While songs in Bollywood are appreciated and celebrated, little is known about the lyricist who pen the soul of a song, giving unforgettable numbers that touch our hearts and stay there forever. One such lyricist is Swanand Kirkire. Born on April 29, 1970 in Indore, this lyricist, singer, writer and actor has given Bollywood some of its greatest hits.
He has received the National Film Award twice, and has received various Filmfare nominations. He has also won the IIFA Award for Best Lyricist for Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh from Aamir Khan’s blockbuster movie 3 Idiots. As he turns 44 today, here are his top 7 songs, to celebrate the day.
1. Bande Mein Tha Dum from Lage Raho Munna Bhai
This beautiful song from Lage Raho Munna Bhai won Kirkire his first National Award for Lyrics. The lyrics of the song are awakening and a perfect tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
2. Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh from 3 Idiots
This beautiful song, which is the first track of the much appreciated movie 3 Idiots, was Kirkire’s second call to the National Film Awards. He also penned the lyrics of the other songs in the movie like the popular Aal Izz Well and Give Me Some Sunshine.
3. Piyu Bole from Parineeta
One of the classics from Parineeta, the song that made people fall in love with Vidya Balan, was written by Swanand. He was nominated to the Filmfare Award for this song.
4. Haal-E-Dil from Bbuddah… Hoga Terra Baap
Bbuddah… Hoga Terra Baap‘s famous song, which was voiced by Amitabh Bachchan, was written by Swanand. The lyrics, which clearly reflect the call of love, was one of his finest creations.
5. Mar Jaiyaan from Vicky Donor
Swanand penned the romantic version of Mar Jaiyaan, a hit number from Vicky Donor.
6. Yahaan Vahaan from Shaadi Ke Side Effects
This song was one of his recent creations. Sung by Farhan Akhtar himself, the song is rejuvenating and one of the most loved numbers from the movie.
7. O Re Chiraiya – Satyamev Jayate
This song from Satyamev Jayate’s first episode of the first season was widely applauded. It hit the chords of millions and was written and sung by Swanand Kirkire. It gained a lot of popularity. The recent Kaun Madari Yahan Kaun Jamura from the second season of Satyamev Jayate was also sung by this talented lyricist.
Happy birthday to Swanand Kirkire!