Monday July 28, 2008

The Anu Malik Top 10!

Posted by Karthik

In one of his 90s interviews in India Today (if I remember right!), Anu Malik gloated that people will definitely love his music in Main khiladi tu anari. This was post his super successful Baazigar, who’s songs were playing almost everywhere those days. I did like the songs of Baazigar and was quite intrigued by this man’s confidence. So intrigued, that I bought the cassette of Main khiladi… on the first day of its release – a deed that I had restricted only to Rahman’s soundtracks, post the enthralling music of Roja, Pudhiya Mugam and Gentlemen! I was in a rather somber mood those days, tripping on ghazals from Pankaj Udhas (discovered his first album Aahat (1983) rather late, in early 90s, besides Hariharan’s divine voice in his ghazal collections). But, Anu was right about Main khiladi…! Churaake dil mera was stunning, despite the somewhat slower, disparate antara. I even loved the simple, catchy, Paas woh aane lage.

Though I had sporadically listened to Anu Malik’s music prior to Main khiladi, this soundtrack had me terribly interested in this man’s music. 90s was his kingdom in Hindi film music. Though he had to share the spoils with few other composers, he was still considered for many of the big budget films, besides being Vishesh Film’s in-house composer. Many of Mahesh Bhatt’s films those days had Anu Malik’s music, despite the mega success of Nadeem Shravan in Aashiqui. Even Bhatt’s masala flicks like Naraaz and Naajayaz had fantastic songs by Anu.

I’m of the opinion that Anu has never reached his 90s success post 2000 – barring very few specific songs. There was a particular Anu Malik style that ruled the roost back then – a mildly Latin/ Spanish tinge with a very noticeable tune shift – just the way Jatin Lalit had one – the very striking, Pancham’ish and almost off-key-till-it-registers twist. Strangely enough, my top 10 from Anu has mostly melodies, not the faster, catchier masala tracks he churned out. That says a lot about his ability to produce tuneful melody after melody in each film back then.

As always, this list is a personal opinion and is in no way influenced or induced by my recent anti-Anu Malik reviews of this new work or the criticism it has been garnering in Milliblog reviews’ comments. My last such list from Hindi was on Jatin Lalit and I had prepared this list almost simultaneously along with a list for my Top 10 Nadeem Shravan tracks. Just that this may be the apt time to publish such a list given the man is not in the best of his forms! I’m sure most of Milliblog’s readers would like to remind me of the films I have ignored in this list – Border, Ashoka, Aks and the likes – but when it comes to a matter of Top 10 + 5, you’d understand how tough it is to prioritize. There may be a strong personal story behind my selection and I guess you’d have too, when you list Aks or Border within the top 10!

My Anu Malik Top 10

01. Virasat – Taare hain baraati
02. Takkar – Aankhon mein base ho tum
03. Naaraaz – Sambhaala hai maine
04. Baadshah – Woh ladki jo
05. Refugee – Aisa lagta hai
06. Duplicate – Kathai aankhon waali ek ladki
07. Main khiladi tu anari – Churaake dil mera
08. Baazigar – Samajh kar chaand jisko
09. Chamatkar – Is pyaar se mere taraf na dekho
10. Imtihaan – Chaha to bahut

Honorary mentions!

01. Vijaypath – Raah mein unse
02. Naajayaz – Kya tum mujshe pyaar karte ho
03. Diljale – Ho nahi sakta
04. Fiza – Aaja mahiya
05. Phir teri kahani yaad aayee – Aaane waala kal



  • musicfan

    Why a sudden blog on Top 10 from Anu Malik? Have you been bugged by anyone in the industry and are you doing this just to shut them off? Or you just want to show your unbiased nature of reviews by doing this?

    Anyway I still can’t believe how you can appreciate churake dil mera, after listening to Roja, Pudhiya Mugam etc. The latter is a masterpiece and I can’t make up my mind to listen those scraps by Anu. Anyway this is my personal opinion.

  • Karthik

    Neither. I’ve been ignoring the lists categories for so long now – been wanting to add more, but I get stuck with new reviews. The lists really give me an opportunity to get back in time and assess my choices vis-a-vis now. Slightly more enjoyable than reviewing new pieces 🙂

    Oh, and I love Churake dil mera. I loved it from the first time I heard it. Rahman making incredible music doe snot obliterate other composers or their songs!

  • rakesh

    what about soundtracks like prem aggan ? is it atleast in your long list ?

