Coming from a film-oriented family, it did not take long for him to establish himself in the industry…
Vijay Anand, brother of famed actor Dev Anand, filmmaker Chetan Anand and uncle of Shekhar Kapoor, was a multi-talented man. His skills extended to acting, directing, writing, editing and producing. Ultimately it was his directional skills which brought him much fame.
Combining with Dev Anand in front of the camera, the brothers made a string of major hits. Guide was a great film, which was way ahead of its time. The film was much appreciated later and is still considered among the best movies in Hindi cinema. Johnny Mera Naam and Jewel Thief were some of his other great efforts.
Here are some of Vijay Anand’s (also known as Goldie) work, both as actor and director.
Nau Do Gyarah (1957)
Cast: Dev Anand, Kalpana Karthik, Jeevan, Shashikala, Madan Puri, Lailita Pawar
Director: Vijay Anand
Vijay Anand made an immediate impact with his directional debut. A poor man Madan (Dev Anand) is thrown out of his house for not paying his rent but gets some good news that he has been willed 11 lakh rupees by his uncle. He immediately sets out to Mumbai in a truck to get his due.
On the way, he attends a wedding, where the bride Raksha (Kalpana) decides to run away from her to-be husband, disguising herself as a Sikh boy and hiding in Madan’s truck. Madan is shocked to find the Sikh boy but decided to let he/she travel. But they fight a lot before Madan finds out the boy is Raksha. They fall in love but Madan is denied the money from the will.
Tere Mere Sapne (1971)
Cast: Dev Anand, Mumtaz, Vijay Anand, Hema Malini, Agha, Premnath, Leela Mishra
Director: Vijay Anand
An able doctor turns into a money grabber after an incident which changes his entire life. Dr Anand Kumar (Dev Anand) goes to a mining village to render help to the others doctors there. Unfortunately he is burdened with the work of the drunk Dr Kothari (Vijay Anand). He falls in love and marries Nisha (Mumtaz).
Life changes when Nisha is knocked down by a wealthy man’s (Premnath) car and miscarries. Dr Kumar goes back to Mumbai and when his other doctor friends from the village visit him, they find a money making machine who is self-centred. Then Nisha gets pregnant and they both return to the village again. Dr Kumar learns from his mistakes and Dr Kothari saves Nisha and the baby after complications.
Kora Kagaz (1974)
Cast: Vijay Anand, Jaya Bhaduri, A K Hangal, Achala Sachdev, Nazneen, Dinesh Hingoo, Ramesh Deo, Seema Deo
Director: Anil Ganguly
Prof Sukesh Dutt (Vijay Anand) meets Archana Gupta (Jaya) by chance, gets attracted to her and they marry. However, their marital bliss is disturbed by Archana’s mother who is not happy because the professor gets only a meagre salary.
This leads to marital discord and Prof Sukesh and Archana separate. The professor relocates and Archana lives with her parents who now force her to marry someone else. Archana goes far away to work as a teacher. Then a chance meeting with the professor at a railway station proves fruitful and misunderstandings are cleared.
Main Tulsi Tere Angan Ki (1978)
Cast: Nutan, Vinod Khanna, Asha Parekh, Vijay Anand, Deb Mukherjee, Neeta Mehta
Director: Raj Khosla
Ajay (Khanna) always takes the blame for his step brother’s misdeeds until the latter realises it when the former saves him from death. Ajay is the illegitimate son of Thakur Rajnath Singh Chouhan (Vijay Anand) and his mistress Tulsi (Asha Parekh). The Thakur is actually married to Sanjukta (Nutan), a strong-willed woman. Tulsi sacrifices her life so that Sanjukta can have the Thakur to herself.
The Thakur dies in an accident but Sanjukta takes care of Ajay very well. However, her own son Pratap (Mukherjee) begins to get jealous of Amar and others get into the act to make the relations deteriorate further. Then Pratap comes to know the truth.
Cast: Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Tina Munim, Ranjeeta Kaur, Ranjeet
Director: Vijay Anand
Set in post-British rule, a maharaja refuses to give up his land and commits suicide. His son Jaipal (Ranjeet) takes over and troubles his subjects. Inspector Dhirendra Singh (Rajesh Khanna) arrives there to bring the rule of law. His marriage is fixed to Janki (Hema Malini) but she loves Manu Pratap Singh (Dharmendra) but cannot marry him due to enmity between the two families.
Manu has a brother Bhanu (Vinod Khanna) who loves an orphan Kamli (Ranjeeta). Then trouble brews and the enmity deepens. Bhanu becomes a dacoit and Janki bears Manu’s child. This angers Dhirendra but he accepts finally. Then the time comes to eliminate the evil Jaipal.