Tinnu Anand

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Tinnu Anand
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Anand in 2011
Virender Raj Anand

(1945-10-12) 12 October 1945 (age 77)
Alma materMayo College
(Ajmer, Rajasthan)
  • Actor
  • director
  • writer
  • producer
Notable workShahenshah
SpouseShahnaz Vahanvaty
RelativesSiddharth Anand (nephew)
Agha (father-in-Law)
Jalal Agha (brother-in-law)

Tinu Anand (born Virender Raj Anand, 12 October 1945) is an Indian actor, director, writer and producer in Hindi cinema and a few Telugu and Tamil films.

Early life[edit]

He is the son of veteran writer Inder Raj Anand, brother of producer Bittu Anand and uncle of director Siddharth Anand. He did his schooling from Mayo College in India. He is Married to Shahnaz, daughter of veteran actor Agha (actor).


His father, Inder Raj Anand, was a well-known writer in the film industry, but he did not want Tinnu, or his younger brother Bittu, to enter this industry. Inder Raj Anand would say that it was not the place for them. In the words of Tinnu Anand: "..when I told him I wanted to direct films, he was very upset. Ultimately, though, he saw that I didn't want to do anything else. So he sent me to the best school - the Satyajit Ray School. Mr. Ray and my father were friends, so my father asked him to take me under his wing."

Tinnu had been given a role in K. Abbas' film Saat Hindustani when.. "In the evening, I was given the dirty job of offering Amitabh Rs.5000 for the entire film, whether it took a year or five.. Amitabh reluctantly agreed as he was desperate to act. He got the role of the poet's friend in Saat Hindustani. When my father got the letter from Satyajit Ray saying I could work with him, I had to give up Saat Hindustani. So I left for Calcutta and Amitabh got the role of the poet that I was supposed to play.

(on working with actors who consistently show up quite late and put in only a few hours) "I give all the credit to Veeru (Devgan) who taught me how to unlearn what I had learnt. He told me that if you have to survive in this industry with actors like these, you should learn how to shoot a film when the actor's not there!" and: "I felt very proud when I showed Amitabh a scene between him and Amjad Khan in a dubbing studio one day. He was shocked and said 'But I never shot with Amjad'".[1]

Anand also worked as an assistant director to Satyajit Ray for five years, in Bengali films, Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969), Aranyer Din Ratri (1970), Pratidwandi (1970), Seemabaddha (1971) to Ashani Sanket (1973).[2]

Anand portrayed an important role in Ghajini in 2008.[3][4] In an interview, Tinu Anand spoke about his early days and also praised Amitabh Bachchan for his generosity.[5]


Year Film Notes
2003 Ek Hindustani
1998 Major Saab
1991 Jeena Teri Gali Mein
1989 Main Azaad Hoon
1988 Shahenshah
1984 Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan
1981 Kaalia
1979 Duniya Meri Jeb Mein
Assistant Director
1969 Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne
1970 Aranyer Din Ratri
1979 Pratidwandi
1971 Seemabaddha
1973 Ashani Sanket

As actor[edit]


  1. ^ N, Patcy. "I was given the dirty job of offering Amitabh Rs. 5000 for the entire film". Archived from the original on 24 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Working with Satyajit Ray Was One of the Joys of Producing Shatranj Ke Khiladi". The Wire. 28 July 2017. Archived from the original on 10 July 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  3. ^ Tinnu Anand Archived 20 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Rediff.com.
  4. ^ From Amitabh to Aamir, the show goes on... Archived 21 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine, The Hindu, 23 September 2002.
  5. ^ Amitabh Archived 14 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Rediff.com.

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