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Born in Gurdaspur, Punjab, British India
Died in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India  (heart attack)
Nickname Goldie

Mini Bio (1)

Vijay Anand was a celebrated filmmaker, writer, editor, and actor in Hindi cinema. Known as "Goldie," the younger brother of filmmaker Chetan Anand and matinée idol Dev Anand, Vijay Anand was born in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India on January 22, 1934 to a father, who was a lawyer. He lost his mother when he was only six, and he along with his other siblings went to live with his eldest brother Chetan and his wife Uma who raised him like their own child. In fact, Uma urged him to write and had a great influence on him. A very literate man, he graduated from St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, where he had wrote several college plays. While still a teenager, he co-wrote the script with his sister-in-law Uma for his filmmaker brother Chetan Anand. The film was "Taxi Driver" (1954) where his other brother Dev Anand played the title role, and it was inspired by the crime thrillers of Hollywood. It was released through their home production company Navketan and became Goldie's first big hit. "Nau Do Gyarah" (1957) was Vijay Anand's directorial debut, which was based on his own script. The film starred his brother Dev Anand and Dev's wife Kalpana Kartik. It became another hit. Goldie showed an exceptional visual style, especially when it came to picturizing song sequences. His next film was the story of a black marketer and his redemption in "Kaala Bazaar" (1960). The film starred his brother Dev again, along with Waheeda Rehman, who became a regular heroine for most of Navketan films during that era. This was also the only film where all three brothers (Chetan, Dev, and Vijay Anand) acted together. "Tere Ghar ke Saamne" (1963) with Dev Anand and Nutan was a romantic comedy that became another hit. Goldie also wrote the screenplay for "Hum Dono" (1961) and supposedly ghost-directed the film as well. His masterpiece as a filmmaker came with "Guide" (1965). Based on RK. Narayan's novel The Guide, the film is unforgettable for its bold themes about how a man (Dev Anand) and woman (Waheeda Rehman) live together outside the sanctity of a marriage. Composer S.D. Burman's songs were given stunning visuals. The film became a huge hit and won several major awards, including two Filmfare Awards for Vijay himself for directing and for writing the dialogue for the film. With Guide, Vijay Anand became the Hindi film industry's big star filmmaker. He was a visionary, a genius who could make intellectually stimulating films that could also generate profits and win industry awards. His next film also brought him everlasting glory. He directed and edited "Teesri Manzil" (1966) for producer and writer Nasir Husain. The film starred Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh and gave composer R.D. Burman (S.D. Burman's son) his first major success. The film's suspenseful story, combined with the stars' romantic chemistry, and Burman's trendsetting songs, made it into another box office smash and a perpetual favorite among moviegoers. Vijay Anand was at the pinnacle of his fame, when he went back to Navketan to direct the hit film "Jewel Thief" (1967). But there was a wrinkle. He found his "Jewel Thief" leading lady Vyjayantimala to be a distracted diva, especially after he enjoyed the professionalism and dedication of his previous leading ladies Nutan, Waheeda Rehman and Asha Parekh. Nevertheless, Vyjayantimala gave a heartfelt and polished performance in "Jewel Thief," and it seemed like Vijay Anand can do no wrong. But his next film proved otherwise. After three hit films in a row (Guide, Teesri Manzil, Jewel Thief), Vijay Anand experienced his first flop. Initially, "Kahin Aurchal" (1968) had the makings of a hit, as it starred Dev Anand and Asha Parekh, who were both top box office draws in 1968, along with music composers Shanker-Jaikishen. But the film's financier Tolaram Jalan wanted a flop film to adjust his income taxes, and so he took the film from Vijay Anand and released it in a single matinée show and then pulled it. This experience pained the filmmaker, especially since the film never resurfaced again. He bounced back with "Johnny Mera Naam" (1970), which grabbed the top stop at the box office in 1970. It starred Dev Anand and Hema Malini. Vijay Anand won two Filmfare Awards, one for editing and the other one for his screenplay, but his professional accomplishment was tempered by a personal loss, since his father had just passed away. He then directed "Tere Mere Sapne" (1971) based on the A.J. Cronin's novel "The Citadel." He also played a supporting role as an alcoholic doctor. While, the film became his personal favorite, it wasn't a major success at the box office and became a turning point in his career. His subsequent films like "Blackmail" (1973), "Chhupa Rustom" (1973), "Bullet" (1976) were major disappointments. Also, Dev Anand was establishing himself as his own director, so Goldie wasn't getting many directing opportunities at Navketan. Furthermore, he was going through personal problems, as he married his much younger relative in 1978 and turned to a spiritual leader Godman Rajneesh. He did return to directing films with multi-starrers like Ram Balram (1980) and Rajput (1982) but filming took a long time, because of the stars' busy schedules and Anand felt he made too many compromises. He still made occasional films, such as Hum Rahe Na Hum (1984) and Main Tere Liye (1988) but these films lacked the famous Vijay Anand style and weren't hits.

