Anu Malik

Anu Malik

Indian Composer Anu Malik
Background information
Born (1960-11-02) 2 November 1960
Origin India
Occupation(s) Music director, singer
Instruments Vocals, Harmonium, Keyboard, Tabla, Guitar, Shehnai, Violin, Sarangi, Drums, Percussion, Piano
Years active 1980 - present
Associated acts Sunidhi Chauhan

Anu Malik (born 2 November 1960), born Anwar Sardaar Malik, is an Indian music director, singer, actor, director, and producer who primarily works in the Hindi film industry. Son of Sardar Malek, Anu Malik made his debut as a music composer in 1980. In the 1990s he wrote hits for films like Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee, Baazigar, and Jaanam. Anu Malik trained in music under his and made his debut in Hindi films in the year 1980 with the film Hunterwali 77.

The 2000s brought him the National Award for his music for J.P. Dutta's Refugee and the Filmfare Special Jury Award. He won the Filmfare Best Music Director Award for Main Hoon Na and Baazigar.

Malik has been judging the television phenomenon Indian Idol[1] since its inception.

Early years

Anu Malik made his debut in Hunterwali in 1980. He composed for famous films like Sohni Mahiwal (1984), Mard, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati and Jeete Hain Shaan Se. Other early films were Poonam, Ek Jaan Hain Hum, Mard, Maa, Maalamaal, Love Marriage, Aasman, Jaal, Allah Rakha, Mujrim.

He also sang songs like "Julie Julie Johnny ka dil tujh pe aiya julie", Jeete Hain Shaan Se with Kavita Krishnamurthy.


1993 was the breakthrough year for Anu Malik. His songs for Mahesh Bhatt’s Sir and Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Aayee had their own niche following, but he achieved huge success with his music for Baazigar. His music for Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) and Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995) was popular. Later his music for Virasat (1997) and Border (1997), and his songs for Indra Kumar’s Ishq (1997) were huge hits. Followed by Jaanam Samjha Karo (1999), Baadshah (1999), Josh (2000), Refugee (2000), Har Dil Jo Pyaar karega (2000) and Fiza (2000).

In 2001 Anu Malik saw more success with Mujhe Kuch Kehna hai, Aks, Ajnabee, Yaadein and Asoka. He continued his success in 2004 when his music for Main Hoon Naa (2004), Fida (2004) and Murder (2004).

His recent work includes Kambakkht Ishq, Shootout at Wadala, Yamla Pagla Deewana and Dum Laga Ke Haisha[2].

Plagiarism allegations

Malik has been accused of plagiarism multiple times, a charge he denies.[3][4]

Style of music

He is a versatile music director,[5][6] producing music for various genres of films. He has written several hit songs for the Hindi (Bollywood) film music industry. In his career output he is noted for original melodies and instrumentation; it has been said Malik never recycles his songs' melodies: Every song is quite unique with respect to instrumental arrangements and vocal modalities used.

Anu Malik is especially known for use of tabla in his hit songs, like "Taal Pe Ja"' and "Mere Humsafar" from the film Refugee, "Tumse Milke Dilka Jo Haal" in Main Hoon Na, "Eli Re Eli" in Yaadein, and "Baazigar O Baazigar" from the film Baazigar.

The movie Baazigar received the Filmfare Award for Best Music Direction.

"The music of Asoka has a rhythm and life of its own as it recreates a heady mix of powerful sensuousness. The high point of 'San Sanana' is the interesting use of the mridang. Sensuality casts its spell in 'Raat Ka Nasha' as immensely engaging track. 'Roshni Se' is a rich composition, which includes some awesome Buddhist chanting and the intriguing vocal chemistry between Abhijeet and Alka Yagnik. 'O Re Kanchi' captures the earthy feel of Oriya music, in addition to some funky drumbeats and enthusiastic vocals. 'Aa Tayar Hoja' proves to be a fast-paced, upbeat track that promises to grow on you after a couple of hearings."[7]


Malik's association with Alisha Chinai has been very successful, delivering major hits such as "Sexy Sexy" and "Ruk Ruk Ruk" from Vijaypath, "Chot Dil Pe Lagi" from Ishq Vishk and the songs from Love Story 2050.

His collaborations with famous Indian film director/producer J. P. Dutta has produces India with international hit recordings, including songs from Border in 1997, Refugee in 2000, LOC Kargil in 2003, and Umrao Jaan in 2006.

