Indian Cinema has produced a lot of legendary Poets and Lyricists over the years, which have proved their worth with their lyrics and writing. With their excellent lyrics, some of the Bollywood movies with a lower grade of script and budget got hit just because of some beautiful songs. Starting from the poet Pradeep, Bharat Vyas, and Kaifi Azmi in 1916 to today’s era lyricists Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Prasoon Joshi, and Irshad Kamil have only made the Bollywood proud with their heart touching poems and lyrics. With the lyrics like Chaudhavi ka Chand and, Mera Joota Hai Japani, Awara Hun to Sooraj Dooba Hai, Bhaag DK Bose, Teri Khair Mangdi, the lyrics have evolved from the generation to generations. The soulful, romantic, crazy, fun loving mood the Bollywood has seen all kind of songs throughout the different Bollywood era. Let’s see some of the highest paid lyricists from Bollywood.
Let’s Go Through Top 10 Highest Paid Lyricists:
Born in the year 1936, Gulzar is a poet, lyricist, and director from Bollywood. He started his career in the year 1963 with the movie Bandini, with music director S.D. Burman. Gulzar sir has also worked as a director with movies like Aandhi, Mausam. Gulzar sir has also directed the TV show Mirza Ghalib in the year 1970-1980’s. He has written many heart touching poetries and novels. He has won seven National Film Awards and many Filmfare Awards for his lyrics. Gulzar sir also won best original lyrics award at the Oscar for his song Jai Ho. He has also won one Grammy award. He currently charges 15-20 Lakh for each song. Gulzar sir is the highest paid lyricists from Bollywood.
2. Javed Akhtar
Born in the year 1945, Javed Akhtar is a prominent poet, scriptwriter, and lyricist from Bollywood. He has written the scripts for few movies which turned out to be a blockbuster and earned huge at the box office. Some of his script written movies are Sholay, Hathi Mere Sathi, Deewar, and Don. His few famous lyrics include Sandeshe Aate Hain, Tere Liye, and Kal Ho Na Ho. In his Childhood days, he was called with the name Jadoo. Later in 1966 He Collaborated with Salim Khan to form a pair of scriptwriter and wrote few better scripts. His first successful stint started with the movie Andaaz. For his beautiful and amazing lyrics, he has won many Filmfare and National awards. He currently charges 10-15 Lakh for each Song that he writes.
3. Prasoon Joshi
Born in the year 1971, Prasoon is a screenwriter, poet, lyricist, and marketer. He came into limelight with his songs, for the movie, Taare Zameen Par. His parents are very good classical vocalists. He begins writing at the age of 17 and published his first book, Main Aur Woh. He has done MBA from the Management Institute of Uttar Pradesh. Before coming to movies, he used to work at Ogilvy & Mather, where he worked for ten years. He started his filmy career as a lyricist with the film named Lajja. Prasoon got two National film awards for best lyricist. He currently charges 8-10 Lakh for each song. He is one of the highest paid lyricists from Bollywood.
4. Irshad Kamil
Born in the year 1945, Punjab, Irshad is a poet, lyricist from Bollywood. He writes in both Hindi, Urdu languages. He started his works from soap opera, by writing scripts for Kahan Se Kahan Tak and Na Jaiyo Pardes. Irshad has a Degree in journalism from Punjab University. He has written songs for few hit movies such as Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal, and Cocktail. He started working as a renowned lyricist from the movie Chameli in the year 2004. Irshad has received the Filmfare award and Mirchi Music award for his best lyrics. He currently charges 8-9 Lakh for each song.
5. Amitabh Bhattacharya
Amitabh Bhattacharya is an actor and prominent lyricist from Bollywood. He wanted to become an actor in his youth days, but it’s turned out to become lyricist in his fate. He started his career as a lyricist from the movie, Aamir. After the success of the film, he never looks back and kept on writing amazing songs. He came into the limelight with his songs for the movie Dev-D. Also, his songs for Delhi Belly gave him a lot of recognition, moving away from the usual romantic genre. His song Bhaag DK Bose got an instant hit with its style and quirky way of singing. He has written the Haanikarak Bapu song from Dangal movie, which got super hit in a flash. He currently charges around 7-8 Lakh for each song.
6. Vishal Dadlani
Born in the year 1973, Vishal is a music director, lyricist, and actor from Bollywood. He has worked in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam cinema. He started his career with his band Pentagram, where he used to work as a lead vocalist. Vishal collaborated with Shekhar Ravjiani as a music director in 1999. Vishal has also worked as an actor in a cameo role in the movies Om Shanti Om and Tees Maar Khan. He rises to fame with his, great music in films like Jhankaar Beats, Dus, Bluffmaster and Bachna Ae Haseeno. Vishal mostly does the work as a musician but also has written a lot of lyrics for the movies. He has also recorded the famous song Chhammak Challo, which gave him International Film Academy Award. He charges approximately 5-6 lakh for each lyric.
7. Swanand Kirkire
Born in the year 1970, Swanand is an actor, dialogue writer, playback singer, and lyricist from Bollywood. He is a commerce graduate from the Delhi University. Swanand has also learned acting from the National School of Drama. He started his career as a play writer on the Martyr Bhagat Singh. Swanand also worked as an assistant with Sudhir Mishra for his play, Calcutta Mail. He has won two national film awards for the songs, Bande Me Tha Dum and Behti Hawa Sa Tha. Swanand started as a lyricist from the movie Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi in the year 2003. He charges around 6-7 Lakh for each song. He is also one of the highest paid lyricists from Bollywood.
8. Varun Grover
Born in the year 1980, in Himachal Pradesh, Varun is a renowned writer and lyricist from Bollywood. Very few people know that he is a Civil Engineer from IIT, BHU (Varanasi). Before coming into Bollywood, Varun worked in a software firm as a consultant. Craving to do something different from the conventional lifestyle, he left even his job. Varun moved to Mumbai in 2004, leaving his job in search of some writing stuff. He got his start with the Great Indian Comedy Show as a writer. He wrote his first lyrics for the film, accident On Hill Road starring Farooq Sheikh and Celina Jaitley. Varun has also written for Dus Ka Dum, Oye It’s Friday, and many more shows. His song Moh Mohke Dhaage from Dum Lagake Haisha garnered him a national award. He charges around 6 Lakh for each song.
9. Jaideep Sahni
Jaideep is an eminent writer and lyricist from Bollywood. He has a graduation in engineering, from Guru Nanak Engineering College in New Delhi. He officially started his career with the movie Jungle in 2000. The movie was a flop at the box-office. His second venture Company got a huge response both from audience and box-office. He also got the best screenplay and best dialogue Filmfare award for this movie. Few popular songs from him are Jiyein Kyun from Dum Maaro Dum, My Dil Goes from Salaam Namaste, Tujhme Rab Dikhta Hai from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Salaam Namaste from Salaam Namaste, and much more. He charges around 5 Lakh for each song. Jaideep belongs to the list of highest paid lyricists from Bollywood.
10. Faiz Anwar
Born in the year 1952, in Kanpur, Faiz is a producer and lyricist from Bollywood. He became the lyricist by chance once he visited the Mumbai for sightseeing. He met Roop Kumar Rathod accidentally, and he introduced him to Mahesh Bhatt by impressing with his shayaris. Mahesh Bhatt gave him the first break from the movie Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin. His lyrics contributed towards the success during the early days of the top Singer, Sonu Nigam. His famous works include Saajan, Imtihaan, and Dabangg. He currently charges 4-5 Lakh for each Song. Faiz is one of the highest paid lyricists from Bollywood.
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