pramod kumarwrote on Apr 27 2009 12:10AM
Anu Malik was born to veteran music director Sardar Malik . His father did fantastic songs like ‘Haan deewana hoon main’ from Saaranga, ‘Ae gamme dil’ from Thokar and ‘Mujhe tumse mohabbat’ in Bachpan.Sardar Malik could not achieve success at a higher level, his family had to struggle to meet their ends.
Music was in his blood .So Anu started doing insignificant movies as he needed to look after his family.Though such projects didn't bring him much acclaim he grabbed his first opprotunity that was a B grade film Hunterwali (1977). The other films he did were Ek Jaan Hain Hum starring Rajiv Kapoor and Divya Rana that included songs such as songs such as "Dil dil hai koi sheesha to nahin" , Aapas Ki Baat starring Poonam Dhillon.
Life was not easy for Anu Malik. His years of struggle continued as he strived to get good assignments that were hard to come by.He was forced to take projects hardly boosting his career graph like Sohni Mahiwal and Ek Chaadar Maili Si.Before this he did Manmohan Desai's Mard and Ganga Jamuna Saraswati.
The turning point in his career was when Govinda's brother, Kirti Kumar signed him on for Radha Ka Sangam. Anu gave his best with this score and the result were songs such as Do bol kehke, Radha ka sangam and Bichuvaa. His next big feat was Mahesh Bhatt's telefilm Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayi for which he composed some memorable melodies such as Tere dar par sanam and Baadalon mein chhup gaya hai chaand.The music of the film brought him much critical acclaim.
Then on, there was no looking back for Anu Malik who went on to deliver musical blockbusters, one after the other. However, with fame came criticism and Anu Malik became the butt of finger pointing, for lifting and copying riffs. He was accused of plagiarism and termed as 'copy cat'.But some of his soothing compositions - be it in Refugee, Virasat or Border - have been unusual scores. Always surrounded by controversies this National Award-winning composer believes in calling a spade a spade. In 2003 he took care of Sooraj Barjatya's Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, Madhur Bhandarkar's Aan and J P Dutta's LoC.
1997 was a landmark year for Anu as all the films Judwaa, Virasat, Border and Ishq for which he composed music fared extremely well and the music had a great deal to do with the success of these films. Hameshaa was the only flop but again the music in the film was good. 1998 was a relatively dull year for Anu. Although the music in both Duplicate and Kareeb was appreciated and Soldier was an average hit. 1999 was better because the music in both Janam Samjha Karo and Badshaah is fast and catchy and above all
Today,Anu Malik has completed 25 years in the Hindi film industry and seems at peace with himself and his career. He wants to original. 2000 was one of the best years for Anu Malik professionally. With great hits like Josh, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, Fiza and above all Refugee which fetched him the National Award, Anu is a on a roll working with some of the best names in the Hindi Film industry. The year 2001 was also a dream year for him as most of his music was greatly appreciated even though the films didnt do too well. For example Subhash Ghai's Yaadein, Meghna Gulzar's Filhal, Rakesh Mehra's Aks and Shahrukh Khan and Santosh Sivan's Ashoka.
look forward to projects like Farah Khan's Main Hoon Na, Madhur Bhandarkar's Aan and Rajkumar Santoshi's Khakee among many others. And yes, he is enormously excited about his first international project Gurinder Chaddha's Bride And Prejudice. The film has Punjabi, Hindi and English songs. He wants to write for bands like The Backstreet Boys and the biggest names in international music. Apart from his desire to become a composer of international repute, he would also like to compose for period films too.