Sameer (lyricist)

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Sameer
Lyricist Sameer (2).jpg
Sameer in 2006
Born Shitala Pandey, nickname Rajan
(1958-02-24) 24 February 1958 (age 56)
vill. Odaar, near Benaras, Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation Lyricist
Years active 1984 – present
Website
Official website

Sameer (born 24 February 1958[1]) is an Indian lyricist, the main form of work undertaken by Sameer is for Indian songs in Hindi language films. His father is the famed Hindi lyricist, Anjaan (Lalji Pandey). He has won three Filmfare Awards.[2] Recently, he announced his association with Tumbhi where he would nurture & review artists and their artwork.(2010).[3] [4]

Biography[edit]

Sameer, officially named Shitala Pandey, but commonly known by his nickname Rajan, was born near Banaras, Uttar Pradesh. He earned a Master of Commerce degree at the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, and started a new position as a bank officer at the Central Bank of India.[2] However, a few days after joining, he left the job because, according to him, he "knew the bank was not my world".[5] In order to pursue a career as a lyricist, he moved to Mumbai in 1980.[5]

Career[edit]

Sameer started his career as a lyricist in 1983 with the film Bekhabar (1983).[1] The first film song he recorded was Maar Ke Kataaree Mar Jaibe for the Bhojpuri film Bairi Saawan (1984) sung by Suresh Wadkar and Preeti Sagar. In 1990, he came into prominence with hit songs in films such as Dil and Aashiqui. He won his first Filmfare Award for the song Nazar Ke Saamne in the latter. In the following decades he emerged as a leading lyricist in Bollywood, writing the lyrics for over 500 Hindi films (4,000 songs).[2][5][6]

According to Sameer, his inspirations have been lyricists Majrooh Sultanpuri and Anand Bakshi, and his father, Anjaan, a leading lyricist. He has said on several occasions that, "Whatever I am today is only because of my father."[5][6]

Sameer won two additional Filmfare Awards in 1993 and 1994; one for the song "Teri Umeed Tera Intezaar" from the movie Deewana, and second for the song "Ghunghat Ki Aad" from Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke. In 1998, he won Zee Cine Award for the "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Some of his most successful songs include songs in films like Beta, Saajan, Raja Babu, Coolie No. 1, Raja Hindustani, Anjaam, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Fiza, Dhadkan, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Devdas, Raaz, Dil Hai Tumhaara, Ishq Vishk, Tere Naam, Asambhav, Fida, No Entry, Aksar, Dhoom 2, Saawariya, Race, Damadamm!, Housefull 2, Rowdy Rathore, Son of Sardaar, Dabangg 2 and more.

The famous music composer duo Nadeem-Shravan chose Sameer as their lyricist for most of their works. Sameer authored more than 950 under the music composition of famous music composer duo Anand-Milind. Sameer has worked with other Music Director like Rajesh Roshan, Uttam Singh, Jatin Lalit, Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, Nikhil-Vinay, Anu Malik, Aadesh Shrivastava, Anand Raj Anand, A. R. Rahman, Himesh Reshammiya, Ismail Darbar, Monty Sharma, Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Sajid-Wajid,Goutam Pareek Pritam & Sachin - Jigar,

Personal[edit]

Sameer is married to Anita Pandey and the couple have three children: daughters Sanchita and Suchita, and son Siddhesh.[1] His mother, Indira Pandey, lives with them.[5]

A biography, "Sameer - A Way with Words" by Derek Bose was released by Amitabh Bachchan in 2007.[2][7]

Awards & Nominations[edit]

Year Category Song/Nomination Result
Filmfare Awards
2008 Best Lyrics Jab Se Tere Naina – Saawariya Nominated
2006 Best Lyrics Aashiq Banaya Aapne – Aashiq Banaya Aapne Nominated
2004 Best Lyrics Tere Naam – Tere Naam Nominated
Best Lyrics Kissi Se Tum Pyar Karo – Andaaz Nominated
2003 Best Lyrics Aapke Pyaar Mein – Raaz Nominated
2002 Best Lyrics Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Nominated
2001 Best Lyrics Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Me – Dhadkan Nominated
1999 Best Lyrics Tum Paas Aaye – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Nominated
Best Lyrics Ladki Badi Anjaani Hai – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Nominated
1997 Best Lyrics Pardesi Pardesi – Raja Hindustani Nominated
1995 Best Lyrics Ole Ole – Yeh Dillagi Nominated
1994 Best Lyrics Ghungat Ke Aad Se – Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke Won
1993 Best Lyrics Teri Umeed Tera Intezar Karte Hai – Deewana Won
Best Lyrics Aisi Deewangi – Deewana Nominated
1992 Best Lyrics Mera Dil Bhi – Saajan Nominated
1991 Best Lyrics Nazar Ke Saamne – Aashiqui Won
Best Lyrics Naa Jaane Kahan Dil Kho Gaya – Dil Nominated
IIFA Awards
2009 Best Lyrics Pehli Nazar Mein –Race Nominated
2008 Best Lyrics Jab Se Tere Naina – Saawariya Nominated
2007 Best Lyrics Crazy Kiya Re – Dhoom 2 Nominated
2006 Best Lyrics Aashiq Banaya Apne – Aashiq Banaya Apne Nominated
2005 Best Lyrics Woh Tassvur Ka Aalam – Aitraaz Nominated
2004 Best Lyrics Kyun Kisi Ko – Tere Naam Nominated
Best Lyrics Main Yahan Tu Wahan – Baghban Nominated
2002 Best Lyrics Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Nominated
2001 Best Lyrics Dil Ne Ye Kaha Hai – Dhadkan Nominated
Best Lyrics Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Me – Dhadkan Nominated
Screen Awards
2013 Best Lyrics Dagabaaz re – Dabangg 2 Nominated
2001 Best Lyrics Dil Ne Ye Kaha Hai – Dhadkan Nominated
Zee Cine Awards
2011 Best Lyrics Mora Piya – Rajneeti Nominated
2005 Best LyricS Woh Tassvur Ka Aalam – Aitraaz Nominated
1999 Best Lyrics Tum Paas Aaye – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Won
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards
2011 Best Lyrics Mora Piya – Rajneeti Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Official website: http://www.sameerlyricist.com/html/images/awards2.pdf
  2. ^ a b c d Siddiqui, Rana (5 April 2007). "Writing it right". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Anurag Kashyap and team to make SIX short films for "Tumbhi"". India PR wire. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Anurag Kashyap launches 'Tum Bhi'". istream.in. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Nadar, A Ganesh (21 March 2005). "Every song has a story". Rediff. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  6. ^ a b Kelkar, Reshma (24 February 2007). "Saregama's birthday gift to lyricist Sameer". indiaFM. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  7. ^ Adarsh, Taran (19 October 2006). "Amitabh to release Sameer's biography". indiaFM. Retrieved 2008-03-11.