‘The madness of seeing people connect to a song’: Prashant Ingole

…is what has kept Prashant Ingole, lyricist of Malaal, going in spite of struggling for 17 years

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‘The madness of seeing people connect to a song’: Prashant Ingole
Prashant Ingole

Lyricist Prashant Ingole looks at songwriting the same way he views life — both are irreversible. He explains, “Whatever we do, happens only once. When your work goes into the archives, there’s no taking it back. Everything you can do, should happen while you’re doing it. So, I believe going slow is the key.”

And that’s why he took almost two years to write the lyrics for the six out of seven numbers in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s production, Malaal, starring Sharmin Segal and Meezaan. He also credits it to SLB himself, since the filmmaker likes to take time working on a film’s music. Prashant jokes, “I’m a chef, too. I like my work to have marination and cooking time.” 

Breaking the monotony

With his lyrics, Prashant has tried to kill the monotony of Punjabi music that’s rampant in Bollywood. There are songs like the rowdy Aila Re, and the most-recently released celebration ditty Udhal Ho that are both high-energy with Marathi dhol-taasha beats. “I’ve tried to keep the words more realistic, earthy and centred towards Bambaiya lexicon,” he informs, adding that there’s also a romantic track lined up apart from the heartrending title number. Since the soundtrack is a potpourri, which emotion comes most easily to him? “I don’t know where the words come from. It’s magical because I’m a Marathi guy and as a student, I used to get just about 35 out of 100 in Hindi,” he chuckles. “I’ve struggled a lot for 17 years to reach where I am. So, every time I have to write something, I’m transported to those days and words just flow,” he elaborates.

A still from Udhal Ho in Malaal

Direction and screenwriting

Prashant, who has written lyrics in Race 2 (2013) Mary Kom (2014), Bajirao Mastani (2015) among others, is also dabbling in screenwriting and direction. He has three scripts in the offing. While he does have projects as a lyricist, he cannot reveal what they are. As a parting shot, he tells us that he’s not in the profession for the money. “It’s the madness of seeing people dance to a song and connect to it. That’s the high I seek,” he signs off.

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