Amar Akbar Anthony
|Amar Akbar Anthony|
Amar Akbar Anthony film poster
|Directed by||Manmohan Desai|
|Produced by||Manmohan Desai|
|Written by||Smt. Jeevanprabha M. Desai
|Editing by||Kamlakar Karkhanis|
|Running time||185 mins|
Amar Akbar Anthony (Devnagari: अमर अकबर एन्थोनी) is a 1977 Bollywood film about three brothers separated during their childhood who grew up in three homes, adopting three religions. It was the biggest blockbuster of 1977 and won several Filmfare awards.
The film was directed by Manmohan Desai and starred three actors: Amitabh Bachchan (as Anthony Gonsalves), Vinod Khanna (as Amar Khanna) and Rishi Kapoor (as Akbar Allahabadi). Each of the heroes had an affiliation with a heroine; these women were played by Parveen Babi, Shabana Azmi and Neetu Singh. Nirupa Roy, Pran and Jeevan played supporting roles. The music was written by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Kishore Kumar sang for Amitabh Bachchan, and Mohammed Rafi sang for Rishi Kapoor. The soundtrack was one of Mukesh's last soundtracks with Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Anand Bakshi was the lyricist. This movie proved to be a golden jubilee at the box office.
Kishanlal (Pran), a chauffeur, takes the blame for a fatal hit-and-run accident committed by his mob boss employer, Robert (Jeevan), on the assurance that his family's income will be tripled and their welfare looked after. He returns from prison to find his wife Bharati (Nirupa Roy) suffering from tuberculosis and his three sons starving. Seeking help from Robert for the sake of his family, he is ridiculed, humiliated and repudiated, until he turns on Robert and tries to kill him. Making his escape, Kishanlal inadvertently takes a car containing a shipment of gold bullion. Robert's goons give chase.
Kishanlal goes home to rescue his family — only to find his wife's suicide note. Unknown to him, she fails and is struck blind. He leaves his sons in a public park (at the foot of a statue of Gandhi) while he draws off the pursuing goons. In the car chase that follows he crashes, is thrown clear of the wreck, and discovers the gold. But by the time he returns to the park with his riches, his three children have vanished. Amar, the oldest, has been adopted by a Hindu policeman; a Muslim tailor adopts the youngest and names him Akbar; and a Catholic priest, finding the middle son asleep on the steps of his church, fosters him and names him Anthony.
In revenge, Kishanlal kidnaps Robert's daughter Jenny and raises her as his niece, using the gold to destroy Robert's business and set himself up as mob boss instead.
Amar (Vinod Khanna) becomes a policeman; Akbar (Rishi Kapoor) becomes a singer; the middle brother, Anthony (Amitabh Bachchan), becomes a likable, socially conscious scamp who runs quasi-legal operations and makes God his 'partner' by donating half his income to charity. The three meet when they donate blood for an accident victim, unaware that they are related — or that the recipient is their biological mother Bharati.
Their lives become entangled in an incredible web of coincidences and furious action sequences — interspersed with songs — when Amar's adopted father is seriously wounded and Anthony falls in love with Jenny, Robert's long-lost daughter. Because of it his adoptive father, the priest, is murdered. In their pursuit of justice their paths cross again until, combining efforts, the brothers discover both the culprit and their mutual heritage.
In addition to the ongoing feud between Robert and Kishanlal, each son meets and courts — with greater or lesser difficulty — their love interests. When the grieving mother regains her sight at a Diwali festival in honor of Sai Baba, one by one the family is re-united and Robert, who caused their suffering, is finally imprisoned.
- Vinod Khanna as Inspector Amar Khanna; first son (raised as a Hindu)
- Amitabh Bachchan as Anthony Gonsalves; second son (raised as a Christian)
- Rishi Kapoor as Akbar Allahabadi/Raju; third son (raised as a Muslim)
- Parveen Babi as Jenny; Anthony's girlfriend
- Shabana Azmi as Laxmi; common thief and Amar's love interest
- Neetu Singh as Dr. Salma; Akbar's neighbor and Akbar's love interest
- Nirupa Roy as Bharati; mother of three boys
- Pran as Kishanlal; driver profession, father of three boys, husband of Bharati
- Jeevan as Robert, the mob boss
- Ranjeet as Ranjeet
- Yusuf Khan as Zebisko, the bodyguard
- Helen as Special appearance
|Amar Akbar Anthony|
|Studio album by Laxmikant-Pyarelal|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The soundtrack was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, and the lyrics were penned by the veteran Anand Bakshi. The soundtrack of the movie proved as popular and successful as the movie itself. The vocals of the songs again have been given by some of the biggest names in the Indian music industry: Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar, Shailender Singh and Amitabh Bachchan (sang in the song "My Name is Anthony Gonsalves").
Shahid Khan of Planet Bollywood gave 9 stars stating, "Overall, Amar Akbar Anthony is one of the finest examples of an album where the list of playback singers matches the star-power in the film".
The vinyl record was released on Polydor and was the first coloured LP: It was pink.
Film expert Rajesh Subramanian explains one of the earliest film merchandising strategy started with Amar Akbar Anthony. Three large Erasers with the photographs of Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, was sold in the market. It was a rage among school students. Posters, postcards and song booklets of the film adorned the shops. Men started sporting a metal cross around their neck. Even colourful vests (worn by Amitabh Bachchan in the film)became a vogue.
|"Yeh Sach Hai Koi Kahani Nahi Khoon Khoon hota Hai Pani Nahi"||Mohammad Rafi|
|"Parda Hai Parda"||Mohammed Rafi|
|"My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves"||Kishore Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan|
|"Humko Tumse"||Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, and Lata Mangeshkar|
|"Tayyab Ali"||Mohammed Rafi and chorus|
|"Shirdi Wale"||Mohammed Rafi|
|"Anhony Ko Honi"||Kishore Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor, and Shailender Singh|
Awards and nominations
- Filmfare Best Actor Award: Amitabh Bachchan
- Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
- Filmfare Best Editing Award: Kamlakar Karkhanis
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Movie Award
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Director: Manmohan Desai
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Lyricist: Anand Bakshi for the song "Parda Hai Parda"
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Male Playback Singer: Mohammed Rafi for the song "Parda Hai Parda"
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- "AAA Music Review by Shahid Khan". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 7 February 2012.