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#47YearsofAnand: When Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan lit up the screens with their stellar performances

Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to share two posters of this Hrikesh Mukherjee-directed film.

Written by: India TV Entertainment Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: March 12, 2018 17:21 IST ]
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Anand is one of Bollywood’s evergreen movies and cult classics that was helmed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The movie had superstars Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan in pivotal roles. 

Today, the superhit movie has completed 47 glorious years. In the year 1971, on March 12, the movie hit the silver screen. Since its release, Anand has given important messages of life, by motivating people to love their life, no matter how small it is.

On completion of 47 years of Anand, megastar Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to share two posters of the film. Sharing the first poster, he wrote, 47 years .. !! of ANAND , the beginning of many such with Hrishi Da .. blessed that he chose me for this one .. and an honour to work in the reflected glory of the SuperStar Rajesh Khanna !!!  

The second poster had him write, 9th FilmFare Award nite .. Rajesh Khanna best actor ANAND; Asha Parekh best actress; Raj Kapoor best director for Mera Naam Joker; Karanjia editor of the mag; Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw chief guest; AB best supporting for ANAND; Hrishi Da best story and best picture !!

क्या कमाल के दिन थे वो !!

On a related note, there’s a fact regarding Anand which might shock you. Actually, Rajesh Khanna was not the first choice of director Hrishikesh Mukherjee to play the role of Anand; it was Raj Kapoor’s brother Shashi Kapoor. But, due to some issues, Shashi Kapoor rejected the film. Then, the second choice came to be Raj Kapoor, but as Raj Kapoor just got well after a long illness, Mukherjee did not want to show him dying in Anand. Hence, Rajesh Khanna got the role.

Zindagi kaisi ye paheli haye.. listen to this soulful track from Anand

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