Lyricist Sameer Anjaan’s Birthday

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Lyricist Sameer Anjaan
Lyricist Sameer Anjaan

Lyricist Sameer Anjaan completed 60 years last Saturday. 2016 saw him making it to the Guinness World Records as the writer of the most movie songs. He is not called the song-a-minute lyricist, for nothing. When I asked him about it, he replied, “It is an epithet the media gave me for the speed with which I write songs.”

Son of famous Hindi lyricist Lalji Pandey or Anjaan, Sameerji has bagged 3 Filmfare Awards. Sameerji’s real name is Shitala Pandey and the commonly used nickname is Rajan. He is an M.Com and started out to be a bank officer. But, he soon realized that he was born to be a songwriter, which he prefers to call himself. When I had interviewed him, he regretted that he did not get projects like Pyasa (1957). So, even if he wanted he could not put in too many poetic verses.

Author and Journalist Derek Bose wrote his biography Sameer – A Way with Words. I am proud to say, Sameerji personally gave me an autographed copy of this book. 🙂

Bollywood and Sameer Anjaan: Some of my favorite songs penned by Sameerji are:

Sona kitna sona hai… Hero no. 1 (1997)

Kisi disco mein jayen… Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998)

Chinta ta chita chita… Rowdy Rathore (2012)

Akhiyon se goli mare… Dulhe Raja (1998)

Dagabaaz re… Dabangg 2 (2012)

Crazy kiya re… Dhoom 2 (2006)

Tum dil ki dhadkan mein… Dhadkan (2000)

Aaja na choo le meri chunri Sanam… Biwi no. 1 (1999)

Aaye ho meri zindagi mein… Raja Hindustani (1996)

Ole ole ole… Yeh Dillagi (1994)

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