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Manoj Muntashir

8th August 2019

Miracles happen to those who BELIEVE

Credited for the revival of poetry and shayari in Hindi film songs, writer-lyricist Manoj Muntashir credits part of this change to youngsters’ interest in Urdu shayari. The lyricist was in conversation with Ehsaas woman of Delhi, Shazia Ilmi, at the Kalam Gurugram session held on August 8. Muntashir said he had to face many challenges at the beginning of his journey, which he will remember throughout his lifetime. “But I was sure of reaching my destination,” he spoke with conviction. To emphasise his point, he narrated a few lines, “Wo jisey sunkar khushi se ro padey aankhen teri, aasmaano se kabhi aisi khabar bhi aaegi; Aaj teri mutthi mein ret hai toh kya hua, is samandar mein kabhi teri leher bhi aaegi. (The skies will someday bear such news that will make your eyes brim with joy; you may hold the sand in your palm now, but the tide will turn your way one day). Talking about his phase of hardship in Mumbai, Muntashir said he initially couldn’t find work as a writer and had to share a footpath with the homeless for days. “Then, I got the chance to write something for a programme titled Yatra. Amitabh Bachchan watched the episode and started the search for its writer. When they finally tracked me down, I couldn’t believe it at first. But my life truly turned around after I met him,” he shared. Muntashir started writing for Kaun Banega Crorepati episodes and has never looked back. “Miracles happen to those who believe in them,” he told the audience. At the start of the event, Aditi Maheshwari from Vani Foundation read the welcome note, while Archana Dalmia, Ehsaas woman of Delhi felicitated the author

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