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Bollywood Music: Lyrical loss?

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By HT

New Delhi, Sept. 1 -- The music industry has reacted strongly to the recent comment by Leela Samson, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), in which she has said that it is the responsibility of veteran lyricists to protest against the vulgar lyrics being used in songs currently.

"We are not protesting because it's simply not our responsibility. I had a discussion with Gulzar sahab and Javed sahab on this, and we feel that lyricists can't be expected to intervene, there is a censor board and it is their job," says lyricist Sameer, who was a rage in the 90s for songs like Nazar Ke Samne (Aashiqui), Teri Umeed Tera Intezaar (Deewana).

Agrees Swadanand Kirkire, best known for his song All Izz Well (3 Idiots), "It doesn't work like that. I think her concern is right but the problem can't be tackled in the way she's suggesting. As a writer, you need to provide options to people to choose from. When something does well, producers also ask for similar kinds of songs."

Mayur Puri, who has penned the lyrics Johnny Johnny and Veere Di Wedding (Entertainment) also adds, "The CB is not meant for moral policing. People are entitled to get the kind of entertainment they want. Her (Samson's) comment is an insult to every lyricist," says Puri.

However, lyricist and writer Prasoon Joshi seems to agree that lyricists need to be careful when they write. "The creator must use his conscience. People write titillating stuff because they want to make a quick buck. I have protested against cheap lyrics several times," says Joshi. "We are not realising that the crass lyrics that we are passing on to the next generation won't help them," adds singer Kumar Sanu.