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» Anand Bakshi wrote the lyrics for the first films of Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Kamal Haasan, Kumar Gaurav, Rajnikant, Raakhee, Dimple Kapadia, Amrita Singh, Jayapradha, Manisha Koirala, Tabu (as heroine), Mahima Chowdhury, Namrata Shirodkar and Arjun Rampal?

» Bakshi was also the lyricist of the films that catapulted to fame Shashi Kapoor, Mumtaz, Jeetendra, Babita, Rajesh Khanna, Randhir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Meenakshi Seshadri, Sridevi, Sonam and Raveena Tandon, music directors Kalyanji Anandji, RD Burman, Rajesh Roshan, Viju Shah and Jatin-Lalit?

» Anand Bakshi was an addiction with filmmakers Manmohan Desai, Yash Chopra (after Chandni), Raj Khosla, Shakti Samanta, T Rama Rao, Pramod Chakravorty, Dulal Guha, Rahul Rawail, Mahesh Bhatt, J Om Prakash, Mohan Kumar, Gulshan Rai, Rajiv Rai, LV Prasad and many others.

» He also wrote one or more home productions of stars as varied as Dev Anand, Dharmendra and Sunny Deol, Raj, Shammi, Shashi, Randhir, Rishi and Rajiv Kapoor, Jeetendra, Rajesh Khanna, Sunil Dutt, Shatrughan Sinha, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Rekha, Anil Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar, Joy Mukerji, Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Ajay Devgan, Kajol and Sanjay Khan among others?

» Aamir Khan once told me he was considering Anand Bakshi for Lagaan?

» Bakshi worked with two generations of composers Kalyanji(-Anandji) and Viju Shah, Chitragupta and Anand-Milind, SD & RD Burman, Roshan and Rajesh Roshan, and (Nadeem-)Shravan and Sanjeev-Darshan?

» Bakshi wrote the first recorded Hindi film songs of Shailendra Singh, Kumar Sanu (Yeh Desh/1984), Kavita Krishnamurthi, SP Balasubramaniam, Sukhwinder Singh, Talat Aziz and Roopkumar Rathod and the breakthrough songs of Pankaj Udhas and Anuradha Paudwal? And that Kishore Kumar zoomed to the top with Aradhana and Rafi staged a comeback with Amar Akbar Anthony and Dharam-Veer?

» Bakshi himself sang seven songs, beginning with the hit duet €˜Baagon mein bahaar aayi€™ with Lata Mangeshkar in Mom Ki Gudia (1972/L-P)? He also had a solo in the film. Of the four songs for which he sang later (Sholay, Maha Chor and Balika Badhu under RD Burman, Jaan under Anand-Milind) he got another hit in Ke aaja teri yaad aayi (with Lata-Rafi in the 1976 L-P film Charas).

» Bakshi worked with Laxmikant Pyarelal in over 250 films, followed by RD Burman in about a 100 films, Kalyanji Anandji, Anu Malik and SD Burman?

» Among today€™s youngest composers he worked with AR Rahman, Sajid-Wajid, Nikhil-Vinay, Ismail Darbar, Sanjeev-Darshan, Anand Raaj Anand, Aadesh Shrivastav, Vishal Bharadwaj, MM Kreem, Sukhwinder Singh and Rahul Sharma?

» His last release in his lifetime was Kitne Door Kitne Paas a day before his death? And it contained one of his finest songs in recent times, €˜Humko mohabbat dhoond rahi thi/ naam pataa sab poonch rahi thi€™?

» He has already had five audio releases this year and was working on more than six films, with his last recording being for Subhash Ghai-Satish Kaushik€™s Majnu with Anu Maliik?

» Though he did one film each with Jaikishan (as S-J), Vasant Desai, Naushad, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Salil Choudhury he never worked with OP Nayyar, Ravi, Madan Mohan and Khaiyyam?

» He wrote €˜Hum tum ek kamre mein band ho€™ when he got lost while looking around Laxmikant€™s sprawling bungalow and Raj Kapoor loved the song so much he created a situation for it in Bobby?

» He wrote the lyrics for the biggest hit of 2001 - Gadar-Ek Prem Katha?

» His filmography includes three films named Majboor and two each of Raja, Yaadein, Aamne Saamne, Jaal, Jyoti, Kachche Dhaage and Dushman?

» He was paid a mere Rs 150 for the four songs he wrote in his first film and Rs 25,000 per song in the €™90s?
In 1980, I was in the Nanavati Hospital in Vile Parle Mumbai, nursing a kidney stone.

AB was in the room next to me. Once at night when I could not sleep due to pain, I walked over to him and he actually read me a song that he was to publish soon for a movie to be declared. The pain was so much but the patient comfort he gave me despite being such a big man was unbelievable, of course I don't remember the song...I am still vincing at the pain as I write.

I was not particularly a great fan of his newer songs...but some of his older songs were absolutely mind blowing. The best in my memory is the "Mere dushman tu meri dosti ko tarse"
» Though he did one film each with Jaikishan (as S-J), Vasant Desai, Naushad, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Salil Choudhury he never worked with OP Nayyar, Ravi, Madan Mohan and Khaiyyam?

Recently during my meeting with Ravi Ji, I did asked him "why you have not combined with Anand Bakshi for any of the films".. He told me they did worked for a couple of projects which unfortunately got Shelved..

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