Anand Bakshi was born on July 21, 1930 in Rawalpindi, then Pakistan. He was one of the popular Indian poet and lyricist. Anand moved to Delhi with family in the aftermath of partition in 1947. He was fond of writing poetry from his youth, but initially he did it for a hobby.
Here are some lesser known facts about him:
- Before starting as a lyricist, he joined the Indian Army, where he could write occasionally.
- Anand used his songs and lyrics in local programmes of his troop. He tried to market his songs in the Mumbai film world while working in the Army.
- He came to Bollywood to make a name for himself in singing and writing, but became more popular in writing lyrics.
- He wrote his first break for writing songs in the film ‘Bhalaa Aadmi’ by writing four songs for the film.
- He first got success in 1962 with ‘Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath’. However, he got his huge breakthrough in the year 1965 with the films ‘Himalay Ki God Mein’ and ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’.
- Anand died in 2002 due to multiple organ failure at the age of 72.
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