Dialogue writer-turned-lyricist Niranjan Iyengar on his rabble-rousing dialogues for Kareena Kapoor in 'Heroine' and his journey in
Screenplay writer Niranjan Iyengar's Bandra house is currently under renovations. But sitting amidst the cacophony created by the heavy equipments around him, Niranjan's mind is in a far-off place. Recently having written dialogues for Madhur Bhandarkar and Karan Johar's respective upcoming films, the writer-lyricists talks about his journey in Bollywood and more...
Is it true that your career in Bollywood happened by chance?
I started working as a journalist post, which my friend Manish Malhotra offered me a position in his design studio. I designed wedding dresses as well as costumes for stage shows. After writing a book on Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushie Kabhi Gham, Nikhil Advani asked me to write the dialogues for Kal Ho Naa Ho. Then Jism happened, post which I ended up writing the lyrics for My Name Is Khan.
You have also written for some rather rabble-rousing dialogues for Kareena Kapoor in her next film.
Explosive dialogues are integral part of Madhur's grammar. Because the film industry is under constant scrutiny, our 'flaws' are written about. But when the same things happen outside, no one bothers! The dialogues are a part of the character's journey and were necessary for the storyline.