Anand Marte Nahin

I have seen a few many times over; I have seen a few once; and have missed far too many of them.

But with so much more to go, it makes me happy that I still have all the does-idealism-pay-off? thoughts from Satyakam due; can ponder about what triangles he explored in Jurmana and Bemisal; and maybe there is another heart wrenching moral dilemma in some other film that I don’t even know about.

Dadamoni has grown on me so much in Mili, that I have to watch Ashirwad again. Speaking of Mili, Badi Sooni Sooni Hai…Zindagi, Yeh Zindagi…Main Khud Se Hoon Yahan….Ajnabee, Ajnabee. Mili remarks that Shekhar sounds sad and I wonder who the orchestrator of the mood is….the singer? the lyricist? the music director? or the director himself, for that splendidly blended video? But then, when Aaye Tum Yaad Mujhe starts….

Not speaking of crying, Anupama’s last scene, well….Babumoshai…..Babumoshai, Zindagi aur maut uparwale ke haath mein hai, Jahanpanah. Hum sab rangmanch ki kathputliyan hain jinki dor uparwale ki ungliyon se bandhi hui hai. Kab kaun uthega koi nahin bata sakta. Ha ha ha.

The irony of that laughter. Deconstructing these movies to find where the tragedy, or the humour, or the wisdom, or the values come from – some other day maybe. On a side note, will I ever react to Abhimaan’s photographer?

11 thoughts on “Anand Marte Nahin

  1. Of course, as I was supposed to confirm, SD went into a coma during the recording of “baDii suuni suuni hai”.

    Hrishi M. is special – for people’s films have made me laugh, but I don’t think anyone has made me cry like he has (and further, be unashamed to admit it).

  2. @Anon: Anand too, but Anand has other moving scenes like the one where he has talks about his ashirwaad to his sister. Those diary writing scenes – so many of them. But Anupama’s last scene makes me cry out of happiness, I think. Not sure. I cry still.

    @Ramanand: Legend has it that Kishore Kumar was actually singing for SD. Have to get a reference for this.

    @MeghanaK: Dialogue corrected.

  3. He was a great story-teller. There were no stars in his movies. Sharmila’s doe-like timidness, Amitabh’s desperation, Amitabh’s pyrrhic revenge are memorable coz the story gave them a wonderful canvas to emote. I dont think he ever repeated himself. You have now inspired me to put a post 🙂

  4. there are two kinds of movies: One star driven: director is annonymous: and other is director’s film , here stars are immaterial, he can extract anyting fron any one: HM– all movies are rememberd by his nmae not by stars who did role in them_

  5. Though Anand, Anupama, Abhimaan were all excellent movies, Hrishikesh Mukherjee to me would be the director who set a new standard for Humor in Indian Cinema. Golmal, Naram Garam, Chupke Chupke were all classics and I haven’t enjoyed comedy movies of any other hindi director better.

  6. A to the power 4 – Anand, Amar Prem, Abhimaan, Anupama.

    I will never forget these movies. You have captured the essence of these very well.

    Time passes so quickly, I wish I can get a chance to watch these movies all over again with you and Shashi. Love ya.

  7. Moving scenes……

    I’m afraid movies have become powerful enough to bring tears to my eyes these days. I have lost count of how many characters on the silver screen I wanna talk to.

    Oskar Schindler’s parting speech, Kasturi Nivasa’s failed love, Spartacus’ agonizing death, Accident’s accident, Hotel Rwanda’s genocide, Chocolat’s revolutionary spirit, The Godfather’s vulnerability…. the list is endless.

    Of all the emotions, melancholy is my favorite. Feels easy to experience and share the pain of the characters.

  8. Thanks for suddenly making me of all those movies (esp the irony of Anand’s ha ha ha) while i’m at work on a boring monday!
    You should try reviewing movies..

    Madhu
    (your snr from PES!)

  9. one afternoon all alone sitting in home, I was bored and …. I dont know from where a flash of thought came in, I went to Chembur, bought Anand CD and watched all afternoon, all alone no inhibition; cried and laughed wherever required!!!! recently I showed it to my mother-in -law too,,,,,

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