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‘He gives life to words’

Lyricist-adman Prasoon Joshi goes gaga over Amitabh Bachchan’s recital of his poem that will be telecast live from IPL 5’s opening ceremony.

entertainment Updated: Apr 02, 2012 14:30 IST
Rachana Dubey

Lyricist Prasoon Joshi is extremely excited these days. The adman has penned a five to six minute-long poetry that will be recited by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan at the opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League season five in Chennai this week. Currently in Bangkok, the award-winning songwriter is understandably excited, nervous and anxious to know the public’s reaction to his words.

“I don’t claim to be a superb poet, but these lines are my tribute to cricket. I’ve always loved the game, and watched it with great love and adoration for my team, and sporting spirit for the other teams of the world. Even at my age, I still have a hidden desire to be a part of this game at some point in my life. Or maybe, I’ll just have to fulfill this wish in my next life,” says Prasoon, adding, “For the time being, I’m extremely happy that I found an opportunity to put pen to paper and bring all my feelings for cricket to the fore through the poem.”

Big B started rehearsing for the live recital even though he hadn’t fully recovered. He even shot a promo for his act, which was his first camera appearance after his long illness. “I’ve heard him rehearse and it’s absolutely magnificent. He makes my poetry sound powerful and gives life to the words,” says Prasoon, adding, “I can’t believe someone can be blessed with such mighty will power to put in hours of rehearsals for a poetry recital when his body is still a little weak and on medication.”

One of Prasoon’s other songs, written for Aamir Khan’s TV show Satyameva Jayate, is likely to be released as a single. Could that be done with this IPL poetry too? “Why not?” He exclaims, adding, “I’ve written the poetry in a certain meter. Composer Raju Singh has put in the element of music to it, which I must admit is very good. I’m sure that if this poetry becomes popular, it can subsequently be released as a single on different platforms. I do hope that people enjoy it just as much as I did while penning it.”