B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Anand Bakshi was born on July 21, 1920 in Rawalpindi. His family migrated to India on October 2, 1947 after the partition. After a few days, Anand Bakshi got a job as a switch board operator. Meanwhile, he tried to to get a chance in Hindi films. Apparently, He was more interested in singing than in writing.
Anand Bakshi was first given a chance as a lyricist by Bhagwan Dada for the film Bhala Aadmi(1958), directed by Brij Mohan. He also wrote for a few other small films. However, he was not yet a recognised lyricist. Anand Bakshi came into limelight with Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965). The songs of this film were a huge hit, and Anand Bakshi got offers from various big banners to work.
The other big hit songs of Anand bakshi were from Aradhana (1969), Amar Prem (1971), Bobby (1973), Sholay (1975) and Amar Akbar Anthony (1977). As time passed, Anand Bakshi's lyrics only more youthful. His songs in films like Love story (1981), Betaab (1983) and Hero (1983) only re-iterate this statement.
He made a team with Subhash Ghai and wrote for all his block-buster films in the 80s like Karz (1980), Hero (1983), Karma (1986) and Ram Lakhan (1989). Meanwhile, Anand Bakshi also kept penning songs for all the commercial films, but only to make his two ends meet. The 90s saw Anand Bakshi's best and at his most youthful writing. His songs from Lamhe (1991) were very heart-rending. Same year, his "Ilu ilu..." from Ghai's Saudagar (1991) created hysteria and ILU ILU became the new code for lovers all over. But he touched the peak of his career when his songs from Khalnayak (1993) especially "Choli ke peeche..." topped all the music charts that year. Although this song created a lot of controversy, but it proved Anand Bakshi's versitality. His song "Tujhe Dekha..." from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) is remembered as one of the most romantic songs ever. Often when his favourite directors like Yash Chopra and Subhash Ghai changed their music director, they retained Anand Bakshi. He continued his career with some great lyrics for Subhash Ghai's Pardes (1997), Yash chopra's Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Subhash Ghai's Taal (1999).
In 2001, His songs for films like Yaadein and Nayak were hugely popular, however both these films flopped. On March 30, 2002 Anand Bakshi died due to heart problem. And an era ended in the history of Hindi film music. Anand Bakshi won Filmfare awards on 4 occasions in 1979, 1982, 1995 and 1999. However, he was nominated for 38 times in his career of 44 years as a lyricist. Anand Bakshi also sang in a few songs. Film maker Aditya Dutt, who directed Aashiq Banaya Aapne is Anand Bakshi's grandson.