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Vijay Anand

Vijay Anand
Born 22 January 1934
Gurdaspur, Punjab, India
Died 23 February 2004 (aged 70)
Other names Goldie Anand
Years active 1954–1998

Vijay Anand (January 22, 1934 – February 23, 2004), also known as Goldie Anand was a Bollywood film producer, director, writer and actor. He made most of his films for the in-house banner Navketan Films.

Vijay Anand was born in Gurdaspur, Punjab and was the youngest of the Anand siblings. His brothers Chetan Anand and Dev Anand also have been producers and directors. Dev Anand has also been a very popular Bollywood actor. 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 introduction of ratings for adult movies.

Though Vijay Anand has had a career in acting and production, he will primarily be remembered as a director. Some of his successful movies as director were Johny Mera Naam (1970), Jewel Thief (1967), Teesri Manzil (1966) (Bollywood-noir style thrillers) Kala Bazar (1960). Teesri Manzil for producer Nasir Hussain, was his first non Navketan film as a director. Tere Ghar Ke Saamne (1963) (romantic comedy), Tere Mere Sapne (1971) and Guide (1965) (Dramas). Guide 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. While he was 20 years old Vijay Anand wrote the script for Navketan’s hit movie Taxi Driver (1954). In 1957 he made his directorial debut with Nau Do Gyarah. His most memorable lead roles were in Kora Kagaz (1974) and Main Tulsi Tere Angan Ki.

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

Goldie as he was affectionately called died on 23 February 2004 due to a heart attack.


As Director

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
1976 Bullet
1978 Snehikkan Samayamilla
1978 Adavukal Pathinettu
1980 Ram Balram
1980 Ek Do Teen Chaar
1982 Rajput
1983 Bandham
1988 Main Tere Liye