It is easy to stereotype artists but so difficult for them to break the chains and find their own version of versatility. Especially when one is defined by the ‘pop’ and strives to become ‘soulful’. There was a time when the only Anu Malik songs I knew were ‘Oonchi Hai Building’, ‘Ek Garam Chai Ki Pyaali Ho’ and ‘Gori Gori Gori Gori’. But that perception changed soon. His unique yet prolific line of work, which not many know of,are a few of his best contributions to Bollywood music. Remember ‘Panchi Nadiya Pawan ke jhonke, koi sarhad na inhe roke’? This beautiful poem of Javed Akhtar found it’s life in Anu Malik’s music. On his birthday today, let’s look at  a few more profound, melodious and timeless songs by the popular Ek-Garam-Chai-ki-Pyali musician which are etched in our memories forever.

Sandese Aate Hain

This song from the Border has the power to move everybody listening to it. From the crops in the field to the arms of the lover, lamenting the arrival of a soldier. I am sure people in the armed forces and their families relate to this more than the rest of us can.

Panchi Nadiya Pawan Ke Jhonke

Listening to this makes me wonder that a life as a bird, a brook or a soothing wind would have been much freer than this- living as a human with unnecessary boundaries and constraints. These curtailments restrict us to explore the liberal world we are born in.

Moh Moh Ke Dhaage

It was surprising to find out that Anu Malik is still composing songs. This one talks about the threads of enchantment which entangle two people when they shred their walls of judgement. There is some peaceful vibe in the melody and in no time it became everyone’s favourite.

Roshni Se Bhare Bhare

Well, every song of Asoka was a chunk of art but this one ruled the numbers. It has this unusual feeling of sensuousness and lusciousness attached to it. You tend to play it when you’re up for a titillating evening (wink!).

Tere Darr par sanam Chale Aaye

I am sure people in love with 90s music are already smiling reading this one. The song from the movie Phir teri Kahani Yaad Aaye is a typical Kumar Sanu song yielding the intensity of passion in love.

Sau Dard Hai

With Gulzar’s words and Sonu Nigam’s voice, Anu malik did justice to the song by composing it. It brings out the pain of an unfulfilled love. This song will help one slip into a forgotten memory lane.

Woh Lamhe

How can one forget this song ever!From the radio of autowalas to the music systems of sophisticated cars, it was played on a repeat from one destination to another.

Anu malik is generally downed by the listeners as a not-so-serious music composer and also has been accused of stealing tunes. But there have great melodies which one cannot deny. No matter what people said, Anu Malik continued making his music speak for him.



Aditya Mandloi

Aditya Mandloi

Gypsy soul. Unapologetic.
Flowing like a river
Being one with mountains.
Aditya Mandloi