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Prasoon Joshi: Delhi was all about friends, films and musings..

Prasoon Joshi


New Delhi, Jan. 23 -- From watching latenight movies, catching a quick bite at the local dhabas with friends, to soaking in the richness and charm of old Delhi, National Award-winning lyricist Prasoon Joshi says he had a whale of a time during the days of his youth in the Capital.

So much so, that his song, Yeh Dilli Hai Mere Yaar (No One Killed Jessica; 2011) and the music of Dilli-6 are his attempt to capture the spirit of the city. "I got my first job in Delhi. During that phase of my life, I had plenty of time to soak in the beauty life," said Joshi, when we caught up with him at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) on Tuesday.

The ace adman addressed a session at JLF and entertained the crowds with live rendition of Maa, Seekho Na Nainon Ki Bhasha Piya and Sasural Genda Phool. Stressing on the fact that Bollywood songs have conversational narratives, and that Indians love them, he said, "A Bollywood film doesn't need to be a musical to have music in it."

Talking about the poem that he penned in December to pay homage to the Peshawar victims, he said, "Murmurs need a voice of their own. Humble voices need to be saved."

Meanwhile, Joshi, who spent the initial years of his life in the hills of Uttarakhand, told us that he had never heard of Beatles - the legendary rock band - when he was growing up. "We only listened to classical, folk and traditional music. Basically, I never had the vocabulary nor the conventional word-play to be a songwriter," he said.

"In fact, the word 'Masakali' (a popular song from the film Delhi-6; penned by Joshi) has no meaning at all, but people pretend to know what it means," he added.

The 43-year-old is currently working on an elaborate project based on an ancient figure. He has also written songs for another film, Margarita, with a Straw, that stars Kalki Koechlin.