Mukul S. Anand

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Mukul S. Anand (11 October 1951 – 7 September 1997) was an Indian film director and producer. He was the nephew of veteran film scriptwriter Inder Raj Anand and cousin of actor and director Tinnu Anand.

Career[edit]

Mukul S. Anand made his debut as a director with the suspense thriller Kanoon Kya Karega (1984), which was inspired by the Hollywood film Cape Fear. His second film Aitbaar (1985) was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's classic Dial M for Murder. The film that first gained him recognition was the epic film Sultanat (1986), which brought together real-life father and son Dharmendra and Sunny Deol for the first time and introduced actress Juhi Chawla. That same year Anand also directed the thriller Main Balwan, which was known for the hit songs "Rock n Roll" and "Halla Gulla".

His first box-office success was Insaaf (1987), the film responsible for "re-introducing" Vinod Khanna to films after a hiatus. Anand's next film, Maha-Sangram (1990), reunited him with Vinod Khanna and was acclaimed for Aditya Pancholi's angry portrayal of a Thakur. At this point, Mukul was largely considered a skilful director, who held much promise but somehow never managed to deliver solid successes.

He finally hit the big league with the Scarface-inspired crime thriller Agneepath (1990) with Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role, which won Amitabh a National Award for Best Actor. He was reunited with Bachchan for the family drama Hum (1991), which was a box-office success and featured the popular song "Jumma Chumma". He worked with Bachchan for the final time in the epic film Khuda Gawah (1992) which won him the Filmfare Best Director Award. His last completed film, Trimurti (1995), which had a multi-star cast including Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan, failed to do well at the box office, becoming one of Anand's biggest flops. The film he was working on at the time of his death was Dus, which remained incomplete and unreleased, although the film's music did end up being released posthumously.

Personal life[edit]

Inder Raj Anand who was a film scriptwriter from the late 1940s through to the late 1980s was Mukul Anand's uncle. Mukul's cousin is actor and director Tinnu Anand. Mukul was married to Anita and had two children Alishka and Mikhail. [1]

Mukul died of a heart attack at the age of 45 in September 1997. At the time of his death he was in the middle of filming the action movie Dus in Utah. The climax scenes and some action sequences were being filmed from May 1997 and 40% of the shooting had been completed by August. After his death the film was left incomplete and was never released. Promo videos and clips from what was shot of the film can be seen on Anand's official website, which is maintained by his wife Anita and sister Beena.

In 2005 the producer of Dus Nitin Manmohan decided to make another film with the same title and two of the stars Sanjay Dutt and Shilpa Shetty also starred in that film.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Cast Music
1984 Kanoon Kya Karega Suresh Oberoi, Deepti Naval, Danny Denzongpa, Asha Sachdev Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1985 Aitbaar Raj Babbar, Dimple Kapadia, Suresh Oberoi, Danny Denzongpa Bappi Lahiri
1986 Main Balwan Dharmendra, Mithun Chakraborty, Meenakshi Sheshadri Bappi Lahiri
1986 Maa Ki Saugandh Vijayendra Ghatge, Parikshat Sahni, Vidya Sinha, Zarina Wahab Rajesh Roshan
1986 Sultanat Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Sridevi, Karan Kapoor, Juhi Chawla Kalyanji Anandji
1987 Insaaf Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia, Suresh Oberoi Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1990 Maha-Sangram Vinod Khanna, Madhuri Dixit, Govinda, Sumeet Saigal, Shaheen Anand-Milind
1990 Agneepath Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi, Danny Denzongpa Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1991 Hum Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Govinda, Danny Denzongpa Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1991 Khoon Ka Karz Vinod Khanna, Rajinikanth, Sanjay Dutt, Kiran Kumar Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1992 Khuda Gawah Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Danny Denzongpa, Akkineni Nagarjuna Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1995 Trimurti Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Shahrukh Khan, Mohan Agashe Laxmikant–Pyarelal
1997 Dus Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Producer[edit]

Year Film Cast Music
1996 Army Sridevi, Shahrukh Khan, Danny Denzongpa Anand-Milind

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