Chetan Anand (from 3 January 1921 to 6 July 1997) was a famous director of Hindi Films and elder brother of the film actor Dev Anand. He made his debut with the film Neecha Nagar, which received the Best Film award at the first ever Cannes Film Festival in 1946 and also the first Indian film to get international recognition. After that he set up Navketan Films in association with his younger brother Dev Anand in 1949.

Chetan Anand was born in Lahore, British India and studied Hindu scriptures from Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya. He did his graduation in English from Government College Lahore. He was a member of Indian National Congress in 1930. Along with it, he also worked for BBC and taught at ‘The Doon School’, Dehradun.

He went to Mumbai to sell his first film script on King Ashoka. He has been casted as the lead role in a Hindi Film Rajkumar in 1944 by Phani Majumdar. Afsar starring his younger brother Dev Anand, was the first film made by Navketan followed by Taxi Driver and Andhiyan. Chetan Anand, despite of being famous as a director, acted as a lead role in the films such as Humsafar in 1957, Kala Bazaar, Amman, Hindustan Ki Kasam etc.

He later teamed up with photographer Jal Mistry, music director Madan Mohan, Lyricist Kaifi Azmi and actress Priya Rajvansh to start his own production banner called Himalaya films which gave hit films like Haqeeqat, Heer Ranjha etc.

A book was written in 2006 by Anand’s wife and son – The Poetics of Film, which is a remark of his remembrance and also a documentary was made by his son with the same name which was released in 2008.

Maqsood Hassan

Maqsood Hassan was a veteran radio, television and stage artist in Pakistan film and television world. Fondly he was also known as ‘Maqsood Bhai’ for his great sense of acting and long journey in film and television world of Pakistan. He passed away in the month of September 2014 due to heart failure. The actor was 67 years old when he breathed his last. Like many actors of his generation, the actor had a very humble beginning. He started his acting career on a children’s program through radio stations based in Pakistan. He was a voice over artist then and had lent his voices over some programs in radio stations. He began his career almost 50 years ago when the industry was at a very nascent stage. But he made his major breakthrough in some of the brilliant movies, plays and TV series. His associates and the film fraternity always dubbed him as a great performer of the century. Known for his brilliance in stage and movie performances, he used his small height in an advantageous proposition to his acting talent. For his dwarf size, he was considered the’ little superstar’ and had never struggled in his career. He narrated some of the most memorable characters on small and big screen. Some of his memorable movies are ‘Jaag Utha Insaan’. His memorable plays were Nasser Hussain’s ‘Humlog’. Maqsood shared his stage presence with veterans like Moin Akhtar. He is also known for his performance in a comedy drama TVseries ‘Quddusi Sahab Ki Bewah’ which premiered in 2012 on ARY Digital. In this show, he displayed his quick sense of humor in every scene. Known for charismatic personality, the actor was totally gifted and had a unique sense of his comic timing. His excellent performance in ‘Hum Log’ with other several dwarf artists of Pakistan such as Shahid Rana and Afzal Bhai in this show created enough craze. It was a show which aimed to tell the audiences that the dwarfs should not be subject to teasing in the society. The show was directed by Nazar Hussain. It was a story of few dwarf men who fall in love with taller women. The show had a critical applause and had a good response from viewers.

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Maqsood Hassan Hindi Actor