Kisi Rail Si(Masaan 2015), and Amitabh’s favorite, Monta Re. Anvita and Amitabh wrote variations of the identical track, Nazdeekiyaan (Shaandaar, 2015). There are such a lot of situations.
“When one individual writes one thing actually good, all of us genuinely respect it. As a substitute of jealousy, there’s a feeling of intense pleasure. All of us are very assured in our personal work additionally,” explains Kausar.
A number of Nationwide Award- profitable lyricist, Swanand Kirkire made his debut with Bavra Mann (Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi). The songs he has written in three Idiots, Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Barfi!, amongst others, are thought of anthems
Dissecting their distinctive bond, Varun says: “We join on an mental stage for positive, however greater than that we join on an emotional stage. And that removes the insecurity, jealousy and competitors from the equation. We like one another’s work but additionally genuinely like each other as individuals.”
Anvita provides: “It’s like discovering a mirror picture. Ulta hai, vipreet hai, par primarily we’re the identical. We now have the identical wrestle, the identical ache, the identical loneliness. So how can we not be drawn to at least one one other? We’re a tribe.”
Notes on a scale
Certainly. Swanand is an previous soul and admits that he and Kausar have the bada bhai syndrome. “Kausar and I are the older kids in huge households and have been introduced as much as hold others’ curiosity first.”
Varun is the insurgent. His zeal is admired by the remainder even when his outspokenness and political irreverence typically grow to be a reason behind fear. “If there may be one individual I’d need as a job mannequin for my daughter, that’s positively Varun,” admits Kausar. Anvita appears to be probably the most emotional of the group. She desires to wrap her associates in protecting cotton wool, shielding them from harm, however she cries probably the most. Swanand calls her tears ‘vegan,’ as a result of they’re so pure. And Amitabh is the archetype of the kid, sincere together with his phrases and free together with his tantrums. “He has a pure soul. His power is that of a Divine Youngster,” says Anvita.
Kausar Munir is the author of songs Pareshan (Ishaqzaade), Suno Na Sangemarmar (Youngistaan), Foremost Nachdi Phiraan (Secret Famous person), she has received a number of awards and can be an achieved display author.
Amitabh cuts in. “Haan, mein uparwale ka first draft hoon!” To which Swanand says: “Nahin, tum uparwale ki hookline ho! Aur hum antare hain!” and everybody falls about laughing.
“Now we have now to see who’s the second antara amongst us,” chuckles Kausar. She explains the within joke: “Second antare mein aap lifeless physique bhi chhupa sakte ho. Persons are nearly hooklines as of late. No one cares in regards to the antaras, not to mention the second antara!”
A refrain line
Most likely probably the most lovely factor about this bunch of associates is that aside from being a part of a gaggle, all of them are shut to at least one one other individually. “All of us met one another individually earlier than we turned a gaggle, so all of us share particular person equations with each other,” says Kausar.
Dialogue-writer, and track author for movies like Queen and Dostana, amongst others, Anvita Dutt Guptan just lately received an award for her songs from Scholar of the 12 months 2. Subsequent step: path!
Just lately, for Anvita’s birthday, Kausar and Amitabh went to Kolkata, the place the birthday woman was capturing her debut directorial, simply to want her in individual. “I didn’t know Amitabh was additionally coming. So once I referred to as Kausar and she or he mentioned, ‘Hum nikal rahein hain,’ I believed possibly the entire vibe of a Kolkata rajbari (zamindari bungalow) the place we had been capturing had obtained to her and she or he was feeling all royal and addressing herself as ‘hum!’” laughs Anvita.
In accordance with Swanand, their distinctive bond has obtained loads to do with the truth that they’re in the identical career. “The knowledge with which we write additionally displays in our personalities. You’ll hardly see two poets preventing it out like actors. Our artwork come from such a visceral stage that we should be true to ourselves,” he says.
The playback singer-cum-lyricist, Amitabh Bhattacharya, tasted on the spot success with the songs of Dev D. At this time, his repertoire consists of the cult basic Bhaag DK Bose (Delhi Stomach) in addition to Qaafirana (Kedarnath). He picked the Nationwide Award for Agar Zindagi (I’m).
So as a substitute of being rivals, they’re each other’s bouncing boards. “When one leaves a venture and one other is approached for a similar, we make the opposite individual conscious of the pitfalls and sure, we additionally focus on cash!” reveals Amitabh.
They typically put their queries and confusions on their WhatsApp group, says Kausar. “Whether or not we’re caught with a rhyme or having bother discovering a greater phrase for one thing or simply bouncing off concepts and features, and asking each other’s opinions, all of us find yourself occupied with identical factor,” Kausar laughs. “All our songs have phrases or ideas from another person within the group,” provides Anvita.
“I keep in mind Amitabh asking if ‘Hawa mein bhaang milaya’ (Balam Pichkari from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) is right or whether or not it must be ‘milayi’ as a substitute,” laughs Swanand.
Not solely do they change notes and admire each other’s work, additionally they rant and crib and bitch like common associates. “There are occasions when one track turns into a success and folks begin demanding comparable songs. So when Badtameez Dil turned so fashionable, we gave Amitabh a tough time for writing such a success,” reveals Varun, laughing when he’s rapidly reminded that the remainder confronted the identical challenge after he dropped Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Dum Laga Ke Haisha).
“All of us are literally excellent at our craft, so we help each other,” says Swanand as Amitabh provides: “Why I say that we’re all equals is that all of us have equal numbers of rejected drafts!”
One other roar of laughter destroys the peace of the café.
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From HT Brunch, January 12, 2020
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