Anu Malik: News

Born on November 2, 1960, as Anwar Sardar 'Anu' Malik, Anu Malik is an Indian music composer, singer, and Television show judge, who dominated the Bollywood music industry from 1993 to 2004 and has produced more than 100 songs, as of 2021. Son of Indian music film director, and singer, Sardar Malik, he began his career as a music director in 1977 with ‘Hunterwali 77.’ Though the soundtrack went unnoticed, it opened doors for him in the music industry. After working in the soundtracks which were apparently box office failures, Malik garnered popularity by producing songs in the movie ‘Aasmaan’ (1984). Following his initial success, Malik received a Filmfare Award nomination for his soundtrack in the movie ‘Sohni Mahiwal.’ Between 1993 and 2004 he was a dominant figure in the Indian music industry. More so, after he produced soundtracks for some of the commercially successful and blockbuster hits of that time including ‘Baazigar’ (1993), ‘Akele Hum Akele Tum’ (1995), ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’ (1996), ‘Virasat’ (1997), ‘Judwaa’ (1997), ‘Border’ (1997), ‘Ishq’ (1997), ‘China Gate’ (1998), ‘Baadshah’ (1999), ‘Fiza’ (2000), ‘Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega’ (2000), ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’ (2001), ‘Main Hoon Na’ (2004), and ‘Murder’ (2004) among others. As a new generation of young music directors in 2005, his dominance in the Indian music industry decreased. A prolific music producer, Malik has worked with some of the prominent singers of Bollywood including Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Kumar Sanu, and Alka Yagnik, and collaborated with lyricist Javed Akhtar for several movies including ‘Border’ and ‘Refugee.’ He won National Film Award for ‘Refugee.’ Malik is also known for being one of the judges in the hit TV show Indian Idol. He had been part of the show in most seasons but had to leave the 2018 edition of the show following sexual harassment allegations, during the height of the #MeToo movement. He later appeared on the show in 2019 for three weeks, and in 2021, appeared as a replacement judge for the show.

19 Apr 2024

Movie Review

'LSD2' review: Audacious attempt, but doesn't tie its loose ends

As a long-time admirer of Dibakar Banerjee's ahead of its time LSD (2010), I was excited to see its spiritual sequel, LSD 2.

29 Sep 2023

Luv Ranjan

Nana Patekar, Vikas Bahl: Sexual abuse accused artists working today

When the wave of the #MeToo movement first started in Bollywood in 2018, it horrified the industry.

24 Mar 2023


Happy birthday, Emraan Hashmi: Top 5 romantic songs 

From being Bollywood's very own "serial kisser" to playing meaty roles, such as that of an R&AW agent in Bard of Blood, Emraan Hashmi has proved his mettle over the years.

02 Aug 2021


Netizens accuse composer Anu Malik of copying Israel's national anthem

Anu Malik has often been accused of lifting tunes from other compositions for his songs.

22 Jul 2021

Shilpa Shetty Kundra

'Pehli Baar' song is better than previous 'Hungama 2' tracks

Makers of Hungama 2 have dropped a new song Pehli Baar today.

12 May 2021

Kishore Kumar

Amit Kumar expresses displeasure over 'Indian Idol-12' Kishore Kumar special

Indian Idol 12 managed to disappoint a lot of Kishore Kumar fans with their sub-par special on him.

19 Mar 2021


'Indian Idol 12': Former judge Anu Malik returns as guest

Music composer Anu Malik will be returning to the reality TV show Indian Idol 12 as a guest for a special episode.

22 Nov 2020

Aamir Khan

Singer Neha Bhasin says she was molested at age 10

Singer Neha Bhasin, best known for songs such as Jag Ghoomeya and Dil Diyan Gallan, has opened up about being sexually abused several times during her childhood.

22 Jan 2020

Sony TV

'Indian IdoI': Neha Kakkar gifts Rs. 2 lakh to firefighter

Singer Neha Kakkar, who is one of the judges in the ongoing 11th season of popular singing reality show Indian Idol, has gifted a sum of Rs. 2 lakh to a firefighter during an episode of the show.

21 Nov 2019


#MeToo: Anu Malik steps down as 'Indian Idol 11' judge

Following severe backlash over allegations of sexual misconduct, music composer Anu Malik has now stepped down as the judge from the ongoing 11th season of singing reality show Indian Idol.

