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Tinnu Anand (born 12 October 1954), sometimes referred to as Tinnu Anand or Virender Raj Anand,[1] is an Indian actor, writer and director from Bollywood, who is most known as the director of Amitabh Bachchan's movies including, Kaalia (1981), Shahenshah (1988), Main Azaad Hoon (1989) and Major Saab (1998). He is the son of veteran writer Inder Raj Anand, brother of producer Bittu Anand and uncle of director Siddharth Anand.

Tinu Anand
Virender Raj Anand

(1954-10-12) 12 October 1954 (age 64)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra,
Other namesTinnu Anand
Alma materMayo College, Ajmer
Known forGhatak,
Major Saab
(as director)
Spouse(s)Shahnaz Anand (Daughter of Late comedian and actor Agha)
RelativesBittu Anand

Anand portrayed an important role in Ghajini in 2008.[2][3] He did his schooling from Mayo College in India. In an interview, Tinu Anand spoke about his early days and also praised Amitabh Bachchan for his generosity.[4]

He also worked as an assistant director to Satyajit Ray for five years, in Bengali films, Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969), Aranyer Din Ratri (1970), Pratidwandi (1970), Seemabaddha (1971) to Ashani Sanket (1973).[5]



His father, Inder Raj Anand, was a well-known writer in the film industry, but he did not want Tinnu, or his younger brother Bittu, to enter this industry. he would say that it was not the place for them. "..when I told him I wanted to direct films, he was very upset. Ultimately, though, he saw that I didn't want to do anything else. So he sent me to the best school - the Satyajit Ray School. Mr. Ray and my father were friends, so my father asked him to take me under his wing."[6]

Tinnu had been given a role in K. Abbas' film Saat Hindustani when.. "In the evening, I was given the dirty job of offering Amitabh Rs.5000 for the entire film, whether it took a year or five.. Amitabh reluctantly agreed as he was desperate to act. He got the role of the poet's friend in Saat Hindustani. When my father got the letter from Satyajit Ray saying I could work with him, I had to give up Saat Hindustani. So I left for Calcutta and Amitabh got the role of the poet that I was supposed to play.[7]

(on working with actors who consistently show up quite late and put in only a few hours) "I give all the credit to Veeru (Devgan) who taught me how to unlearn what I had learnt. He told me that if you have to survive in this industry with actors like these, you should learn how to shoot a film when the actor's not there!" and: "I felt very proud when I showed Amitabh a scene between him and Amjad Khan in a dubbing studio one day. He was shocked and said 'But I never shot with Amjad'".[8]


"My first film as an actor was for Jalal Agha. It starred Sarika, Naseeruddin Shah and Amol Palekar. People liked my character, but as the film never released, I became a director." He was shooting Shahenshah with Amitabh when a trunk call from Madras (Chennai) came in. "Sarika, who had got married to Kamal (Haasan) by then, was on the line. She told me they were planning a film called Pushpak. Amrish puri had promised them dates, but had become very busy, They could not get actors from other south Indian languages. Kamal-ji saw my photograph somewhere and wanted me. I was asked to go to Chennai the next day, just for a day. I told Kamal-ji I was working with Amitabh Bachchan and I couldn't change his dates. He pleaded with me. So I went nervously to Amitabh's door and told him what the problem was. He asked me 'So, do you want to act?' I said 'I don't mind because it's a silent film and an experimental film, and they are desperate to have me.' He told me to go. He said we could resume shooting the day after I got back. While I was doing Pushpak, Kamal told me he had just finished a ten-day shooting schedule for a film called Nayakan with a young director called Mani Ratnam. He praised Ratnam a lot. He thought that if the film was released, it would be a benchmark not just in Tamil cinema, but in Hindi cinema as well. He said there was a very important role being written and he suggested my name. I laughed and told him I was a director, not an actor. But he insisted I do it. He said 'If it turns out the way we have planned it, you will never be able to walk the streets of Madras. And truly, when I walked the streets of Madras after the release of Nayakan and Pushpak everyone knew me. That was a very, very important break that Kamal gave me, in both those films. Pushpak ran for 25 weeks in Bangalore (Bengalaru). Whenever I've been to Bangalore, a bar or a restaurant, someone has always picked up my bill. I have never paid a bill in Bangalore![9]


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  1. ^ Tinnu Anand,
  2. ^ Tinnu Anand,
  3. ^ From Amitabh to Aamir, the show goes on..., The Hindu, 23 September 2002.
  4. ^ Amitabh,
  5. ^ "Working with Satyajit Ray Was One of the Joys of Producing Shatranj Ke Khiladi". The Wire. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  6. ^ N, Patcy. "I was given the dirty job of offering Amitabh Rs. 5000 for the entire film". Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  7. ^ N, Patcy. "I was given the dirty job of offering Amitabh Rs. 5000 for the entire film". Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  8. ^ N, Patcy. "I was given the dirty job of offering Amitabh Rs. 5000 for the entire film". Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  9. ^ N, Patcy. "I was given the dirty job of offering Amitabh Rs. 5000 for the entire film". Retrieved 24 August 2017.

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