Tinnu Anand

Tinnu Anand (born 12 October, 1945), sometimes referred to as Tinnu Anand or Virender Raj Anand,[1] is a veteran 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.

Tinnu Anand
Virender Raj Anand

(1945-10-12) 12 October 1945 (age 74)
Other namesTinnu Anand
Alma materMayo College,
Known forKaalia,
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]


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  1. ^ Tinnu Anand, IMDb.com
  2. ^ Tinnu Anand, Rediff.com.
  3. ^ From Amitabh to Aamir, the show goes on..., The Hindu, 23 September 2002.
  4. ^ Amitabh, Rediff.com.
  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.

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