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The line between film music and indie music has blurred lately, feels noted lyricist Mehboob, who has over 25 years of experience in the film industry. Quizzed if lack of good lyrics can be a reason behind film music having a lesser impact on people in present times, Mehboob told IANS: “Yes absolutely! In the nineties, songs used to attract people. Mainly, I believe it was because of good melody, good lyrics, good thoughts, and poetry put into a song. I think nowadays in these fast-moving times the lines between film music and indie music have blurred.”

“It could be a single that a producer picks or a retro, the lyricist and the music director have to provide keeping in mind the situation narrated by the director. So here, the producer blames the audience as to this is what they want and in turn, the audience blames the producer and the director as to this is what they have been served. Basically, it is a chicken and egg situation where no one can be blamed,” Mehboob explained.

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The 59-year-old lyricist has penned lyrics for some of the best film music albums of the 1990s and early 2000s, including “Bombay”, “Rangeela” and “Yuva”. “My journey in Bollywood has been a typical filmy one, filled with ups and downs and going round and round. It has 12 years of struggle before I made it big. Then there was a phase where there was a major dip due to my health and now here I am,” he said.

A lot of changes have taken place in the industry in the 25 years, from the time when he began working — socializing has reduced and the concept of musical sitting has vanished, notes Mehboob. He said: “Yes the industry has changed quite a lot. Earlier we would have a lot of music sittings and then we would arrive at the final version of the song. Now with digital support, everything is online. Tunes and lyrics are exchanged online and even singers are given scratches online.

Lyricists Mehboob. IANS

So, effectively the concept of music sitting has disappeared. There are pros and cons to everything if you see. It is a lot more time saving but a lot less socializing.” On the work front, Mehboob is once again collaborating with music composer AR Rahman for the upcoming film “Heropanti 2”.

Confirming the same and turning nostalgic about his past association with the Oscar-winning music composer, Mehboob said: “Yes we are collaborating again for Heropanti 2 but we have worked together before on numerous films. We started together with Bombay, Rangeela and then went onto Daud, Thakshak, Doli Saja Ke Rakhna, Yuva and I think one of the biggest hit by us was Maa Tujhe Salaam: Vande Mataram.”

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“As far as working with him is concerned, he is really fun, he always works at night shifts, which gives us a chance to gossip too, talk a lot about various issues and then get back to work. I enjoy a lot and we are like a family now, we are over the composer and lyricist equation phase. Twenty-five years is a long time to reach this stage in our relationship,” he added.

Quizzed if he would like to share advice for budding writers and lyricists, he smiled. “This year I have completed 25 years in the industry, so I think as a senior lyricist I am qualified enough to give them some advice. First, educate yourself and make your vocabulary your biggest strength. Secondly, become a director’s writer. These two things have worked for me and I am sure it will work for budding lyricists too!” (IANS/SP)



Amaal represents the new generation of Indian music.

Music composer Amaal Mallik's recent composition for the song 'Tum Aaogey' from the film 'Bell Bottom' has garnered rave reviews. "Tum Aaogey is one of my most special songs and one of my best works that I have done for film music," said Amaal during a candid conversation with IANS.

Amaal represents the new generation of Indian music. In a short span of seven years, he has delivered hits like 'Sooraj Dooba Hain' (Roy), 'Soch Na Sake' (Airlift), 'Kar Gayi Chul' (Kapoor & Sons) among several others. He happens to be one of the youngest composers to compose music for Amitabh Bachchan for the film 'Badla' and also the youngest to have performed with the Melbourne Orchestra.

Internationally, Amaal recently collaborated with pop sensation Dua Lipa for the Indian version of 'Levitating'. "It was an amazing experience for me to collaborate with Dua Lipa. She loved my work. It was the first of its kind collaboration between Indian and international music artistes and fans around the world were delighted with the new rendition of the song. It was an honour for me to do an official Indian remix and giving an Indian touch to one of her biggest tracks, one of the standout songs on the 'Future Nostalgia' album."

Man with balck shirt and pant sitting Internationally, Amaal recently collaborated with pop sensation Dua Lipa for the Indian version of 'Levitating' | IANS

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