Anand (1970)

Anand was directed by legendary Hrishikesh Mukherjee and released in 1970. It starred Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna. The film was both a critical and commercial success. Considered as one of the greatest movies of all time, this film beautifully captures some of the greatest philosophies of life.

The dialogue of the film was written by the acclaimed poet and writer Gulzar.

Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films

The film is about Anand Sehgal (Rajesh Khanna), a cancer patient who, despite knowing this fact, believes in living his life to the fullest. On the contrary, Bhaskar Banarjeee (Amitabh Bachchan) is a sober doctor, upset with life and the dark reality of his nation. Bhaskar’s tĂȘte-a-tĂȘte with Anand makes him notice the colours behind all the despair and complexity in one’s life and teaches him a lesson. After spreading happiness everywhere around himself and changing the lives of many, Anand as destined, leaves them all, which inspires Bhaskar to write a book on his life.

The character of Anand was inspired by Raj Kapoor, who use to call Hrishikesh Mukherjee as “Babu Moshay”. The film is dedicated to Raj Kapoor and the people of Bombay.

The film was originally supposed to star famous Bollywood actors Kishore Kumar and Mehmood in the lead roles. One of the producers of the film, N.C. Sippy, had earlier served as Mehmood’s production manager. The character Babu Moshai was to be played by Mehmood. Hrishikesh was asked to meet Kishore Kumar to discuss the project. However, when Hrishikesh Mukherjee went to Kishore Kumar’s house, he was driven away by the gatekeeper due to a misunderstanding.

Kishore Kumar (himself a Bengali) had done a stage show organized by another Bengali man, and he was involved in a fight with this man over money matters. He had instructed his gatekeeper to drive away this “Bengali”, if he ever visited the house. When Hrishikesh Mukherjee (also a Bengali) went to Kishore Kumar’s house, the gatekeeper drove him away, mistaking him for the “Bengali” that Kishore Kumar had asked him to drive away. The incident hurt Hrishikesh Mukherjee so much, that he decided not to work with Kishore Kumar. Consequently, Mehmood had to leave the film as well, and new actors (Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan) were signed up for the film.

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