Malik has worked with many prominent Indian playback singers including Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet, Amit Kumar, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Anuradha Paudwal, Sadhana Sargam, K S Chitra, Vinod Rathod, Shaan, K.K., Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, and others. During 80's he mostly worked with singers like Mohammad Aziz, Shabbir Kumar, Manhar Udhas, Suresh Wadkar, Nitin Mukesh & Anwar.

Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik rendered their voice in most of the hits composed by Anu Malik. This trio collaborated on films such as Sir, Phool Aur Angaar, Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee, Vijaypath, Baazigar, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Imtihaan, Chamatkar, Gambler, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Duplicate, Kareeb, Soldier, Aarzoo and Ishq Vishk and Fida. Sanu and Yagnik were regular singers for Anu Malik and Malik created many hit songs individually with Sanu like "Aaine Ke Sau Tukde" from Maa (1991) and the superhit blockbuster "Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen" from Baazigar (1993) (Malik sang the rap part of the song) among others. It was Sanu's first Western song.

Malik collaborated with Udit Narayan in Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Ram Jaane, Diljale, Himalay Putra, Ishq, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, Refugee, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Fiza, Badal, Saaya and with Abhijeet in Baadshah, Asoka, Josh, Daraar, Biwi No 1 and many others.

He has worked with noted Indian singer and fellow Indian Idol judge Sonu Nigam, whom he featured in the song "Ke Ghar Kab Aaoge from the film Border in 1997, putting Nigam in the limelight where he also received award nominations. The two have since continued to collaborate, with Malik providing Sonu Nigam with a variety of songs including hits like "Main Hoon Na" and Tumse Milke Dilka Jo Haal"' from the film Main Hoon Na, for which the singer received several awards. They also collaborated on music for films like Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo, Border, Fiza, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye, Jaan-E-Mann, LOC: Kargil, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, and Refugee.

In the 2006 film Umrao Jaan, Malik launched his daughter Anmol Malik's singing careee with the song "Bitiya Na Kijo."

Malik's song "Chamma Chamma" from China Gate was also used in the U.S. (Hollywood) blockbuster film Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman. "Chunari Chunari" from Biwi No.1 was also used in the hit film Monsoon Wedding.

Following the death of legendary music director R. D. Burman, Malik has completed music for Burman's unfinished film projects Gang, Ghatak


Indian Idol

Malik remained one of the judges on the TV show Indian Idol throughout each season till it ended. In the first two seasons, he was accompanied by Sonu Nigam and Farah Khan, and in the third by Alisha Chinai, Udit Narayan and Javed Akhtar. He was a judge in the first Asian Idol held in Indonesia, representing Indian Idol. He appeared on Indian Idol 4 with Sonali Bendre, Kailash Kher and Javed Akhtar. After that he appeared as a judge with Sunidhi Chauhan and Salim Merchant in Indian Idol 5.

Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega

Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega is a variety entertainment reality show that airs on Sony Entertainment Television (India) on weekdays. It premiered on 25 May 2009 with other new shows, as part of a major revamp by Sony TV. The first season was hosted by Mona Singh and Vishal Malhotra; Farah Khan and Malik were the judges. All the episodes were shot in Sony TV's Mumbai studio India.

Asian Idol

Malik was the only judge from India on Asian Idol, who represented Indian Idol winner Abhijeet Sawant, with other judges Indra Lesmana, Paul Moss, Pilita Corrales, Ken Lim and Siu Black.


Although he is not a mainstream singer, Malik does playback singing for his compositions. Written off as a singer in his early days ("Julie Julie," for instance), he continues to sing his own compositions, with songs like "Ek Garam Chaye ki Pyali" from the movie Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, "Gori Gori" in Main Hoon Na or the recent "Meri Jane Jigar" in Deewane Huye Paagal. Among his most famous renditions are "Oonchi hai building" and "East or West India is the best" from the movie Judwaa and the rap part of "Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen" of Baazigar.

While he sings entire songs for some movies, especially those starring Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar and even Shahid Kapoor (in Deewane Huye Paagal he sang almost every song), very often one can hear him in the chorus, like in "Mehbooba Mehbooba" in the film Ajnabee, "Tumse Milke Dilka Jo Haal" for Main Hoon Na, etc.

