Pun­jabi is the new Urdu

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - My City - Nikita Deb

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.”

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