Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 6 mins

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Hunted by Robert (Jeevan), the ex-convict Kishenlal (Pran) is forced to abandon his wife Bharati (Roy) and his three sons who get separated by a combination of fate and villainy. Filled with festive fun and charged emotions, this family-oriented drama follows the fluctuating fortunes of their three separated children. The sons grow up to become Amar (Khanna), raised by a Hindu cop; Akbar (Kapoor), looked after by a Muslim tailor; and Anthony (Bachchan), sheltered by a Catholic priest. The convoluted story has Kishenlal become a crime boss, while gangsters led by Robert and his sidekick Zebisco interfere in the story on various occasions to trigger more action. Will the three brothers, who are brought together by fate and become good friends ever come to know of their true relationship? Can they team up to identify the criminals responsible for destroying their family and bring them to justice? Will the entire family reunite once more in happiness and love?
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Did you know? In order to shoot the action scene where the villain falls in a well with his car while chasing the hero, director Manmohan Desai asked cameraman Peter Pereira to get inside the well with his camera. Read More
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as Anthony Gonzalves
as Akbar Ilhabadi / Raju
as Inspector Amar Khanna
as Superintendant Khanna
as Catholic Priest
as Dr. Salma Ali
as Bharati
as Jenny
as Laxmi

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Story Writer
Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

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Director of Photography

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Sound Re-recording Mixer

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Special Effects Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Black & White
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Goofs:
Character Error
When the adult Akbar is first seen in the movie at the hospital, he refers to Salma by the actress' real-life name, Neetu.

Continuity
When Amitabh is in jail he is bruised with his half face looking black, but when he reaches Pran's place he has no bruises, but there re-appear when he reaches the jail again.

Continuity
In some scenes, the characters say there separated 22 years back while in some scenes, they say 25.

Continuity
When Kishan Lal reaches home from jail in the beginning, he comes to know that his wife Bharati is suffering from Tuberculosis. However, in the later events when Bharati lost her eyesight in an accident, the Tuberculosis was conveniently forgotten till the end. Furthermore, Bharati was in an illusion that her family is dead but Kishan Lal never confirmed from anywhere that whether his wife actually committed suicide or not. He never tried to contact his old neighbors.
Trivia:
This movie was phenomenally successful both critically and commercially, winning many awards and accolades including Three Filmfare Awards. They are: Best Actor: Amitabh Bachchan, Best Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal, and Best Editing: Kamlakar Karkhanis.

In one of the earliest film merchandising strategies for the promotion of Hindi cinema, three large Erasers with the photographs of Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, was sold in the market. It was a rage among school students. Posters, postcards and song booklets of the film adorned the shops. Men started sporting a metal cross around their neck. Even colourful vests, worn by Amitabh Bachchan in the film) became a vogue.

This movie was remade in Telugu under the title Ram Robert Rahim (1980), and in Malayalam as John Jaffer Janardhanan (1982), starring Mammootty.

This movie about religious tolerance became a landmark in Hindi movies focused on the entertainment of mass audiences, and also had a lasting impact on Indian pop culture.

When there were shooting for the mirror scene, Manmohan Desai was shooting the climax of 'Parvarish' on another floor of the studio, Amitabh Bachchan while rehearsing shot the scene in absence of MDK.

According to Director Manmohan Desai, the character of Anthony Gonzalves (played by Amitabh Bachchan) was based upon a real person from his youth.

In order to shoot the action scene where the villain falls in a well with his car while chasing the hero, director Manmohan Desai asked cameraman Peter Pereira to get inside the well with his camera.
Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: Black Friday (Hindi)