Amitabh Bhattacharya
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Amitabh Bhattacharya: The reluctant lyricist!

Amitabh Bhattacharya


Mumbai, May 30 -- Give Amitabh Bhattacharya a tune and a situation, and he can work magic with words.    It took him almost 10 years to establish himself, but today he is among the top lyricists in Bollywood.

However, Amitabh admits that he is still in love with playback singing. "I landed in Mumbai with the dream of becoming a playback singer. However, today, I am happy and content being a lyricist who happens to sing occasionally," says the 36-year-old songwriter.    

While speaking about the film fraternity, he minces no words. "There are two kinds of producers - the first critically thinks about his project and casts a lyricist accordingly, while the second wants Amitabh Bhattacharya because aaj kal TV pe uska naam bohot aata hai (he is quite popular these days). I personally like working with the first group, who believe in me and my work."

The lyricist recently collaborated with composer AR Rahman for Armaan Jain's debut film. Ask him about his experience and he says, "It was amazing.    In our first meeting, I was awestruck. It was uncomfortable at first, as he is a man of few words.    

However, we didn't take much time to bond. I am so happy that I have written a song that has been sung by the maestro himself. It's a dream come true."