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Anu Malik ( ) (born 2 November 1960) is a music director in the Hindi (or Bollywood) film industry. He has won the National Award for his work in Refugee. His song "Chamma Chamma" from China Gate was used in the English movie Moulin Rougemarker, starring Nicole Kidman, and "Chunari Chunari" from Biwi No.1 was used in Monsoon Wedding. With his work in crossover films like Bride and Prejudice, he is among the few Indian film composers with international projects to his credit. Anu Malik's debut song was in 1984.

Early years

The son of veteran composer Sardar Malik, brother of Abu Malik and Daboo Malik, Anu Malik learnt music from Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma (Babaji) . He made his debut in 1981 with Poonam. He composed for various films like Sohni Mahiwal and Ganga Jamuna Saraswathi, but he did not get much recognition for them. One of the only producers that always returned to him were FC Mehra's Eagle Films. Other early films were:

  • Poonam
  • Ek Jaan Hain Hum
  • Mard
  • Maa
  • Maalamaal
  • Love Marriage
  • Aasman
  • Jaal
  • Allah Rakha
  • Mujrim


Recognition

Anu Malik's time came in 1993. With Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Ayee, Jaanam, Sir, and Baazigar, Anu Malik had arrived. The next year, he won the FilmFare Award for Baazigar.

In 2001, he exhibited his versatility, when his work was used in movies like Aks, Fiza, Filhal and Mujhe Kuch Kehena hai (among others).

His recent work includes Love Story 2050, Jaan-e-man, Umrao Jaan.

Style of music

He is known to be the most versatile among the Indian music directors, giving music to almost all kinds of films, without being repetitive, which is said to be the reason for his success.

Another specialty of Anu Malik is his choice of singers and lyricists. Unlike his peers, such as Nadeem Shravan, who tend to prefer mainstream singers like Udit Narayan,Kumar Sanu and popular lyricist Sameer in all their films, Anu Malik has always tried different singers and lyricists. He used singers like Sonu Niigaam (with the song Ke Ghar Kab Aaoge from Border), K.K and Kunal Ganjawala as lead singers in his films, thus adding variety. Many of his hit albums do not have one single lead lyricist, but instead a host of individual lyricists. Anu Malik sometimes uses South Indian singers such as S. P. Balasubramaniam and Chitra. He has made a Refugee, Josh, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Fiza, Yaadein, Aks, Asoka, Filhaal and Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai in just 2000 & 2001.

Plagiarism

Anu Malik, like many Bollywood music directors, is criticized for taking 'inspiration' from other composers. However, Anu Malik has sometimes paid the required credits on the album cover to the original composer.

He has been criticized for allegedly plagiarizing a number of western songs.However, He did it with élan. He plagiarized number of hit songs, but made them his own by his trademark composition style. For instance, He created two separate songs based on Macarena tune in the same year 1997 for films Auzaar and Dhhaal respectively. Ironically, both songs became chartbusters.

A Bangladeshi band group 'Miles' filed a case against him for copying their hit number 'Phiriye dao' in the movie Murder. On the basis of their Lawsuit Hon. Justice S. K. Mukherjee took prima facie cognizance of the matter and passed an interim order on 19 May 2004. In his learned judgment, the justice ordered the respondents to remove the song from the soundtrack of the movie Murder. The court order further barred the respondents from manufacturing, selling, distributing or marketing any music cassette or disc containing the song. The song was known as 'Jana Jane Jana'.

Anu Malik has been criticized for not giving credit to artist's that he had plagiarized off of on various occasions.

Collaborations

Anu's association with Alisha Chinai has also been very successful, delivering major hits such as "Sexy Sexy"; "Ruk Ruk Ruk" from Vijaypath; and the recent songs from No Entry. For some time, they did not work with each other, following Alisha's claim that Anu Malik had sexually assaulted her. Given Anu Malik's style of music, he needed a singer with Alisha's talent to enhance his music. For Alisha, without Anu Malik, work was hard to come by, barring a few private albums, which in India pale in comparison to the film music popularity. Thus, their coming together was inevitable.

His collaborations with J.P.Dutta, famous film director, has also provided India with major hits. These include "Border" in 1997, "Refugee" in 2000, "LOC Kargil" in 2003 and "Umrao Jaan" in 2006.

Malik has worked with several playback singers including Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik , Kavita Krishnamurthy,Anuradha Paudwal,Shaan,Abhijit,K.K., Sunidhi Chauhan and many more.

His work with singer Sonu Niigaam has also been very appreciated. He gave the singer a big break with the song "Ke Ghar Kab Aaoge" in the film Border in 1997, which put the singer in the limelight and earned him several award nominations. Their collaboration has continued since, with Anu Malik providing Sonu Niigaam with a variety of songs, including hits like "Main Hoon Na" and "Tumse milke" in the film Main Hoon Na, which earned the singer several awards again. They have worked together in several films, including Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo, Border, Fiza, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye, Jaan-e-man, "LOC: Kargil", Mujhse Shaadi Karoge and "Refugee".

