A whiff of Freshness: Poetry of Irshad Kamil

I am sure many young people may not be knowing his name but humming the songs written by him. The young writer hails from Malerkotla, Sangrur, Punjab. His name is Irshad Kamil. He has breathed a freshness in the Bollywood film songs. It is just a beginning. I am sure, he shall blaze a trail in this field.

Man of many gifts, he has dabbled in various professions like a reporter for newspapers in Chandigarh. He wrote scripts of many serials for television. Some of the films he had written the songs for are Jab We Met, Rockstar, Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani.

Recently, I watched his interview on Rajya Sabha television. Besides discussing so many things, he told the interviewer about a popular romantic song from Jab We Met. He met a woman who told him that she listens this song daily in the morning as a prayer song. Just have a look at the lyrics.

Na hai yeh pana,

Na Khona hi hai,

Tera Na hona jane Kyun,

hona hi hai
Tum se hi din hota hai,

Surmaiye shaam aati hai,

Tumse hi tumse hi
Har ghari saans aati hai,

Zindagi kehlati hai,

Tumse hi tumse hi

It is just a matter of perspective. Lyrics are just like a prayer. Kamil said he was himself surprised and went through the lyrics in his mind and realised that they are really like a prayer in the praise of God.
Well done.
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