He is known for his singing for his private albums like Dekho barish ho rahi hai, Tera Chehra, Dhua dhua and an English album, Eyes.

Personal life

Malik is married to Anju.[8] They have two daughters, Ada Malik and Anmol Malik. Anmol is also a Bollywood playback singer.

Awards and nominations[9]

Anu Malik is a record seven-time winner from a record of 42 nominations of the best music director which includes 14-time nominee for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director

National Film Award

Year Film Category Result
2001 Refugee Best Music Direction Won

Anu Malik has highest nominations(7 nominations) without a win


Year Film Notes
2016 Begum Jaan
Hera Pheri 3
2015 Dum Laga Ke Haisha Winner, Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Welcome Back
2013 Shootout at Wadala
2012 Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai
Gali Gali Chor Hai
2011 Yamala Pagla Deewana
2010 Hisss
Toonpur Ka Superhero
2009 Kambakkht Ishq
Teree Sang
7 Days in Slow Motion
2008 Mission Istaanbul
Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam
Ugly Aur Pagli
Love Story 2050
Don Muthu Swami
Woodstock Villa
Hastey Hastey - Follow Your Heart Music Score
2007 Undertrial
2006 Umrao Jaan
Jaan-E-Mann Nominated, Screen Award for Best Music Director
Zindaggi Rocks
Jai Santoshi Maa
Pyare Mohan
Humko Deewana Kar Gaye
My Bollywood Bride
2005 Kalyug
Deewane Huye Paagal
Shaadi No. 1
No Entry
Bachke Rehna Re Baba
Kyaa Kool Hai Hum
Tango Charlie
2004 Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo
Bride & Prejudice
Love Kannada film
Aan: Men at Work
Main Hoon Na Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Krishna Cottage
Murder Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Love in Nepal
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Nominated, Screen Award for Best Music Director
2003 Munnabhai MBBS Nominated, Screen Award for Best Music Director
LOC: Kargil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost
Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon
Ishq Vishk
2002 Chor Machaaye Shor
Om Jai Jagadish
Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein
Awara Paagal Deewana
Badhaai Ho Badhaai
Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin
Ab Ke Baras
2001 Ajnabee
Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi
2000 Champion
Fiza Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega
Refugee Winner, National Film Award for Best Music Direction

Winner, Filmfare Special Award

Josh Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Hum To Mohabbat Karega
Hera Pheri
1999 Baadshah
Haseena Maan Jaayegi Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Biwi No.1 Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Jaanam Samjha Karo
Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain
1998 Wajood
Prem Aggan
Hero Hindustani
Soldier Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Iski Topi Uske Sarr
Gharwali Baharwali
Miss 420
Chhota Chetan
China Gate
1997 Ankhon Mein Tum Ho
Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi
Dil Kitna Nadan Hai
Border Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law
Dil Deewana Maane Na
Himalay Putra
1996 Ghatak
Dushman Duniya Ka
Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi
1995 Ram Shastra
Akele Hum Akele Tum Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Ram Jaane
1994 Hum Hain Bemisaal
Yaar Gaddar
Main Khiladi Tu Anari Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Aa Gale Lag Jaa
Madam X
The Gentleman
1993 Baazigar Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Phool Aur Angaar
Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee
1992 Chamatkar
Police Officer
Laat Saab
Radha Ka Sangam
1991 Bhabhi
Naag Mani
Ramgarh Ke Sholay
Shikari: The Hunter
1990 Zimmedaaar
Doodh Ka Karz
Paap Ki Kamaee
Gunahon Ka Devta
1989 Meri Zabaan
Kalpana House Malayalam film.
Dana Paani
Aakhri Baazi
Dav Pech
1988 Maalamaal
Aakhri Adaalat
Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswathi
Jeete Hain Shaan Se
1987 Hawalaat
Mera Lahoo
Dadagiri (film)
Insaniyat Ke Dushman
Naam O Nishan
1986 Ek Chadar Maili Si
Pyaar Ke Do Pal
Mera Haque
1985 Mard
Apna Jahan
Jaan Ki Baazi
Phaansi Ke Baad
1984 Love Marriage
Ram Tera Desh
Sohni Mahiwal Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
1983 Ek Jaan Hain Hum
1982 Mangal Pandey
1981 Aapas Ki Baat
1980 Hunterwali 77


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