A National Award winner, a musician with an unimpressionable charm and a man who defines music at the beat of his pulse, Anu Malik stands today as one of the most edgy music composers the Hindi Film industry could ever witness. From his debut in 1977 in the movie ‘Hunterwali’ to his grooviest hits like ‘ Oonchi hai building ‘ for the movie Judwa to his flirtatious rendition of “Garam chai ki pyali” for the movie ‘Har dil jo pyar karenga’ and even to his soulful compositions for the latest movie ‘Dum Laga ke Haisha’; Anu Malik has defined versatility of music throughout his Bollywood career and work.
He spent his growing up years amidst great talents like Raj Kapoor, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan Saheb and Sahir Ludhianvi. It was only at the age of seven that Anu Malik discovered his gift of music where he realised he could create tunes with any words, anytime and anywhere. Receiving his musical learnings from his father and musician Sardar Malik, Anu Malik started off his journey into music at a tender age of 20. He set foot in the industry with memorable scores like ‘Ek Jaan Hain Hum’, ‘Sohni Mahiwal’ Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, Aasman, Love Marriage, Mard, Mujrim, Jeete Hain Shaan Se, and many more. However, it was only after a lull and struggle for a decade that Anu Malik carved his niche into the Bollywood industry with his outstanding compositions for the movie Baazigar in 1993. His songs for the movie did not just become classics of the industry but also garnered him various awards including his very first Filmfare Award as a Music Director. Ruling the 90s with his one of a kind oeuvre, Anu Malik went on to be the composer, director and lyricists for numerous songs for movies like Border, Viraasat, Fiza, China Gate, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Main Hoon Na adding a total of more than 350 films and compositions to his musical journey in the industry. In 2001, Anu Malik’s music leaped another path of success as he received a National Film Award for the Best Music Director for the movie Refugee. Following this, he also won his second Filmfare Award for his song ‘Gori Gori’ for the movie ‘Main Hoon Na.’ His unique style of music and his specialty of mastering the beats of table to his tunes came to be known worldwide and were marked by his song ‘Chamma Chamma’ from the movie ‘China Gate’ being used in one of the greatest international classics of all time ‘Moulin Rouge.’
Along his journey of creating tunes and thumping beats, Anu Malik also dabbled with singing for his compositions. He started off with the iconic song ‘Julie Julie’ and even created a rap single ‘Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhen’ for Baazigar as a playback singer. Anu Malik has sung choruses of various popular songs that have stirred the nation for many years. Apart from this he was also one of the most loved judges on the Indian Reality show Indian Idol for several seasons and was also a part of the jury for the show ‘Entertainment ke liye kuch bhi karega.’
He married Anju Malik and is blessed with two daughters Ada Malik and Anmol Malik. While his daughter Ada, unlike the family lineage chose fashion designing as a career, his other daughter Anmol walked his footsteps by choosing music right from a young age of five where she lent her voice for the movie ‘Biwi No.1.’ With several stints over the years, Anmol Malik is one of the most promising playback singers and songwriters of today’s Bollywood film industry.
Over the years, Anu Malik’s music has maintained the charisma and appeal amongst the audience and his latest works include music compositions for movies like Shootout at Wadala, Dum Laga ke Haisha, Sui Dhaaga and even his spin-off for Judwa 2.
Anu Malik with his versatility, determination, and unique command over music has transcended borders across generations delivering delightful melodies and tunes that can get anybody’s foot tapping within a heartbeat. His inspiring works and his never say die spirit make him a true role model for budding musicians and aspiring artists to have the courage to tune their own style of music, stand apart from the mainstream and create a niche of their very own.