You are 50 years old today and youíve also made it to the Limca book of records, how do you react to such scales of achievement?
Iím indeed happy today. Whatever I am today is because of my colleagues who have supported me at all times. Iím completely thankful to the film fraternity who has stood by me throughout.
Describe the initial days of your career? Was it easy for you as you had the backing of a great lyricist father, Anjaaan Saab?
The beginning of anyoneís career is difficult and so was mine. The comparisons drawn between my father and me were immense. Itís so difficult when you are often compared with a very successful father at the initial stages of your career.
Itís a problem faced by many today, even Abhishek Bachchan goes through that daily. For me, I was really dedicated to make it big and my father guided me. His blessings have made me what I am.
Which movie according to you was your career defining one?
ĎDilí was the first film that got me my recognition which was backed by Ashiqui and ever since my career just took off.
Over 27 years in the Industry, would you like to credit your success to any particular music label?
I definitely share a very good bond with T-series, Venus and Tips. They have been my back bone.
Define your success from the perspective of your playback singers?
Kumar Sanu , Himesh Reshammiya , Alka Yagnik , Udit and Sonu are all very dear to me. But Kumar, Alka and Anurradha Paudwal sang the maximum for me during the Nadeem-Shravan era.
Kumar Sanu says he made his career out of your lyrics. Your comment...
Kumar is a dear one. In the earlier days whenever I would write a song I would visualize him. He is one of the few singers whose voice suited the big screen for every hero. We still hope to work together and Iím sure he will make a big comeback.
Do tell us a little about your bonding with Himesh?
Himesh is one of my favourites from the 3rd generation. He was one of the very few who gave me constant feedback and suggestions to change according to the trends. He is a very hard working lad and his base is his melody that never dies.
Elaborate a little on the Sameer-Himesh success formula?
There isnít any such formula. The only formula to success is hard work.
At the age of 50 and such heights of achievement what more do you look forward to?
Age does not matter. I start off each morning with a prayer and by putting aside my age and ego. In fact this is the only birthday I have celebrated in the last 27 years . The celebration has been to gather people who have supported me or have been close to me.
There is lots to look forward to each year, this year I have Race which is very dear to me. Then there is Khambaqt Ishq , Right Ya Wrong , Sadiyaan , Suneel Darshan Ďs next , Dharmesh Darshanís next and many more.
How do you see the future of lyrics writing in India?
The scenario of lyrics writing too is evolving but the basic format of simplicity of lyrics never changes. No matter what you write it always has to be from the heart.
What would be your take on Prasoon Joshi who has made a huge impact as a lyricist in the last couple of years?
Prasoon is very talented. I hope he maintains his style. He is also very down to earth. He represents the newer talent and now is the right time for new music directors, lyricists etc. This flexibility and freedom to work will surely bring in many more talented people like Prasoon.
This flexibility is what allows music directors to also lend their own voices and try other variations.
Finally any message for those fans who have bought your tapes right from the Dil , Ashiqui to Aap Ka Suroor?
I firstly want to thank them. They have always been by me and would want them to just keep faith in me. Faith is the only power that makes me become a successful songwriter.
Hereís wishing you all the very best and it was a pleasure talking to youÖ
Same here. Thank you.