Swanand Kirkire

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Swanand Kirkire
Born1972 (age 45–46)
Indore, India
Alma materNational School of Drama
Occupationlyricist, musician,screenwriter, actor, author
Years active2003–present (as lyricist)
AwardsNational Film Award for Best Lyrics (2007)

Swanand Kirkire (Marathi: स्वानंद किरकिरे) (born 1972) is an Indian lyricist, playback singer, writer, assistant director, actor 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, and then in 2009,[6] 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]


Swanand's first brush with direction came when he wrote and directed a play on freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in New Delhi. During his theatre days, he learned 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. When the music was out it became an 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]
Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai[13] National Film Award for Best Lyrics – 2006
Kahan Se Aaye Badarva
Jai Santoshi Maa
2007 Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
Khoya Khoya Chand
Eklavya: The Royal Guard
Johnny Gaddaar
2008 Welcome to Sajjanpur
2009 3 Idiots National Film Award for Best Lyrics – 2009
2010 Lafangey Parindey
Striker One Song
1)Maula Ajab Teri Karni Maula
Well Done Abba
Enthiran Robot – Hindi version
Peepli Live
2011 Yeh Saali Zindagi
Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap
Stand By
Balgandharva Marathi film
Deool Marathi film
The Dewarists Episode 2 Kya Khayaal Hai
2012 Barfi!
English Vinglish
Vicky Donor
Oh My God
Bol Bachchan
Krishna Aur Kans
Paanch Adhyay
Ferrari Ki Sawaari
Gali Gali Chor Hai
Satyamev Jayate Three songs
1) O Ri Chiraiya
Coke Studio Mtv Season 2
Jai Ambike Personnel Album
2013 Kai Po Che!
Bombay Talkies
Maazii Three Songs
1) Zindagi
2) Mora Jiya
3) Maula
2014 Shaadi Ke Side Effects
Satyamev Jayate Season 2 One song
1)Kaun Madari Yahan Kaun Jhamura
Bobby Jasoos[15]
Singham Returns
Tera Mera Tedha Medha
Sonali Cable One Song
1 )Sikkay
Satyamev Jayate Season 3 Two songs
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain One Song 1) Dhuan Dhuan
PK Four songs
2015 Shamitabh
2016 Fitoor
2018 October One Song 1) Manwaa
Helicopter Eela 4 songs
1)Mumma Ki Parchai
2)Yadoon Ki Almari
3)Dooba Dooba
4)Khoya Ujaala

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
Sehar One Song 1) Palken Jhukao Na
2007 Khoya Khoya Chand One Song 1) Khoya Khoya Chand
Gulaal One Song 1) Sheher
Eklavya: The Royal Guard Two Songs
1) Janu Naa
2) Suno Kahani
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
Well Done Abba One Song 1) Hum Toh Apni Bawdi Lenge
Raajneeti One Song 1) Ishq Barse
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
The Dewarists Episode 2 Kya Khayaal Hai
2012 Arjun: The Warrior Prince One Song 1) Manva
Krishna Aur Kans Two Song 1) Advent of Krishna (Ayega Koi Ayega)
2) Natkhat Natkhat
Barfi! One Song 1) Ala Barfi Version 2
English Vinglish One Song 1) Navrai Majhi
Paanch Adhyay One Song 1) Uda Jaaye
Satyamev Jayate One Song 1) O Ri Chiraiya
Coke Studio Mtv Season 2 Two Songs 1) Lagi Lagi
2) Pinjra
2013 Inkaar Two Songs 1) Darmiyan
2) Maula Tu Malik Hai
Ammaa Ki Boli One Song 1) Maa
Lootera One Song 1) Monta Re
2014 Satyamev Jayate (Season 2) One song 1) Kaun Madari Yahan Kaun Jhamura
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain One Song 1) Dhuan Dhuan
Crazy Cukkad Family One Song 1) Chand Yeh
2015 Masaan One Song 1) Tu Kisi Rail Si
2017 Hanuman: Da' Damdaar One song 1) The Maa Song

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
2016 Irudhi Suttru/Saala Khadoos Shopkeeper
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Vaidehi's father
Mirza Juuliet Rajan's father
Chumbak Prasanna
2018 Beautiful World
Ghoomketu Guddan chacha

As Dialogue Writer[edit]

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

As Associate Director[edit]

Year Film Notes
2003 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi
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
Mirchi Music Awards
2012 Album of The Year Barfi! Nominated[16]
Indie Pop Song of the Year "Chiraiyya"


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  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
  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.
  16. ^ "Nominations - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2012". www.radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 2018-04-27.

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