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20 years of Border: I still get hugs from security personnel, says Anu Malik

By HT

For music-composer Anu Malik, Border is one of the few music projects that has remained etched in his memory. 
 
He rose to the top 20 years ago with classics such as Sandeshe Aate hain and Toh Chalun, among others. Even now, the songs are played during a patriotic day, or at a jawan’s house, and that fills the composer’s heart with pride.
 
“There are very few music projects like Border, that you get to work on in your lifetime. I was deeply honoured, and still am, proud of the fact that I was associated with it. Even now songs from the film are played continuously at various places , and that gives me a lot of satisfaction,” says Malik.
 
The film’s music still gets the composer a lot of respect from the armed forces personnel, and that is quite an honour for him.
 
“Whenever I am at the airport, I always manage to get a hug from the security personnel present at the security check. They always tell me that they love the songs from Border, and its amazing that even 20 years later, the songs continue to hold the same meaning and impact they had when the film was released. To get such recognition and love from the armed forces is the biggest compliment,” he says.
 
Malik also adds that his songs were so good, that his “guru”, Laxmikant, one half of the popular music composing duo Laxmikant Pyarelal, had put the playlist on loop when he wasn’t well. 
 
“That was the second biggest compliment. He is one of my gurus, and he had asked his daughter to play the song Toh Chalun on repeat, till he recovered. I also remember that he was more disappointed than I was, when I didn’t win an award for the music and told me in Marathi ‘logon ki ankhon mein laal mirchi hai kya’, after the awards night,” Malik recalls.