Interview By: DRISHTI PANDEY
In conversation with the much talented lyricist Kumaar, who has given some wonderful songs to Hindi cinema in the past few years with his impressive lyrics! Here, we talk to him with regardsto ‘War’ songs, his inspiration in life, how he respects his work and much more… Excerpts:
How did the songs of ‘War’ happen to you?
I’ve known and been in collaboration with Vishal-Shekhar since a very long time. I was already onboard with them, and we have jammed a lot of song together. For, ‘War’ songs they had approached me and that’s how I came onboard. We have had great collaborations and have made super-hit songs. Making a song depends on one’s behaviour – as to how much patience you have, how you can deal with rejections and despite all this how you are capable of making songs. This process helps you to understand things, and make you work in a better way.
How has your approach been to the songs you write?
I mostly don’t listen to the script and mainly hear the situation and then accordingly crack the song. Siddharth sir had an idea on how the “Ghungroo” song needs to be made. There were lot of sittings and discussions that took place before making the song, accordingly the song was written and shot. “Jai JaiShivshankar” just happened to me, while we were jamming one day, I organically came up with the hook line of the song, that was – ‘Jai JaiShivshankar, aaj mood haibhayankar’. First day it had no effect on the makers when they heard, but second day Siddharth sir thought over it and said yes for the song and then we went further with it.
You have given the audience exceptional songs, does that make you feel pressurized with every new song that you make?
I believe when you have a responsibility, you automatically behave the right way and eventually you grow. There comes a point where you start selecting your best, before, the world use to select your best work and make it stand out. At first I try to make a hook line and usually I find connectivity in the society, as to how people react to the songs, how they will dance to it. I feel a song should be like insurance, all through the film and after the film. Because songs are like the extra taste in any film, it makes a film alive. There are times, when certain films don’t work but the songs do.
Does your personality reflect in your work?
That’s what people say, and when you’re genuine with your work then it’s bound to reflect on your work. I do my work with all honesty, and initially with every song there use to benervousness but when it happens to you, you feel very responsible and take it as a challenge. Simplicity is the best way to live. So, once you start using simple words and new words that connects to the audiences, they will certainly like it.
What is your inspiration in life?
You don’t really know what inspires you in life; the whole world is an inspiration for you. It’s the small, small things that inspire you. For instance, someone’s face or how they talk. Their behaviour or any sound that you hear, or even while watching a film. I have reached here with all the blessings of my loved ones and my parents, but I will break if my songs break. It doesn’t bother me if the song is flop; but I don’t want people should say that I have written a rubbish song.
Do you have a style of writing your songs?
You adapt a style as you eventually start writing and that becomes your style. It is important to form a style because then you will have followers, you will have people who want to write like you. I mix English and Punjabi for writing an item song, now days we often see such songs and that sounds like I have written it. Songs like “Ghungroo”, “Jai JaiShivshankar”, “Subha Hone Na De”, “RadheRadhe”, “DilKa Telephone” get difficult as compared to item songs. In poetry you can twist a turn the lyrics but in a club songs you need to talk straight yet spread the thoughts.
What’s next in the pipeline for you?
I never disclose it much before it’s needed. I believe let the people love my songs. I don’t love my work, but I respect my work.
You don’t love your work?
Yes, I don’t love my work but respect my work because if I do love all the work, what will the audience do? It’s good to receive love from the audience; there is no greater happiness to it. You should respect your work, understanding is most important. I let my songs be out there for the audiences to love but for me respect is very important.
How would you sum up your journey so far?
I feel I am the luckiest man to be where I am today. When I came, I had nothing; and there was no fear to lose anything. I don’t have any desperation to have something; I have lived a simple life, and have had no greed for anything. Whatever came to me, I had accepted it with open arms. I have taken my work seriously, but never taken my name seriously, I want my work should progress; I don’t like to be in the front. I have always been simple and light and not tried to promote myself. It’s good to think about yourself but if you are selfish and only thinking about yourself, that isn’t s good thing to do in life.