Vijay Anand (filmmaker)

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Vijay Anand (22 January 1934 – 23 February 2004), also known as Goldie Anand, was an Indian filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, editor and actor, who is known for acclaimed films such as Guide (1965) and Johny Mera Naam (1970).[2] He made most of his films for the in-house banner Navketan Films and was part of the Anand family.

Vijay Anand
Vijay Anand in the film Agra Road.jpg
Anand in Agra Road (1957)
Born(1934-01-22)22 January 1934
Died23 February 2004(2004-02-23) (aged 70)
Other namesGoldie
RelativesSee Anand-Sahni family
AwardsFilmfare Best Director Award:Guide (1965)
Filmfare Best Dialogue Award: Guide (1965)
Filmfare Best Editing Award: Johnny Mera Naam (1969)


Vijay Anand was born in Gurdaspur, Punjab, British India to well-to-do advocate Pishori Lal Anand. He was the youngest of the four Anand siblings, including producer and director Chetan Anand and Dev Anand, one of the greatest and most beloved of Hindi film stars, his sister is Sheel Kanta Kapur, who is the mother of acclaimed Indian film director Shekhar Kapur.[3] His first marriage was with Loveleen, a marriage which took place when Vijay Anand was influenced by Rajneesh, and Lovleen had come to interview him for Russian Times, and wanted to marry him. This marriage was later dissolved by Rajneesh himself, when the couple could not get along. His second marriage was with Sushma Kohli, his sister's daughter. They have a son, Vaibhav.[4][5]

Though Vijay Anand has had a career as an actor, screenwriter, editor, and producer, he will primarily be remembered as a director. In 1957, he made his directorial debut with Nau Do Gyarah, which he shot in 40 days.[6]

Some of his successful movies as director are Johny Mera Naam (1970), Jewel Thief (1967), Teesri Manzil (1966), Kala Bazar (1960), Ram Balram and Rajput. Teesri Manzil, which he made for producer Nasir Hussain, was his first non-Navketan film as a director. Some of his major films are Tere Mere Sapne (1971) and Guide (1965). Guide, starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman is Vijay Anand's most critically acclaimed movie. It is based on R.K. Narayan's novel The Guide. Navketan attempted an international release of a remake of Guide without much success.[citation needed]

Vijay Anand is known for his stylish song picturization, such as the numbers; "O Haseena" (Teesri Manzil ), "Kaaton Se Kheech" (Guide ) and "Honthon Mein Aisi Baat" (Jewel Thief ).[7]

As an actor, his most memorable roles were in the films Haqeeqat (1964), Kora Kagaz (1974), (in which he starred opposite Jaya Bachchan) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978). Chor Chor was a songless thriller in which Leena Chandavarkar was his heroine. He acted in Ghoonghroo Ki Aawaz, Double Cross and Chhupa Rustam.

To the younger generation of the 1990s he is also known for playing detective Sam in the television series Tehkikaat (1994).

He served a short stint as the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification, India's censor board, a position from which he resigned, in 2002, after he ran into ideological differences with the government over the introduction of ratings for adult movies.[8]

He caused a major controversy by marrying his much younger niece.[9] He was in the inner circle of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.[10]

Goldie, as he was affectionately called, died on 23 February 2004 due to a heart attack. He was aged 70.[11]


Year Title Production company
1957 Nau Do Gyarah Navketan Films
1960 Kala Bazar Navketan Films
1963 Tere Ghar Ke Samne
1965 Guide
1966 Teesri Manzil
1967 Jewel Thief
1968 Kahin Aur Chal
1970 Johny Mera Naam
1971 Tere Mere Sapne
1973 Black Mail
1973 Chhupa Rustam
1974 Kora Kagaz
1976 Bullet
1980 Ek Do Teen Char
1980 Ram Balram
1982 Rajput
1988 Main Tere Liye


Sriram Raghavan's Johnny Gaddar, a Film Noir style thriller is dedicated to his influence on the Hindi noir/thriller genre. It also pays tribute to him in a scene in which his movie Johny Mera Naam is being watched by a character and there he takes the name johnny to hide his identity.

A retrospective of his films was held at International Film Festival of India (IFFI), held at Goa in 2007.[12]



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