From 'Saawan Ka Mahina' to 'Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam', late lyricist Anand Bakshi has given us some truly unforgettable songs. On his birth anniversary today, we bring you some interesting trivia on the legendary lyricist.
>> Born on July 21, 1930 in Rawalpindi, Anand Bakshi migrated with his family to Lucknow after the partition. He was a film buff since childhood.
>> Anand Bakshi served for two years in the Royal Indian Navy. In April 1946, he took part in the Naval Mutiny and was dismissed from service.
>> He later joined the Indian Army with The Corps of Signals. Sainik Samachar, an Army publication, published his first poem.
>> He got his break in Bollywood in 1956 with a Bhagwan Dada film, Bhala Aadmi.
>> His golden period started from 1965 onwards with hits like Jab Jab Phool Khile and Milan. Anand worked with composers Laxmikant Pyarelal on 300 films.
>> Some hit films include Bobby, Amar Prem, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Taal, Kalicharan, Mr India, Hum, etc
>> Anand Bakshi initially wanted to sing. He sung a qawwali for the film Sholay, called Chand Sa Koi Chehra but the song was never shot. His dream was fulfilled in the film Charas.