Anu Malik (born 2 November 1960) is a National award-winning Indian music director, singer, actor, director and producer who primarily works in the Hindi film industry. Son of Sardar Malek, Anu Malik made his debut as a music composer in 1980. In the 1990s, he wrote music for the films Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee, Baazigar and Jaanam. He trained in music and made his debut in Hindi films in 1980, with the film Hunterwali 77.
Malik has been judging the television show Indian Idol since its inception. He is commonly considered quite arrogant for his habit of criticizing singers who come for audition.
As a music director, he has produced music for various genres of films, and has written several commercially successful songs for the Hindi (Bollywood) film music industry.
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's music was used in the films Mujhe Kuch Kehna hai, Aks, Ajnabee, Yaadein and Asoka. In 2004, he composed the music for Main Hoon Naa (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.