The classic story of a terminally ill man who wishes to live life to the full before the inevitable occurs, as told by his best friend.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Anand Saigal / Jaichand
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Dr. Bhaskar K. Bannerjee / Babu Moshai
Sumita Sanyal ...
Renu
Ramesh Deo ...
Dr. Prakash Kulkarni
Seema Deo ...
Mrs. Suman Kulkarni
Asit Kumar Sen ...
Chandranath / Muralilal #1 (as Asit Sen)
Dev Kishan ...
(as Devkishan)
Atam Prakash ...
Ranjeet
Lalita Kumari ...
Mrs. Sanyal
Savita
Brahm Bhardwaj ...
Moni Baba (as Bhardwaj)
Gurnam Singh ...
(as Gurnam)
Lalita Pawar ...
Matron D'Sa
Durga Khote ...
Renu's Mother
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Head Wrestler
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A melodramatic tale of a man with a terminal disease. The story begins with Dr Bhaksar winning a literary prize for his book about a patient called Anand. The rest is flashback. Anand, the title character, is suffering from lymphosarcoma of the intestine. He, however appears to be cheerful on the outside and is determined to extract as much pleasure from his remaining lifespan as is possible. Dr. Bhaskar his physician tends to Anand in his last days. After Anand dies we can however still hear his voice which was recorded on a tape. Dr Bhakser writes a book on his patient and wins a literary prize for it Written by Anonymous

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12 March 1971 (India)  »

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INR 3,000,000 (estimated)
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The term "Babu Moshai" means "great gentleman." Raj Kapoor often affectionately addressed Hrishikesh Mukherjee with this term, just as Anand addresses Banerjee in the film. See more »

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Anand Saigal: jab tak zinda hoon tab tak mara nahin jar mara gaya sala mein hi nahin
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Referenced in Salaam Namaste (2005) See more »

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Kahin door jab din dhal jaaye
Music by Salil Choudhury
Sung by Mukesh
Lyrics by Yogesh
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Excellent Melodrama !
10 March 2002 | by (Lahore, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Rajesh Khanna had always won acclaim and registered his credits in the box office hits, whenever he portrayed a sentimental, morally strong and emotionally focused role. He also did a great job in SAFAR, wherein he portrayed a similar role of a cancer stricken patient.

Nevertheless, he is not well at portraying the roles of "an angry man", "a fighting sequence", "an overly volatile role" and "clownish comedy roles" that can all be performed in a masterly manner by his arch rival, Amitabh Bachan.

However, Rajesh Khanna's personification of a lively, vivacious, death defying and winsome portrayal of a cancer stricken man was stupendously performed. His person consummately excels in mimicking soft, romantic, sad, morose and boisterously exuberant roles.

Many people contend that Amitabh would had done a better characterization if he had been offered an author backed role instead of Rajesh Khanna in ANAND. Here it may be kept in mind that Amitabh could not match a stunning performance in MILLI, where his real life spouse Jaya Bahaduri outperformed him.

The bullock cart scene immediately followed by the song "Kaheen door jab din dhal Jaye" in ANAND speaks volumes of the excellently crafted direction of Hirsihkish Mukherjee and has enlisted his name among all time great directors. This song and the one "Zindagi Kaisi he Paheli" touch the latent strings of sublime imagination with poignant originality, which cannot even remotely be identified anywhere, among the fast, untamed, crazy and meaningless songs of this age of Indian Cinema ......which seems to be overly swamped by the temporal, vulgar and money minting mentality of the producers, directors and actors.

That is to say, there is nothing worthwhile in contemporary cinema, which happens to be laden with tawdry vulgarity and incompetent intellectual standing, vis-a-vis the cerebral and in-depth creativity of movie makers of erstwhile days.


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