Malerkotla boy and Lady in black
Irshad Kamil, whose pen worked the magic on timeless songs of films Rockstar and Aashiqui 2, spoke about his journey as a poet at the second edition of Kalam in Amritsar. The awarded lyricist traced his journey from the first film song Bhaage Re Mann, which he penned for the film Chameli to the latest hit number Bekhayali (Kabir Singh) at the session. He spoke about his book Kaali Aurat Ka Khwab (dream of the black woman). “People ask me who is this black lady?” he shared with the audience. He proceeded to answer the query then. “I had been having this recurring dream of this lady in black long before I even stumbled into the glamorous world of filmmaking and songwriting,” he said. Kamil said it was only after he was awarded the Filmfare for his lyrics in the song Aaj Din Chadeya from the film Love Aaj Kal when his dream about the black lady came to fruition. He said the lady he would dream about was the award. “That youth in Malerkotla would be dreaming of this lady and the day when he would lift her up and say, thank you, parents,” Kamil said, speaking of his journey from the small-town boy to that of a celebrated songwriter. The lyricist said he seeks inspiration from the youth who recognize poetry and appreciate originality. Kamil said he has resisted the temptation of falling to the commercialization of talent in the industry and pens what he loves to, to date. “Writing with reason gives meaning to your words,” he said. Among the notable attendees at the session were Professor Sarbjot S Behl, Dean Academics at GNDU, renowned physician and photographer PS Grover, film buff Dr Inderbir Nijjar and Founder President of FICCI FLO Amritsar, Gowri Bansal.