Anand (1971)

 ●  Hindi ● 4 hrs

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aden with laughs, this bitter-sweet slice-of-life drama evocatively depicts the story of a man with a terminal disease. This inspiring saga 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. This touching tale expresses the view that the body may perish, but Anand leaves behind a legacy of joy and the celebration of life that is inexhaustible and immortal.

Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Sumita Sanyal

Crew: Hrishikesh Mukherjee (Director), Jaywant Pathare (Director of Photography), Salil Choudhury (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 05 Mar 1971 (India)

Hindi Name: आनंद

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Did you know? The film is the highest rated Indian film on IMDb (8.8) and is considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made. Read More
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as Anand Saigal
as Renu
as Head Wrestler
as Renu's Mother
as Dr Bhaskar
as Chandranath
as Moni Baba
as Mrs Sanyal
as Matron D'Sa
as Dr Prakash Kulkarni
as Mrs Suman Kulkarni


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Remade as: Chitrashalabham (Malayalam)
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The film is the highest rated Indian film on IMDb (8.8) and is considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made.

The film was originally supposed to star Kishore Kumar and Mehmood. When producer-director Hrishikesh Mukherjee went to Kishore Kumar's residence to discuss the project, he was driven away by the gatekeeper who mistook him to be someone else. The incident hurt Mukherjee who decided not to work with Kumar. Consequently Mehmood also left the film.

The lead character was inspired by Raj Kapoor, who used to call Mukherjee "Babu Moshay". It is believed that Mukherjee wrote the film at a time when Kapoor was seriously ill and Mukherjee thought that he may die. The film was dedicated to Kapoor and the people of Bombay.

The film won six Filmfare Awards including Best Movie and Best Actor.