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Lalit Pandit turns lyricist

music Updated: Sep 09, 2010 18:59 IST
Nikhil Taneja
Nikhil Taneja
Hindustan Times
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After Dabbang’s ‘

Munni badnaam’

has become a smash hit, composer Lalit Pandit, who turned lyricist with the song, has been bombarded with more offers for lyrics.

“I’ve always written dummy lyrics for my songs but this was my first item number, so I thought of penning down the words for fun,” Pandit says. “I got the ‘

jhandu balm

idea from a phrase Madhur Bhandarkar uses often. I’m glad he didn’t think of using it in a song!”

Although Pandit, the younger half of duo Jatin-Lalit, has been composing solo since the duo split a few years ago, it has only been ‘


s’ success that’s truly brought him back in the limelight.

Pandit agrees it took him some time to find his space again, as his songs in movies like

Life Mein Kabhie Kabhie


Horn OK Please

couldn’t translate into success.

“It has been a bit of a struggle and that’s why I think this song has given my career a second life,” he says. “It’s overwhelming to see the reactions of everyone since I had never done item numbers before and now, everyone’s offering them to me!

The composer, whose forte has been romantic songs says composing item numbers is no big deal. “They are quick jobs and I realised I was pretty good at it!” he chuckles. “When Arbaaz heard


, he thought it would be big, and that’s why he roped in Malaika (Arora) for it.”



still high on the charts, Pandit’s now composing an item number for Sanjay Dutt next. “I’ve worked with Sanju






, and we have a great relationship,” he says. “I had a unique concept for him and he’s loved the song. So expect some fun music ahead.”