How often do we hear – “Babumoshai!! Zindagi badi honi chahiye lambi nahi”? Does it a ring a bell?
“Anand” is one of the highly rated and regarded film of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The man has made classics such as Gol Maal, Chupke Chupke, Mili, Abhimaan, Bawarchi, Khubsoorat . Yet Anand stands in a class of its own.
It is a complete film in terms of script, direction, music, cinematography and acting.
Anand starred the “First superstar” of indian cinema Mr.Rajesh Khanna and the “Shahenshah of Bollywood” Mr. Amitabh Bachan.
It is a tale of Anand Saigal (Rajesh Khanna) who is suffering from lymphoma of the intestine, a rare type of cancer ,who is not going to survive for more than six months. Where as Dr.Bhaskar (Amitabh Bachan) is fresh from his training as an oncologist, trying to treat the poor for no charge. He often gets disheartened by the fact that he can’t cure all the ailments in the world. This movie revolves around their friendship and their ideologies.
Anand Saigal has a unique take on life. He believes in enjoying every moment and tries to spread happiness despite knowing the fact that he doesn’t have much time in his hand.
Whereas Dr. Bhaskar keeps worrying on how he can extend his help to the poor. This makes him question the efficiency of his profession. His view towards life is to make everything perfect, but ends up getting disappointed at every step.
Anand is a simple story with brilliant writing. The flavour in gulzar’s dialogues takes the movie to its pinnacle.
This film is light hearted yet it has a strong emotional connect.
The movie is true to its elements and exhibits a strong philosophy of life and death. The powerful performances by its lead cast and its soulful writing, has made “Anand” india’s most popular movie with an imdb rating of 8.9 (highest ever by any indian film).
Anand has a simple story with great execution made under a limited budget, standing as an example to all the young and upcoming filmmakers.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee has made wonderful films but “Anand” will always stay fresh in our hearts.
You can watch the trailer here: