Chetan Anand


Best films:
6.5 Neecha Nagar (1946)
6.5 Taxi Driver (1954)
6.3 Haqeeqat (1964)
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Chetan Anand (India, 1915), the elder brother of Dev and Vija, directed Neecha Nagar/ Lowly City (1946), written by Khwaja Abbas and scored by Ravi Shankar, perhaps the very first Indian film to enjoy an international audience, and then directed his younger brother Dev Anand in Afsar (1950), the first film of their joint production company Navketan, based on Gogol's play "The Inspector General", Aandhiyan (1952), the musical Taxi Driver (1954), shot in the streets of Mumbai and scored by Sachin Dev Burman (his first major hit), and Funtoosh (1956), also scored by Burman.

In 1960 Chetan Anand split from his brother Dev and started his own production company, Himalaya Films, for which he hired photographer Jal Mistry, composer Madan Mohan, lyricist Kaifi Azmi and actress Priya Rajvansh. This team created Haqeeqat (1964), Heer Raanjha (1970), Hanste Zakhm (1973) and Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973).

His movie Aakhri Khat/ The Last Letter (1966) marked the debut of future superstar Rajesh Khanna.

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