Manoj Muntashir takes on the music mafia in Bollywood

Shame!16 years back when I wrote this song, I didn’t even know Mithoon or Arjit Singh or Mohit looks like during my times, lyricists have been reduced to clerks. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App now I am not insecure. Not so any longer. Try singing only the tune of Kabhi Kabhi mere dil me khayal aatahai…How long will it sustain in your senses? Yet we make the legends like Nirala and Ghalib die down in poverty and anonymity.”
Then to avoid further trouble he ends. “I don’t know why certain people can’t accept an age old fact that lyricists have an equal amount of contribution in making a song successful. They are very much in my favour. I am here because of my work, as long as my words keep favouring me, I am not afraid of raising my voice on wrong practices,” he said. Also read | Baahubali 2 movie review: Why Kattappa killed Baahubali is brilliantly served (No spoilers)
However he would like to give director Mohit Suri the benefit of the doubt in this case. Muntashir feels poets and lyricists stay silent when sidetracked by the music industry for fear of losing out on their work. For years now, lyricists of Hindi films have been a neglected lot. ‘Phir bhi tumko chahoonga is a masterpiece by Mithoon and Arjit’. Any song which is big, is a proof of the excellence which a poet has contributed to it,” Muntashir said angrily. We are all working towards making Half Girlfriend a huge success. My shout is not against any person or production house in particular.It’s against the general mindset. We are not important,” he said. Songs of stature in the past like Pardeeps “Ae mere watan kelogon”,Sahir Ludhianvis “Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaye to kya hai”, Gulzars “Tum pukar lo tumahara intezaar hai” were instantaneously associated with and identified by their lyricists along with the composers and singers. I guess, times have changed now. Radio channels play the song praising the singer and composer but forget where has the song gotten its name from,” he said. Also read | Composers, singers, lyricists stars of my life, says Mohit Suri
Muntashir is not taking the slight from the Half Girlfriend team lying down. This wasnt so earlier. For a hit song “Main phir bhi tumko chahunga” in the forthcoming Half Girlfriend lyricist Manoj Muntashir had to protest on a public platform for being left out of the publicity. “Since most of the lyricists live in constant fear of losing out on work or being sidelined by the makers, they choose to take all the pain and not even cry. “Many times director sends credits, but RJs on radio shows don’t thinks its important to name the lyricist.In my case also, my name is everywhere still a major newspaper writes. Newspapers conveniently choose to ignore the lyricists credit. There is no bad vibes now. I am sure people will love it when its out in theatres.As for not being given proper credits, there are people who refuse to go to grave without making their voice being heard,” he said. “I have spoken to producers Balaji and Mohit Suri. Muntashir feels it’s time lyricists stopped being ignored.”We are a country where we wake up every morning singing the hyms written by the greatest poet ever born… Tulsidas. “Just for the record… Things have totally been sorted out between me, Mohit and Balaji. 2017-04-28T12:52:00+00:00″>
Published:April 28, 2017 12:52 pm

Manoj Muntashir feels it’s time lyricists should be given due credit for their work.