Today marks the 15th death anniversary of Goldie Vijay Anand — a cineaste influencing a whole generation of filmmakers as a writer-director ahead of his time.
Vijay Anand was born on 22 January 1934 in Gurdaspur, Punjab and was the youngest of the four Anand siblings, including producer and director Chetan Anand and Dev Anand, a very popular Bollywood actor. He is also known as Goldie Anand was an Indian filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, editor, and actor, who is known for acclaimed films like Guide (1965) and Johnny Mera Naam (1970). He made most of his films for the in-house banner Navketan Films.
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.
Some of his successful movies as a director are Johny Mera Naam (1970), Jewel Thief (1967), Teesri Manzil (1966), Kala Bazar (1960), Ram Balram, Rajput. Teesri Manzil, which he made for producer Nasir Hussain, was his first non-Navketan film as a director. This was followed by Tere Ghar Ke Saamne (1963), 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.
Vijay Anand is known for his stylish song picturization, like ‘O Haseena’ (Teesri Manzil), ‘Kaaton Se Keech’ (Guide) and ‘Honthon Mein Aisi Baat’ numbers (Jewel Thief)
As an actor, his most memorable roles were in films Haqeeqat (1964), Kora Kagaz (1974), in which he starred opposite Jaya Bachchan, and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978).
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.
Goldie as he was affectionately called died on 23 February 2004 due to a heart attack.