  • Karthik

    Nope, I didn’t like Prem Aggan!

  • muktak_k

    my reply is to the post of musicfan…..
    what is the problem with you if someone likes Anu Malik and Rahman together… I also liked the 90s hits by Anu Malik.. infact I liked Jatin Lalit a lot in the 90s.. and also post 2000….. Their last album Fanaa was also a fantastic one…
    But how does this affect my love for Rahman’s music??????????? Is there any rule that I have to listen only to Rahman’s music if I am a Rahman fan?????
    plz reply in a sensible manner….

  • Aarohi

    Half expected an Anu bashing post, Karthik. Glad this isn’t one.

    I loved Samajh Kar Chaand from Baazigar.

  • Karthik

    Nah, I’m a very democratic music lover. And Anu is definitely one of the better composers – despite my bashing him in ItwoFS, which is an entirely different thing altogether.

    Such lists help me identify tracks that I may have forgotten in the onslaught of new music and revisit the period in my life when I loved and enjoyed them.

  • Somehow I feel a lot of good Anu Malik songs were spoilt by the NASAL voice of Kumar Sanu! This is a big put off, else, I would love to listen to his songs during his heydays!

  • Abr7862

    Excellent choices. These are the soundtracks which have made me a huge Anu Malik fan in his hey days.
    Considering you have opted for melodious music, i am a bit surprised ‘tera chehra na dekhun agar’ from Ram Shastra or ‘tujhe pyaar karte karte’ from Najaayaz never made the list.
    Having said that, its great that you have added the lesser talked about soundtracks like, Takkar, Naaraaz and Imtihaan.
    Another soundtrack which i thought had some good melodies was Daraar

  • jaydeep


    I have connected with your views a several times before (n thats y I am an Itwofs/karthik fan), but never like I do with this one. It seems like you have given words to my thoughts about Anu Malik here. I have bashed his recent albums even more brutally than you have. But I still live by his 90’s and early 2000’s music.

    Excellent choice of songs. It would’ve been very difficult for me to just settle with 10+5. So I am listing some of my favorites apart from your 10+5.

    aane waala pal & shaayarana (phir teri kahaani..)
    Ae jaate hue lamhe & humein jabse mohabbat (border)
    chhuda ke daaman (Imtihaan)
    Ae chaand chamakte rehna(from a saif-mithoon movie..yaar gaddar not sure)
    ghar se masjid bahut dur hai(tamanna-sonu nigam version)
    Yeh lamha jee lene de & le chale doliyon mein(filhaal)
    fiza title song
    is pyaar ko (mujhe kucch kehna hai)
    san san (munnabhai)
    pyaar bhara geet (Loc-kargil)
    suna suna (krishna cottage)
    chalti hai purvaai (rahul)
    tumhe jo maine dekha (main hoon na)

    All these melodies are very different from one another and thats what makes me a big Anu Malik fan.

  • pman

    When Zee TV was just starting and did not have programming in the afternoon, they use to play ‘Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayi’ before the album was released as a marketing strategy. I fell in love with the songs not knowing who the composer was. I was surprised to learn that he was no other than the ‘Ek Jaan Hein Hum’ composer.

    Karthik , you have made me go back and listen to my old cassettes and CDs. I loved Anu’s music for the same reason I loved JL music : melody.

  • Arun

    Good compilation, Karthik! Most of the songs listed are my favourites as well.

    But if I were pick one soundtrack of Anu, that would be Refugee. The album had no weak link at all. Every song was distinctly beautiful. My favourite remains ‘Mere Humsafar’ for its delectable tabla rhythm and Alka’s wonderful vocals. On Alka, I think Anu has used her the best (along with rahman, may be)…in her comfort range, she’s an absolute treat to listen to!

  • dragun

    “Anyway I still can’t believe how you can appreciate churake dil mera, after listening to Roja, Pudhiya Mugam etc. The latter is a masterpiece and I can’t make up my mind to listen those scraps by Anu. Anyway this is my personal opinion.”

    I’m a huge ARR fan, but I still get nostalgic feelings listening to old Nadeem-Shravan songs from Saajan, Aashiqui, etc. I doubt I’d like them if I heard them for the first time today, though.

    I second the recommendation of Mere Humsafar from Refugee.

  • Karthik

    Excellent timing – the man in full form!

    And what on earth does he mean by this?

    “What about Himesh Reshammiya?
    Nobody can come up in life without having a certain amount of talent. I don’t want to ever feel that any person has come up without having something. But he took my caps. (I used to wear Anu Malik caps) But I haven’t bothered.”

