MAK­ING IT IN IN­DIA

India Today - - LEISURE - —Sukant Deepak

Bol­ly­wood lyri­cist Munna

Dhiman had given up the dream and slunk back to Chandi­garh from Mum­bai back in 2003, when he re­ceived a one-line re­sponse to a cold e-mail he’d sent film­maker Vishal Bhard­waj. “One day, we will work to­gether,” wrote the direc­tor known for Maq­bool and

Haider. A month later, Bhard­waj asked Dhiman to write three songs for his al­bum Aasma (2004). “We had never met. While record­ing one of the songs, I could not recog­nise him. Some­one pointed him out to me,” Dhiman re­calls.

The son of a Pun­jab road­ways con­duc­tor who stud­ied at a Hindi-medium school in Chandi­garh, Dhiman lives with a se­vere cur­va­ture of the spine, which in­hibits his move­ments but hasn’t slowed his ca­reer. Since that first note from Bhard­waj, he has penned lyrics for some 50 songs fea­tured in 15 dif­fer­ent films— even though he has never moved back to Mum­bai since his re­turn to Pun­jab nearly 15 years ago.

“Just be­cause I am differentlyabled and come from a sim­ple back­ground does not mean that I have achieved some­thing ex­cep­tional,” says Dhiman, who has re­sisted calls from mu­sic di­rec­tors to move to In­dia’s film cap­i­tal. “I like the pace of life here, it al­lows my words to come at their nat­u­ral pace.”

MUNNA DHIMAN lyrics writ­ten has 50 for about fea­tured songs in 15 films

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