|Born||1970 (age 43–44)|
|Occupations||Lyricist, singer, writer, actor|
Kirkire won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics twice. First in 2007  for the song "Bande Me Tha Dum...Vande Mataram" from the 2006 film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, second time in 2009, and for the song "Behti Hawaa Sa Tha Woh..." from the film 3 Idiots. He received Filmfare Award nomination for Best Lyrics for the song "Piyu Bole" in Parineeta (2005).
Early life and education
Swanand Kirkire was born and brought up at Rambagh in Indore-based Marathi speaking family to Chintamani (father) and Neelambari (mother), both of whom are classical singers. However he had no formal training in singing.
The first try came with direction when Swanand wrote and directed a play on freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in New Delhi. During his theatre days, he learnt that Manju Singh, a television serial producer, was looking for a writer for his serial Swaraj, also on Bhagat Singh. He went to Mumbai, and had an apartment in Warden Road. When the serial ended, he gave up his apartment and settled down in Goregaon, a Mumbai suburb.
Swanand was later introduced to filmmaker Pankaj Parashar, who in turn, introduced him to director Sudhir Mishra. Mishra was doing a serial called Talash, with his assistant Ruchi Narain. He started assisting Sudhir while he was making Calcutta Mail and then it continued with Chameli and Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi.
Swanand had written a song during his theatre days...Bawra mann dekhne chala ek sapna. Sudhir Mishra heard the song and decided to use it in his film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Music composer Shantanu Moitra decided to record it in Swanand's voice. Music was out and it became instant hit. Though the film's release got delayed, the music was sold out. It became popular and the music company decided to re-release it during the film's release.
As Playback Singer
|2003||Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi||Four Songs
1) Bavra Mann
2) Aye Sajni
3) Qawwali - Mann Yeh Bavra
4) Aye Sajni - The Club Mix
|2005||Parineeta||One Song 1) Raat Hamari Toh|
|2005||Sehar||One Song 1) Palken Jhukao Na|
|2007||Khoya Khoya Chand||One Song 1) Khoya Khoya Chand|
|2007||Gulaal||One Song 1) Sheher|
|2007||Eklavya: The Royal Guard||Two Songs
1) Janu Naa
2) Suno Kahani
|2008||Uttaran||TV Serial One Song 1) Uttaran Title Song|
|2009||3 Idiots||Two Song 1) Aal Izz well
2) Aal Izz well - Remix
|2010||Striker||One Song 1) Maula Ajab Teri Karni Maula|
|2010||Well Done Abba||One Song 1) Hum Toh Apni Bawdi Lenge|
|2010||Raajneeti||One Song 1) Ishq Barse|
|2010||Deswa||Bhojpuri movie, One Song
1) Manwa Ke Maani
|2011||Deool||Marathi movie, Two Songs
1) Phoda Datta Naam Taho
2) Tu Jhop Tujha Datta Jaga Aahe
|2011||The Dewarists||Episode 2 Kya Khayaal Hai|
|2012||Barfi!||One Song 1) Ala Barfi Version 2|
|2012||English Vinglish||One Song 1) Navrai Majhi|
|2012||Paanch Adhyay||One Song 1) Uda Jaaye|
|2012||Satyamev Jayate||One Song 1) O Ri Chiraiya|
|2012||Coke Studio Mtv Season 2||Two Songs 1) Lagi Lagi
|2013||Inkaar||Two Songs 1) Darmiyan
2) Maula Tu Malik Hai
|2013||Ammaa Ki Boli||One Song 1) Maa|
|2013||Lootera||One Song 1) Monta Re|
|2013||Arjun - The Warrior Prince||One Song 1) Manva|
|2012||Krishna Aur Kans||Two Song 1) Advent Of Krishna (Ayega Koi Ayega)
2) Natkhat Natkhat
|2007||Laaga Chunari Mein Daag||One Song 1) Hum To Aise Hain|
As Music Director
1)Maula Ajab Teri Karni Maula
|2003||Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi||villager|
|2004||Chameli||Search party member|
|2007||Eklavya: The Royal Guard||Havaldar Bablu|
As Dialogue Writer
|2007||Eklavya: The Royal Guard|
|2007||Sivaji||Dubbed Hindi Dialogues|
|2010||Enthiran||Dialogues - known as Robot in Hindi|
As Associate Director
|2003||Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi|
|2006||Best Lyrics||"Bande Me Tha Dum" from Lage Raho Munna Bhai||Won|
|2010||Best Lyrics||"Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh" from 3 Idiots||Won|
|2013||Best Lyrics||"Maanjha" from Kai Po Che||Won|
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- "Swanand Kirkire to multi-task for Ram Advani's Talisman". Radioandmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13.[dead link]
- "Poetry in motion pictures". Live Mint. Dec 25, 2009.
- Shailaja Tripathi (5 February 2009). "Vocals Beyond the Verbal". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
- Eros Entertainment (29 September 2006). "Official Clip:Bande Mein tha dum". erosentertainment.com. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
- "57th NATIONAL FILM AWARDS FOR 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- awards IMDB.
- "Nawazuddin and I used to fight a lot: Swanand Kirkire". The Times of India. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
- "Layered Lives". Indian Express. Nov 5, 2007.
- "Interview Lyrics - Swanand Kirkire". Hindisong.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- "The Man Who Made It All Well: Theatre veteran, award-winning lyricist, and now filmmaker.". Tehelka Magazine, Vol 7, Issue 39, Dated October 02, 2010. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- "'Mumbai language is complete bhelpuri'". Rediff.com Movies. October 11, 2006.
- Music Reviews | Khoya Khoya Chand | Composer Shantanu Moitra | Swanand Kirkire[dead link]
- "Swanand Kirkire, Shantanu Moitra's music lessons". ScreenIndia.Com. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- Kirkire, Swanand. "Bobby Jasoos". The Times Of India. Retrieved 8 July 2014.