Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan’s classic film ‘Anand’ directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee is all set to get a remake. Earlier today, it was announced that Sameer Raj Sippy, grandson of the film’s original producer, N.C. Sippy is working on the remake along with producer Vikram Khakhar.
It was also reported that the director and cast of the film, which is in its scripting stage, are yet to be finalized. Sharing his excitement about the development, producer Vikram Khakhar said in a statement, “Digging into our own classics, we will find invaluable gems rather than scouting for stories, internationally or regionally. Placing Anand in the post-Covid era, where we emphasize the value of life, will enhance the story of Anand.”
Elated about the remake announcement, Producer Sameer Raj Sippy who feels that stories like these need to be narrated to the new generation, said, “Keeping in mind the sensibilities of the original film and the emotions attached, I felt the current generation needs to be retold the many stories that are so relevant today and especially when there is a great appetite for good content. Produced by Sameer Raj Sippy and Vikram Khakhar, the other details about the film are under wraps.
The 1971 original featured Rajesh Khanna as a terminally ill cancer patient, Anand Sehgal, the onus of whose treatment is taken by Amitabh. However, destiny has its own plans as Anand’s cancer reaches its final stage and he passes away but not before touching the lives of many people whom he spent time with, including a total stranger Isa Bhai Suratwala played by the legendary Johnny Walker.