B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Anjaan (real name Lalji Pandey) was born on October 28, 1930 in Varanasi. When he was in school and college, he participated in almost every Poet-summit or ‘Mushairaa’. He used hardcore Hindi terms and pharases in his poems, and that set him apart from other Poets. He always wanted to be a poet, but writing lyrics for Hindi film songs was never in his mind.
Anjaan wrote his first film song in 1953 for ‘Prisoner of Golconda’. He got a few other films to write for, but most of them were small films, and his work was largely unnoticed for many years. Although he wrote a highly popular and acclaimed song ‘Bin badal ke bijuriya kaise barse…’ from Bandhan, commercial success was still eluding him.
He shot to fame after working for 23 years in the industry, when his song ‘Luk Chhip...’ from Do Anjaane (1976) touched all the hearts for its innocence. That got him noticed by Prakash mehra who thereafter made sure Anjaan was the lyricist in all his films. Anjaan reached his peak when his songs for Don (1978) and Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978) topped all the charts that year. Especially his song ‘Khaike Paan Banaraswala…’ reached new scales of popularity. Anjaan never looked back after that. Anjaan gave many more hit songs particularly for Amitabh Bachchan films like Laawaris (1981), Yaarana (1981), Sharaabi (1984). In the mid 80s, Anjaan switched to more of the Mithun Chakraborty starrers and gave him many hit songs for Disco Dancer (1982), Dance Dance (1987) etc. His other hit songs were from films like Ilzaam (1986) and Paap Ki Duniya (1988). In the early 90s, Anjaan penned many popular songs for films like Ghayal (1990), Zindagi Ek Jua (1992) and Shola Aur Shabnam (1992). After a few years, Anjaan stopped working due to health problems.
On September 13, 1997, Anjaan died due to heart attack. His son Sameer is also a famous Hindi film lyricist. A book of his poems, Ganga That ka Banjara was released a few days before his death.