Manoj Muntashir

9th August 2019

Hits & flops not a measure Popularity of a song is no measure of its merit, says Manoj Muntashir at the inaugural session of Kalam series in Meerut

When Kalam ke Baahubali met lovers of literature at the Kalam Meerut session on August 9, an engaging discussion on poetry and writing followed. Writer and lyricist Manoj Muntashir, whose words have lent soul to many popular Hindi songs, was in conversation with Sonam Mahajan at Hotel Crystal Palace. Muntashir spoke about his early days. The lyricist also spoke about the relationship with his parents, his journey in the film industry and the first brush with success that came as a dialogue writer for the blockbuster Baahubali. “My mother continued to give me strength despite being hundreds of miles away. I never told her about the condition I was living in, yet she was my backbone,” he shared.

Muntashir shared the inspiration behind his work. He recalled songs like Jaane Kya Dhoondhti Hai Yeh Aankhen Mujhme (Shola aur Shabnam) and Kahaan Main Ajnabi Hoon (Jab Jab Phool Khile) to highlight the beauty of songs written in the past era. Speaking about hit songs of the recent Box Office success, Kabir Singh, Muntashir said, “I don’t worry about hits and flops anymore. Many average songs have become very popular, while some exceptional songs could not reach the audience,” he shared. Muntashir also recalled when his abode was the footpath on the roads of Mumbai. Finally, he started his journey with a call from Amitabh Bachchan, which led to him penning the episodes for Kaun Banega Crorepati. Earlier, Crystal Palace director Deepa Garg welcomed the guests.

“Many average songs have become very popular, while some exceptional songs could not reach the audience” – Manoj Muntashir



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