The gradual rise of Anand Bakshi from 1959 to his third super-hit film Milan (1967)
I believe that no one gets established overnight. Nothing good comes easily. Before Anand Bakshi’s songs began to play regularly, often week aftert week, for the next five decades, on India’s no 1 radio show (Binaca) Geetmala, hosted by Ameen Sayani, from 1962, there were a few songs of his (about 40 and more songs) that were considered hit and popular right from the beginning of his career in 1959. (Thanks also to the songs’ co-creators – music composers, singers, directors, musicians, sound recordists, story writers, producers, cinematographers, actors….. together they made my songs successful; it is always team work, no one is an island. – Anand Bakshi)
“Mehanat, lagan, himmat, hausla, pratibha aur bharosa; only after you gather this wealth you should venture here.” – Anand Bakshi.
“There are no instant experts, overnight geniuses, nor sudden achievers. No one succeeds at a high level without innate talent nurtured over a long time, and achievement is talent plus years of preparation. As examples, I focussed on the countless hours the Beatles spent playing strip clubs in Hamburg and the privileged, early access Bill Gates and Bill Joy got to computers in the nineteen-seventies. “He has talent by the truckload”, I wrote of Joy, but that’s not the only consideration. It never is.” – Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers considers an average of 10,000 working hours being key to success, key to being ‘discovered’, being occupied constructively at a task nearly 20 hours a week for a period of about ten years.
This is what my Dad told me when I gave up on my business, a bit too early on hindsight, and wanted to enter the world of films as a writer-director in 1998, “No one ever got established overnight. Nothing good comes easily. Moreover, you have to find your own breaks. You’ve got to write your own biography. Don’t expect me to give you break as director, I can only introduce you to a handful of directors I consider excellent and my friends too, then it’s up to them to employ you as their assistant director. However, I suggest you work with Subhash Ghai, I have noticed he is one of those few who brings some of his assistants along for music sittings too so you will learn more from a director like him.” – Rakesh Anand Bakshi.
Here is that list of those 40 popular and hit songs, from the beginning of his career in 1959, to the start of his gradual rise to the sky 1967:
1) His first popular song: Badi buland meri Bhabhi ki pasand – CID Girl (1959); Music Roshan. First film with Roshan.
2) Second popular song: Dar de dil zara zara - CID Girl 1959; Roshan.
3) Chunnu patang ko kehata hai kite – Zameen Ke Taare 1960; S. Mohinder.
This was the first song of his he heard play on radio. His dream, that ‘one day my songs will play on radio’, was fulfilled.
4) His first Hit song: Honton pe hansi, palkon pe hayaa – Warrant (1961); Roshan.
Added in Jan 2021:
5) Kankariya maare, karke ishare, balma bada beimaan – Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath 1962. KalyanjiAnandji.
(This was his first hit film, in which all the songs were written by him. Also, his first film with Kalyanji Anandji)
All songs of Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath:
“Teri woh chal hai ke tauba.”
Kankaria maare kar ke ishare"
“Mehndi lagi mere haath”
“Ude panchi toli mein”
“Aap ne yun hi dillagi ki thi”
Qawwali: “Mohabbat agar na hoti toh.”
6) Gham e hasti se begana hota khudaya kaash main - Vallah Kya Baat Hai 1962; Roshan
7) Meri tasveer lekar kya karoge tum - Kala Samundar 1962; N Dutta. His first Qwalli.
8) Mehendi lagi mere haath re – Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath 1962; kalyanji anandji.
9) Aap ne yun hi dilagi ki thi - Mehendi Lagi Mere Haath 1962; Kalyanji Anandji.
10) (Qawwali) Tumhain husn de ke khuda ne sitamgar banaya – Jab Se Tumhen Dekha Hai 1963; Dattaram. A super-hit qawwali.
11) Peehu peehu papiha na bol. - Holiday In Bombay 1963; N Datta.
12) Chand aahen bharega phool dil thaam lenge - Phool Bane Angaare 1963; Kalyanji Anandji.
13) Sambhal toh le dil deewana - Phool bane Angaare 1963; kalyanji anandji.
14) Aaj humko hasaye na koi – Badshah 1964; N Datta.
15) Mere mehboob qayamat hogi – Mr X in Bombay 1964; LP.
His first film with Laxmikant Pyarelal.
16) Humme kya jo harsu ujale huye hain – Namaste Ji 1965; GS Kohli.
17) Chand si mehbooba hogi meri kab - Himalay Ki Godmein 1965; kalyanji anandji.
18) Tu raat khadi thi chat pe - Himalay Ki Godmein 1965; kalyanji anandji.
19) Kankariya maar ke jagaye, tu mere sapne mein aaya - Himalay Ki Godmein 1965; kalyanji anandji.
20) Pardesiyon se na akhiyan milana – Jab Jab Phool Khile JJPK 1965; kalyanji anandji.
This was his second hit film, but his FIRST MASSIVE HIT FILM across India! All songs were super-hit.
21) Ek tha gul aur ekthi bulbul - Jab Jab Phool Khile JJPK (1965). Kalyanji Anandji.
22) Yeh samaa samaa hai yeh pyar ka - JJPK 1965; Kalyanji Anandji
By Nikita Gandhi
23) Na na karte pyar tumhi se kar baithe - JJPK 1965; Kalyanji Anandji.
All songs of Jab Jab Phool Khile:
“Pardesiyon se na akhiyan milana”
“Ek tha gul aur ek thi bul bul dono chaman mein rehete the”
“Yeh sama, sama hai yeh pyar ka”
“Yeh sama, sama hai yeh pyar ka”
By Nikita Gandhi
“Na na karte pyar tumhi se kar baithe” Hit song; Suman K, M Rafi, 2.04.1965
“Yahaan mein ajnabi hoon”
Affoo Khudaya, hum ko tum pe pyar aaya
Main jo chali Hindustan se