Inder Raj Anand

Inder Raj Anand (died 6 March 1987) was an Indian film dialogue and screenwriter in Hindi cinema, who worked on many Raj Kapoor films, starting with Aag (1948), Aah (1953), Anari (1959) and Sangam (1963).[1] While formally referred to as a writer for Hindi films, he was actually an Urdu writer,[2] writing his scripts and dialogues in Urdu.[3]

He was father to actor-director Tinnu Anand and producer Bittu Anand. Inder's grandson is noted film director Siddharth Anand (Salaam Namaste (2005) and Anjaana Anjaani (2010)).[4] Famous director Mukul Anand was Inder's nephew. Shahenshah, starring Amitabh Bachchan, was Inder's last film as a writer. It was produced by his son, Bittu, and was directed by Tinnu. Shahenshah was released after Inder's death and it became one of the biggest hits of that year.


Anand started off as a writer for Prithviraj Kapoor's Prithvi Theatres and also People's Theatre in Mumbai, and was a close friend of writer-director K.A. Abbas through IPTA.[5]

In his career, Inder Anand wrote almost 120 films including Safar, Sangam and Ek Duuje Ke Liye.[citation needed] Many of his films like Haathi Mere Saathi, Jaani Dushman and Shahenshah were successful.[citation needed]


1948 Phool Aur Kaante Writer
1948 Aag Story and screenplay, dialogues
1950 Birha Ki Raat Writer
1951 Naujawan Dialogues and story
1953 Aah Story, screenplays and dialogues
1956 New Delhi Screenplay
1956 C.I.D. Screenplay and dialogues
1957 Sharada Screenplay
1959 Choti Behen Screenplay and dialogues
1959 Char Dil Char Rahen Writer
1959 Anari Dialogues, screenplay and story
1960 Challia Writer
1961 Sasural Dialogues and screenplay
1962 Dil Tera Deewana Writer
1962 Asli Naqli Writer
1963 Hamrahi Screenplay and dialogues
1963 Bahurani Screenplay and dialogues
1964 Sangam (Urdu film) Writer
1964 Phoolon Ki Sej Writer and Director
1964 Dulha Dulhan Screenplay and dialogues
1964 Beti Bete Screenplay and dialogues
1965 Aasman Mehel Writer
1966 Chotta Bhai Dialogues
1968 Vaasna Dialogues
1968 Sapno Ka Saudagar Story
1969 Nanha Farishta Dialogues
1969 Bhai Behen Writer
1970 Safar Writer
1970 Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani Dialogues
1970 Devi Story, screenplay and dialogues
1970 Aanson Aur Muskaan Screenplay and dialogues
1971 Haathi Mere Saathi Dialogues
1971 Upasna Screenplay and dialogues
1971 Rakhwala Dialogues
1972 Apna Desh Dialogues
1972 Anokha Daan Writer
1972 Jawani Deewani Writer
1973 Gai Aur Gori Writer
1974 Humshakal Dialogues
1974 Faslha Writer
1974 Prem Nagar Dialogues
1975 Sunehra Sansar Writer
1975 Raaja Writer
1975 Julie Dialogues
1976 Nagin Dialogues
1977 Dildaar Dialogues
1977 Aaina Dialogues
1977 Yahi Hain Zindagi Dialogues
1979 Jaani Dushman Dialogues
1981 Ek Duuje Ke Liye Dialogues
1981 Kaalia Dialogues
1982 Vakil Babu Dialogues
1983 Lovers Dialogues
1984 Raaj Tilak Writer
1984 Jeene Nahin Doonga Writer
1985 Mard Dialogues
1988 Shahenshah Screenplay


  1. ^ Gulzar, p. 304
  2. ^ Nandy, Ashis (1998). The Secret Politics of Our Desires: Innocence, Culpability and Indian Popular Cinema. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 97. ISBN 9781856495165.
  3. ^ Aḵẖtar, Jāvīd; Kabir, Nasreen Munni (2002). Talking Films: Conversations on Hindi Cinema with Javed Akhtar. Oxford University Press. p. 49. ISBN 9780195664621. JA: I write dialogue in Urdu, but the action and descriptions are in English. Then an assistant transcribes the Urdu dialogue into Devnagari because most people read Hindi. But I write in Urdu. Not only me, I think most of the writers working in this so-called Hindi cinema write in Urdu: Gulzar, or Rajinder Singh Bedi or Inder Raj Anand or Rahi Masoom Raza or Vahajat Mirza, who wrote dialogue for films like Mughal-e-Azam and Gunga Jumna and Mother India. So most dialogue-writers and most song-writers are from the Urdu discipline, even today.
  4. ^ "Salaam Namaste's director is 'very anxious'". Movies. 6 September 2005.
  5. ^ Ashis Nandy (1998). The Secret Politics of Our Desires: Innocence, Culpability and Indian Popular Cinema. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 97. ISBN 1856495167.


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