The Lyricists Adda | Swanand Kirkire, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Varun Grover, Anvita Dutt, Kausar Munir

Best Indian SeriesJuly 13, 2020

On the first Film Companion Artists Adda, we get some of the country’s most talented lyricists—Swanand Kirkire, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Varun Grover, Anvita Dutt, and Kausar Munir—to chat about their process, the challenges they face as a tribe and what the future of the Hindi film song looks like.

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Read our list of 10 Bollywood Songs That Deserved Better Films: https://www.filmcompanion.in/features/bollywood-features/10-bollywood-songs-that-deserved-better-films-ar-rahman-amit-trivedi/

1:03 – Writing 816 songs
2:07 – Utilizing the time in lockdown for writing good lyrics
5:13 – Amitabh Bhattacharya on his process of writing a song
6:18 – Swanand Kirkire on his process of writing a song
7:45 – Kausar Munir on working with the people involved in a project and still to deliver the best
9:24 – Varun Grover on working with people who understand poetry
11:00 – Swanand Kirkire on playing the same Antara to two people
11:09 – Amitabh Bhattacharya on being as technicians than artists or poets
12:40 – Varun Grover on giving multiple choices of songs to directors and composers
14:47 – Swanand Kirkire on simplifying the process of lyrics writing
16:23 – Kausar Munir on working with Pritam and “a song is not a dialogue”
17:17 – Amitabh Bhattacharya on the end credits song and on Agneepath and Agent Vinod
19:36 – On Tehzeeb getting lesser in todays songs, changes in todays society and songs
22:27 – Swanand Kirkire on lyrics finding a new language
23:05 – Varun Grover on meeting a Producer and Director who asked to write Lyrics in 30 minutes
26:17 – Anvita Dutt on item songs to be not called an item song
28:34 – Amitabh Bhattacharya on becoming a lyric writer reluctantly and about Chikni Chameli
30:54 – Anvita Dutt on being commissioned lyric writers
31:26 – Swanand Kirkire on writing “Kaisi paheli hain yeh, kaisi paheli zindagaani”…
32:02 – Varun Grover on music companies not giving credit to lyric writers on music platforms
34:22 – Swanand Kirkire on algorithm of lyric writers of songs on music apps
35:00 – Kausar Munir on lyric writer names missing on the song launch
35:29 – Swanand Kirkire on his name missing from Helicopter Eela’s trailer end plate
36:57 – Amitabh Bhattacharya on not knowing lyric writers names
37:27 – Anupama Chopra on Indian songs and music
38:01 – Varun Grover on the hierarchy system in the Hindi Film Industry
40:30 – Kausar Munir on Production houses forgetting to invite lyricists for music functions
41:52 – Swanand Kirkire on lyric writers not given the credit
42:56 – Kausar Munir on people thing her as a men duo
43:12 – Anupama Chopra on Pandemic
43:35 – Anvita Dutt on Naghma Nigaar and understanding and helping each other as writers
45:14 – Swanand Kirkire on Anvita’s film Bulbbul not having songs
46:23 – Swanand Kirkire on new directors not comfortable with lip-sync
48:09 – Varun Grover on Independent songs and songs in films

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