Teri Mitti (Kesari) lyricist Manoj Muntashir has been making the headlines recently for his oath of “not attending any award show till I breathe my last.” All of this occurred after the recent edition of Filmfare Awards. Rapper Divine and Ankur Tewari won the award for the best lyrics for their song Apna Time Aayega from Ranveer Singh’s Gully Boy.
Manoj Muntashir is hurt over the decision and has been expressing his unfiltered views since then. He also feels he deserved a ‘better defeat’ and not to a song like Apna Time Aayega which has ‘gaali galauj’ (abuses).
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Manoj Muntashir expressed, “Award shows are meant to be entertaining and ready to be sold to the highest bidder. Like any other commodity, award shows are designed to create wealth for the organisers. The film industry is still stuck in medieval times. Only an insider can tell you how unequally and heavy-handedly we are treated as opposed to the stars, who are stars because we decorate them with our skills.”
He also added that losing to lyricists like Amitabh Bhattacharya or Irshad Kamil would’ve been a better defeat. To explain his situation with an example, he added, “Lord Krishna who was killed by a hunter. He deserved a better death, and I deserved a better defeat.”