Anand is a once-in-a-lifetime movie. It’s like those genius films that one doesn’t set out to make, but that just happen. It is one of my favourite films; I can never tire of it and keep going back to it from time to time. The movie has beautiful writing, great performances and an enthralling background score. While everybody remembers the iconic death scene in the film, my favourite scene is the introduction of Rajesh Khanna’s titular character.
I love the entire sequence where Anand just bursts in through the door, and there is a happy score playing in the background. There is so much life and so much mazaa in it. The scene has some great lines. I think it’s one of the greatest introduction scenes ever because it sets the tone for the film brilliantly. Anand’s entry is powerful and positive. You understand the pathos of the situation when you realise that he has a life-threatening disease but at the same time, you also become aware that this is what makes him, his character. You get so involved in the film that you start rooting for Anand.
The scene also firmly established the relationship between Anand and Amitabh Bachchan, whom he lovingly calls Babu Moshai. I find that there is some kind of a love story between the two where Bachchan is falling for Anand. Anand’s character is one that believes in living-in-the-moment which is quite opposite to Amitji’s pragmatic and practical approach, especially as a doctor. From thereon, there’s a beautiful humanism of the character. One of my favourite dialogues in the film is when Anand says ‘Babu moshai, zindagi badi honi chahiye...lambi nahi.’ That single line has such a deep, true-to-life meaning and conveys so much so simply.
Anand is an inspiration for every Indian filmmaker and Hrishikesh Mukherjee (director) is a great teacher. What I liked most about his films was how they all incorporated the great Indian spirit so effectively. The older generation, especially, always remembers the simplicity of those films. It’s not that easy to evoke the same simple mazaa in a film today. That’s what I tried to do with Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. In fact, a lot of people told me that they could see a lot of Hrishida in Luv Shuv. The Indian soul had been missing in our movies but it is great how it’s all coming back now.
Sameer Sharma is the director of the recently released, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Here, he talks about his favourite scene in a film