'Everything in life is not for sale'

'Everything in life is not for sale'

Many of his phrases are remembered and repeated, be it Ori Chiraiiya, while talking about the girl child, or Udiyo Na Dariyo, about a pigeon. 

He has moved one to tears with Taare Zameen Par and made one dance to the tunes of Rang de Basanti. 

Lyricist Prasoon Joshi’s profound poetry finds a place in pop-culture songs. He had his modest beginnings in Uttarakhand, where he was entertained and inspired by rustling trees and misty meadows. 

He says that while music, books and value systems were the cornerstones of his foundation, his parents never pressurised him to target an ambition. 

He is a man caught between the best of both worlds — tradition and modernity, print and advertising while he dabbles in creative and corporate professions.

“I can’t pick a moment and point it as memorable. My journey is an amalgamation of moments but what stays with me is my first song, first movie, first win at Cannes and the first film.” 

He fondly talks about Bhaag Milka Bhaag, which he was a part of since its inception. He adds that his days in Chandigarh and interactions with Milka Singh made him realise that he wanted to make it a full-fledged film. 
However, his  wanderings into creative professions started much before he wrote songs. 

When he sensed that poetry won’t sell as much he decided to commercialise his talent and went into song writing. 

“I am not a ‘rent a poet’ person. If the thought or idea inspires me, I will pursue it,” he says. His inspiration comes from Gulzaar saab and Javed (Akhtar) saab’. To him, poetry is the bedrock of his personality.  He rues that the coming generation is not exposed to poetry, the literary canons or vernacular languages.

“Let them educate themselves and learn the wealth of vernacular languages that we have.” He adds. 

“Youngsters should remember that everything in life is not for sale. They can commercialise their talent, but they shouldn’t think of it in terms of a transaction as it’s higher than the market forces.” 

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