The first time, it was for Maa from Taarey Zameen Par and now, it’s for the song Bolo Na from Chittagong. Individually, it’s Shankar’s fourth National Award and Prasoon’s second. The talented musicians spoke to CS about the importance of this honour and the camaraderie they share with each other:
Proud, and rightly so!
Shankar: I think it’s a matter of national pride to win this award. These awards have credibility and cut across all film industries. So they mean a lot. Getting one is pretty difficult, so getting four National Awards in one lifetime feels great! (laughs) This one is even more special as the film was made by a wonderful director and human being, who had zero support while making it. And the song is one of those that even when we grow old, we will be proud of being a part of it.
Prasoon: I’m more surprised about winning this award, than the last time. That’s because Maa had become quite popular even before we got the award. But Shankar and I were pleasantly surprised to get this, as we’d thought the song has gone unnoticed. I’ve won many awards in the past but it’s only when I’ve won a National Award, that I get a call from my father! (laughs) Mutual admiration society Shankar:
Prasoon and I go back a long way, as we’ve done a lot of jingles together. It’s great working with him, as he’s deeply passionate about music. We’re all the time on the phone without any consideration for time, discussing songs and ideas.
Prasoon: Shankar is a phenomenal musician. I feel he’s one of a kind. When he’s there, I know I can write anything. For example, Bolo Na is a very delicately written song and Shankar’s done complete justice to it. We’re temperamentally similar and share a great rapport with each other.
Poetry never dies
Shankar: I don’t think good poetxo good music left. Look at Bolo Na! I don’t know where it was hiding till someone decided to honour it. I feel if you put your sincere effort into making good music, then something good does come out of it.
Prasoon: Poetry can never die; it exists in some form or the other. Our Hindi film songs have been guiding forces in people’s lives, often imparting life’s philosophies. I feel people should start seeking good work, so that we can compose good work.