Lyricist Sameer Anjaan enters Guinness World Records

Bollywood noted lyricist Sameer Anjaan’s name entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for penning maximum number of Bollywood songs. With a career spanning over 33 years, Anjaan has written 3,524 songs for 650 and was conferred the honour on 17 February.

Son of veteran lyricist Anjaan (Lalji Pandey), Sameer started his career as a lyricist in 1983 with the film ‘Bekhabar’ and later he penned lyrics for many movies like ‘Dil’, ‘Aashiqui’ ‘Dhadkan’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and the long list goes on. He has three Filmfare awards under his credits.

Aparna Pathak, who penned Sameer’s biography, explains the reason behind his popularity. “Four popular Bollywood singers -- Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik and Anuradha Paudwal -- started their careers in the industry around the same time when Sameer too was trying to find his feet in Bollywood. Professional rivalries apart, all of them shared an unusual camaraderie among each other. Sameer was a hit both with the fans and the singers because he wrote songs that did not require dictionary to understand. He wrote in the language of the common people.”

Aparna adds: “He was very clear about the characters he wrote for. He said ‘a coolie can’t sing main duniya bhula dunga’. You know when people started calling him an item song writer, he came up with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He was, in a way, reinventing himself.”