Anand Bakshi

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Anand Bakshi
Bakshi Anand Prakash Vaid

(1930-07-21)21 July 1930
Died30 March 2002(2002-03-30) (aged 71)
Years active1945–2002
RelativesAditya Datt (grandson)[1]

Anand Bakshi (21 July 1930 – 30 March 2002) was an Indian poet and lyricist. He was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist a total of 37 times (most nomination), resulting in 4 wins.

Early life[edit]

Anand Bakshi (Bakshi Anand Prakash Vaid) was born in Rawalpindi in the Punjab Province of British India (now in Punjab, Pakistan), on 21 July 1930 into a Mohyal Brahmin family of the Vaid clan.[2] The family arrived in Delhi, via a Dakota aircraft after the Partition of India and then migrated to Pune, then Meerut and settled again finally in Delhi.[citation needed]

Bakshi was fond of writing poetry since his youth, but he did this mostly as a private hobby.[citation needed] In a 1983 interview with Doordarshan,[3] Bakshi recounted that after his initial studies, he joined the Indian Navy, where due to a paucity of time, he could only write occasionally.[3] He continued to write poetry whenever time permitted, and used his songs and lyrics in local programmes related to his troop.[3] He worked in the Navy for many years and simultaneously tried to market his songs in the Mumbai film world.[3]


Bakshi came to Hindi films to make a name for himself in writing and singing, but ended up becoming more successful in writing lyrics. He got his break writing songs in a Brij Mohan film titled Bhalaa Aadmi (1958), acted by Bhagwan Dada. He wrote four songs in this film. His first song in this film was "Dharti Ke Laal Na Kar Itna Malaal" which was recorded on 9 November 1956 (in his own voice on All India Radio interview).[4]

After writing for a few movies from 1956 onwards, he first found success in 1962 with Mehendi Lagi Mere Haath, which was produced by (LimeLight), Music Kalyanji & Anandji, Music Pub-HMV/Saregama. Bakshi later made another mark for himself writing a quawwali for the 1962 film Kala Samundar, the song was "Meri Tasveer Lekar Kya Karoge Tum" composed by N. Datta. He got his real big breakthroughs in 1965 with Himalay Ki God Mein, and a huge breakthrough again in 1965 with the super-hit film Jab Jab Phool Khile, starring Shashi Kapoor and both composed by Kalyanji–Anandji; and yet again in 1967 with the super-hit movie Milan (starring Sunil Dutt). These six hit films within a decade of his entry into films cemented his status as a lyrics writer of immense calibre.[citation needed]

Bakshi was preferred lyricist by Rajesh Khanna for films with Rajesh Khanna in lead. He went on to work as a lyricist of over 4000 songs and 638 films in his career.[5](See Filmography below for films reference, names of the films and their year of censorship.)[citation needed]

He got his first break as singer in a film directed by Mohan Kumar – Mom Ki Gudiya (1972). The first song he sang was a duet – "Baaghon mein bahaar aayi hothon pe pukaar aayi", along with Lata Mangeshkar, with music composed by Laxmikant–Pyarelal. He also sang the solo "Main dhoondh raha tha sapnon mein" from the same film.[citation needed]

He also sang songs in four other films: Sholay (1975), where he sang the qawwali "Chand Sa Koi Chehera" along with Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey and Bhupinder, (the song was released on vinyl, but not in the feature film); Maha Chor (1976); Charas (1976) Song : Aaja Teri Yaad Aayi; and Balika Badhu (1976).

Bakshi was widely associated with music composers such as Laxmikant–Pyarelal, R D Burman, Kalyanji Anandji, SD Burman, Anu Malik, Rajesh Roshan and Anand–Milind, and his songs have been sung by all the top singers as well as other singers such as Shamshad Begum, Ila Arun, Khursheed Bawra, Amirbai Karnataki, Sudha Malhotra and more. He is known to have worked with more than one generation of music composers.[citation needed]

He wrote the first recorded songs of many first time male and female leads who went on to become stars, and also of singers such as Shailendra Singh, Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurthy etc., and he established himself as a versatile lyricist with the song "Dum Maro Dum" in the movie Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1972).[citation needed]

After this, he wrote memorable lyrics in many movies including Bobby, Amar Prem (1971), Aradhana (1969), Jeene Ki Raah, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke, Seeta Aur Geeta, Sholay (1975), Dharam Veer, Nagina, Lamhe, Hum (1991), Mohra (1994), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Pardes (1997), Heer Raanjha, Dushman (1998), Taal (1998), Mohabbatein (2000), Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001), and Yaadein (2001).[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Bakshi was married to Kamla Mohan Bakshi. The couple had two daughters, Suman Datt and Kavita Bali, and two sons Rajesh Bakshi and Rakesh Bakshi.[6]


Late in his life, he suffered from heart and lung diseases. In March 2002, he caught a bacterial infection at Nanavati hospital during a minor heart surgery. He died of multiple organ failure on 30 March 2002, 8:45 PM at Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital, at the age of 71.[7] The last released movie with lyrics by Anand Bakshi (after his death) was Mehbooba, Mujhse Dosti Karoge!.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Taran Adarsh (26 May 2005). "Anand Bakshi's grand-son turns director". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 30 November 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Anand Bakshi on TOTAL RECALL Part 1 (@Times Now)". YouTube. Retrieved 29 January 2012.[dead YouTube link]
  3. ^ a b c d Tabassum. "Interview with Anand Bakshi – Phool khile hain gulshan gulshan". You Tube. Doordarshan. Retrieved 5 July 2016.[dead YouTube link]
  4. ^ Rakesh Anand Bakshi (24 September 2011). "Anand Bakshi Singing his 1st song from 1st film BHALA AADMI, Ameen Sayani radio show". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Writing more than 4000 songs for Bollywood, Anand Bakshi is still alive in hearts of his fellows". 7 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Rakesh Bakshi remembers father Anand Bakshi". 7 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Lyricist Anand Bakshi passes away". The Times of India. 30 March 2002.

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