Anand Bakshi (21 July 1930 – 30 March 2002) was a popular Indian poet and lyricist.
Anand Bakshi (Bakhshi Anand Prakash Vaid) was born in Rawalpindi, now in Pakistan, in 1930. His ancestors were Mohyal Brahmin from Kurree, near Rawalpindi, and had origins in Kashmir. His mother, Sumitra, died 1940, when he was 10. Bakshi’s family migrated to India (Delhi) on 2 October 1947, in the aftermath of the partition, when he was 17 years old. The family arrived in Lucknow and later they traveled to Delhi and settled there.
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, “Bhala 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.
He first found success with the film Mehendi Lagi Mere Haath, which was produced by (LimeLight), Music Kalyanji & Anandji Music Pub-HMV/Saregama 1962. Then he found big success in 1965 (Jab Jab Phool Khile) produced by Limelight and Music by Kalyanji Anandji and went on to work as a lyricist of over 3500 songs and 638 films in the course of his life. He got his first time singing in a film was in Mome Ki Gudiya(1972). The first song he sang was a duet “Baaghon me bahaar aayi hothon pe pukaar aayi”, along with Lata Mangeshkar for music composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal. 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; Maha Chor (1976); Charas (1976); and, Balika Badhu (1976).
After writing for few movies from 1956 onwards, Bakshi made a mark for himself for writing a quawalli for the 1962 film Kala Samundar, the song was “Meri Tasveer Lekar Kya Karoge tum”, and the film Mehendi Lagi Mere Haath 1962. 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). This five films within a decade cemented his status as a writer of immense caliber.
Anand Bakshi’s was widely associated with music Composers such as Laxmikant Pyarelal, R D Burman, Kalyanji-Anandji, Anu Malik, Rajesh Roshan and Anand-Milind and his songs have been sung by singers like Shamshad Begum, Alka Yagnik, Khursheed Bawra, Amirbai Karnataki, Sudha Malhotra and more.
He wrote the first recorded songs 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), Heer Raanjha, Dushman (1998), Taal (1998), Mohabbatein (2000), Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001) and Yaadein.
Late in his life, he suffered from heart and lung disease as a consequence of lifelong smoking. In 2001, 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. The last released movie with lyrics by Anand Bakshi after his death was Mehbooba.