Words and Waves

City-based Irshad Kamil and Munna Dhiman are weaving a musical web in Bollywood.

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Published: June 11, 2013 3:06 am

One cannot discount the melodious musical score of Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman. But besides Rahman being the composer,the other factor that makes Anand L Rai’s upcoming film Raanjhanaa hit the right note is its lyrics,penned by Irshad Kamil. With his roots in Punjab and Chandigarh,Kamil’s poetry takes the classical and folk route. “The film is based in Varanasi,and we had to make words dance to shehnai,dholak,ghungroos and the tabla,” says Kamil.

In its contrast stands the city’s other lyricist Munna Dhiman,who gave his voice to three songs in Fukrey that releases on June 14. His adaptation of Punjabi folk number Ambarsariya is already making waves. The latest one,Jugaad,brings out the current “by hook or by crook’ status of India. “Film’s director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba wanted to bring alive Ambarsariya. I never imagined it would catch up so fast,” says Dhiman. Where Ambarsariya has an earthy feel to it,Jugaad is a funky qawaali. It is a comment on today’s “rat race,restless youth,shortcuts,deadlines,scams and scandals,”he adds.

If Fukrey brings out a Delhi Belly flavour of India,Raanjhanaa,which releases June 21,works around all things Indian. “Today,the music we are being treated to is club,disco and electronica. We wanted to explore the Indian raga,and set a melody and rhythm,” says Kamil. Like Rockstar,Raanjhanaa is close to his heart because it made him revisit the ’70s,the era of Khaike paan Banaras wala. Kamil stayed in Varanasi for a while to connect with people and their language. He is particularly looking forward to a wedding number,which is written in a riddle format.

Apart from title track Raanjhanaa and Tum Tak,another song hitting the screens is Freedom sung by Rabbi Shergill and Rahman,a track about the character of urban Delhi. Meanwhile,Dhiman will work on Coke Studio @MTV. Kamil,on the other hand,has films such as Phatta Poster Nikla Hero,Kaanchi,Highway,Happy New Year and Gunday lined up. “A road trip where music is on the move,an action-comedy-revenge drama and the Anand Bakshi flavour of the ’70s and ’80s — I’ve experimented in all these films,” he says.

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