In 2006 movie 'Umrao Jan', Anu Malik launched his daughter Anmol Malik as a singer in the song 'Bitiya Na Kijo'.

Indian Idol

Anu Malik has remained one of the judges on the TV show throughout each season. In the first two seasons, he was accompanied by Sonu Niigaam and Farah Khan, and in the third by Alisha Chinai, Udit Narayan and Javed Akhtar. He was also a judge in the first Asian Idol held in Indonesia, representing Indian Idol.

Now again in Indian Idol 4 he is one of the judge with his last season partner judge Javed Akhtar and the two new judges Kailash Kher and Sonali Bendre.

Singer

Anu Malik also does playback singing for his compositions. Although he is not a mainstream singer, he has a unique style. For a person who was written off as a singer in his early days ("Julie Julie," for instance), he has evolved well, with songs like "Ek Garam Chaye ki Pyali" (Salman Khan), "Gori Gori" in Main Hoon Na or the recent "Meri Jane Jigar" in the film Deewane Huye Pagal. One of his most famous renditions, however, remain "Oonchi hai building" in the very popular Judwaa and rap part of "Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen" of Baazigar.

While he sings entire songs for some movies, especially those starring Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and even Shahid Kapoor (in Deewane Huye pagal he sang almost every song), very often one can hear him in the chorus, like in "Mehbooba Mehebooba" in the film Ajnabi, "Tumse milke dil ka" for the film Main Hoon Na, etc.

He is also known for his singing for his private albums popular among the masses like Dekho baarish ho rahi hai, Tera chehra, Dhua dhua and an English album, Eyes.

Awards

Anu Malik has won The National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the film Refugee in 2001, and won the Filmfare Best Music Director Award twice for Main Hoon Na (2004) and Baazigar (1993). He also got Special Jury Award (Filmfare) in 2000 for his outstanding contribution in music.

