“Babumoshai, zindagi badi hone chahiye, lambi nahi.” A iconic dialogue, from an iconic film. A film where each and every dialogue just touches you as if it’s yours. Yes, I’m talking about Anand – a 1971 film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and written by Gulzar. In which Rajesh Khanna is seen in the lead as Anand Sehgal and Amitabh Bachchan as a supporting actor is playing the role of Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee a.k.a. Babumoshai.
Rajesh Khanna brought a different kind of energy and positivity to his character. Anand was a free-spirit cancer patient who believes in spreading joy and happiness and carries sorrow with himself. He filled everyone with happiness. Anyone who had a word with him felt connected. He did everything to please people around him. He was truely an epitome to the meaning of life.
The soul of the film lies in the friendship that builds up between Anand and Dr. Bhaskar, where one is a free spirit and the other one is gloomy and frustrated with things which are not in his control. When they both come together, the connection and the bond is something which brings joy to anyone who sees it. Bhaskar on one hand found a new perspective to look at the world where as Anand found someone to call his family in this alone world.
In the film, when Anand says ” Jab tak zinda hoon tab tak mara nahi. Jab mar gaya sala main hi nahi”, “Kab, kaun, kaise uthega, yeh koi nahin bata sakta hai”, “Babumushoi, zindagi aur maut upar waale ke haath hai. Usse na toh aap badal sakte hai na main. Hum sab to rangmanch ki kathputliyan hai jinki dor upar waale ki ungliyon mein bandhi hai”; you could feel the dept of the emotions. The formation of the dialogues are something which brings tears in your eyes.
This film is truly a must watch. It was also listed in Anupama Chopra’s book 100 Films To See before You Die.