‘Ganesha has always been by my side’: Prashant Ingole

The lyrics for chartbuster Gajanana from Bajirao Mastani were written in a span of two days. Lyricist and song-writer Prashant Ingole reveals more about the writing process of this masterpiece

Prashant Ingole’s journey to this day in Bollywood has not been an easy one. He has had to struggle for over a decade to get noticed and receive due credit. None of this has affected the smile and warmth that Prashant radiates. I have known him for over four years now and not once have I seen him crib or complain. He is one of those few creative people who give their job a 100 per cent with no expectations whatsoever. In the past few years, he has gone on to give hits like ‘Party on my mind’ from Race 2,

‘Ziddi Dil’ from Mary Kom and not to forget the full-of-energy Gajanana from Bajirao Mastani. But he is unaffected by success and still greets and treats everyone around IN the same way he did 10 years ago. He has no airs of being established in the A-listers of Bollywood.



A self-confessed Ganesh worshiper, Prashant is thrilled at the response his latest song Gajanana is receiving. The song is a part of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Bajirao Mastani which is all set for a December 18 release. Gajanana was launched at Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex, Balewadi Stadium in Pune where over 5,000 students from across the country gathered and formed the biggest human formation of Lord Ganesha. Thus setting a Guinness world record for the largest human formation of a deity.

As a writer, I always wanted to pen a song for him or about him. I knew the time had come to give back to Ganesha.

The story behind writing Gajanana is no less than a filmy script. Prashant’s eyes sparkle while he shares, “I am a huge fan/devotee of Lord Ganesh. I have been welcoming him at my granny’s home in Belgaum for 22 years. As a writer, I always wanted to pen a song for him or about him. Coincidentally, in the month of February, Bhansali sir called me to write a Ganpati song for Bajirao Mastani. I was speechless. I knew the time has come to give back to Ganesha.Prashant_ingole_bajirao_mastani (2) Bhansali sir gave me a vague brief that it is a song that comes in a special situation in the film. It is a montage song with a parallel scene. He also mentioned it will be an aarati. I was then given a melody,” says Prashant.

An excited Prashant wanted to make this song different from the regular Ganesh aaratis we have been listening to. The first thing he came up with was to mention 17 names of Ganesha in the song. “I knew I had to make it worthy. I wrote the song in two days. And the best part, it was accepted as it was submitted. There were no changes. When I heard the dubbing I was so happy. I loved the rhythm and energy it brought out. I left it at that and went ahead with my work. Deep within I was content to have written a song on Ganesha,” says he.

Last month when he met Shreyas Puranik (music composer), he casually mentioned how Gajanana should be released around Ganeshotav. Shreyas agreed but they both knew at their level they could not make that decision. “I was zapped when Shreyas called me a few days later and informed me that Gajanana will be actually releasing during Ganeshotsav. It was that time when I realised it is all him (Ganesha). He was planning this big surprise for me.”



Interestingly, he does not subscribe to a newspaper at his home in Mumbai. So, when the entire nation was waiting for the release of this grand song, Prashant was meeting friends over lunch. “It was so funny. I was meeting a group of friends after about a year. I casually mentioned Gajanana. They all replied in chorus about how it is all over the news. I immediately logged on to a search engine. That is when it sunk in. The song that I had penned was going to be launched at a grand event with a possible entry in the Guinness books. Today, it made it to the world record. It is amazing,” smiles Prashant.

The launch of Gajanana has made it to the world records. It is amazing!!

He further requests us to await songs from Bajirao Mastani which will be grander than all the previous films of Bhansali. He wants us to expect an extraordinary feat, which he promises will be delivered beyond expectation!

Well, we are waiting!

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Anjali Shetty-Shirsath

A big mouth, love for the written word and ten years of undiluted inch-perfect reporting makes her perfect for DesiJam. 5 newspapers, 3 magazines and numerous online blogs. You name it and its under her belt.