39 Facts About Anu Malik


Anu Malik is an Indian National Award and Filmfare Award winning musician, who primarily composes music for the Hindi film industry.


Anu Malik was a judge on Indian Idol from its first season in 2004 until 2018 when he left after "Me Too" allegation.


Anu Malik returned as a judge for the show's 11th season in 2019, but left after three weeks, and he was one of the judges for part of the 12th season.


Anu Malik was a judge for the children's reality singing show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2022.


Anu Malik gained his first exposure in 1984 with Aasmaan which featured catchy tracks such as "Banke Nazar Dil Ki Zubaan" rendered by Kishore Kumar and "Time Bomb" rendered by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar, which received critical acclaim.


Anu Malik's next soundtrack for the film Sohni Mahiwal released later that year was a huge success and earned him his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.


Anu Malik got his first mainstream breakthrough in 1985 with Manmohan Desai's film Mard which got Anu Malik noticed in Bollywood for the first time.


Anu Malik introduced playback singer Mohammad Aziz in Mard and Aziz frequently collaborated with Anu Malik in his various soundtracks.


In 1987, Anu Malik began playback singing while recording a song "Julie Julie" for Jeete Hain Shaan Se when Kishore Kumar did not show up for recording the song.


Anu Malik recorded two more songs for the soundtrack, "Salaam Seth Salaam Seth" and "Rab Roothe Roothe".


Anu Malik had many soundtracks throughout the following years without much success.


Anu Malik earned acclaim for his music in Awaargi which featured the famous ghazal "Chamakte Chand Ko Toota Hua" sung by Ghulam Ali.


Anu Malik originally composed music in the same style as other music composers during the 1970s and 1980s.


However, in 1990, Malik began changing his music style on the recommendation of Anuradha Paudwal which would become his trademark style.


Anu Malik's first release that year was Phool Aur Angaar which was a huge success.


Anu Malik won his first Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for Baazigar at the 39th Filmfare Awards in 1994.


Anu Malik received further nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Border, Soldier, Biwi No 1 and Haseena Maan Jaayegi during the decade.


Anu Malik released several albums in the Indipop genre which he sang by himself including Tera Chehra, English album Eyes, Lafda Na Ho Jaye and Ho Raha Hai Sama.


Anu Malik had major success in the year 2000 with best-selling soundtracks including Hera Pheri, Badal, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Aaghaaz, Fiza, Josh and Refugee.


Anu Malik received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for Refugee at the 48th National Film Awards.


In 2001, Anu Malik had best-selling albums with Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Yaadein, Asoka, Lajja, Ajnabee and Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai.


Anu Malik received critical acclaim for LOC: Kargil, which earned him his thirteenth nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director and won him his first Screen Award for Best Music Direction.


Anu Malik found success with successful best-selling soundtracks such as Main Hoon Na, Murder and Fida in 2004.


Anu Malik received a nomination for the Screen Award for Best Music Director for Jaan-E-Mann.


The year 2007 marked for the first time since 1983 that Anu Malik composed soundtrack for only one film Undertrial.


Anu Malik remained prominent as a judge for various reality television shows but lost major offers as a music director in the coming years.


Anu Malik has worked with many Indian playback singers including Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Amit Kumar, and others.


Anu Malik worked with Indian film lyricist Javed Akhtar in films including Border, Refugee and Umrao Jaan.


Anu Malik has been one of the judges on the TV show Indian Idol since the show's inception in 2004 until the format of the show changed into Indian Idol Junior in 2013.


Anu Malik returned as a judge in 2019 for the 11th season, but left the show again after three weeks.


Farah Khan and Anu Malik were the judges for Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, a variety entertainment reality show that airs on Sony Entertainment Television on weekdays.


Anu Malik was the only judge from India on Asian Idol, who represented Indian Idol winner Abhijeet Sawant, with other judges Indra Lesmana, Paul Moss, Pilita Corrales, Ken Lim and Siu Black.


Khan was reportedly tolerant towards Bollywood music directors plagiarising his songs, but disapproved strongly of Anu Malik's using the music of a song which originally had a religious theme as a secular love song.


Anu Malik denied the allegations, but the public backlash resulted in him leaving as a judge for season 10 of Indian Idol.


Sonu Nigam came out in support of Anu Malik, claiming that he had not seen any proof that the allegations were true.


In 2019, Anu Malik was reinstated as a judge on Season 11 of Indian Idol, a decision that resulted in heavy criticism.


Anu Malik stepped down, claiming that he had decided to take a break as he was unable to focus on his work on the show.


Anu Malik won the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for Main Hoon Na and Baazigar.


Anu Malik is a seven-time winner from 42 nominations for best music director, including 14 nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.