Anand Bakshi: From school dropout to Bollywood’s star lyricist!

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Anand Bakshi, his name conjures some of the most memorable songs ever written in Bollywood. From 60s to late 90s he commanded mastery in writing lyrics. Just remember the super hit songs like Pardesiyon Se Na Ankhiyan Milana… (JAB JAB PHOOL KHILE), Sawan Ka Mahina Pawan Kare Sor… (MILAN), Roop Tera Mastana (ARADHNA); Yeh Sham Mastani… (KATI PATANG); Chingari Koi Badkhe… (AMAR PREM); Dum maro dum…(HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA), Teri Pehli Nazar Ko Salaam… (EK DUJE KE LIYE), Tujhe Dekha toh… (DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE) etc.

ANAND BAKSHI
ANAND BAKSHI

July 21 marks the birth anniversary of the legendary lyricist; Glamsham.Com remembers him and reveals how he struggled to prove his mettle in filmdom.

It may come as a stunner to readers that Anand Bakshi, who has to his credit an amazing 4000 song under his belt, 38 Filmfare nominations, four Filmfare Awards in a career spanning 45 years was actually an eighth grade dropout, with no formal training in song writing!!! However it was his natural talent for writing and his passion for films that brought out the ethos within him in the form of poems.

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Recalling his craze for films, Anand Bakshi in an interview said, “I come from a family of policemen and army. My grandfather was Superintendent of Police in Rawalpindi and my father in army but I was the odd one as I hated studies and would run away from school to see films. At times when I had no money I would sell my books to watch films. Ultimately my father forcibly recruited me in the army.”

He continues, “I worked as a telephone operator in army but the bug for films drew me to Mumbai. I quit my job and joined movies. I had to struggle tooth and nail to survive but all attempts were futile and I was compelled to move back and join army again. However, I was restless as my heart wandered in Bollywood. My friend suggested me to focus on my job and stop dreaming but I was destined to become a film lyricist hence the second time when I quit my army job and made an attempt in Mumbai, lady luck smiled.”

Rest as they say is history. According to film historians, Anand Bakshi is regarded as the star lyricist who was commanded highest remuneration. He was a master of writing songs on readymade tunes, a quality which professional poets usually found taxing.

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