“Tere sang yara…“, ” Tay hai…” & all beautiful songs of upcoming Bollywood flick Rustom is creating sensation across with being on top in charts.
With more than 15 million views and still counting amazing lyrics of tere sang yara is on everyone’s list, behind this only one person whose golden pen given us such a beautiful songs MANOJ MUTASHIR known as Amethi ki shaan who has written name of Amethi with Golden pen in Bollywood & proved that it’s not about how big you dream, it’s about how passionate you are for your dreams, I feel lucky to have a quick chit chat with him..
CC: How and when did your journey with music begin?
MANOJ MUTASHIR : In case of music or any kind of fine arts, beginnings are tough to track back. You don’t even know when the first seeds germinate in your heart.
Still if I must talk about it, I guess I started writing when i was 10 years old. By the time I reached class 12th, I was a full fledged shayar. But till then, I had not thought of writing for films. When I was doing my first year of college, something happened which decided the course of my destiny. I was traveling in a train from my Hometown Amethi to Allahabad. In middle of the journey at Pratapgarh, train got some technical troubles and we were forced to hault at the platform for about an hour.I started taking a stroll down the bookstalls over there. I got my hands on a collection of poetries by Sahir Ludhianvi. It had a 10 pager biographical account of his journey. Right then and there i was blown away by the stature of this man. He became my instant hero. I found it very cool to write songs for films. I decided, that’s what I am gonna do for the rest of my life.
CC: How has your journey in the industry been up till now?
MANOJ MUTASHIR :My journey has been nothing less than a dream run. I came to Mumbai with 700 Rs in my pocket. I was from a very very small town. Didn’t even know how to survive the hardships of a city where no one knows anyone. From Amethi to Mumbai, the journey was not just thousand miles but thousand light years. But I happened to meet an angel called Mr. Amitabh Bachhan. He approved me to write KBC and things were never the same any more. I did almost 50 top line shows on TV, including KBC, Jhalak Dikhla Ja, Master Chef India, Indian Idol, Indias Got Talent and many many more. In blink of an eye I became the most sought after writer in Television. ‘Galliyan” followed later and overnight it opened the flood gates of bollywood. I believed in the gift of words I was blessed with, so I never felt under-confident about myself. I am glad, my style of writing sold like hot cake in Television and now the history is being repeated in films as well.
CC: Your fav lyricist from industry?
MANOJ MUTASHIR : In order of my fascination, 1. Sahir 2. Shailendra 3. Anand Bakshi 4. Javed Akhtar 5. Gulzar
CC: Which one singer you wish give musical voice to your lyrics in future?
MANOJ MUTASHIR : I always wanted to write for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, but by the time I joined this industry, he had left for his heavenly abode. However, I am happy to be recreating some of his most iconic works with Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. As you know ‘Dillagi’ released 2 months back and is already a huge hit.
CC: Rustom creating again a history on charts like teri galliyan .. How does it feels?
MANOJ MUTASHIR :In-fact I had couple of hits after Galliyan (Like Wajah Tum Ho, Zindagi Aa raha Hoon main, Ghajab Ka Hai Ye Din, Badtameez & Dillagi) but Tere sang Yaara touched some unimaginable heights. Every time a song hits this kind of popularity, it makes me grateful to almighty and more answerable to my audiences who shower their love over me unconditionally. I am deeply thankful to the composer of this beautiful song Arko, and off course Neeraj Pandey for once again putting his trust in my work after our last year’s super hit collaboration ‘Baby’.
CC: First time being as one of prestigious jury of biggest reality show SAREGAMAPA how was the experience & who was your fav contestant whom you want to sing your song in future?
MANOJ MUTASHIR : SaReGaMaPa was an unforgettable experience.
I had written many singing reality shows in past but being a part of the prestigious. SaReGaMaPa jury felt different. I co-hosted parents special episode which got me loads of appreciation. I personally like Sachin, Rupali and Jyotica a lot. I will definitely try and make them sing for my films in future.
CC: What are upcoming Bollywood project ?
MANOJ MUTASHIR : I am on the verge of making a record this year. I have already written more than 90 songs and I may hit a century in just 1 calendar year. My line up of forthcoming films looks very good. This year I have Rustom releasing on 12th Aug, Akira on 2nd September, MS Dhoni-The Untold Story on 30th September, Tum Bin-2 on 18th November. Next year I’ll start with Hritik Roshan starrer Kabil, followed by Milan Luthria’s Ajay Devgan starrer Baadshaaho and later Mohit Suri’s Half Girlfriend.
CC: Well readers are real foodie here, please tell them your fav dish?
MANOJ MUTASHIR : I am from UP so My favorite dish is quite obvious. Yellow dal tadka with fried aaloo-mutter and steam rice. I can have it 365 days a year.
CC: What one thing you miss from Amethi ?
MANOJ MUTASHIR : One thing..??? I miss everything about Amethi. Specially the evenings with my friends. Jo mazaa doston ke saath nukkad pe chay peene me thaa, wo fancy coffee houses me kahan…!!! I am a hardcore Amethi-wala. My Amethi still beats inside my heart.
CC: School teachers are always special so which teacher inspired you most or who was favorite teacher ?
MANOJ MUTASHIR : My favorite teacher from school is Mr. Rajendra Singh, who taught me hindi.
He had such a terrific way of teaching the language, that I couldn’t help falling in love with it.
Agar Rajendra Singh sir ne itni pyari hindi na padhayi hoti, to shayad mujhe iss zuban se ishk na hota, aur aaj main yahan na hota.
CC: Any message to your fans?
MANOJ MUTASHIR : Dreams are not just dreams, they are nature’s signal to you.
If you can dream of achieving something, you have already half-achieved it. Go for it and let the magic of good karma unfold on you. “Sone ke kalam se likhi hain jo, wo takdeerein tum rakh lo… mere khwaab mere hain, baaki sab jaageeerin tum rakh lo’.
Thanks a lot for taking out time from such a busy schedule for my lovely readers.
From all of your fans, my readers and from my side would like to wish you all d best for every upcoming flicks & songs.
All you here reading this interview don’t miss out Rustom coming near your theatres on 12th Aug!!!