India’s communications minister, already a poet in his spare time, has found another outlet for his creative ambitions: penning a slushy love song for a new Bollywood film.
Despite his challenging role as a minister and government troubleshooter, Kapil Sibal took up an offer by actor-director Aditya Om for the film “Bandook” (Gun) and wrote four songs, one of which made it into the movie.
Sibal’s romantic number “showcases the pangs of separation of two lovers”, Om told AFP.
The film, releasing this month, looks at gun culture in northern India and the link between crime and politics.
Sibal, 64, already has two collections of poetry under his belt and has linked poems to politics in the past.
The lawyer-politician told The Economic Times newspaper that he normally wrote on his iPad during flights, and that he was very busy with work when he penned the lyrics.
In his ministerial post, Sibal has come under fire from free-speech activists after he championed an amendment to India’s IT act in 2009, which makes it illegal to post “grossly offensive” comments online.
Hackers attacked and defaced his website in November amid protests against the law.