Only some films will stay with you for a lifetime and this film Anand by Hrishikesh Mukherjee starring Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan is surely one of them. DVD of the movie is now available online, and interested viewers can place their orders with their favourite shopping website.
More about the movie
Loosely modelled on Akira Kurosawa's film 'Ikiru' (1952), the film is a melodramatic story of Anand Sehgal (Rajesh Khanna) suffering from a terminal disease. The film begins with There. Bhaskar (Amitabh Bachchan) winning a literary prize for a book he has written on one of his patients - Anand and the rest of the film is in flashback. Anand is suffering from lymph sarcoma of the intestine and has only a few days of life left. Anand is from Delhi and comes to Mumbai for treatment where Doctor Bhaskar K. Banerjee is assigned with the responsibility of treating him. With his high spirited fun-filled demeanour, Anand instantly blows the doctors away and not only the doctors but also everybody who comes in contact with him - Dr. Prakash's wife Suman, Matron D'Sa and also Bhaskar's love interest Renu (Sumita Sanyal).
A wonderful friendship is forged between Anand and Dr. Bhaskar from their very first meeting. Extremely jovial and talkative Anand makes everybody around him happy but doesn't believe in sharing his pains. The story moves forward with Anand continuing to befriend people from all across of life. Everybody he comes across is charmed by his jovial smile and pranks but is also driven to tears when they come to know that this wonderful man is left with only a few days of life left to him. If there is any film that will make you feel absorbed till the last scene and most probably shade more than a few drops of tears - then Anand is one that you will love to watch time and again for this is a story that never gets old.
Rajesh Khanna in his portrayal of Anand is nothing less than brilliant, and this is certainly one of his career best performances. Amitabh Bachchan in his pre-stardom days is also fantastic as Doctor Bhaskar K. Banerjee or BabuMosai - the name he was given by his extraordinary patient. Rajesh Khanna, with his perfect portrayal of the character, makes the audiences laugh at one moment, and the very next the viewers are shedding tears.
With its memorable dialogs and songs written by stalwarts like Hrishikesh Mukherjee himself, Gulzar, Bimal Dutta and D.N.Mukherjee, extraordinary music by Salil Chowdhury and also superlative performance from great singers like Manna Dey, Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar - Anand easily cements its position among the all time best Hindi movies of all time. The director masterfully exerts stupendous performances not only from the leading and supporting actors but also from the versatile music director, the best lyricist and also the best singers of the country and creates a masterpiece of melodramatic representation of human sentiments and emotions. Music by Salil Chowdhury is truly the hallmark of the movie and the simple four song sound track with all time favourite songs like 'Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli Haaye' or 'Maine Tere Liye Hi Saat Rang Ke Sapne' continues to mesmerize the readers even after more than 40 years of their composition.
It is the last moments of the film that makes it a truly memorable and real classic. Bachchan matches Rajesh Khanna step by step in these scenes and the last scene with him weeping on Anand's dead body and Mr, Chowdhury's heart touching background score is simply as best as you have seen any Hindi movie. This is a perfect movie for family viewing. You can order it online and have it delivered at your doorstep.