Sep 13 2016

Remembering lyricist Anjaan: 5 iconic songs by the poet

by   Shriram Iyengar

His pen name means anonymous, but the lyricist Anjaan was anything but that. In a prolific career lasting over 373 films, he left a heritage of fantastic songs for lovers of Hindi films. On his 20th death anniversary today (13 September), we take a look at five songs by the famous lyricist that continue to rule the roost. 

1 Khaike Paan Banaraswala (Don, 1978)

This was the song that topped all lists. Amitabh Bachchan's turn in a spectacular film by Chandra Barot was raised to another level with this trippy song. The mix of heartland Hindi in a commercial film song is a signature style of Anjaan, one that has found resonance with a new generation of lyricists.

2 Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (Muqaddar ka Sikandar, 1978)

The lyricist was in top form when it came to Amitabh Bachchan-Prakash Mehra films. This track remains a top choice when it comes to Amitabh Bachchan playlists, and embodies the lyricist's philosophy of life. 

3 Saara Zamaana Haseeno Ka Deewana (Yaarana, 1981) 

Another one from the Amitabh Bachchan-Prakash Mehra stable, Yaarana was one of the biggest hits of Mehra's career. The disco light suit Bachchan wears has rendered this song an iconic status in Hindi cinema lexicon. 

4  Yaad Aa Raha Hai (Disco Dancer, 1982) 

When it comes to disco in Hindi cinema, nothing equals Mithun Chakraborty's turn as a desi Jim Morrison in Disco Dancer. Passionate and utterly flashy, Anjaan made an unlikely collaboration with Bappi Lahiri for this hit soundtrack. 

5 Pag Ghungroo Baandh (Namak Halal, 1982) 

To finish off, we have this eccentric number sung by Kishore Kumar, and written by Anjaan. The ability of the lyricist to waltz between genres like disco and local dialects was a reason for his longevity. The popularity of this song continues to grow with every decade.