Anu Malik: The music director who ruled the 90s

Anu Malik, the Bollywood music director, who ruled the 90s music scene shares his birthday with Shah Rukh Khan (November 2, 1960). Unfortunately for Anu, Shahrukh Khan gets most of the coverage in the media on Nov 2; however his contribution to Indian cinema has been noteworthy.

Anu Malik’s notable work includes films like Refugee, Border, Baazigar, Murder, Main Hoon Naa, Judwaa and more. He won the Filmafare Best Music Director Award for Main Hoon Naa and Baazigar. He has even won a National Award for Best Music Direction for the film Refugee. Anu Malik is now seen judging music reality TV shows.


Subhash Ghai once said that Anu Malik is the only composer in the country who can create tunes for a song in 40 seconds.

AAnu Malik (aka Anwar Malik) never denied plagiarism, but despite being criticised for picking tunes from various sources, Malik understood quite well the requirements of commercial mainstream music and has delivered several hits.

Although Anu Malik was known for his commercial (many called it ‘chalu type’) music, he composed several melodious, semi-classical type music as well. One of those songs even fetched him a national award. Anu Malik, son of music composer Sardar Malik, got his first break with the film Poonam in 1981.

Few of his very popular songs have been used in recent Bollywood films. One of them is ‘Neendh Churayi Meri’ from the movie ‘Ishq’, which was used in ‘Golmaal Again’, and the movie ‘Judwaa 2’ in which songs from the original Judwaa (Oonchi hai building and Tan Tana Tan) were used.

Watch: Neendh Churayi Meri song from Ishq.

Watch: Oonchi Hai Building song from original Judwaa (Judwaa vs Judwaa 2 songs).

Anu Malik’s peppy music was first noticed in the movie ‘Jeete Hain Shaan Se’, especially the songs ‘Julie Julie’ and Salam Seth. Its said that Anu Malik was chasing Mithun Chakraborty for quite some time (before the movie released) to make him listen to his music. Finally, after much efforts, Anu was able to meet Mithun and requested him to listen to his songs. Mithun-da instantly like his tunes which were later used in the film Jeete Hain Shaan Se.

Watch: Julie Julie (Jeete Hain Shaan Se)

Although Anu Malik was known for his peppy songs initially, he even composed several melodious songs. His compositions like Tere Dar Par Sanam upset his peers like ‘Nadeem-Shravan’ who accused him of copying their style of music.

Watch: Tere Dar Par Sanam (Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayi)

Here’s another extremely popular song of Anu Malik, one that is played on 15th August and 26th January every year.

Watch: Sandese Aate Hai song from Border

Here’s another semi-classical type music composed by Anu Malik for a recent film.

Watch: Moh Moh Ke Dhaage song from Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Watch: Anu Malik’s Baarish ho rahi hai song (While not a great hit, there are many who find this song amusing)