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December 16, 2009

Swinging Songwriter

Tune in to Amitabh Bhattacharya, Bollywood’s edgy new wordsmith

He came to Mumbai to become a singer and ended up penning the lyrics of two of the hottest Bollywood songs of recent times. Amitabh Bhattacharya, the young writer of the Punjabi version of Iktara and Emotional Atyachar still sees himself as a confused musician. “I wanted to be somewhere else and ended up elsewhere,” grins the Bengali who started off writing dummy lyrics for tunes and bagged his debut project, Raj Kumar Gupta’s Aamir, in the process. The songwriter with a keen ear for authentic dialects dreams of being recognised as a singer some day but is happy with the adulation he’s been getting right now. “I feel happy because I wrote Iktara and also got to sing in it. I got appreciation both ways.” With a bunch of films in his songwriting kitty, more kudos are on the way. He’s most excited about Anurag Kashyap’s Udaan, which Amitabh clubs in the same league as Dev D, and Sajid Khan’s House Full.

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