Someone has said rightly that anything and everything is possible if you keep on trying. Irshad has proved this saying right.
Starting as a journalist with a newspaper of Punjab, Irshad has now achieved popular award for a lyricist for his lyrics “Aaj din
chadya tere rang…” for the film Love Aaj Kal. He has recently given many hit songs for Jab We Met, Chameli, Ajab Prem Ki Gajab
Kahani etc. Presented here is an interview with him.
How important is an award to yo?
To touch listeners heart with your lyrics is much more important than any award. Your are awarded for your achievements and I
got it for the same reason.
Do you feel like crossing many hurdles and competetion?
Competition is there in every field, be it a game, education, or arts. Some people get awarded some console them with just being
appreciated. I beleive more in winniing hearts than awards and if I am able to get both , I feel myself lucky. The lyrics for which I
was awarded was composed as per the desires of Imtiaz Ali who wanted a song from my heart rather than my brain. When the
song was compeleted we were thrilled. The best comment I received for the song was from Aruni Ji, wife of famous Punjabi
lyricist, late Shivkumar Batavali, that she listened such a heart rendering song after a long gap.
Did you wanted to become a lyricist from start?
Yes, I wanted to compose songs from my early childhood and knew that I have to reach Mumbai for it. But, I did not wanted the
struggle attached with this route so I started to earn my livelihood as a jpurnalist with a big newspaper. There I met Lekh Tandon
who was in need fo a writer. He asked me to come to Mumbai to work with him. I did some serials with him and will continue
writting for the serials.
Which type of lyrics are expected from you by the film producers?
Unfortunately, many off our producers and directors are in misguided belief that the know public choice of music and songs. If it
was true there would not be so many fans of Gulzar or Javed Akhtar. People like melody, good melody. And a melody does not
need difficult words, it can easily be written in simple language too. I do not write as per demand, I write what I feel right and will
keep writting so.
(Ashok Bhatia, Journalist, Mumbai. Ph. 09221232130)