Meet the Uttarakhand lyricist who penned music for Amitabh Bachchan

  • Neha Pant, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2015 16:46 IST
Deepak Ramola with Farhan Akhtar.

Uttarakhand has contributed a lot of talent to Bollywood, and the latest to join the creative brigade is Dehradun’s Deepak Ramola who penned a song that was sung by actors Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar for the upcoming film Wazir.

Deepak -- who is lyricist, writer and actor all rolled into one -- wrote the lines of Atrangi Yaari, a song celebrating the bond of an unusual friendship, along with TV star Gurpreet Saini. The track, which was picturised on Bachchan and Akhtar, was composed by music director Rochak Kohli.

Listen to the song here

“The challenge was to write the song in a way that goes with the youthfulness of Farhan and the seniority of Amit ji,” said Deepak, who is thrilled at the online reviews for the recently-released song. “When we wrote the song, we had no idea that it will be sung by Amit ji,” he added.

This is not the first time that Deepak has made it big with his pen -- he had earlier written lyrics for Ketan Mehta’s Manjhi: The Mountain Man and Rikhil Bahadur’s Time Out.

Watch the Manjhi review here

His upcoming projects as lyricist include songs in Hindi noir thriller Monsoon Shootout, Satra Ko Shaadi Hai (produced by John Abraham), and director Sudhir Mishra’s Aur Devdas.

Deepak has also acted in a couple of films and television shows . A regular at poetry slams -- contests where poets recite their original works -- he was also runner-up at a global cartoon contest in the past. The actor-lyricist credited his creative streak to the “culturally-rich environment” of Uttarakhand.

“People of the pahad (hills) grow up in an atmosphere that is deeply entrenched in culture, language and innocence, something that has greatly helped me in my journey as a writer,” said the alumnus of Army School, Clement Town.

Read: Wazir teaser: John, Farhan, Neil and Amitabh make their moves

He said he was thrilled to see so many youngsters from the hills shedding their inhibitions and joining the film industry. Deepak is also a life skills educator and runs Project FUEL (Forward the Understanding of Every Life-lesson) as a part of which he travels around the country to hold ingenious workshops with people of all ages.

“The process of collecting Life’s lessons from individuals and passing them on to people, so that they too can get inspired from the stories, has enriched me as a writer,” he said.

When we wrote the song, we had no idea that it will be sung by Amit ji, said Deepak Ramola.

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