Screenwriters Association (SWA), the Indian guild of screenwriters and lyricists, announced today the 10 nominees for the Lyrics category of SWA Awards 2020. Winners of the Best Lyricist for Feature Film and Best Lyricist for TV Serial/Web Series will be announced in an online awards ceremony on September 27, 2020.
Congratulating the nominees, Sunil Salgia, General Secretary, SWA, said, “Ask anyone abroad about Indian films, the response will be, ‘Oh, Bollywood! Great songs and dances!’ Songs give a unique identity to our movies and surely there are no songs without lyrics. The talent that can say a thousand words in a few, despite their struggle to write poetry beyond the hook phrase and which can be heard and remembered in the noisy world, deserves applause.”
The 10 nominees were selected from 146 entries received by the SWA Awards committee from Hindi language films and TV serials/web series released in 2019. A jury comprising of eminent lyricists such as Amit Khanna, Ila Arun, KausarMunir, MayurPuri, and PanchhiJalonvi selected the nominees after a thorough individual and joint evaluation process.
Shellee, lyricist and spokesperson for the SWA Lyrics category, said, “It is difficult to imagine films such as Awara, Mera Naam Joker, Guide, Pakeeza, Mughal-e-Azam, TeesriKasam without their songs. Songs are the ornaments that adorn our cinema. Their fragrance lends beauty to our ordinary lives. I congratulate the nominees of SWA Awards 2020 and wish them the best of luck.”
SWA is holding the first-ever SWA Awards on the occasion of its Diamond Jubilee year in 2020. Since they are judged by knowledgeable screenwriters and lyricists, these awards promise to become the most coveted validation for writers in India, much like the awards of other prestigious international writers’ guilds and literary organizations.
Nominees for Best Lyricist for Feature Film are:
1. Ankur Tewari and Divine for Apna time ayega in Gully Boy
2. Amitabh Bhattacharya for Kalank title track in Kalank
3. Divine and Naezy for Meri gully mein in Gully Boy
4. Varun Grover for Ruanruan in Sonchiriya
5. Manoj Muntashir for Teri mitti in Kesari
Nominees for Best Lyricist for TV Serial/Web Series are:
1. ShekharAstitva for Title track in Radhakrishn
2. Zama Habib for Ek tum chup, ekchup main in IsharoIsharo Mein
3. Shashank Kunwar for Pet bechara in Kulfi Kumar Bajewala
4. Majaal for Rooh in Lakhon Mein Ek Season 2
5. Majaal for Nishaniya in Laakhon Mein Ek Season 2