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Anand (1971) - (Movies To See Before You Die - Drama)
10 Dec, 2008 | Movies To See Before You Die / Drama

Hrishikesh Mukherjee's ANAND actually spreads 'Anand' among its dedicated viewers and there must be many watching the film even today at regular gaps to regain their lost energy in life. Unarguably among the Top 3 Movies directed by the maestro, ANAND also happens to be the film having the most famous dialogues (by Gulzar) in the history of Hindi cinema post SHOLAY.
 
An unusually brilliant film featuring the superstar Rajesh Khanna without any romantic lead or love songs, ANAND makes you feel the hidden pain felt by its protaganist in his friendly conversations continuing in a playful, light mood right till the end without any depressing moments. And that is where it comes out a complete winner as a calm and soothing film despite being based on a serious, heart wrenching subject of an untimely death.
Sinking deep into their characters, the entire cast delivers outstanding individual performances hugely contributing in the film’s overall impact and a special mention deserves to be made of its melodious and memorable songs composed by Salil Chaudhury with lyrics by Gulzar and Yogesh.
 
Interestingly, the film was to be made with another cast altogether and the character of Anand was inspired from Mukherjee’s dear freind Raj Kapoor, who use to call Hrishikesh Mukherjee as "Babu Moshaye". And that is the reason we read the opening titles dedicating the film to Raj Kapoor and the people of Bombay.
 
Reference of Akira Kurosawa's IKIRU (Japanese) is also made as one of the key inspirations behind the film by many as their personal opinion. But as I feel this influence might have been an admiration by one master for the other dealing with an identical subject. Moreover you get to realize the truth, as you watch both the films dealing with the key character in their own distinctive and impressive way unrelated to each other. 
 
In a few words, ANAND is one of those precious gems of our Hindi Cinema with content and execution equivalent to the life-teaching literature deserving our utmost respect. A pure delight for the heart & soul, the film needs to be seen repeatedly just like we keep reading the pages of our favourite self-help books to regain our lost strength.
 
Directed By Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Starring : Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Johny Walker, Ramesh Deo & More
Music By Salil Chaudhury
Lyrics by Gulzar and Yogesh

Tags : Anand, Ikiru, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachhan, Johny Walker, Ramesh Deo , Salil Choudhury, Movies on Cancer Patient, Melodious Hindi Film Songs, Movies to See Before You Die, Must See Movies List By Bobby Sing
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