This year Kalam hosted Indian lyricist, TV script and screenwriter Manoj Muntashir on Sunday, 3rd February 2019 at the Quilon in St James’s Park, Westminster.
Dr Padmesh Gupta, founder of UK Hindi Samiti an Oxford-based Hindi poet was conversing with the poet. Muntashir shared his experience with the audience on his journey and struggles while travelling from a remote village in UP to the business and glamour capital of India, Mumbai. He started his career by writing a lot of scripts and was fortunately picked up by the biggest superstar of India Amitabh Bachchan for the most popular Indian television show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ an Indian version of ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’. The gig changed his life and there was no turning back after that. He was working 365 days without any break and TV established him. The poet also rolled out some of his famous shayaris which was met with resounding applause from the audience.
Manoj Muntashir has written lyrics for many Bollywood films and TV shows. Some of his most popular tracks are:
Tere Sang Yara
Main Phir Bhi Tumko Chahunga
Mere Rashke Qamar
His biggest hit that hit the hot charts is Baahubali which made him very popular amongst the youth and his fans named his Qalamkebahubaali. At present he is one of the most celebrated poet in India who is known to have re-introduces poetry in cinema.
Having won nearly all major awards in the film industry, Manoj’s roots lie in literature. His first poetry collection ‘Meri Fitrat Hai Mastana’ skyrocketed to the number 1 position on Amazon bestseller list within 24 hours of release. He won the IIFA Awards, Radio Mirchi Music Awards, The Indian Icon Film Awards, and many more.
The event was attended by many UK writers, journalists, academician, and literature lovers.