Documentary to honour Chetan Anand


MUMBAI: Late Chetan Anand, elder brother of Dev Anand and Vijay Anand will be commemorated on 11 July at the Stuttgart Film Festival in Germany. A docudrama titled Chetan Anand — The Poetics of Film made by his son Ketan Anand will be screened at the festival.

Ketan Anand has made this 90 minutes long docudrama titled Chetan Anand—The Poetics of Film, to commemorate the death anniversary of his father. It speaks about contribution of Chetan Anand to the Hindi film industry and traverses through his work along with the inner self of the man himself. It showcases scenes from his films, his rare photographs and interesting inputs from friends, family and colleagues. All the details are woven together through narration by Tom Altar. This film is shot on video format and then blown up to 35mm.

Uma Anand, wife of Chetan Anand, has also contributed towards its making by writing and scripting along with Ketan Anand.     

Chetan Anand, was an acclaimed film producer and director of Hindi films. His first film as an actor was Rajkumar in 1944. His first film as director was Neecha Nagar. It was well appreciated and had even received an award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1946.

After the critical acclaim of his directorial debut, Chetan Anand formed Navketan Productions along with Dev Anand 1949. His first film as producer was Afsar, starring Dev Anand and Suraiya, followed by Andhiyan and Taxi Driver.

Later Chetan Anand separated and began his own production company. His most memorable films as independent producer were Haqeeqat, Heer Ranjha, Hanste Zakhm, Hindustan Ki Kasam and Akhaari Khat.