Prasoon Joshi: The word-ly wise!

By HT

Mumbai, June 22 -- For lyricist Prasoon Joshi, understanding the script of a film is most important before he begins to pen down the lyrics of its songs. Joshi, who wrote the songs of the upcoming film, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, says, "Since I wrote both the screenplay and the dialogues for the film, I knew from the beginning as to what I wanted to write in my songs."

The 41-year-old adds, "The song, 'Mera yaar', plays the role of a commentator of the situation between the two lovers (played by Farhan Akthar and Sonam Kapoor in the film). The script and dialogues tell us facts about the two, but the song narrates their love story."

Joshi, who has to his credit the lyrics for Rang De Basanti (2006), Taare Zameen Par (2007) and Delhi 6 (2009), admits that a lot of his lyrics for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag were inspired from the personality of athlete, Milkha Singh. "He believes in destiny, but does not worry too much about it. And that's what influenced my lyrics. The song, 'Zinda', is based on Milkha's mantra of giving everything to achieve something in life," says Joshi.

The lyricist has from time and again worked with composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL) and AR Rahman. Ask him about their working styles and he says, "More people, more ideas. That's the case with SEL, who prefer to work during the day. With Rahman, I get a feeling of being in a surreal world, because we sometimes end up working till three in the morning."

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