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Vijay Anand was born on January 22, 1934 in Gurdaspur, Punjab and was the youngest of three Anand brothers. His older brothers were director Chetan Anand and actor Dev Anand. Although Vijay, affectionately known as Goldie, some say because of his curly hair, is known today as a director, he actually started his acting career in 1955 in a family drama called Joru Ka Bhai ( 1955), directed by brother Chetan. However, he didn’t continue to act, preferring to be behind the camera for the most part. His best film as an actor would be Kora Kagaz (1974). The film, directed by Anil Ganguly, was based on the 1963 Bengali film Saat Pake Bandha directed by Ajoy Kar and starred Suchitra Sen and Soumitra Chatterjee. He played a college professor who married a much younger daughter (Jaya Bhaduri), from a wealthy family. The girl’s mother doesn’t like the fact that their son-in-law is not well off like them and her constant interference creates acrimony between the couple. In Tere Mere Sapne (1971), a movie starring Dev Anand and Mumtaz, he plays a doctor who is drunk all the time. Despite being a drunkard, he acts as the protagonist’s conscience keeper and was highly regarded for his small but meaningful role. He also directed the film. It is said to be his most serious film to date, as it revolved around the actual profession of doctors forgetting the Hippocratic Oath and blindly pursuing lucre. It would have changed the fortunes of Mumtaz, whose role as a stoic wife was much admired in the film. People started to take her seriously as an actor after that. In Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978), he plays a debauched landlord who marries another much younger woman (Asha Parekh) and turns his wife’s (Nutan) life upside down. In 1994, he appeared as Detective Sam D’Silva in the hit television series Tehkikaat. The series became very popular and its chemistry with Saurabh Shukla, who played Gopichand, his partner, was much admired.
When it comes to cinema, Vijay, like his brothers, was also influenced by Hollywood neo-noir films. This was very evident in his directorial debut Nau Do Gyarah (1957), where a truck driver (Dev Anand) and a runaway bride (Kalpana Kartik) fall in love, leading to many misadventures. His next directorial adventure, Kala Bazar (1960), had the three brothers acting together for the first time. Dev Anand played a black merchant who starts by selling black movie tickets but is later reformed out of love. It is said that Vijay’s childhood memories of seeing movie tickets from Dev Anand’s films sold in black gave him the idea for this film. The film used footage from the movie premiere of Mother India (1957) to great advantage and with actors like Dilip Kumar, Nargis, Geeta Dutt, Guru Dutt, Raaj Kumar and Rajendra Kumar. It became one of the talking points of the film.
His next film was Tere Ghar Ke Saamne (1963), a romantic comedy. Goldie is said to love Nutan as an actress, who would have the perfect photogenic face. He shot one of the best songs of the actress, Dil ka bhanwar kare pukar in the movie. The song is said to have been shot in the spiral staircase of Qutub Minar and is a marvel of performance of the song. Nutan and Dev Anand go up in the tower as friends but go down in love, all the courtship being played out during the trip.

Indeed, filming songs in an aesthetic way and using them as extensions of the narrative has become a trademark for Vijay Anand. In Guide’s song Tere mere sapne (1965), for example, the morning sun becomes a metaphor for the love found between Raju and Rosie. The light Goldie wanted was only available for 15 minutes a day early in the morning, so he timed it perfectly and filmed for those 15 minutes each day until he was satisfied. Jewel Thief’s song Hothon mein aisi baat (1967) was filmed at the Royal Palace in Gangtok, Sikkim and showed the heroine a dilemma as she learned a fateful secret. The fast song almost sounded like an uncut take. Pal bhar ke liye koi hame pyar kar le by Johny Mera Naam (1970) was filmed on a set of a house with multiple doors and windows. You can see Dev Anand in continuous motion serenading Hema Malni from various nooks and crannies. Pal pal dil ke paas by Blackmail (1973) was conceived as a daydream. The heroine, Raakhee, reads the letters written to her by the hero, Dharmendra, and imagines that he is there by her side. It is considered one of the most romantic songs ever imagined. In Akela gaya tha main (Rajput, 1982), the reverie motif is used again, this time on Rajesh Khanna, who is shown on horseback and thinking of Hema Malini. The film may have failed, but the beauty of the song has not diminished. The Laxmikant-Pyarelal composers too cleverly incorporated the ticking sound produced by the horse’s hooves into the soundtrack.

