Top 10 Highest Paid Lyricists From Bollywood Indian Cinema has produced a lot of legendary poets and lyricist over the years, who have proved their worth with their lLyrics and writing. With their excellent lLyrics, some of the Bollywood movies with a nelow -par script and budget have become successful thanks to some of the beautiful sSongs. Starting from the poets Kavi Pradeep, Bharat Vyas, and
Kaifi Azmi in 1916 to elite lyricists of today’s era such as Gulzar,
Prasoon Joshi, and
Irshad Kamil, they have only made the lyrical magicians of the bygone era proud with their heart touching poems and lLyrics. The lyricists have penned down so many songs that have touch the psychological essence of human beings. With the lyrics of songs like Chaudhavi ka Chand, Mera Joota Hai Japani, Awara Hun to Sooraj Dooba Hai, Bhaag DK Bose, Teri Khair Mangdi, the lyrics have evolved through the generations. The soulful, romantic, crazy, fun loving moods that Bollywood has seen, has been well accomplished byall kinds of songs throughout theBollywood Era. Here we are going to present to youthe Top few lyricists who are alive and still working and earning a huge amount of praise for their work in Bollywood.
Born in the year 1934, 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. He has also worked as a director for movies like Aandhi andMausam. He also directed the TV show
Mirza Ghalib in the year 19701988. He has written many heart touching poetries and novels. He has won nine
National Film Awards and Many Filmfare Awards for his soulful lyrics. He 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.
2. Javed Akhtar
Born in the year 1945, Javed Akhtar is a prominent poet, script writer, and lyricist in Bollywood. He has written the scripts for a few movies which turned out to beblockbusters and earned huge bucks 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. During his childhood, he was given the nickname Jadoo. Later in 1966 He collaborated with
Salim Khan to form a script writing pair and wrote few beautiful 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 the 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 an MBA from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad. 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. He got two National Film Awards for Best Lyricist. He currently charges 8-10 Lakh for each song.
4. Irshad Kamil
Born in the year 1971, Punjab born Irshad is a poet and lyricist working in Bollywood. He writes in Both Hindi and Urdu. He started his work from soap operas, by writing scripts for Kahan Se Kahan Tak and Na Jaiyo Pardes. He has a degree in Journalism from Panjab University. He has written songs for a few popular 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. He has received the Filmfare award and Mirchi Music Award for his best lyrics. He currently charges 8-9 Lakh for each song.
Born in the year 1973, Vishal is a music director, lyricist, and actor in 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. He has been collaborating with
Shekhar Ravjiani as a music director from 1999. He has also won Filmfare and International Music Awards for his work in music. He has also worked as an actor in a cameo role for movie such as
Om Shanti Om and
Tees Maar Khan. He rose to fame with his great music in films like Jhankaar Beats, Dus, Bluffmaster and
Bachna Ae Haseeno. He mostly does the work as a musician but also has written a lot of the lyrics for the movies. He has also recorded the famous song
Chammak Challo, which gave him the International Film Academy Award.
Amitabh Bhattacharya is a playback singer and prominent lyricist in Bollywood. He aspired to be an actor in his youth, but being a lyricist was what fate had in mind for him. He started his career as a lyricist from the movie Aamir. After the success of the film, he never looked back and keptwriting 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, drifting away from the usual romantic genre. His song Bhaag DK Bose was an instant hit with its style and quirky way of singing. He has written the Haanikarak Bapu song from
Dangal Movie, which turned into a hugeSuperhit. He currently charges around 7-8 Lakh for each song.
Born in the year 1970, Swanand is an actor, dialogue writer, playback singerand Lyricist in Bollywood. He is a Commerce Graduate fromDelhi University. He has also learned acting from the National School of Drama. He started his career as a playwriter for the movie Martyr Bhagat Singh. He 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. He started working as a lyricist from the movie Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi in the year 2003. He charges around 6-7 Lakh for each song.
Born in the year 1958, Sameer is a well-known lyricist from Bollywood. His original name is Shitala Pandey. He is a Commerce Graduate from the Banaras Hindu University. In his earlier days, he worked as a Bank Officer in the Central Bank. He started his career as a lyricist from the movie Bekhabar in the year 1983. He has his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for writing the most numbers of songs. He has written more than 4000 songs. He has also won the Filmfare award for his song Nazar Ke Samne. His biography launched in the year 2007, which was written by the Derek Bose.
9. Faiz Anwar
Born in the year 1965, in Kanpur, Faiz Anwar is a producer and lyricist from Bollywood. He became a lyricist by chance once he visited Mumbai for sightseeing. He met
Roop Kumar Rathod accidently who introduced him to
Mahesh Bhatt. By impressing him with his shayaris, Mahesh Bhatt gave him the first break in the movie Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin. His lyrics contributed towards the success during the early days of popular singer
Sonu Nigam. His famous works include Saajan, Imtihaan, and Dabangg. He currently charges 4-5 Lakhs for each Song.
Born in the year 1955 in Ambala, Sudhakar is a lyricist and director from Bollywood. He is a B.A. Graduate from Delhi University. He is also a member of the Film & Television Directors Association. He has also directed movies such as Gori, Sawan, and Insaf Ka Suraj. He is the recipient of the Lions Club award for the Best lyrics. Few of his famous songs songs are from the Movie Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kiya, Bandhan, and Humsafar. He charges 4-5 Lakh for each song.