Anand Bakshi was an old poet and lyricist with his popularity in the Hindi film industry. Anand Bakshi He was born in Rawalpindi, a part of India in 1930 which later got converted into a Pakistan city after independence in 1947. His mother died when he was five years old. Due to the partition of India and Pakistan, on October 2, 1947, Bakshi’s family shifted themselves to Delhi. Initially, Bakshi was in the Indian Army after completing his studies. In the free time, he used to write songs occasionally while working for the army. Bakshi initially tried to become a writer or a singer in the Hindi films, but later he found his talent in writing songs.
His first entry into movies as a lyricist was “Bhaala Aadmi” which cast the famous old actor “
Bhagwan Dada” in it. He made his first success in the year in the movie “Mehendi Lagi Meri Haath.” His another project in 1962 was “KalaSamundar”. He had written lyrics for the two big hit movies in the year 1965 namely “Himalaya Ki God Mein” and “Jab Jab Phool Khile.” In 1967, he wrote songs for the hit movie “
Milan” in which
Sunil Dutt was the hero. In 1972, he got a chance to sing songs in the movie “Mom Ki Gudiya” which was directed by
Mohan Kumar. He also sang for further four movies namely “
Sholay,” “Maha Chor,” “Charas,” “ Balika Badhu” which got released during the years 1975 – 1976.
Anand Bakshi got Heart and lung disease as a result of chain smoking. At the age of 72, Anand Bakshi died due to multiple organ failures. His Last lyrics were for the film “
Mehbooba” which was produced during the year 2000 but released in the year 2008. Throughout his career, Bakshi has written 3500 songs for 638 movies, which is not an ordinary man’s work. He could be a legend who still lives in the form of his songs. His Grandson namely Aditya Dutt is a film director who has directed nearly seven movies as of 2016.
His works include projects like Yaadein, Mohabbattein, Taal, Dushman, Heer Raanjha, Pardes, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Mohra, Hum, Nagin,
Dharam Veer, Sholay,
Seeta Aur Geeta, Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke,Aye Din Bahar Ke, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Jeene Ki Raah, Aradhana,
Amar Prem and Bobby. After his death in 2002, he was survived by Kamala Mohan Bakshi, his wife and his two sons and two daughters namely Rakesh Bakshi,
Rajesh Bakshi, Kavita Bali and Suman Datt.