Ab Tere Bina lyricist Vandana Khandelwal doesn’t want to try her hand at acting. “I never want to be in front of the camera. I enjoy the creative space. I have directed one music video and want to do more work as a director.
Also as a producer, I have produced a couple of web series, looking forward to doing more projects under my banner,” said the lyricist, who hails from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. “I am a postgraduate. Being born with the perfect combination genes of a Marwari and a Bong, I believe I have been able to strike a balance between both creativity and business. From being a writer turned producer, it’s been an interesting journey for me in the industry in the past three years,” she shared. Writing has always been her passion.
“Even as a kid, I used to write poems. Then I started writing quotes on Instagram which opened a new vertical for me. From writing quotes to writing jingles then eventually writing songs and scripts now,” she said. Recalling her first break, she shared, “On TV my first break was the title track of Tu Aashiqui on Colors TV. My first single was Love Da Tattoo, a Punjabi track on Yellow Music.”
“I have done title tracks and songs for many TV shows like Tu Aashiqui, Bepannah, Beyhadh 2 and Inter Wala Love. I also did singles for Zee music, T-Series, Just Music like Dim Dim Light, Wajah, Judaai and Dil Ko Mere. I have had more than 20 song releases in the last 3 years,” Vandana Khandelwal added.
She feels that the entertainment industry has changed drastically over the years. “Today it’s more content-driven and there is acceptance of varied genres and forms of music as it caters to a global audience. The artists are no longer dependent on big labels. It’s the golden era for writers and content creators.”
She has some favorite lyricists too. “Gulzar Sahab, the beauty of his poetry lies in his simplicity of expression yet so much depth and soul in the thought,” said Vandana Khandelwal, who writes from the heart.
“My words are the pieces of my heart set free…to live a little within you and a little within me. I just write from my heart, it’s like an instant connection, an instant thought and I go with the flow,” she added and shared that had she not been a lyrics writer, she would have been an interior designer or a chef.
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