Vijay Anand also acted in films for other directors, such as Double Cross (1973) and Ghungroo ki Awaaz (1980). Waheeda Rehman and Rakhee proclaimed him to be an genius filmmaker but also told the press that his acting skills paled in comparison to his directing skills. He acted in two major hit films, Kora Kagaz(1974) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan ki (1978), but in both instances his acting was overshadowed by his leading ladies, Jaya Bhaduri and Nutan, who both won Filmfare Awards in the Best Actress category. In the early 1990s, he was seen in the television serial Tehqiqaat playing Sam the Detective. In 1997, his older brother Chetan Anand's death devastated him. In 2001, he took over as the new censor board chief after Asha Parekh finished out her controversial three year term. Earlier, she hadn't given clearance to his nephew Shekar Kapur's film "Elizabeth" (1998) and several film industry insiders expected some tension between them, especially after Parekh admitted that she and Anand didn't see eye-to-eye on policing adult films. But she invited him to her sixtieth birthday celebration in 2002, and they both celebrated the occasion as old friends and colleagues. Anand was in the process of making another film with brother Dev Anand, when he died on February 23, 2004 due to a heart attack. He left behind his wife, Sushma and son Vaibhav, an aspiring filmmaker. His grief-stricken older brother Dev Anand wept openly at the funeral.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ramstep

Spouse (1)

Sushma Anand (? - 23 February 2004) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (29)

