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The Legendary director Chetan Anand’s birth anniversary

Legendary director Chetan Anand’s birth anniversary is on 3 January. Chetan Anand was born on 3 January 1915 and died on 6 July 1997. Chetan Anand was a Hindi film producer, screenwriter, and director, whose debut film, Neecha Nagar, was awarded the Grand Prix Prize at the first-ever Cannes Film Festival in 1946. Following he co-founded Navketan Films with his younger brother Superstar of Bollywood Dev Anand in 1949. 

The Legendary director Chetan Anand's birth anniversary
The Legendary director Chetan Anand’s birth anniversary

He was one of India’s leading-recognized filmmakers who finally found his place in the spotlight, with a mini-retrospective at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. Notwithstanding making many memorial films that took a diversity of topics, including war, the problems with capitalism, and a tragic love story written completely in verse.

Young Legendary director Chetan Anand.
Young Legendary director Chetan Anand.

In the early 1940s, while he was teaching History, he wrote a film script on great emperor Ashoka, which he went on to explain to director Phani Majumdar in Bombay. Anand failed to qualify for the Indian Civil Service (ICS) exams in London. 

Director Chetan Anand with his brother Dev Anand.
Director Chetan Anand with his brother Dev Anand.

By the early 1950s, he and his younger brother Superstar Dev Anand had set up Navketan Productions in MumbaiAfsar, starring actor Dev Anand and Suraiya, was the first film produced by Navketan, which turned out to be a nominal success. It was accompanied by Taxi Driver and Andhiyan, both of which he directed for the Navketan Productions.

While he made his character as a director, Chetan Anand kept on acting too infrequently. He rose in Humsafar made in 1957. In 1957 he directed two films Arpan and Anjali, in which he played lead actor roles too. He went on to act in Kala BazarKinare-KinareAmanKanch Aur Heera, and Hindustan Ki Kasam, which he directed. Apart from 17 fiction movies, he is also known for the famous television serial, Param Vir Chakra, which was aired on Doordarshan in 1988. Chetan Anand died on 6 July 1997, at the age of 76 in Mumbai.