A for Anand


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To kick-start the challenge I have chosen an Indian Blockbuster called Anand. It was released in 1971 and is still considered one of the landmark movies of Bollywood. The film starred the yester year superstar the Late Rajesh Khanna and the man who played the second fiddle to him became one of the biggest names in the movie industry not just at home but also in the land of movie paradise – Hollywood. He is none other than Amitabh Bachchan. Gulzar another stalwart of the movie industry wrote the dialogues for the movie.

The greatness of the movie lies in the fact that it cuts across time and generations and also the numerous languages and philosophy that exists in a huge country like India and yet retains its freshness in story and message.

The viewers  feel drawn to it is because it successfully brings forth the indomitable human spirit. That spirit that is impregnable, impassable, invincible and unbeatable in the face of death and destruction. The message that though death is inevitable and the final truth for all of us who roam the earth, it is the fear of death that kills us in our every waking hour.

Dr. Bhaskar, the oncologist, is often surprised by Anand’s carefree attitude even though he knows he has not too many days to live. He cannot fathom Anand’s indefatigable spirit towards life and its many adventures. The truth that the talkative and spirited youth Anand gets to know his learned doctor friend was yet to find out that “Zindagi badi honi chahiye lambi nahi” (Life should be big and not just long) Anand time and again underscores the pointlessness of living a long life if we cant enjoy each and every moment and experience the fullness  and richness of it.

But he too has his moments of blues when he reminisces his love who he left behind and that is portrayed through the  melodious song “Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaye”.

There are innumerable instances that tug at the heart strings and one such moment was when Anand and Dr. Bhaskar record their voices. It remains to this day one of the most memorable dialogues in Hindi Film Industry.

“Babumoshai, zindagi aur maut uparwale ke hath hai jahapana, jise na aap badalsakte hai na mein. hum sab to rangmanch ki katputlia hai, jiski door uparwale ke haath bandhi hai kab kaun kaise uthega ye koi nahi janta”

(Life and death is the hands of the supreme power and we are mere puppets in his hands playing our parts the way he wants us to. How and when we are called will forever by a mystery to us.)

Hence be happy and spread happiness and celebrate this indomitable and unconquerable human spirit.

I leave you all with some of the dialogues from the movie that brings forth the futility of being overcome by the fear of when the final curtain is drawn on us


13 thoughts on “A for Anand

  1. Loved your write up Ahana. I agree with you when you say that the movie was famous across India. Those days, I lived in Madras and understood barely a smattering of Hindi. But Rajesh Khanna was a favourite and I watched this film. It had a terrific impact on me and I loved the songs without understanding a word. I again watched the film a few times after coming to live in Bombay and having learnt Hindi well. I found the film was even better than I had believed before.

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