PRASHANT INGOLE - “It was tough to get into the groove as I am not diplomatic”

The young lyricist who has shot up with his songs in films like Race 2, Mary Kom, Bajirao Mastani etc reiterates that he does not believe in quantity but quality as a lyricist.

By Jyothi Venkatesh
Though you shot to fame with your hit chartbuster song in Bajirao Mastani, it is not your debut song as a lyricist. Isn’t it?
You are right. My debut song with Gaurav Dasgupta as the music director was in the Nitin Neil Mukesh -Bipasha Basu starrer Aa Dekhe Zara way back in 2009. Strangely enough, not only was I not paid for writing half the song as another lyricist had written half of it earlier, I was given the credit as Prashant Pandey. I wrote for Sanjay Khanna’s We Sirf Hum whcih enver was released and 1920 London, which was released

Your song in Race 2 brought you recognition soon!
It was followed by Race 2 where my song Party On My Mind was on the lips of everyone. I remember Ken Ghosh,Harman Baweja and the Creative Head of Tips going out of the way to support me when the song was finalised, though I had a fight with music director Preetam over the words that I had written. I am very undiplomatic and it was very tough for me to get into the groove in the film industry and prove myself.All my songs have story telling and you can see the screenplay even by closing your eyes when you hear my songs. Though I liked Preetam’s music, I argued with him over the choice of words but eventually had my way. As a lyricist, I do not just want to come and disappear but continue to survive at least for ten years in Bollywood. I believe in quality and not quantity as I do not want to rush and do not need loads of money to survive.

How did Bajirao Mastani land in your lap?
After I wrote for Mary Kom, Sanjay Sir said that he loved my songs and called me to his Malhari sitting where he was sitting with his musicians as well as assistant directors one day and asked me to write for Bajirao Mastani as and when I was ready. In four days, I wrote the song Vajoo De Dhadak Dhadak and sang it in front of him but he asked me to change the beginning words into Hindi and retain the Marathi words Vaat Laavli. Sanjay Sir asked me to Sir has a great sense of music. Sir then asked me to write Sitoori and the background song on Ganapati aarti too. It was a sort of hattrick for me with the amazing filmmaker in Bollywood.
Name a few music directors in your wish list!
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Preetam, A.R.Rahman, Amit Trivedi,Vishal Bharadwaj,Vishal-Shekar,Salim Sulaiman and Shankar Mahadevan.

What next, after Bajirao Mastani?
Hopefully besides a film with Sanjay Sir, I am also writing all the songs of Adhyayan Suman’s directorial debut film starring him and Sara Loren tentatively titled Tum Miley and the Marathi film Full On.


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