Anwar Sarwar Malik or Anu Malik (born 2 November 1960) is an Indian music director and singer. He is an Indian National award and filmfare award-winning music director, who primarily works in the Hindi film industry. Known as one of the mega music composers of 90s, he is the son of Sarwar Malik. Anu Malik made his debut as a music composer in 1980, with the film Hunterwali 77.
Malik has been judging the television show Indian Idol since its inception.
As a music director, he has composed music for various genres of films,and has written several commercially successful songs for the Hindi (Bollywood) film music industry. However, most of his work is evidently a product of blatant plagiarism which he strongly denies.
Malik is known for the use of the tabla in his songs, including “Taal Pe Ja”‘ and “Mere Humsafar” from the film Refugee, “Tumse Milke Dilka Jo Haal” from Main Hoon Na, “Eli Re Eli” from Yaadein and “Baazigar O Baazigar” from the film Baazigar.
In 1993, Malik released the songs for Mahesh Bhatt’s Sir and Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Aayee, along with music for Baazigar, Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) and Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995). Later, his music for Virasat (1997) and Border (1997) and his songs for Indra Kumar’s Ishq (1997) were commercially successful. This was followed by the music for Jaanam Samjha Karo (1999), Baadshah (1999), Josh (2000), Refugee (2000), Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega (2000) and Fiza (2000).
In 2001, Malik gave music in the films like Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai, Aks, Ajnabee, Yaadein and Aśoka. In 2004, he composed the music for Main Hoon Na (2004), Fida (2004) and Murder (2004).
His recent work includes music for Kambakkht Ishq, Shootout at Wadala, Yamla Pagla Deewana and Dum Laga Ke Haisha.