Vijay Anand

He is said to have a keen ear for music, as can be seen in his various associations with musical directors like SD Burman, RD Burman, Jaidev, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and lyricists Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. It is said that his songs often resembled a dialogue between the hero and the heroine.

Vijay Anand
It is said that Guide, his most famous film, came to him by accident. The film is based on the 1958 novel The Guide, by RK Narayan, and was conceived as an international project between Dev Anand and writer Pearl S Buck, who brought in American director Tad Danielewski to direct his version of the film. . Dev Anand brought in his older brother Chetan Anand to conduct his version, which is said to contain many songs and dances. It is said that the American team did not perform well with the Indian team. Then Chetan wanted to do the war drama Haqeeqat (1964). Therefore, he left the project and Goldie was asked to lead it. The director gave it the poetry and pathos of a Guru Dutt film and the grandeur of a Raj Kapoor film. And his songs are something that Sanjay Leela Bhansali always emulates. Today it is considered a classic and is taught in film schools. Incidentally, it is said that Narayan himself disliked Indian and American adaptations and humorously described Guide as misguided. By the way, Vijay was one of the protagonists of Haqeeqat. The film began with a long panoramic view of him driving a jeep through rugged mountains. People often said that Vijay Anand excelled because he only worked with Navketan films, the banner of Dev Anand. Perhaps to prove them wrong, he chose to direct Teesri Manzil (1966), produced by Nasir Hussain and starring Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh. The dark elements were again evident in the film as it recounted the exploits of the hero wrongly accused of the murder of his sister by the heroine. It contained lingering tunes composed by RD Burman, was shot in scenic locations, and featured a crackling chemistry between the two lead roles. It turned out to be a smash hit and silenced its critics once and for all. It’s a shame the team can’t get together anymore.
Vijay Anand

He is said to have also directed Hum Dono (1961), although the film’s credits say Amarjeet. Even Dev Anand, who played the dual role of two army guys, had said it in his interviews. It contains one of the best songs ever made on Dev Anand – Main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya. The song has all the cues of Vijay Anand’s magic. During the song, you get to know the mental landscape of the protagonist. Jaidev’s music and Sahir Ludhianvi’s lyrics were the soul of the film. The bhajan, Allah tero naam, sung by Lata Mangeshkar, is still worshiped today. The highlight of the film was the confrontation scenes between Major Manohar Lal Verma and Captain Anand. Shot long before the computer graphics came into the picture, they nevertheless managed to give the illusion that we are looking at two characters, despite only one actor playing them.
Some credit Vijay Anand as one of the most prolific Hindi commercial directors. Well, come to think of it, Nau Do Gyrah was a road movie, Kala Bazar was a neo-realist cinema, Tere Ghar Ke Saamne a romcom, Guide a book adaptation, Teesri Manzil a murder mystery, Jewel Thief was black, Johny Mera Naam used the lost and found formula, while Hum Dono explored how war and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) have changed the human psyche. He was ahead of his time to do this.

Vijay Anand

Vijay Anand reportedly lost interest in directing after three consecutive films, Blackmail (1973), Chhupa Rustam (1973) and Bullet (1976) did not fare well at the box office. To overcome the depression, perhaps, he became a disciple of godman Rajneesh and would have belonged to the inner circle of Rajneesh. He married his niece Sushma Kohli in 1978, while he was directing Ram Balram (1980). This decision led to a huge scandal within the conservative Punjabi community. Following films like Rajput (1982), Hum Rahe Na Hum (1984) and Main Tere Liye (1988), too flopped. Her last film was Jaana Na Dil Se Door (2001), which was not released.
He died on February 23, 2004 from a heart attack and was 70 years old at the time of his death.

Vijay Anand



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