Anand Bakshi

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Anand Bakshi
Born Nando/Nand (Anand Prakash Bakhshi)
(1930-07-21)21 July 1930
Rawalpindi, British India
Died 30 March 2002(2002-03-30) (aged 71)
Mumbai, India
Occupation Lyricist
Years active 1945–2002
Relatives Aditya Datt (grandson)[1]

Anand Bakshi (21 July 1930 – 30 March 2002) was a popular Indian poet and lyricist.


Early life[edit]

Anand Bakshi (Bakhshi Anand Prakash Vaid) was born in Rawalpindi, now in Pakistan, on 21 July 1930.[2] His ancestors were Mohyal Brahmins from Kurree, near Rawalpindi, and had their origins in Kashmir. His mother, Sumitra, died when he was five years old. Bakshi's family migrated to India (Delhi) on 2 October 1947, in the aftermath of the partition, when he was 17 years old.[citation needed] The family arrived in Delhi, via a Dakota aircraft, and then migrated to Pune, then Meerut and settled in Delhi finally.

Bakshi was fond of writing poetry since his youth,but he did this mostly as a private hobby. In a 1983 interview with Doordarshan,[3] Bakshi recounted that after his initial studies, he joined the Indian Army, 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 Army for many years and simultaneously tried to market his songs in the Mumbai film world.[3]


Anand 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's film titled, "Bhalaa Aadmi", 1958, acted by Bhagwan Dada. He wrote 4 songs in this film. His first song in this film was "Dharti Ke Laal Na Kar Itna Malaal" which was recorded on 9 Nov 1956. In his own voice on All India Radio interview [4]

After writing for 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 quawalli for the 1962 film Kala Samundar, the song was "Meri Tasveer Lekar Kya Karoge Tm". He got his real big breakthroughs in 1965 with Himalaya Ki God Mein, and a huge breakthrough again in 1965 with the super hit film Jab Jab Phool Khile, starring Shashi Kapoor; 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 caliber. He went on to work as a lyricist of over 3500 songs and 638 films in his career.[5][citation needed] (See Filmography below for films reference, names of the films and their year of censorship.)

He got his first break as singer in a film directed by Mohan Kumar's Mom Ki Gudiya(1972). The first song he sang was a duet "Baaghon mein bahaar aayi hothon pe pukaar aayi", along with Lata Mangeshkar for music composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal. He also sang the solo " Main dhoondh raha tha sapnon mein" from the same film. He also sang songs in 4 other films: Sholay (1975) where he sang the quawwali "Chand Sa Koi Chehera" along with Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Bhupinder, the song was released only on the vinyl but not in the feature film; Maha Chor (1976); Charas (1976); and, Balika Badhu (1976).

Anand Bakshi’s 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 also other singers like 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.

He wrote the first recorded songs of many first time male and female leads who went on to become stars, and also of singers like 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).

After this, he wrote memorable lyrics in many movies including Bobby and Amar Prem (1971), Aradhana 1970, Jeene Ki Raah, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke, Seeta Aur Geeta, Sholay (1975), Dharam Veer, Nagina, 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. Mehendi Lagi Mere Haath, Devar, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Milan, Do Raaste, Aradhana, Amar Prem, Main Tulsi Tere Angaan Ki, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Aasra, Himalaya Ki Godh Mein, Chotta Bhai, Sohni Mahiwal Seeta aur geeta, Mera gaon mera desh, Roti, Anokhi Ada, Jeene Ki Raha, Aan Milo Sajna, Sharafat, Khilona, Maryada, Kati Patang, Raja Aur Rankh, Aradhana, Farz, Do Raaste, Raja Rani, Raja Jaani, Loafer, Bairaag, Piya Ka Ghar, Apna Desh, Charas, Aap Ki Kasam, Bobby, Main Sundar Hoon, Amar Akbar Anthony, Dharam Veer, Shalimar, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Julie, Jawani Diwani, Dostana, Hero, Main Sundar Hoon, Taqdeer, Raja Saab, Love Story, Betaab, Avtaar, Aasha, Apnapan, Suhag, Mr Natwarlal, Sargam, Karz, Ram Balram, Aas Paas, Krodhi, Fifty Fifty, Jaaneman, Judaai, Sharda, Namak Haram, Mukti, Khilona, Jeevan Mrityu, Naseeb, Desh Premee, Chupke Chupke, Ek Hi Bhool, Jeevan Dhara, Andha Kanoon, Farz, Shaan, Abdulla, Sholay, Rocky, Aamne Saamne, Shakti, Teri Kasam, Hum, Saudagar, Lamhe, Sahibaan, Khuda Gawah, Alag Alag, Sacha Jhoota, Dilwale Dhulania Le Jayenge.