Brother of Dev Anand and Chetan Anand. Uncle of Shekhar Kapur.
Has a son, Vaibhav.
Brother-in-law of actress Kalpana Kartik.
Uncle of Suneil Anand.
After Rajput, Vijay Anand had planned a big budget film called Dekha Jayega with Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff. Anil caused major delays and backed out at the last hour causing the film to get shelved. Vijay Anand restarted it with Jackie Shroff and Saif Ali Khan in 1994. The film was once again shelved.
Married his niece in a controversial wedding.
Uncle to producer Yash Kohli. Yash's mother is Vijay Anand's sister.
Grand uncle to actor Purab Kohli. Purab's dad ( Hersh Kohli) is Vijay's sister's son.
Neice Neelam is the former partner of Bollywood Legend Navin Nischol. Neelam is the sister of Shekhar Kapoor.
Uncle to Bhisham Kohli. Bisham acted in a few films under the name Vishal Anand. Bisham is also the brother of producer/ director Hersh Kohli. Producer Yash Kohli is also a sibling of Hersh and Bhisham.
Uncle to Bollywood directors Ketan and Vivek Anand. ( Chetan's son's).
Started a film titled " Dosti Ka Taqaza" in 1988.Starring Mithun Chakraborty and Govinda . Music ; Bappi Lahiri. Producd : Suresh Grover. The film was shelved mid way.
Uncle to actress, director, author Sohaila Kapur. His sister's daughter.
Married his sister's daughter Sushma Kohli in a very controversial wedding. Sushma is the sister of Producer Yash Kohli, Director Hersh Kohli and actor Director Bhisham Kohli (Vishal Anand).
His cousin Vishwamitra Anand is the father of director Gogi Anand.
Former brother in law of actress Uma Anand ( Chetan Anand wife).
Acted in the shelved film " Inshaa Allah" opposite Zarina Wahab, Co starring Farooq Sheikh. Directed by A. Shamsheer.
Grand uncle to actor Surya Rishi Anand. ( Chetan Anand's grandson and Vivek Anand's son).
Grand uncle to famous model, photographer, aspiring filmmaker/ actress Gina Narang. She is the granddaughter of Dev Anand.
His wife Sushma said that the reason he directed actress Asha Parekh in three films and acted opposite her in another film was because he liked her "naughtiness".
Directed the shelved film Rohitasha Movies "Chura Lenge Ankhon Se Kajal" (1992) Starring Akshay Kumar, Karishma Kapoor. Music by Bappi Lahiri, Produced by Suresh Grover, Directed by Vijay Anand.
Starred and Directed the shelved movie,National Film Development Corporation's "Nyaymurti Krishnamurty" (1997) Starring Vijay Anand, Sandeep Kapoor,Roshan Wadhera, Music by Dilip Sen Sameer Sen. Produced by Roshan Wadhera, Directed by Vijay Anand.
First wife's name was Loveleen. Loveleen came to interview Vijay Anand on behalf of Moscow radio. Vijay at the same time was producing a bold romantic film Jaan Hazir Hai starring Prem Kishen (son of villain Premnath) & Shekhar Kapur. Loveleen was beautiful and thus Vijay Anand offered her the lead role in Jaan Hazir Hai. The movie was launched with total fanfare. Loveleen started to bond with Vijay and was fascinated by his attire which he used to wear as a disciple of Rajneesh. Vijay introduced the spiritual world of Rajneesh to Loveleen and she was totally impressed with it. She kept joining Vijay in his Pune visits to the ashram. Vijay, at that time, used to spend minimum ten days a month in Pune ashram. Loveleen's faith in Rajneesh kept growing and so did her feelings for Vijay due to which, she also decided to renounce everything and moved from Delhi to Rajneesh's ashram in Pune. She proposed Vijay Anand to marry her.She knew that Vijay won't like her acting in films and thus decided to leave Jaan Hazir Hai. They were happily married until, Loveleen one fine day put forth her wish of working again in films and asked him to write a script which revolves around her as the heroine opposite a superstar actor, Vijay was upset by this as Vijay wanted to detach himself from the fake world of showbiz. They later divorced.
Son Vaibhav Anand appeared in the film Swami Dada as a baby.
In 2009, Son Vaibhav was to debut as a actor in the film " Petrol Pump". The film was to be directed by Ketan Anand and was scripted by Chetan Anand years ago. The film then got shelved. In 2016, Ketan Anand restarted the film, but replaced Vaibhav with Surya Rishi Anand ( Vivek Anand's son).
Grand niece Gina Narang (Dev's granddaughter) is married to fashion stylist Prayag Menon. Gina is a licensed pilot. She learnt how to fly in Texas. Gina's father, Mr Narang was also a pilot. He passed away from cancer in 2010. Gina's mother is Devina (Dev's daughter).
Sister Usha is married to Dr. Prithvi Madhok ( son of director D.N.Madhok).
Vijay Anand's first wife Loveleen was signed for the lead role in Jaan Hazir Hai but opted out to get married to Vijay Anand. Vijay was producing the film. She went on to marry lens man Raghu Rai and then Mr. Thadani. She produced the telefilm Dank starring Rama Vij directed Ved Rahi. The film was based on short story by Amrita Pritam. Loveleen is a noted filmmaker and writer. She wrote a book titled Book of Loveleen Thadani.
Cousin is producer Ravi Anand.

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