Anand Bakshi was one of the greatest and popular lyricists of his time. He was the only lyricist, besides his associate Majrooh Sultanpuri, who enjoyed such a long and illustrious career in Bollywood lyricism and was still going strong after more than 40 years. Like Sultanpuri, Bakshi wrote simple poetry that could be understood by all, and he was in wide demand by all filmmakers.
He worked for several music/film directors whose sons went on to forge a career for themselves: Sachin Dev Burman and Rahul Dev Burman; Kalyanji Veerji Shah and Anandji Veerji Shah and Viju Shah; Roshan and Rajesh Roshan; Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod and Sanjeev Darshan; Manmohan Desai and Ketan Desai; Gulshan Rai and Rajiv Rai; and Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra.
His original intention was to be a playback singer and not a lyricist. However, he did sing a song with Lata Mangeshkar in Mom Ki Gudiya (1972). He sang the duet Rut bekarar aaye in Mome Ki Gudiya and a portion of Ke aaja teri yaad ayee in Charas in which he matched his vocal skills with ace playback singer Lata Mangeshkar.Anand Bakshi is one of the lyricist who had survived severe competition and the test of times. After writing for almost 40 years and after penning more than 4000 songs he could still instill freshness in any song. He was one of those few poets who had expressed love in a multitude of ways. Be it Chingari Koi Bhadke from Amar Prem or Bholi Si Surat from Dil To Pagal Hai. Bakshi also added the element of possession in a romantic relationship through the song Tu Mere Saamne from Darr and Jaadu Teri Nazar from the same film. Here s an insight into the life of the veteran lyricist.
Although he had arrived in the city with a bagful of dreams no body really acknowledged his presence.A few senior lyricists even ridiculed him but Bakshi persisted and his persistence paid off when a chance meeting with actor Bhagwan materialized into an offer to write the lyrics for Bhagwan s film Bada Admi. A few years later Jab Jab Phool Khile released and the song Pardesiyon Se Na Ankhiya Milana proved to be a big hit and that song made everyone notice Bakshi.
However life wasn t exactly milk and honey for Bakshi as the struggle for survival continued even after Jab Jab Phool Khile. That was the result of groupism that existed during the late sixties and early fifties. Every music director had his or her own favorite lyricist. Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri were Shankar Jaikishan s favorites and Shakeel Badayauni was patronized by Naushad. Even the great SD Burman refused to consider him seriously as a lyricist because he thought Bakshi was another one of those aspiring playback singers. Life was extremely difficult for the lyricist whose career had only just begun. To get into the elite group of poets was indeed a difficult exercise. His hard work and persistence finally paid off when the songs of Hariyali Aur Raasta proved to be chartbusters. The film had many timeless numbers and one of them was 'Bol Meri Taqdeer Mein Kya Hai'.
It was Milan (1967) however that finally took Bakshi to the top. Songs like Sawan ka Mahina, Bol Gori Bol, Ram Kare Aisa Ho Jaye, Main to Diwaanaa and of course Hum Tum Yug Yug Geet Milan ke were hummed in every corner of the country. Anand Bakshi had arrived. And from then onwards he never looked back.
Followed a golden period for Bakshi whose association with Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and R.D. Burman led to such musical milestones like Farz (1967), Do Raaste (1969), Bobby (1973), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Ek Duje ke Liye(1981) with the former and Kati Patang (1970), Amar Prem (1971) and Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971), just to name a few, with the latter. Of these his work in Amar Prem particularly stands out and was among his favourites. Shakti Samanta heard Bakshi recite Chingari Koi Bhadke at a 'kavi samelan' and incorporated it especially into the film. Other masterpieces in this film include Bada Natkhat Hai, Kuch to Log Kahenge, Yeh Kya Hua and Raina Beeti Jaaye.
He established himself as a versatile lyricist with the song Dum Maro Dum in the movie Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1972). After this, he wrote memorable lyrics in many movies including Bobby and Amar Prem (1971),Sholay (1975), Hum(1990), Mohra (1994), Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Taal (1999), Mohabbatein (2000), Gadar - Ek Prem Katha (2001) - to mention a few.
Mention must also be made of his association with filmmakers like Raj Kapoor, Shubash Ghai and Yash Chopra.
* Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)
* Karz (1980)
* Hero (1983)
* Karma (1986)
* Ram Lakhan (1989)
* Saudagar (1991)
* Khalnayak (1993)
* Taal (1999)
* Yaadein (2001)
* Chandni (1989)
* Lamhe (1991)
* Darr (1993)
* Dil to Paagal Hai (1997).
Apart from being nominated innumerable amount of times for the Filmfare award Bakshi has also won the coveted trophy three times in his illustrious career. He won it for the first time in 1978 for the song Aadmi Musafir Hai from the film Apnapan. In 1981 he won it for the song Tere Mere Beech Mein from Ek Duje Ke Liye and after 14 years he won it for the third time in 95 for Tujhe Dekha To Ye from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge.
Filmfare - 1977 Best Lyrics for Apnapan
Filmfare - 1981 Best Lyrics for Ek Duje Ke Liye
Filmfare - 1995 Best Lyrics for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Filmfare - 1999 Best Lyrics for Taal
Zee Cine - 1999 Best Lyrics for Taal
Screen - 1998 Best Lyrics for Zakhm
Screen - 1999 Best Lyrics for Taal
Screen - 2000 Best Lyrics for Mohabbatein
The Best of Anand Bakshi
All Time Hits of Anand Bakshi
Dil kya kare Julie
Tere mere beech mein Ek Duje Ke Liye
Dhire dhire bol koi sun na le Gora Aur Kala
Aaj mausam bada Loafer
Kora kagaz tha yeh man mera Aradhana
Sawan ka mahina Milan
Badi mastani hai Jeene Ki Raah
Gir gaya jhumka Jugnu
Bane chahe dushman Dostana
Zindagi har kadam Meri Jung
Lagi aaj sawan Chandni
Tujhe dekha to yeh Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Bholi si surat Dil To Pagal Hai
Late in his life, he suffered from heart and lung disease as a consequence of life-long smoking. In April 2001, he caught a bacterial infection at Nanavati Hospital, during a routine minor heart surgery. He finally died of organ failure on 30 March 2002 at Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital, at the age of 72.
The last released movie with lyrics by Anand Bakshi was Meri Biwi Ka Jawaab Nahin (2004).
* Anand Bakshi wrote the lyrics for the very first films of several of today's stars, including Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Kamal Hassan, Rishi Kapoor, Amrita Singh, and Uday Chopra, among several others.
* He worked with several music directors who were the sons of the music directors that he had worked with in his early days: SD and RD Burman, Chitragupt and Anand-Milind, Kalyanji-Anandji and Viju Shah, Rajesh Roshan, Nadeem-Shravan and Sanjeev Darshan. He also worked with father-son pairs of film directors like Manmohan Desai and Ketan Desai, and Yash and Aditya Chopra.
* He wrote the first recorded songs of playback singers Shailender Singh, Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurthy and S. P. Balasubramaniam, to name a few.
* Stars like Dev Anand, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Sunny Deol, Raj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor, Sunil Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla opted for Anand Bakshi when they started their own film production companies.
Filmography as Lyricist, Playback Singer
Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin (2004)
The Hero (2003)
Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai (2003)
Ek Hindustani (2002)
Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai (2002)
Kitne Door Kitne Paas (2002)
Mujhse Dosti Karoge (2002)
Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002)
Tere Pyaar Ki Kasam (2002)
Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke (2002)
Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (2002)
Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001)
Chhupa Rustam (2001)
Raju Chacha (2000)
Maha - Yuddh (2000)
Hadh Kar Di Aapne (2000)
Dil Kya Kare (1999)
Hindustan Ki Kasam (1999)
Kachche Dhaage (1999)
Sham Ghansham (1998)
Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1998)
Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
Deewana Mastana (1997)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Aag Se Khelenge (1989)
Ram Avtar (1988)
Aakhree Raasta (1986)
Chhota Chetan (1984)
Aamne Samne (1982)
Aas Paas (1981)
Aap Ke Deewane (1980)
Mr. Natwarlal (1979)
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
Aap Beati (1976)
Chupke Chupke (1975)
Aap Ki Kasam (1974)
Amir Garib (1974)
Prem Shashtra (1974)
Namak Haram (1973)
Roop Tera Mastana (1972)
Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee (1971)
Amar Prem (1971)
Aan Milo Sajna (1970)
Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke (1969)
Aamne Samne (1967)
As Playback Singer