Discography

  • Kambakkht ishq (2009)
  • Toonpur Ka Superhero (2009)
  • 7 Days in Slow Motion (2009)
  • Victory (2008)
  • Maan Gaye Mughall-E-Azam (2008)
  • Ugly Aur Pagli (2008)
  • Love Story 2050 (2008)
  • Woodstock Villa (2008)
  • Hastey Hastey Follow Your Heart! (2008) (music score)
  • Undertrial (2007)
  • Umrao Jaan
  • Jaan-E-Mann (2006)
  • Zindaggi Rocks (2006)
  • Jai Santoshi Maa (2006)
  • Aatma (2006)
  • Pyare Mohan (2006)
  • Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006)
  • My Bollywood Bride (2006)
  • Kalyug (2005)
  • Deewane Huye Paagal (2005)
  • Shaadi No. 1 (2005)
  • No Entry (2005)
  • Fareb (2005)
  • Bachke Rehna Re Baba (2005)
  • Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005)
  • Waqt (2005)
  • Tango Charlie (2005)
  • Jurm (2005)
  • Elaan (2005)
  • Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo (2004)
  • Bride & Prejudice (2004)
  • Dobara (2004)
  • Fida (2004)
  • Garv (2004)
  • Aan: Men at Work (2004)
  • Main Hoon Na (2004)
  • Krishna Cottage (2004)
  • Murder (2004)
  • Love in Nepal (2004)
  • Hanan (2004)
  • Munnabhai MBBS (2003)
  • LOC: Kargil (2003)
  • Inteha (2003)
  • Sssshhh... (2003)
  • Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost (2003)
  • Saaya (2003)
  • Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003)
  • Ishq Vishk (2003)
  • Khushi (2003)
  • Chor Machaaye Shor (2002)
  • Om Jai Jagadish (2002)
  • Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein (2002)
  • Awara Paagal Deewana (2002)
  • Badhaai Ho Badhaai (2002)
  • Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (2002)
  • Ab Ke Baras (2002)
  • Filhaal... (2002)
  • Ajnabee (2001)
  • Lajja (2001)
  • Asoka (2001)
  • Aks (2001)
  • Yaadein (2001)
  • Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai (2001)
  • Rahul (2001)
  • Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001)
  • Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi (2001)
  • Champion (2000)
  • Ghaath (2000)
  • Aaghaaz (2000)
  • Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega
  • Refugee
  • Josh
  • Hum To Mohabbat Karega (2000)
  • Jung (2000)
  • Hera Pheri
  • Khauff (2000)
  • Badal (2000)
  • Mela (2000)
  • Gang (2000)
  • Baadshah
  • Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999)
  • Biwi No. 1 (1999)
  • Sooryavansham (1999)
  • Kartoos (1999)
  • Jaanam Samjha Karo (1999)
  • Aarzoo (1999)
  • Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999)
  • Chehraa (1999)
  • Wajood (1998)
  • Prem Aggan (1998)
  • Hero Hindustani (1998)
  • Soldier
  • Angaaray (1998)
  • Iski Topi Uske Sarr (1998)
  • Gharwali Baharwali (1998)
  • Duplicate (1998)
  • Miss 420 (1998)
  • Chhota Chetan (1998)
  • China Gate (1998)
  • Kareeb (1998)
  • Ankhon Mein Tum Ho (1997)
  • Ishq (1997)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi (1997)
  • Gambler (1997)
  • Dil Kitna Nadan Hai (1997)
  • Auzaar (1997)
  • Border
  • Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law (1997)
  • Dil Deewana Maane Na (1997)
  • Hamesha (1997)
  • Himalay Putra (1997)
  • Judwaa (1997)
  • Tamanna (1997)
  • Virasat (1997)
  • Ram Aur Shyam (1996)
  • Ghatak (1996)
  • Sapoot (1996)
  • Beqabu (1996)
  • Zordaar (1996)
  • Dushman Duniya Ka (1996)
  • Krishna (1996)
  • Daraar (1996)
  • Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)
  • Chaahat (1996)
  • Diljale (1996)
  • Namak (1996)
  • Ram Shastra (1995)
  • Yaraana (1995)
  • Gundaraj (1995)
  • Hulchul (1995)
  • Takkar (1995)
  • Baazi (1995)
  • Hathkadi (1995)
  • Naajayaz (1995)
  • Jawab (1995)
  • Ahankaar (1995)
  • Akele Hum Akele Tum
  • Imtihaan (1995)
  • Ram Jaane (1995)
  • Surakshaa (1995)
  • Hum Hain Bemisaal (1994)
  • Zaalim (1994)
  • Yaar Gaddar (1994)
  • Main Khiladi Tu Anari
  • Naaraaz (1994)
  • Vijaypath (1994)
  • Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1994)
  • Gopalaa (1994)
  • Khuddar (1994)
  • Madam X (1994)
  • The Gentleman (1994)
  • Baazigar (1993)
  • Phool Aur Angaar (1993)
  • Sir (1993)
  • Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee
  • Tahqiqaat (1993)
  • Chamatkar (1992)
  • Tahalka (1992)
  • Police Officer (1992)
  • Jaanam (1992)
  • Laat Saab (1992)
  • Maa (1992) (as Annu Malik)
  • Radha Ka Sangam (1992)
  • Virodhi (1992)
  • Bhabhi (1991)
  • Ramgarh Ke Sholay (1991)
  • Naamcheen (1991)
  • Shikari: The Hunter (1991)
  • Zimmedaaar (1990)
  • Doodh Ka Karz (1990)
  • Paap Ki Kamaee (1990)
  • Awaargi (1990)
  • Gunahon Ka Devta (1990)
  • Khatarnaak (1990)
  • Tejaa (1990)
  • Ladaai (1989)
  • Toofan (1989)
  • Dana Paani (1989)
  • Abhimanyu (1989)
  • Aakhri Baazi (1989)
  • Vardi (1989)
  • Dav Pech (1989)
  • Jaaydaad (1989)
  • Mujrim (1989)
  • Taaqatwar (1989)
  • Maalamaal (1988)
  • Shukriyaa (1988)
  • Aakhri Adaalat (1988)
  • Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswathi (1988)
  • Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988)
  • Hawalaat (1987)
  • Mera Lahoo (1987)
  • Dadagiri (1987)
  • Insaniyat Ke Dushman (1987)
  • Naam O Nishan (1987)
  • Ek Chadar Maili Si (1986)
  • Pyaar Ke Do Pal (1986)
  • Allah-Rakha (1986)
  • Begaana (1986)
  • Karamdaata (1986)
  • Jaal (1986)
  • Mera Haque (1986)
  • Mard (1985)
  • Apna Jahan (1985)
  • Jaan Ki Baazi (1985)
  • Phaansi Ke Baad (1985)
  • Love Marriage (1984)
  • Ram Tera Desh (1984)
  • Aasmaan (1984)
  • Sohni Mahiwal
  • Ek Jaan Hain Hum (1983)
  • Mangal Pandey (1982)
  • Aapas Ki Baat (1981)
  • Poonam (1981)


References

  1. http://in.rediff.com/entertai/2003/dec/23anu.htm
  2. www.wipo.int/wipo_magazine/en/2007/05/article_0010.html
  3. timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/691072.cms
  4. 'My looks are too intimidating for a hero'-Lucknow Times-Cities-The Times of India
  5. The Telegraph - Calcutta : etc
  6. http://brainwave.wordpress.com/2006/10/09/anmol-malik/


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