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Imaginative Anu Malik

Articulate and spontaneous, as human as the person next door, Anu Malik is a delight to converse with. Our conversation was both topical and nostalgia-soaked - Venus Williamsí and Roger Federerís exit from Wimbledon that evening, Spainís 1-0 victory over Portugal the previous day (Anu, a football fan, sees Spain and Argentina playing the World Cup Final), Londonís global cuisine, his multi-faith and pan-India family, and of course his work.

One of the most sought after music directors in Indiaís film industry, the millennium began well for Anu Malik Ė with a string of awards. But his best is yet to come, he says.

His versatility, style, range, and his collaboration with different singers and lyricists gives his work freshness and variety. He has composed soft and haunting melodies that have remained suspended in time (Refugee, for which he also won the National Award) and also high speed and dramatic numbers, one of which, Chamma Chamma, was used in the Hollywood musical Moulin Rouge.

Anu Malik has been the face of Indian Idol, a judge forever, on this popular reality show, now in its fifth season. He travelled far and wide, to some remote parts of the country as well, to select talent for this show and found it a very rewarding and a humbling experience.

A self-confessed Foodie (though he doesnít drink or smoke), he is also a sports junkie - an avid football fan and enjoys cricket just as much.

Born and brought up in Bombay of yore, now Mumbai, Anu is first and foremost a family man - happiest when spending time with his wife, their two daughters - with food and music as accompaniments.

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