A couple of weeks back, the film industry came forward to support a song of hope — Muskurayega India. The track has crossed more than 100 million views on YouTube and lyricist Kaushal Kishore can’t thank the media enough.
“Akshay sir and other actors have greatly contributed to this song, but so has the media for helping it reach every corner of the country. The song has been watched by millions on social media but what matters to me the most is the reaction. People are making videos of their city, area, school with the song. I had written the lyrics for a song but people have made it an anthem,” he says.
Kaushal adds that the reason people have connected with the song is because everyone wants, ‘Muskurayega and Jeet Jayege India (India will smile and win this war). We made the song with a lot of emotions and that has touched people,” he says.
Composed and sung by Vishal Mishra, the song features Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff, Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana, Kiara Advani, Rajkummar Rao, Sidharth Malhotra, Rakulpreet Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Ananya Pandey and Jackky Bhagnani.
Work buddies and close friends
Kaushal and Vishal’s association goes a long way. “We have known each other from the time he was a contestant on Bharat Ki Shaan and I used to write for it. We have been friends since 2013 and we both have struggled together. He used to sit on the piano and I used to write my songs throughout the night. Our first song was a patriotic one but it didn’t release. Now we have worked together for Muskurayega India,” says Kaushal, adding, “We understand each other well and our friendship works fine when we work as professionals. It is evident in our projects including Notebook, Aaj Bhi and others. We will continue to collaborate.”
Coping with challenges
Everyone is going through a lot of stress because of COVID-19 but Kaushal says that staying positive during tough times makes things easier. “I have practised this in my personal life and when I am writing lyrics too. Lockdown is tough but to stay positive, I am reading books, revisiting my old writings, completing the incomplete lyrics during free time. The way people are showing strength during this phase is also inspiring me to write,” he says.
The story behind a song
Kaushal, who started his career as a lyricist in the 2010 hit Malayalam film Kandahar, has worked with many music directors, including Jeet Gannguli, Raghav Sachar, Bapi–Tutul, and Shamir Tandon. He believes in writing different genres.
Explaining his style of writing, Kaushal says, “When I am working on a movie, the script matters the most because you write accordingly. Then the director gives their opinion, which sometimes inspires you a lot. The composer shares their thoughts and interesting inputs. When I was working for Notebook, it was a story about a Kashmiri Pandit teacher, who is going back home, and that inspired me. I don’t write for the sake of writing or to get the numbers; I try to find the story behind the song. In the song Bumro, I wasn’t talking about the school getting destroyed but how Kashmiri children have the ability to change the future,” says the lyricist whose another single Gustakhiyaan released recently.
He is happy that his three songs were released in the last few weeks. “I am glad that Gustakhiyaan too has been appreciated. While Anuarg Saikia has done a beautiful composition, Raghav Chaitanya and Ritrisha Sarman have sung it equally well,” concludes Kaushal.