B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Anu Malik was born in 1959. He was brought up in Mumbai. His father Sardar Malik, who was a music director himself, trained him from his childhood. Hence, Anu Malik became very passionate about music at the very outset. Anu Malik’s first film as a music director was Hunterwali 77. It earned him no recognition though. His first few films as a composer didn’t do well at Box-office. So, Anu Malik’s efforts too went unnoticed.
His first hit soundtrack was for Sohni Mahiwal (1984). This brought him in the limelight, and Anu Malik got offers from many big producers. His next big film was Manmohan Desai’s Mard (1985), and all of its songs were popular among the masses. However, It didn’t help Anu Malik’s career much, and he had to resort to giving music for B and C grade films for next few years.
1993 was the breakthrough year for Anu Malik. His songs for Mahesh Bhatt’s Sir and Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Aayee had their own niche following, but he achieved huge success with his music for Baazigar. All of its songs – be it ‘Yeh kaali kaali aankhen…’ or ‘Baazigar o baazigar…’ were some of the most popular songs of the year. Baazigar’s record break sales took Anu Malik straight into the A-league of Composers. In the next few years, Anu Malik continued giving many more chartbuster songs and sound-tracks. His music for Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) and Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995) was very popular. Later, he saw his peak when he got both acclaim and high sales for his music for Virasat (1997) and Border (1997), and his songs for Indra Kumar’s Ishq (1997) were huge hits. Two of his most under rated soundtracks were for Kareeb (1998) and Duplicate (1998). He kept giving hit sound-tracks like Jaanam Samjha Karo (1999), Baadshah (1999), Josh (2000), Refugee (2000), Har Dil Jo Pyaar karega (2000) and Fiza (2000).
Year 2001 saw Anu Malik at his versatile best when 5 of his sound-tracks – Mujhe Kuch Kehna hai, Aks, Ajnabee, Yaadein and Asoka were among the top 20 film albums of the year. His guest composition ‘Ishq Kameena…’ for Shakti (2002) was one of the most popular songs of the year. Year 2003 again brought the Best out of Anu Malik. Where he gave popular songs in Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S and Ishq Vishq, His music for LOC Kargil was appreciated by critics. He continued his success when His music for Main Hoon Naa (2004), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) and Murder (2004) topped all the charts. 2005 was a comparatively low year for him when he didn’t have any hit albums on his C.V. His only successful sound-track for next 2 years was for Jaan-e-mann (2006).
2008 saw Anu Malik's Woodstock Villa and Love Story 2050 release. He also judges for Indian Idol. Anu Malik has won Filmfare awards in 1993 and 2004 for Baazigar and Main Hoon Naa respectively. He also won the prestigious National award for Refugee (2000).His younger brother Dabboo Malik is also a music director who has composed for films like Maine Dil Tujhko Diya (2002). He has also composed many private albums. Anu Malik has also sung for many of his compositions like ‘Gori Gori…” (Main Hoon Naa), ‘Ek garam chai ki pyali…’ (Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega) etc. His daughter, Anmol is also upcoming singer.