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Anand (1971)

 |  Drama  |  5 March 1971 (India)
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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)
Lalita Pawar ...
Matron D'Sa
Gurnam Singh ...
(as Gurnam)
Durga Khote ...
Renu's Mother (Guest Appearance)
Dara Singh ...
Head Wrestler (Guest Appearance)
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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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INR 3,000,000 (estimated)
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Hrishikesh Mukherjee's first choice for the roles of Anand and Dr Bhaskar Banerjee were Bengali matinée idols Uttam Kumar and Soumitra Chatterjee. See more »

Quotes

[Babu Moshai enters the room to see Anand lying still on his deathbed - too still. He rushes over to the bed and starts shaking him, weeping]
Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee: I will not let you leave me! I want to listen to you for at least 20 seconds!
[shouts]
Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee: Speak to me!
Anand Saigal: Babu Moshai...
[Babu Moshai looks up with a start at his friend - then he sees a tape recorder]
Anand Saigal: [voice played on tape recorder] Babu Moshai, we are mere puppets in the game of life and death. Whatever happens here, we do not know for it is all in the hands of ...
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Remade as Chitrashalabham (1998) See more »

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Maine tere liye hi saat rang ke sapne
Music by Salil Choudhury
Sung by Mukesh
Lyrics by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
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One of the best Hindi movies ever made.
13 February 2004 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

It is very rare for guys to shed tears after watching a movie, this movie does make you shed tears for Anand, the main protagonist played by the superstar of the 70's Rajesh Khanna.

The movie has everything going for it. Acting, direction, story, music, dialogues etc... everything is fabulous. It has drama, humor, emotions in dollops. It is a story a dying man who looks at life with a positive attitude and enjoys his time knowing fully well his disease is incurable and that he is going to die soon.

Rajesh Khanna as Anand is absolutely brilliant, this is his career-best performance , notwithstanding movies like Kati Patang, Roti, Aradhana, Amar Prem etc. You cannot think of any other actor in this role and to think Rajesh Khanna was not the original choice(Shashi Kapoor was). He makes you laugh and cry. He causes anxiety and goose bumps. Simply superb.

Amitabh Bachchan is fantastic as babumoshai( a name with which Raj Kapoor used to address the film's director Hrishikesh Mukherjee). He showed the world that the next superstar was coming, though he really "arrived" a couple of years later. The rest of the supporting cast is also brilliant be it Johhny Walker(stands out) or Ramesh Deo or Seema or Sumitra. Everyone is wonderful.

Music is the hallmark of all great hindi movies and this one has music ranking right up there, on the top. Be it "Kahin door jab din dhal jaye" or " Maine tere liye hi saath rang" or "Zindagi kaisi hai paheli".

Maverick composer Salil Chowdury comes up with an absolutely fantastic score and singers Mukhesh and Manna Dey do complete justice to his tunes.

About the director Hrishikesh Mukherjee, what can one say, he is one of the best directors ever in the Indian film history. A guy with a complete repertoire,a complete entertainer (though people consider other directors to be more entertaining, but real movie buffs will agree with me). All his movies, he has been directing movies since 1957 are worth a watch. Some are brilliant and others watchable. None of his movies can be rated as unwatchable(except maybe Jooth bole Kauwa kaate and Jhooti).

Simply put, this is one of the best Hindi movies ever made.


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