Anand Bakshi was a popular Indian poet and lyricist born 21 July 1930 and died on 30 March 2002. He was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and migrated to India during the partition of India and Pakistan and settled in Delhi. Bakshi was fond of writing poetry since his youth, however, he did so mostly as a private hobby. After completing his studies, he went to work for the army where he would only get time to write occasionally. He however, continued to write whenever time permitted and simultaneously tried to market his songs in the Mumbai film world. He had originally come to Hindi films to make a name for himself in writing and singing, but ended up becoming more successful in writing lyrics. He got his big break writing songs in a Brij Mohan film titled Bhalaa Aadmi. He wrote a total of four songs for this film. After writing for a few movies from 1956 onwards, he first found success in 1962 with Mehendi Lagi Mere Heath. Bakshi later made another mark for himself writing a song for the 1962 film Kala Samundari. However, he got his real breakthroughs in 1965 with Himalay Ki God Mein, and a huge breakthrough again in 1965 with the super-hit film Jab Jab Phool Khile, starring Shashi Kapoor; and yet again in 1967 with the super-hit movie Milan, starring Sunil Dutt. These six films within a decade of his entry into Bollywood cemented his status as a lyricist of immense calibre. Bakshi went on to become the preferred lyricist by Rajesh Khanna. Throughout his career, he went on to work as a lyricist for over 3500 songs and 638 films. In addition to his songwriting career, he got his first break as a singer in a film directed by Mohan Kumar – Mom Ki Gudiya. The first song he sang was a duet song ‘Baagon Mein Bahaar Aayi Hothon Pe Pukar Aayi’, along with Lata Mangeshkar. He also sang the solo ‘Main Dhoondh Raha Tha Sapnon Mein’ from the same film. He later went on to sing songs in four other films. Later in his life, he suffered from heart and lung disease as the consequence of lifelong smoking, and in March 2002, he caught a bacterial infection during a minor heart surgery. This caused him to die of multiple organ failure on 30 March 2002, at the age of 71.
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