The beauty of lyrics lies in the imagery it creates in the mind of the listener : Lyricist Duo, Siddharth-Garima
Updated on: 11 Dec 2015
We first experienced the magic of Siddharth and Garima's writing in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. The duo, along with Mr. Bhansali, brilliantly transformed the story of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet into an Indian context and the result was rave reviews for the writing and the stars.
For their next project they entered the world of a love story of a warrior – Sanjay Leela Bhansali's epic Bajirao Mastani starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra. For what is being called his magnus opus, Mr Bhansali went to Siddharth and Garima to paint beautiful pictures with their lyrics for three of the biggest songs, 'Deewani Mastani', 'Pinga' and 'Mohe Rang Do Laal'.
I was granted the amazing privilege to interview Siddharth and Garima about RamLeela and it was a joy to write the piece. This week, I once again was honored with the chance to interview the duo for Bajiao Mastani and it was a wonderful experience again. Much like the canvas they create with their beautiful lines, their answers for this interview take us on a journey through the writing of the lyrics in the songs of Bajirao, Mastani and KashiBai.
I personally loved reading their amazing, open, insightful and educational answers and I know you will too! In fact, this has now become one of my favorite interviews I have ever written.
Read on to get lost in their amazing answers in this in-depth exclusive interview!
How do you work together to create the incredible lyrics and words you write? Thanks a lot for the adjective Stacey. But one of the most important things about the lyrics is – the beauty of it lies in the imagery it creates in the mind of the listener. No word would seem beautiful until it's felt in regards to an emotion.
Writing together is as challenging as it is beautiful. On the exterior, it might seem that one cracks the 'mukhda' (opening piece) while the other has a go at cracking the 'antara' (stanza), but the fact is that even we don't know, which one of us has done what. We are two people who come from two very different worlds, two different backgrounds and mindsets. When that merges into one line (mukhda or antara) it's like a piece with a life of its own. Whether we sit down with a pen and a blank sheet each, on two different tables, or together, it does not matter. The thoughts are in sync and so are the words. Like Sanjay sir puts it – "Even after working with you for 4 years now, I still don't know which line is written by Siddharth and which one by Garima." Lots of people have told us that we are the only male-female lyric writing duo ever. Good or bad, it's for the people to decide once they hear the song.
What to you is the most important thing when you are writing the lyrics to a song? The character and the situation (read Screenplay). These two things decide the 'thought' behind the song. The tone of the film (read Dialogue) determines the kind of words we would use to depict the state of mind of the character/situation. This might sound a little old school to this new generation of Bollywood, but that's our approach. Most foreign films don't have songs wound into the screenplay. We feel that's where we have an advantage. To say a lot of things that cannot be said or need not be said with either the screenplay or the dialogue.
What did Sanjay Leela Bhansali first tell you about Bajirao Mastani?