EXCLUSIVE: Lyricist Manoj Muntashir gets candid about writing Kesari song Teri Mitti & trend of recreations

In an EXCLUSIVE interview with Pinkvilla, we spoke to lyricist Manoj Muntashir about writing the song Teri Mitti for Akshay Kumar's Kesari. Read on.
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Akshay Kumar starrer Kesari released on Thursday, March 21 last week. The film received a lot of positive reviews and impressed the audiences. Directed by Anurag Singh, Kesari also stars Parineeti Chopra in the lead roles. The film is based on the true story of the Battle of Saragarhi that was fought in the year 1897.

Kesari has already crossed Rs 75 crore mark at the box office. Along with the story, the audiences are also in love with its music, especially the patriotic and emotional song Teri Mitti. Teri Mitti is composed by Arko Pravo Mukherjee and crooned by B Praak. The lyrics of this beautiful track are penned by ace lyricist Manoj Muntashir. Manoj Muntashir has written some soulful songs like Teri Galiyan, Tere Sang Yaara, Saathi Rey and many others.

In an EXCLUSIVE interview with Pinkvilla, we spoke to Manoj about the song and how the singers, composers, lyricists are now getting more recognition and much more.

Read the full interview:

What do you have to say about the response to Teri Mitti?

The response is overwhelming as the song released 3-4 days before the movie released. So, the response for Teri Mitti is itself a testimony that the film will be received well and exactly that has happened. It is mind-blowing.

You have written love and sad songs. But this was on different lines. It's about the love for the nation. So, how different and difficult it was?

It was not different at all. It is my romance with the motherland. I have always written romantic songs and this one again is a romantic song. The subject changes from the girl to the country to the nation to the tricolour. Once you are in love, your poetry is completely encircling around the subject. So, in Teri Mitti, my love for the mitti (soil) of the country takes the front seat and that's how the song is translated.

Arko said that this song was a passionate subject for you as you have to express your love for the nation. He said you did a magnificent job. What do you have to say?

This is the composer's song as it is originated from his mind. This one was first composed by Arko and he liked it and also it was approved by Karan Johar, Akshay and everybody. When they played this tune to me, I got goosebumps. Then, I knew that if I could justify this emotion which is already there in the tune, then it can be a song that will be very hard to forget.

What do you have to say about the trend of recreating songs in Bollywood? The audiences are not happy with it, but the trend doesn't seem to go away.

Not all recreations are bad. Having recreated one of the biggest hits like Mere Rashke Qamar, which is recreated by me so I am very happy that I have lifted that song from a very niche set of people to clubs, to the school functions. I am very happy having done that. I do not regret it. And what the problem is recreation should be 1 in 10 and not 9 in 10. A lot of movies I am writing for have 5-6 songs recreated in them. It should be one off. Do not sacrifice the originality for recreation. Do not be a generation which only recreated and generated nothing. Recreations are not bad if done in a controlled manner.

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