Vijay Anand

Other names of Vijay Anand: Goldie Anand
Birthday: 22-01-1934
Date of death: 23-02-2004
Star sign: Aquarius

Vijay Anand also known as ‘Goldie‘ is an Indian filmmaker, producer, director, screenwriter and an actor who made some classic films to date. He is related to actor Dev Anand and directed many in-house films of ‘Navketan Films’ (owned by actor Dev Anand). He was born on 22 January 1934 in Punjab. As an actor, he acted opposite Jaya Bhaduri in ‘ Kora Kagaz’ which was critically applauded and was a hit film. Later, he also acted with Shabana Azmi. But his contribution to Indian cinema is understood as a director where he crafted classic film such as Guide, behind the camera lens. It was Guide that made him an acclaimed director of Indian cinema. The film was based on R.K. Narayanan’s novel and it had Waheeda Rehman and Dev Anand playing the lead roles. The film won him even international recognition. The other three films that he directed after Guide for Dev Anand are Johny Mera Naam (1970), Jewel Thief (1967) and Tere Mere Sapne(1971). All these three films were blockbusters in the box office. If Guide boosted Waheeda’s career, so did ‘Jewel Thief for Vyjayanthimala and ‘Johny Mera Naam’ did the same magic for Hema Malini.

Vijay Anand made his debut as a director with his film ‘Nau Do Gyarah’(1957) which had Dev Anand being pitted against Kalpana Karthik for the first time. After this movie, Dev Anand married Kalpana Karthik. This film was also was a blockbuster.

Vijay Anand’s directional venture ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ was remade In Bengali and Telugu languages too. In 1972, the film was made in Bengali as Jiban Saikate with Soumitra Chatterjee and Aparna Sen. In the year 1982, it was remade into Telugu as Madhura Swapnam. Vijay Anand is also known for shooting extraordinary dance sequences songs like ''O Haseena" ( Teesri Manzil ), "Kaaton Se Kheech" (Guide ) and "Honthon Mein Aisi Baat" (Jewel Thief), These songs were picturised on Asha Parkeh, Waheeda, and Vyjayanthimala.

Other than Navketan Banners (Dev Anand production house) Vijay Anand also directed some movies outside it. His first direction outside Navketan was ‘Teesri Manzil’ which was for producer Nasir Hussain. The film which had Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh in lead roles were a hit. R.D. Burman’s musical score gave some foot-tapping numbers for audiences to enjoy.
In most of his films except 'Guide' and 'Teesri Manzil', Vijay Anand had been the screenwriter. In 1973, he directed ‘Black Mail’ which featured Raakhee and Dharmendra in lead roles. The film was declared a hit.

After this film, he produced, directed and penned the script for ‘Chupa Rustom’ which failed in the box-office. In 1980, he directed ‘Ram Balram’ which had Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan being paired together after Sholay. The film was produced by Tito and had Zeenat Aman and Rekha being cast opposite Dharmendra and Amitabh. The film received average box office response due to the fact it had Amitabh and Dharmendra together.

Vijay Anand is well known for his other two films that were ‘Kala Bazar’ and ‘ Tere Ghar Ke Samne’ which had melodious music of S.D. Burman . The actor and director passed away on 23 February 2004 due to a heart attack.