The movie Amar Akbar Anthony was released IN 1977, and turn to be an all-time blockbuster one. Manmohan Desai directed the film Amar Akbar Anthony, which indeed was known for preaching religious tolerance.
The movie is touted as a landmark or being a milestone film in the genre of mainstream Bollywood movies, means typical commercial masala genre movie.
Apart from being commercially successful and blockbuster, the movie Amar Akbar Anthony also left an imprint on pop culture with its songs, its one-liners and the character of Anthony Gonsalves, played by the megastar, Amitabh Bachchan was also turned to be very famous among the mass.
This multi-starrer movie is touted as one of the most successful movies in the actor’s entire career, which include, Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh, Shabana Azmi, Pran, Nirupa Roy, Jeevan, and Ranjeet. Even minor characters of the bodyguard Zabisco also received a cult status of his own in the history of Hindi cinema.
1). The real-life couple Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor, both worked together and appeared in the role of Muslim as Akbar and Dr. Salma respectively. In spite, being both of them is Hindu in their real-lives just nailed in the role of Muslim.
2). The prominent dialogue of the movie, recited by Anthony Gonsalves’ (Amitabh Bachchan) was borrowed from Benjamin Disraeli, the British politician 1878 speech.
As he came out from the giant Easter egg, Anthony cries out and exclaimed in his loud voice, “sophisticated rhetorician intoxicated with the exuberance of your own verbosity.” Disraeli, who was addressing the political rival W. E Gladstone, used the word “inebriated” instead of “intoxicated.”
3). The popular and very famous mirror-band aid scene filmed in the absence of the “captain of the sheep”, director Manmohan Desai. Though Amitabh Bachchan was busy rehearsing the scene, Mr. Desai was busy shooting the climax of the movie Parvarish in another part of the studio.
He returned to film the scene and confirmed this rehearsing scene as the final scene as he considers the scene as very natural and looks like real.
4). The real Anthony Gonsalves was a well-known music composer who counted R D Burman and Pyarelal (one half of Laxmikant-Pyarelal who composed the music of Amar Akbar Anthony) as his pupils. in January 2012, Mr. Gonsalves died.
5). Andha Kanoon, the 1983 movie, features, Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini in the lead role use this movie title, Amar Akbar Anthony – the three villains are named after Amar, Akbar and Anthony, respectively, played by. They were played, respectively, by Prem Chopra, Danny Denzongpa, and Pran.
6). Director Manmohan Desai used to rope Amitabh Bachchan in his every movie, which include, Suhaag, Naseeb, Desh Premee, Coolie, Mard, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati and Toofan (AS a Producer), after the actor-director duo worked in the cult classic after Amar Akbar Anthony.
7). The typically street-style outfit which was worn by Rishi Kapoor, including a net shirt, was taken from the dressing style of the common people of the Mumbai’s Linking Road.
8). The song Humko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai is regarded as one of the most exceptional and unique kinds of song as the song roped 4 best singers of that era, consists of – Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Mohd Rafi, and Mukesh. The foursome never sang together before or after of this exclusive song.
9). Nirupa Roy played Amitabh Bachchan’s mother is six movies, Deewar, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Suhaag, Besharam, Mard and Lal Baadshah, other than, Amar Akbar Anthony.
10). Amar Akbar Anthony was remade in 3 Southern Indian languages, which include, Telugu, Malayalam, and Tamil as Ram Robert Rahim, John Jaffer Janardhanan, and Shankar Salim Simon, respectively.
Still from the Hindi movie Amar Akbar Anthony
Still from the Telugu movie Ram Robert Rahim
Still from the Malayalam Movie John Jaffer Janardhanan
Still from the Tamil the Movie Ram Robert Rahim
11). Rajnikanth is a single actor who worked in both Tamil and Telugu remake of the Amar Akbar Anthony, – Shankar Salim Simon and Ram Robert Rahim, as Simon and Robert, respectively.
12). In both Tamil and Telugu version, Shankar Salim Simon and Ram Robert Rahim of cult classic Amar Akbar Anthony, Rajnikanth just essayed the role of a Christian guy, Simon and Robert, originally, played by Amitabh Bachchan, means in both moves, Mr. Bachchan’s role reprised by Rajnikanth.
13). In its Malayalam version John Jaffer Janardhanan, the Christian guy’s role, originally, played by Amitabh Bachchan, was played by famous Mollywood actor of that period Ratheesh. The film John Jaffer Janardhanan is regarded as a super hit film of the early eighties.
14). The main plot and theme of the movie Amar Akbar Anthony focused on the concept of taking apart or separation which was a very common theme of the Bollywood in the 70s and 80s period, and the story of the movie follows the separation three brothers who are separated in childhood and adopted by three different families of the different religion and faiths—Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. One grows up to be a cop, another a singer and the third the owner of a nation liquor bar.
The separation was first used in the 1965 film Waqt.
15). Despite Amar Akbar Anthony is an all-time blockbuster movie, but, still, 1977 the film received mixed and mostly negative reviews from the film critics. Philip Lutgendorf from the University of Iowa hints that the separation of the three children on 15 August is akin to show the same kind of the incident means the partition of India, when many families were separated.
Analysts such as Philp Lutgendorf, Jyotika Virdi, Anandam P. Kavoori and Aswin Punathambekar opined that Desai’s “magnum opus” extends religious pluralism, secular nationalism and also clear secularism motifs prior to this simple and complete masala genre Bollywood movie.
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