ANAND: A NOSTALGIA

There are some movies in the history of Bollywood, which are permanently etched in the memory of thee audience for the way they have dealt basic human needs of love and companionship. The need for a companion is felt even more when a person is in his dying stages. “Anand” is a film which captures this basic need of humans in a way which tugs the hearts and minds alike.
The story opens with felicitation to Dr. B.K. Banerjee( Amitabh Bachchan), who has written a novel which has won appreciatiopn all over and has got an award. Dr. B.K. Banerjee is asked what’s his inspiration in writing such a wonderful novel. Dr. Bhaskar.K.Banerjee starts his speech by telling that the novel is an extract from his diary and here starts the movie’s flash back.
Dr.Banerjee is a leading cancer specialist in Mumbai who shuns materialism and argues about wrong things in society with his colleague and friend Dr. Kulkarni. On such a meeting one day, Dr. Kulkarni tells him that a friend of theirs from Delhi is sending a patient named Anand Sehgal( Rajesh Khanna), who’s suffering from Lymphosarchoma of the Intestines and is on the verge of the death, for reference of Dr. Kulkarni.
Anand comes storming into the office of Dr. Kulkarni and takes everybody in to his charms and wades through their hearts. Dr. Banerjee, who is an introvert tells him about his disease and asks him what he wants by knowing of his disease. Anand for that replies , that he knows that he cannot live for more than 4 to 5 months but wants to lead life happily for this short period by making friends and friends and more friends. Taken aback by this Dr. Banerjee apologises.
And here starts the friendship of Anand and Dr. Banerjee with Anand making life of the beleaguered doctor a rosier one by making him discover benefits of laughter and viewing positive sides of life. Anand finally dies in his death bed leaving all sad and remains etched in their memories.
The message of “Anand” is very simple. Love the world you live in and be loved by the world in turn. Anand spreads happiness and joy to those who surround him and they make him the best part of themselves and leaves them sad when he departs from the mortal world and his message “zindagi aur maut upar walon ki hathon maain hain jahapana..use na aap badal sakte hain na hum…hum sab toh is rang manch ki katputhliya hain, zinki dor upar walon ki hathon main bandhi hain…kab kaun kaise uthega kisi ko bhi pata nahin…” immortalises the character of “Anand.”
Anand asks us to live the precious moments of life which are the real treasures of this world and these small moments will make u happy, makes us compelled to look into our lives and introspect. The message of “Anand” directed in a great manner by a legend named Hrishikesh Mukherjee and lived by Rajesh Khanna and tuned to perfection by SD Burman, is as relevant today as it was during the time of its release and it would remain relevant forever.
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About krshychait

A working individual who has a great passion towards arts of India. The literary and cinema field have captured my imagination like no other.

One comment

  1. it really moves everyone into tears … i love the song zindagi kaisi hain paheli haye….sung by kishore da!!!!!!!!!

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