Anand Bakshi’s association in Hindi & Punjabi films with Music Composers: Appox. 302 films with Laxmikant & Pyarelal. 99 films with R D Burman. 32 with Kalyanji & Anandji. 24 with Anu Malik. 13 with Rajesh Roshan. 13 with S D Burman. 8 with Anand & Milind. 7 with Roshan. 7 with Jatin & Lalit. 7 with S. Mohinder. 8 with Bhappie Lahiri. 8 with Viju Shah. 6 with N. Datta. 5 with Shiv & Hari. 6 with Uttam Singh. 3 with A R Rahman. 3 with Ravindra Jain. 3 with Usha Khanna. 3 with S D Batish. 2 with Chitragupt. 1 with C. Ramchandra. 3 with Anil Biswas. 2 with Sardul Qatra. 2 with M.M. Kareem. 3 with Nikhil Kamath & Vinay Tiwari. 2 with Nadeem & Shravan. 2 with Darshan Rathod & Sanjeev Rathod (Sanjeev Darshan). 3 with Anand Raj Anand. 2 with Datta Ram. (Dattaram) 2 with Amar Utpal 1 with Shankar & Jaikishen. 1 with Naushad. 1 with Vishal Bhardwaj. 1 with Ismail Darbar. 1 with Rahul Sharma. 1 with Nusrat Fatheh Ali Khan. 1 with Sukhwinder Singh. 1 with Salil Chowdhary. 1 with Nissar Bazmi. 1 with B N Bali. 1 with Ravi. 1 with Bulo C. Rani. 1 with Lachhiram. 1 with Vasant Desai. 1 with Raju Singh. 1 with G S Kohli. 1 with S N Tripathi. 1 with Dansingh. 1 with Kishore Kumar. 1 with Sameer Phatarpekar. 2 with Sajid & Wajid. 1 with Surendra Singh Sodhi. 1 with Anjan Biswas. 1 with Neeraj Vora & Uttank Vora 2 with Surendra Singh Sodhi. 1 with Babloo Chakravorty. 1 with Agosh. 1 with Tapun. (Tabun Sutradhar?). 1 with Vasu Mano. 1 with Harbans.


Late in his life, he suffered from heart and lung disease as a consequence of lifelong smoking. In March 2002, he caught a bacterial infection at Nanavati hospital, during a minor heart surgery. He finally died of multiple organ failure on 30 March 2002, 8:00 PM at Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital, at the age of 72.[citation needed] The last released movie with lyrics by Anand Bakshi after his death was Mehbooba.

At the time of his death in 2002, he was survived by his wife Kamla Mohan Bakshi, his daughter Suman Datt (married), sons Rajesh Bakshi, Rakesh Bakshi, and daughter Kavita Bali (married). His grandson Aditya Datt is a film director. His son Rakesh Anand Bakshi is author of Directors' Diaries - The Road To Their First Film.[6]

Some of the directors who have worked with #AnandBakshi (1956 to 2002) (Number of films they did with him)

Rama Rao Tatineni 23 Raj Khosla 21 Subhash Ghai 15 Shakti Samanta 14 K.Bapaih 10 Mahesh Bhatt 10 Pramod Chakarvorty 10 Dulal Guha 09 Ravikanth Nagaich 08 Mohan Kumar 08 Vijay 08 Manmohan Desai 08 Suraj Prakash 07 Yash chopra 07 J.Om.Prakash 07 Harmesh Malhotra 07 Rahul Rawail 07 Umesh mehra 07 Rajiv Rai 06 B.J.Patel 06 Ramesh Sippy 06 Adurthi Subba Rao 05 Mohan Segal 05 Ravi Tandon 05 Hrishikesh Mukherjee 05 Ramanand Sagar 05 Narendra Bedi 05 Ashim S Samanta 05 Mukul S Anand 05 Sachin 04 Kedar Kapoor 04 Asit sen 04 C.P.Dixit 04 Bhappi Sonie 04 Dasari Narayan rao 04 Rajkumar Kholi 04 AnilSharma 04 Mehul Kumar 03 Master Bhagwan 03 Brij Sadanah 03 L.V.Prasad 03 Dev Anand 03 Vijay Anand 03 Samir Ganguly 03 Satyen Bose 03 Basu Chaterjee 03 Raj Kapoor 03 S.V.Rajendra Singh 03 Sanjay Khan 03 Prayag Raj 03 Shashilal Nair 03 David Dhavan 03 K.Ravi Shankar 03 Sunil Dutt 03 Radhakant 02 Kottaya Pratyagama 02 T.R.Ramanna 02 Aditya chopra 02 Tinu Anand 02 Raj .N.Sippy 02 Ajay Kashyap 02 Ramesh Ahuja 02 Rajiv Goswami 02 Shashi Kapoor 02 Rajiv Kapoor 02 Prakash Jha 02 Rajendra Kumar 01 B R Chopra 01 Ravi Chopra 01 J.P.Dutta 01 Ashuthosh Gowarikar 01 Anurag Basu 01



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