Poet-lyricist Anand Bakshi would have been 89 today…
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Born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan before Partition, Anand Bakshi migrated to India with his family when he was 17 years old. They arrived in Delhi and then moved to Pune and Meerut before moving back to the national capital, where they settled. The lad joined the army and wrote poetry when he could find the time, using his lyrics and songs in local shows that his troop was associated with. He tried his luck in films long-distance, until he took voluntary discharge from the armed forces and moved to Mumbai in 1956 to find work as an artiste. He got his break in 1958 in Bhalaa Aadmi, for which he wrote 4 songs including Dharti ke laal na kar itna malaal.  

Success came his way with Mehendi Lagi Mere Haath (1962), which had music by Kalyanji-Anandji. Work started flooding in, from Kala Samundar (1962) to Himalay Ki God Mein (1965), Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Milan (1967) and more.  His lyric repertoire included over 3,500 songs in 638 films! As a singer, he debuted in Mom ki Gudiya in 1972 with Baaghon mein bahaar aayi hothon pe pukaar aayi, with Lata Mangeshkar, and music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Main dhoondh raha tha sapnon mein from the same film, as well as Chand sa koi chehera from Sholay (1975) with Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar and Bhupinder, and songs in Maha Chor (1976); Charas (1976); and Balika Badhu (1976). The list of films he was associated with is very long indeed, and the songs he wrote showcased his versatility and sense of imagery.

Sadly, lung disease resulting from smoking led to his death in 2002, at the age of 72.

SoundboxIndia thinks of Anand Bakshi on what would have been his 89th birthday with some favourite songs…

Song: Baghon Mein Bahar Aai
Film: Mome ki Gudiya
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Anand Bakshi
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi

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Song: Kuch Toh Log Kahenge
Film: Amar Prem
Singer: Kishore Kumar
Music:  R.D.Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi

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Song: Chand Sa Koi Chehra
Film: Sholay
Singer: Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Bhupinder Singh, Anand Bakshi
Music:  R.D.Burman
Lyricist: Anand Bakshi

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Song: Mere Khwabon Mein
Film: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Music: Jatin-Lalit
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

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Song: Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast
Film: Mohra
Singer: Udit Narayan & Kavita Krishnamurthy
Music: Viju Shah
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

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Song: Hum Do Premee
Film: Tu Chor Main Sipahi
Singer: Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik
Music: Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

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