Rohit wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Vijay Anand also known as Goldie Anand was born at 22nd January 1934 in Gurdaspur, Punjab and was the youngest of the four Anand siblings. His brothers Chetan Anand and Dev Anand also have been producers and directors.
While he was 20 years old Vijay Anand wrote the script for Navketan's hit movie Taxi Driver (1954) made by Chetan Anand, and from whom he learnt the craft of film-making. In 1957 he made his directorial debut with Nau Do Gyarah, which he shot in 40 days. As an actor, his most memorable roles were in films Haqeeqat (1964), Kora Kagaz (1974) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978).To the younger generation of the 1990s he is also known for playing detective Sam in the television series Tehkikaat (1994). Some of his successful movies as director were Johny Mera Naam (1970), Jewel Thief (1967), Teesri Manzil (1966) (Bollywood-noir style thrillers), Kala Bazar (1960), Ram Balram, Rajput. Teesri Manzil, which he made for producer Nasir Hussain, was his first non-Navketan film as a director. This was followed by Tere Ghar Ke Saamne (1963) (romantic comedy), Tere Mere Sapne (1971) and Guide (1965) (Dramas). Guide is Vijay Anand's most critically acclaimed movie. It is based on R.K. Narayan's novel The Guide. Navketan attempted an international release of a remake of Guide without much success.
He served a short stint as the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification, India's censor board, a position from which he resigned, in 2002, after he ran into ideological differences with the government over introduction of ratings for adult movies.Goldie as he was affectionately called died on 23 February 2004 due to a heart attack. His son, Vaibhav Anand, has followed in his footsteps by becoming a film director.