Anand Bakshi (21 July 1930 – 30 March 2002) was a popular Indian poet and lyricist.
Bakshi was fond of writing poetry since his youth, but he did this mostly as a private hobby. In a 1983 interview with Doordarshan, Bakshi recounted that after his initial studies, he joined the Indian Army, where due to a paucity of time, he could only write occasionally. He continued to write poetry whenever time permitted, and used his songs and lyrics in local programmes related to his troop. He worked in the Army for many years and simultaneously tried to market his songs in the Mumbai film world.
Bakshi was preferred as lyricist by Rajesh Khanna for films with Rajesh Khanna in the lead. He went on to work as a lyricist for over 3500 songs and 638 films in his career. He has written the lyrics for many films such as Bobby, Amar Prem (1971), Aradhana (1970), Jeene Ki Raah, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke, Seeta Aur Geeta, Sholay (1975), Dharam Veer, Nagina, Lamhe, Hum (1991), Mohra (1994), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Pardes (1997), Heer Raanjha, Dushman (1998), Taal (1998), Mohabbatein (2000), Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001), and Yaadein (2001).
Bakshi was nominated for the Filmfare award for best lyricist a total of 40 times, resulting in 4 wins.
His work and his lyrics will always stay in our heart. Thank you for the beautiful lyrics.