Lyricist Raj Shekhar: I collect all my material for a song from my life


That sensitivity comes to an individual from his/her experiences. Ghar na thikana, tiffin se khana,” the words mirror the thoughts of a student who’s not that academically-bent. However, I have to say that I am a bit disappointed with the overall quality of songs. Because ‘they’ don’t see themselves as children. It really informs the song. With Tanu Weds Manu and Tanu Weds Manu Returns, I had heard the script beforehand. Among my peers, I really admire the work of Varun Grover, Amitabh Bhattacharya, and Irshad Kamil. The track doesn’t belong to me, the composer, or even to the filmmaker. A number of components make up a song. By the end of it all, I almost wanted to quit. The better half of poetry is learning to translate that silence and to transform it into something that’s worthwhile. Top News
Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by 13 runsSridevi imitating her daughter Janhvi Kapoor in this old video will warm your heartJEE Main Results 2018 LIVE: Results declared, 2,31,024 qualify For JEE AdvancedRaj Shekhar’s beginning as a lyricist was quite unusual. This doesn’t happen always, but whenever it does, you tend to veer from your natural path, therefore comprising the quality of the song. For a large part of my work, I dig deep into the past. It’s the property of the characters. And there are deadlines to meet. This is true for the most part. But with Hichki, I joined the team a little late and was showed a sequence which informed the songs I wrote for the film (“Madamji, Go Easy” and “Khol De Par”). One of the most interesting things about writing for children is that you have to assume that they are not actually kids. The characters that will be filmed lip-syncing the song, or the backstory of the said characters. I went through a 100 options before settling down with the catchphrase, “Madamji, Go Easy. See, I write books and poetry that cater to a much younger audience, and that’s how I know how difficult it can be. Raj Shekhar has penned lyrics for Tanu Weds Manu and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Usually, I hear the script out. When he’s not writing songs, Raj Shekhar can be found performing with his troupe, centered around and inspired by the capital’s Majnu ka Tilla, a colony in the North Delhi district. They have a great command over language, over their craft. How do you work out a song? And that’s how it all began. Madamji has been lip-synced by characters who belong to a less-privileged background. Someone’s body of work makes them what they are, whether they are worthy of fame and the riches. And it’s also taken them quite a while to get where they are right now. While singers and composers have now come into their own, do you think Bollywood really recognises the worth of lyricists? I think of only what I have gone through and try and put it into words. In a line like “Vasco da Gama, Columbus ka mama. Why do you think we don’t see great work so often by the industry in terms of music? This is also because we have been removed from the world of books. “I was just asked one fine day if I was interested in writing songs, primarily because a few people knew I enjoyed writing,” he quipped. While the teacher is scribbling something on the blackboard, his mind wanders to subjects that he thinks are much more important and fun to think about. What was your headspace when you sat down to write the lyrics for Qarib Qarib Singlle’s popular romantic track Jaane De? For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Then you have to adhere to certain things that the producer or filmmaker wants to incorporate into a certain song. However, there’s still some light left. Do you read the script, or do you see the film? I collect all my material for a song from my life. For instance, Hichki’s “Madamji, Go Easy” was one of the toughest songs I had ever had to work on. I try and relive my experiences. They are revered for a reason. It is a breezy track and a fun number, but it put me to task for good. Excerpts from the interview:
What’s your process when you sit down to write a particular kind of track? Kids have to be thought of as thinking individuals in their own right, you have to give them that respect. Let’s just say that it’s not easy as many presume it to be. 2018-04-29T10:57:03+05:30″>
Updated: April 29, 2018 10:57:03 am

Lyricist Raj Shekhar is disappointed with the current crop of Bollywood songs. Just a few days ago, a friend of mine, a music director was excited about coming across a ‘new’ word. It can be difficult to make a mark in such a big place, and especially in a profession that’s not actively involved in the glamour part of the showbiz, but then it’s also foolhardy to compare yourself to Gulzar Sahab and Akhtar Sahab. Sab Wifi, hum 3G.”
One thing that I think of primarily before writing any song is that of the character. His recent work includes Hichki’s “Madamji, Go Easy” and “Khol De Par.” Raj Shekhar is currently working on an untitled Phantom film and Aanand L Rai’s production venture Meri Nimmo. What is that subject that a person has not chosen to speak about and why? A lot also depends on the team you work with. Every song has its own process. Therefore, the song too has come from that place. Art has always been personal for me. I was that student (laughs). He started out as an Assistant Director to Aanand L Rai and was later recommended by a friend from the team to write the lyrics of the Kangana Ranaut and R Madhavan starrer Tanu Weds Manu. There are a number of things that should be taken into account. I don’t know how it is for other artists, but I am selfish as a writer. Lyricists, composers, singers, actors make a number great or bad. How difficult is it to write for kids? The word in question was ‘Ruswai’ (slander). Of course, you have to have empathy, you have to know how to interpret the silence. A lot of us are overburdened by work, quite a few of us work on multiple projects simultaneously. While Gulzar Sahab and Javed Akhtar Ji have been flag-bearers for lyricists in the Hindi film industry, there are some who are yet to get their due.