- 1 hr 57 min
Anand is a 1971 Indian film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and starring Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, and Sumita Sanyal in lead roles. The film explores the life of a terminally ill man named Anand Sehgal, who tries to spread joy and happiness wherever he goes. The movie begins with Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee (played by Amitabh Bachchan) receiving a letter from his close friend Anand Sehgal (played by Rajesh Khanna), informing him about his fatal illness. Bhaskar is both shocked and saddened by the news since he had no idea about his friend's condition. However, he decides to visit Anand at his hospital in Mumbai, where he has been undergoing treatment.
Upon arriving, Bhaskar is impressed with Anand's optimistic and cheerful personality, despite his fatal condition, and how he brings joy to the people around him. Anand, knowing the severity of his condition, still chooses to live life to the fullest and tries to help other people in any way he can. His positivity and neverending smile brightens up everyone else's life, including the hospital staff and patients.
As Bhaskar spends more time with Anand, he begins to realize that Anand's positive attitude is not just a show but a genuine spirit to brighten the lives of others. Bhaskar, who is himself a very serious and reserved person, is completely awestruck by Anand's joyful attitude and the way he interacts with the people around him.
Through various events throughout the film, we see Anand's illness becomes more severe as time goes on, yet Anand continues to live his life happily, making everyone else happy around him. We see the chronic pain that life and death can create for someone, and how one's attitude can help oneself and others cope better with such struggles. The movie touches more than just Anand's life and tackles the story of the people surrounding him and how they try to cope with his illness.
The film is remarkable in many ways. It portrays the life of Anand, the man who lives life to its fullest, through a series of fantastical moments and characters that lead him to explore and find joy throughout life even in the face of death. It also showcases the bond between two friends, who are complete opposites but who share a brotherhood that lasts forever.
The film's music, composed by Salil Chowdhury, is one of the highlights of the movies with its melodic songs and beautiful lyrics. The film's iconic song "Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli" is still remembered and loved by many today.
Anand was a commercial success and won the hearts of the Indian audience for its unique and powerful story. The film touches on universal themes that relate to every individual's way of living and suffering.
Overall, Anand is a heartfelt and inspiring film that leaves a deep impact, inspiring the audience to approach life with joy, love, and compassion. The film's characters and intricate nuances serve as a reminder that even in the face of darkness, light and happiness may still thrive.
Anand is a 1971 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 57 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1.