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Jamshedpur boy eyes lyrical laurels

- Ad man to pen 15 songs in four films

From snappy taglines to touching lyrics, Protique Mojoomdar is weaving magic with whatever he pens. After songs for a number of albums, the Jamshedpur boy is now writing lyrics for as many as four upcoming films.

An alumnus of Delhi Public School, Ranchi, Protique has lived in many cities, thanks to his father’s transferable job. While his parents have settled in the steel city, Protique himself stays in Mumbai.

The 35-year-old “ad guy” is writing songs for Nila Madhab Panda’s upcoming films Love is not Mathematics and Unche Log Neeche Log. He is also penning lyrics for Ishqeria and Mrs Scooter, directed by Prerna Wadhwan and Shiladitya Moulik, respectively.

“I am writing 15 songs in four films, which will release sometime next year. I have had the privilege to work with composers like Shankar Mahadevan and Papon. Though I am from the world of advertisement, I have always had a flair for song-writing,” said Protique, who considers Gulzar his role model. He added that Tagore’s Golpoguccho, Geetobitan and works of Satyajit Ray played a crucial role in honing his writing skills.

The wordsmith says he was in Class VIII when he wrote his first Hindi poem, which was appreciated by his friends and teachers. Since then, there has been no looking back. Protique has earlier co-written a song with Euphoria lead singer Palash Sen for a music video directed by Dibakar Banerjee. He also wrote for the movie I am Kalam directed by Nila Madhab Panda.

Protique, who later studied in Delhi, has a number of popular advertising jingles to his credit. He has worked on albums including Papon’s Hindi debut The Story So Far and Karsh Kale’s an international one called Cinema. He worked with Indian Ocean on the anthem to motivate Team India in the 2011 World Cup.

Having explored lyrics, Protiqe now plans to write scripts for films.