31 Oct 2019


#MeToo: Neha Bhasin calls Anu Malik 'pervert', Sona slams Sony

Around this time last year, social media was abuzz with #MeToo stories. Indian women, who had been humiliated, abused, or made uncomfortable by men in power spoke about the trauma.

25 Sep 2019

Aditya Narayan

'Indian Idol': Aditya Narayan defends #MeToo named Anu Malik

Anu Malik, who had to step down as Indian Idol judge after he was named in the #MeToo movement by two noted singers, is all set to return in its 11th season.

19 Aug 2019

Sony TV

Amid #MeToo allegations, Anu Malik returns with Ekta Kapoor's web-series

The ever-forgiving and forgetful Bollywood is ready to take back another #MeToo accused in its folds after Vikas Bahl and Alok Nath.

23 Jul 2019

Sony TV

#MeToo accused Anu Malik set to return on small screen?

Music composer Anu Malik, who had to step down as Indian Idol judge after he was named in the #MeToo movement by two noted singers, is all set to return on TV.

31 May 2019


Sona Mohapatra rips into 'Indian Idol' over Anu Malik's return

After news of music director Anu Malik's return as a judge on singing reality television show Indian Idol's season 11 emerged, singer Sona Mohapatra voiced her discontentment with the decision, citing the sexual harassment allegations against the former.

19 Dec 2018


#MeToo: Sona Mohapatra slams Sonu Nigam for supporting Anu Malik

Sonu Nigam sparked fresh controversy after he extended support to Anu Malik, who was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women.

31 Oct 2018

Rakhi Sawant

Rakhi Sawant files defamation-case of 25 paise against Tanushree Dutta

Every time we think Rakhi Sawant is done with drama, she comes with another blast.

22 Oct 2018

Sexual Harassment

#IndianIdol10: Salim-Sulaiman to replace ousted judge Anu Malik

Singing-based reality show 'Indian Idol 10' has been grabbing the headlines after judge Anu Malik was accused of sexual misconduct.

22 Oct 2018

Sexual Harassment

#MeToo: Alisha Chinai slams Anu Malik, calls him a 'haiwaan'

In wake of the ongoing #MeToo movement of Bollywood, music director Anu Malik has been called out by many women.

21 Oct 2018

Sony TV

Sony TV breaks silence on Anu Malik's 'Indian Idol' exit

Music composer Anu Malik created a buzz this morning after he announced his exit from the singing-based reality show 'Indian Idol 10'.

21 Oct 2018

Sexual Harassment

#MeTooEffect: Anu Malik steps down as 'Indian Idol' judge

Ever since Bollywood's #MeToo movement gained momentum, several names have cropped up in alleged sexual misconduct cases.

19 Oct 2018

Shweta Pandit

Eyewitness account: Lyricist Sameer reveals truth behind Shweta-Anu's #MeToo controversy

Shweta Pandit's sexual harassment allegations against music composer Anu Malik has created a havoc in the industry.

18 Oct 2018

Sony TV

#BollywoodMeToo: Anu Malik rubbishes Shweta Pandit's sexual harassment allegations

Anu Malik has vehemently denied all the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him.

18 Oct 2018

Sexual Harassment

'Indian Idol' to sack Anu Malik post sexual harassment allegations?

Anu Malik, once again, grabbed the headlines (for wrong reasons) after singer Shweta Pandit accused him of sexual misconduct.

17 Oct 2018

Sexual Harassment

#MeToo: Singer Shweta Pandit accuses Anu Malik of sexual misconduct

The #MeToo movement is gaining momentum with every passing day.

11 Oct 2018

Sexual Harassment

Anu Malik rubbishes Sona Mohapatra accusations of 'serial predator'

Bollywood's #MeToo movement, which has exposed several powerful men of the industry, recently saw a new addition when singer Sona Mohapatra called out Anu Malik.

27 Apr 2018


'Indian Idol 10': Anu Malik-Neha Kakkar-Vishal Dadlani are the judges

'Indian Idol' has been one of India's most-loved singing reality shows since its inception in 2004. The show has successfully completed nine seasons and is now coming back with the tenth season.