An IRTS Official turns Lyricist for Rajkummar Rao’s film ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’

IRTS officer pens ‘break-up song’ for UP-based film. He laughs saying ‘Afsar ka bhi dil hota hai’
Gaurav Krishna Bansal IRTS

LUCKNOW: Rajkummar Rao’s upcoming film’s tack has been written by an Indian Railway Traffic Services officer.

Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Kharbanda who will share screen space for the first time in Vinod Bachchan’s Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, recently wrapped up the Lucknow schedule recently.

While shooting the film in the city at a real location, Gaurav Krishna Bansal, an IRTS (Indian Railway Traffic Service) Officer had approached producer Vinod Bachchan to show him few poems that he had written hoping to get it featured in the movie.

Producer Vinod Bachchan says, “While shooting the film at a real location in Lucknow, Gaurav Bansal had approached me with few poems that he had penned which I found it very interesting. I made him meet Director Ratna who was impressed with one song. Since we wanted to incorporate that in the movie, we asked him to rework it in the format of a Bollywood song and it has come out nicely.”

Directed by Ratna Sinha, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana has been penned by Kamal Pande. The movie went on floors last month in Allahabad. Former Director of the North Central Zone Cultural Centre (NCZCC), a central government initiative, Bansal has recently been appointed the Chief Public Relations Officer of the North-Central Railway. He is a 2000 batch IRTS officer from Indian Railways.

Gaurav Krishna Bansal insists that it’s time for Amitabh Bhattacharya’s Breakup Song from ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ to move over. He says it’s so that the quirky heartbreak track, ‘Thukra Ke Dil Mera Intekaam Dekhegi’, which he’s penned for Ratna Sinha’s UP-based romcom ‘Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana’, can set feet tapping and fingers snapping.

“The hero, who’s been dumped because he has failed to make it big, is back with a vengeance, telling his dushman-lover that she will now yearn for his dosti,” says Bansal. The bureaucrat, who got a chance to meet the film’s leads, Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Kharbanda, is delighted that Ratna and producer Vinod Bachchan, after going through his poems, thought this one would make for a film song. “During my earlier posting as director of the NCZCC, Allahabad, I happened to meet Ratna and Vinod, since a large portion of the film was shot in the NCZCC premises. While chatting about the film during the lunch break, where I was invited, I asked if I could write lyrics for the film. They knew about my love for writing, as I have participated in several kavi sammellans and have written books on poetry, so they agreed. They explained to me the situation for which I had to write. When I narrated the first draft of the lyrics to Ratnaji, she asked me to re-do some parts of it. The revised lyrics were greatly appreciated, and they decided to incorporate them as a song in the film,” he recounts. The film’s leads both play characters from UP – the hero from Allahabad, and the heroine from Kanpur. The film has been set and shot in the state, including in Lucknow and Allahabad.

Debutant lyricist Bansal is determined to prove that officers are not stone-hearted, but instead are brimming with literary talent that usually doesn’t find an audience. “Afsar ka bhi dil hota hai!” he asserts, hoping that other government officials find a complementary career in mainstream cinema too. He says that he started writing when he was quite young, and being a bureaucrat never hindered his writing. “My passion gave me the opportunity to participate in several kavi sammellans with well-known poets like Surendra Sharma, Ashok Chakradhar and Gopal Das Neeraj. Later, I also started writing lyrics for songs. It was my wife who really wanted these songs to become part of a Bollywood project. Due to my work, it was difficult for me to visit Mumbai to fulfill this aspiration. So when I got the chance to meet Ratna, I thought it would make my dream of penning a song for a film come true,”” he tells us.