  • rahulrd14

    A very nice list…made me remind of the good old days of N-S, A-M and AM.
    For Jaydeep..the song “shayaraana” from phir teri kahaani…is surprisingly similar to “aap chaahe” from the film Sangeet (A-M)…
    It might be possible that both were inspired from the same source.
    Also..Karthik…on my recent visit to India, I heard the songs of ugly and pagli…one of the songs is plainly copied from the Spanish song “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee ( …
    It seems that inspite of his talent…he seems to be addicted to lifting 🙂

  • gokulpai

    Nice list man…

    Chura ke dil mera is as good as a Rahman tune.. A-M n Rahman have different styles of music making… “Yeh Haseen waadiyan” cannot be compared to “chura ke dil mera”… Both can be appreciated equally rather than arguing..

    Much has been talked about Kumar sanu’s nasal singing… Agree even i’ve found some of his songs irritating…But most of his songs r sung excellently… His nasal style was accepted then for more than a decade.. why a big fuss abt it???

  • gokulpai

    My top 10:90s

    1. Aaj Hume maloom hua kya cheez mohabbt hoti hai
    2.Dil kehta hai [ Akele hum akele tum]
    3. Aey mere humsafar [baazigar]
    4. Do baatein ho sakti hai [imtihaan]
    5. Chura ke dil mera
    6. Aye jaate hue lamho
    7. Chura lo na dil mera
    8. Sambhala hai maine
    9. Dheere dheere aap mere dil k mehmaan ho gaye.
    10.Hum unse mohabbat karke

  • nakhrekartekarte

    My Top Ten Romantic Duets Anu in the 90s, that are original (i’ll make a serpate for the inspired/copied ones :P):

    1) Chura Ke Dil Mera
    2) Dil Main Sanam Ki Soorat
    3) Ae Mere Humsafar
    4) Ho Nahin Sakta
    5) Humein Jab Se Mohabbat
    6) Kya Tum Mujhse Pyar
    7) Aa Gale Lag Ja
    8) Raah Mein Unse
    9) Baazigar O Baazigar
    10) Aankhon Mein Base Ho Tum

  • nakhrekartekarte

    4) Ho Nahin Sakta* Oops, I meant Kuch Tum Behko from this movie Diljale hehehe

  • Kedar

    I don’t know if it’s just the compulsion of 15 odd songs here, or that
    you forgot to consider the title track of Yaadein which, for me is the
    one of the best Anu songs out there!

  • sachin

    Apart from above mentioned movies and songs, there are some nice songs composed by anu malik from below movies.

    1) Imtihan – iss tarah aashiqui ka, chhudake daaman to jaa rahe ho, chaha to bahot, do baatein ho sakti hai

    2) Ishq Vishq – All songs were good. It was shahid kapoor’s 1st movie.

    3) Fida – All songs were good. Shahid, kareena and fardeen were the lead actors.

    4) Umrao Jaan – mehfil song.

    5) No Entry – All songs are funny and good.

    6) Judwa – All songs from this movie are joyful. I liked all songs from this movie.

    7) Fiza – Aaja maahiya, mujhe mast mahoul me jeene de and title song

    8) China gate – Chhamma chhamma. I think this song is taken in a Hollywood movie thereafter.

    9) Mujhe kuchh kehna hai – All songs are good. Its complete musical hit.

    10) Gundaraj – Na jaane ek nigaah me

    11) Baadshah – all songs are good.

    12) Har dil jo pyaar karega – All songs are good.

    13) Chori chori chupke chupke – Some songs are good From this movie.

    14) Jung – Yayla re ladki mast mast

    15) Josh – All songs are good.

    16) Soldier – Some songs are good.

    17) Mai hoon na – All songs are amazing. I think farah khan should rethink about anu malik. You can easily find out the quality of music from her movies post mai hoon na. Her remaining 3 movies didn’t give us that quality of music I.e.tees maar khaan, om shanti om (songs were good) and happy new year.

    18) Haseena maan jaayegi – All were funny and good songs.

    19) Munnabhai MBBS – Chhan chhan

    20) Kareeb – All songs were good.

  • soap

    1.Kyaa Kool Hai Hum
    3.Aala Re Aala
    4.Lift Teri Bandh Hai
    5.Ek Garam Chai Ki Pyali
    my top 5 play list from anu malik ji most favourite from my hungama app

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