Punjabi is the new Urdu
Singer Shaan, who has sung songs such as ‘Chaar kadam’ (PK; 2014) and singles such as ‘Tum ho toh’ and ‘Tanha dil’, feels that now lyrics in Bollywood numbers are much better than what they used to be in the ’90s.
“Everyone had their pet words in the ’90s, for example, when you are facing a trouble [finding a word], use the word ‘deewana’. But since 2005, lyrically we have been able to break away from clichés, and write more casual lyrics that a regular guy can also sing instead of heavy shayaris,” says Shaan.
He also feels, today lyrics aren’t a problem with lyricists such as Anvita Dutt, Irshad Kamil, Kausar Munir and Amitabh Bhattacharya, writing songs. “There was certain stagnation in terms of lyrics even though we had Gulzarji and Javedji, who were pulling it through. But after 2005, a lot of new lyricists started contributing to songs. They brought in freshness in terms of lyrics,” says the 44-year-old singer.
Shaan also feels that Punjabi language is being extensively used in songs now. He says, “Punjabi is the new Urdu. This is also because you are running out of words in Hindi. So, the same thought you put in Punjabi.”