In his over three-decade long career, lyricist Sameer Anjaan has written 3,524 songs for 650 films in Bollywood. And that has led him to getting an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. It seems there was no existing category in the Guinness Book for the ‘most number of songs’ ever, and was specially created to accommodate this.
“I’m definitely feeling very good, but also more responsible. Whenever you get any recognition, you somewhere, somehow feel that now you should do much better and do something much bigger,” says the veteran lyricist, adding, “And I’m also very excited about the way people are reacting to this. From the core of my heart, I really want to thank each and every person.”
For Sameer, hard work means everything. And he believes that this is the result of his relentless dedication towards his craft. “I believe only in karma. One should only do their job and such things will eventually happen. I know that finally, only the work will speak. Surely, whatever I have missed in my life I will eventually get that, and that too, only because of my work and not because of any manipulation or any kind of politics. I don’t want to do it either. And it’s not necessary that I must do any sort of hype in the media or create some kind of news in the market to get popularity. I think this is the right way to get the right thing,” says Sameer.
Having entered Bollywood at a time when the culture was different and certainly tougher, Sameer recalls that his journey has been full of ups and downs, but he’s happy to be where he is today. “That was the biggest challenge for me, one which I’ve been facing from the beginning till now. When I entered, my seniors were working, and so I tried to cope with them, tried my level best to understand them and reach at least a certain level where I could fulfill their desires. And I succeeded in that. May be not in a big way, but at least I can say that I have worked even with that generation,” he says. He adds, “I have worked in nearly 10-15 films with Laxmikant-Pyarelal, I did about two films with RD Burman and I did some seven to eight films with Bappi Lahiri too.”
But it was only later that he was truly in his comfort zone. “After that came my generation, which was the most comfortable era for me. At that time, all my generation music directors, Anand-Milind, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin-Lalit, Anu Malik were there and that was the period when I worked in the maximum number of films and I was the most successful in that period,” says Sameer, adding that now, he’s back to where he started. “Today, I’m facing a totally different kind of a fight. Now, I’m the senior. So I’m again trying to upgrade myself and I accepted that challenge when I wrote for the film F.A.L.T.U (2011), in which I wrote the song ‘Chaar baj gaye…’. That was my second innings and I want to prove myself. I want to tell people that till the time I’m working, I’m going to upgrade myself and I will try and do as much better work as possible,” says the lyricist.
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