Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Movies of Goldie Anand

There are many who would not remember him, some might remember him as Sam D'Silva but film enthusiasts would always remember him as one of the best directors of his time. Often labelled and rightly as ahead of his time, Vijay Anand or Goldie, as he was fondly called, directed some of the all-time favorite movies of many. Guide, Johnny Mera Naam and Teesri Manzil would always be remembered as his best work but at the same time; some of his other better work also includes Tere Ghar Ke Samne, Kala Bazar, Tere Mere Sapne, Ram Balram and Black Mail.

It’s not that he is the only good director which Indian film Industry has ever seen; there are a host of other directors which at times are credited more than him. So what makes him different? To say the least, there is not just one thing which makes him different. He narrates the story in one of the most impeccable manner. He has movies of different genres under his belt and he has done justice to all of them. One can’t point out saying he was better in a particular genre. Be it a drama like Guide or a thriller like Teesri Manzil or a loving comedy Tere Ghar Ke Samne or a crime thriller Jewel Thief and Johnny Mera Naam. His talent was limited not only to direction and his potentials also included and extended to writing screenplays and dialogues for movies like Hum Dono and Kala Bazar and acting which he did in movies like Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki, Kora Kagaz, Hindustan Ki Kasam and Haqeeqat.

Such was the power of his direction and grandness and quality of his story telling that it somehow eclipsed all his other talents. One still remembers the stylish songs which were part of his movies, whether it is Ek Ghar Banaunga from Tere Ghar Ke Samne or Oh Haseena Julfo Wali from Teesri Manzil or Aaj Phir Jeene Ki from Guide or Hothon Mein Aisi Baat from Jewel Thief. His characters, Rocky of Teesri Manzil, Vinay of Jewel Thief, Raju from Guide or Johnny of Johnny Mera Naam are still remembered for their vastness and layers.

Though still a rave amongst the viewers but the later part of 1970s saw a kind of downfall in his direction. It is hard to tell what the reasons were for it but somehow the movies he directed then were not of the same league as his previous work. Often accused of working only with Dev Anand, his brother, the 1970s saw him collaborating with some other stars like Dharmendra in Black Mail, Amitabh and Dharmendra in Ram Balram and Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna and Dharmendra in Rajput. He later moved to directing few regional movies also. His last Hindi movie as a director, Maine Tere Liye was a box office dud. In the early 1990s we saw him as Detective Sam D'Silva in Tehkikaat, which along with Byomkesh Bakshi is often regarded as one of the best detective serials of Indian television.

He is no longer with us today, but Goldie Anand is still remembered as one of the better directors of India and there are many contemporary directors who always mention him as their inspiration. The truth remains; he was the one who broadened the imagination of the Indian audience with the manner in which he brought grandness on the screen.

I am neither a movie critic nor do I know the technical aspects of the movies, but I do know about the movies which I like and why, and for sure the list contains a lot of movies directed by Goldie Anand.

-Vineet Singh

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