Swanand Kirkire

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Swanand Kirkire
Born 1970 (age 46–47)
Origin Indore, India
Occupation(s) Lyricist, singer, writer, actor

Swanand Kirkire (Marathi: स्वानंद किरकिरे) (born 1970) is an Indian lyricist, playback singer, writer, assistant director and dialogue writer, both in television and Hindi films.[1][2][3]

Kirkire won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics twice. First in 2007[4] for the song "Bande Me Tha Dum...Vande Mataram"[5] from the 2006 film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, second time in 2009,[6] 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).[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Swanand Kirkire was born and brought up at Rambagh in Indore[8]-based Marathi speaking family to Chintamani (father) and Neelambari (mother), both of whom are classical singers. However he had no formal training in singing.

He moved to Delhi after doing his graduation in commerce. In 1996, Swanand graduated from National School of Drama and started doing theatre.[9]


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.[10][11]

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.[12]


As Lyricist[edit]

Year Film Notes
2003 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi
2004 Lao Mehndiyan Pesonnel Album
2005 Parineeta[13][14]
2005 Sehar
2005 Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai[13] National Film Award for Best Lyrics – 2006
2006 Kahan Se Aaye Badarva
Jai Santoshi Maa
2007 Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
2007 Khoya Khoya Chand
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard
2007 Johnny Gaddaar
2007 Go
2008 Welcome to Sajjanpur
2009 3 Idiots National Film Award for Best Lyrics – 2009
2009 Paa
2010 Lafangey Parindey
2010 Striker One Song
1)Maula Ajab Teri Karni Maula
2010 Well Done Abba
2010 Enthiran Robot – Hindi version
2010 Raajneeti
2010 Peepli Live
2011 Yeh Saali Zindagi
2011 Singham
2011 Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap
2011 Stand By
2011 Balgandharva Marathi film
2011 Deool Marathi film
2011 The Dewarists Episode 2 Kya Khayaal Hai
2012 Barfi!
2012 English Vinglish
2012 Vicky Donor
2012 Oh My God
2012 Bol Bachchan
2012 Krishna Aur Kans
2012 Paanch Adhyay
2012 Ferrari Ki Sawaari
2012 Gali Gali Chor Hai
2012 Satyamev Jayate Songs Are
1) O Ri Chiraiya
2)Dheere Dheere Haule Haule
2012 Coke Studio Mtv Season 2
2012 Jai Ambike Personnel Album
2013 Kai Po Che!
2013 Inkaar
2013 Bombay Talkies
2013 Maazii Songs are
1) Zindagi
2) Mora Jiya
3) Maula
2014 Shaadi Ke Side Effects
2014 Bobby Jasoos[15]
2014 Singham Returns
2014 Parched
2014 Tera Mera Tedha Medha
2014 Sonali Cable Songs are
1 )Sikkay
2014 Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain One Song 1) Dhuan Dhuan
2014 PK
2015 Shamitabh
2015 Hunterrr
2016 Fitoor

As Playback Singer[edit]

Year Film Notes
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
2007 Laaga Chunari Mein Daag One Song 1) Hum To Aise Hain
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
2) Pinjra
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
2014 Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain One Song 1) Dhuan Dhuan
2014 Crazy Cukkad Family One Song 1) Chand Yeh
Additional Vocal
2012 Krishna Aur Kans Two Song 1) Advent of Krishna (Ayega Koi Ayega)
2) Natkhat Natkhat
2015 Masaan one Song 1)Tu Kisi Rail Si

As Music Director[edit]

Year Film Notes
2010 Striker One Song
1)Maula Ajab Teri Karni Maula
2014 Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain One Song 1) Dhuan Dhuan

As Actor[edit]

Year Film Role
2003 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi villager
2004 Chameli Search party member
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard Havaldar Bablu
2012 Maximum Bachi Singh
2013 Pune 52
2014 Sonali Cable Dattaram Tandel (Baba)
2015 Crazy Cukkad Family Pawan beri
2015 Ghoomketu Guddan Chacha
2016 Irudhi Suttru / Saala Khadoos Shopkeeper

As Dialogue Writer[edit]

Year Film Notes
2004 Chameli
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard
2007 Sivaji Dubbed Hindi Dialogues
2010 Enthiran Hindi Dialogues – known as Robot in Hindi
2014 Lingaa Dubbed Hindi dialogues
2015 I Dubbed Hindi dialogues

As Associate Director[edit]

Year Film Notes
2003 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi
2003 Calcutta Mail
2004 Chameli


Year Category Recording Result
National Awards
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
Screen Awards
2013 Best Lyrics "Maanjha" from Kai Po Che Won


  1. ^ "INTERVIEW – SWANAND KIRKIRE". Screen. 13 October 2006. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Swanand Kirkire to multi-task for Ram Advani's Talisman". Radioandmusic.com. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Poetry in motion pictures". Live Mint. 25 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Shailaja Tripathi (5 February 2009). "Vocals Beyond the Verbal". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Eros Entertainment (29 September 2006). "Official Clip:Bande Mein tha dum". erosentertainment.com. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "57th NATIONAL FILM AWARDS FOR 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  7. ^ awards IMDB.
  8. ^ "Nawazuddin and I used to fight a lot: Swanand Kirkire". The Times of India. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Layered Lives". The Indian Express. 5 November 2007. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Interview Lyrics – Swanand Kirkire". Hindisong.com. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Man Who Made It All Well: Theatre veteran, award-winning lyricist, and now filmmaker.". Tehelka Magazine, Vol 7, Issue 39, Dated 2 October 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "'Mumbai language is complete bhelpuri'". Rediff.com Movies. 11 October 2006. 
  13. ^ a b Music Reviews | Khoya Khoya Chand | Composer Shantanu Moitra | Swanand Kirkire[dead link]
  14. ^ "Swanand Kirkire, Shantanu Moitra's music lessons". The Indian Express. ScreenIndia.Com. Retrieved 13 August 2012. [dead link]
  15. ^ Kirkire, Swanand. "Bobby Jasoos". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 

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