From O Ri Chiraiya to Bavra Mann, Swanand Kirkire has written songs that stand out in a sea of peppy, loud Bollywood tracks. But the lyricist hasn’t restricted himself to writing songs, he has tried his hands at acting and has bagged National Award for a supporting role in Marathi film Chumbak. At Sahitya AajTak 2019, Swanand opens up on his National School of Drama (NSD) days, winning National award and more.
Life has changed after receiving the national award. I have started wearing good clothes. I dream of achieving new heights now. I feel that I have the capacity to do more substantial work.
Writing songs or acting?
Acting gives a boost to my song writing. When I am acting, I write good songs and vice versa. These days, I am doing more films so I am missing out on writing songs.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui was my batchmate and one of the brightest actors in NSD. Nawaz’s career is the example of the fact that there is justice in this world. You will get recognition if you are talented. Writers get more work in the film industry compared to actors. Actors have to do selected work. Writers, on the other hand, stay in the background. I have seen those days jab actors chup chupke side roles karte thay, like camera mein na dikhe aur paisa bhi mil jae.
On song writing:
There are very few filmmakers who consume my kind of songs and I have worked with most them. I wish to work with Imtiaz Ali.