Here are some facts about the superhit Bollywood movie Amar Akbar Anthony you would love to know...
The song 'My Name is Anthony Gonsalves' was composed by duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The character Anthony Gonsalves is named after a music teacher of Pyarelal who goes by the name of 'Anthony Gonsalves' and was one of the most famous music arrangers in Bombay in the 1950s and1960s. He had among his students the likes of RD Burman apart from Pyarelal.
The story of Amar Akbar Anthony is really interesting and director Manmohan Desai got the idea while reading a newspaper! He read a news piece of a drunk man named Jackson, who was fed up of his life and hence decided to drop his three children in the park. Similarly, in the film, Pran takes his children and drops them in a park at the beginning of the film. In the story, the eldest kid is adopted by a Hindu police officer, and the other two by a Muslim tailor and a Catholic priest, respectively.
The line, "sophisticated rhetorician intoxicated with the exuberance of your own verbosity" that is spoken by Anthony when he emerges from the Easter egg is an almost exact quotation from a speech given by Benjamin Disraeli in 1878. Disraeli (who was referring to W.E. Gladstone) used the word "inebriated" rather than "intoxicated".
It might come as a surprise but there is an interesting goof in the film. In the introduction scene between Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, Rishi's character Akbar Illahabadi calls Neetu Singh's character Dr Salma by her real name and not with her character's name. This goof is noticeable enough, but no efforts were taken to correct it in the movie. This is the scene when Akbar comes to Dr Salma for a health check-up and he refers to Dr Salma as Neetu.
Amitabh on kbc spoke of the film when Neetu and Ranbhir Kapoor had come to promote Besharam, Amitabh said that Manmohan Desai never cared for logic, he was laughing the scene when three brothers give blood to Nirupa Roy and another scene when Neetu checks Parveen's pulse to find out if she is pregnant.
When the movie released it was a huge hit in West Indies.
According to Director Manmohan Desai, the character of Anthony Gonzalves (played by Amitabh Bachchan) was based upon a real person from his youth.
The film's release was delayed due to the Emergency period of 1975, and was subsequently released in 1977.
Manmohan Desai did not want a heroine opposite Vinod Khanna. He reasoned that his was a serious character and it would not suit him. But Vinod kept insisting that Amitabh and Rishi had leading ladies, he should too. He kept badgering Desai to sign Shabana Azmi. Finally Desai gave in and signed her , creating a role for her in the film.
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.
The opening line in the song 'My name is Anthony Gonsalves', "sophisticated rhetorician intoxicated by the exuberance of your own verbosity", that is spoken by Anthony when he emerges from the Easter egg, is an almost exact quotation from a speech in the Parliament of the United Kingdom given by British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in 1878. Disraeli (who was referring to William Ewart Gladstone) used the word "inebriated" rather than "intoxicated.
Director Manmohan Desai got the idea for the movie from a news item he read in an evening newspaper. An alcoholic man named Jackson was fed up with his life and one day he packed his three children in a car and decided to drop them off in the park. It can be rightly said where the news items ends director Manmohan Desai's story begins. He twisted the story a bit by forgetting the alcoholic part and ensured that when the father returns he finds that all his three children have gone missing. In the story, the eldest kid is adopted by Hindu police officer and the other two by a Muslim tailor and a Catholic priest.
Amar Akbar Anthony is a cult film with a very interesting cast and music. The movie was not only appreciated in India, but reports suggest that it was a big hit in West Indies as well. The movie has all the reasons to be everyone's favourite and one of the reasons is its apt cast. The movie proved to be a big hit for Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh, Shabana Azmi, Pran, Nirupa Roy, Jeevan and Ranjeet. Even minor characters, like the bodyguard Zabisco, acquired a cult status. Here are some lesser known facts about the film.
The next lesser known fact is from one of the songs from the movie. We are referring to the song 'My name is Anthony Gonsalves...' Audience loves to listen to the song even today, especially, the starting lines which go, 'Sophisticated rhetorician intoxicated with the exuberance of your own verbosity,' uttered by Anthony after he emerges from the huge Easter egg. The words are quotation from a speech given by Benjamin Disraeli in 1878.
How many likes for Amitabh Bachchan's cult scene wherein he mouths a dialogue looking into the mirror? The dailouge 'Pakka idiot lagtay' is still fresh in everyone's mind. Not many will know that while the mirror scene was shot, Manmohan Desai was shooting the climax of Parvarish on another floor of the studio. Amitabh Bachchan, while rehearsing, shot the scene in the absence of Manmohan Desai. In fact, the film was shot in separate schedules with each pairing.
Producers, directors and people who work in the entertainment industry, take inspiration from the world around and choose characters which, they feel, are different. They incorporate those personalities in their work. Similarly, the name Anthony Gonsalves was picked from music composer duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal's personal life. Anthony Gonsalves was Laxmikant-Pyarelal's music teacher. He was one of the most famous music arrangers in Bombay in the 1930s. Among his students were RD Burman, Pyarelal and others.
Yusuf Khan's villain character was named after professional wrestler Stanislaus Zbyszko.
When the film was in pre-production, Manmohan Desai thought of shelving it but his wife encouraged Manmohan Desai to complete it. His wife had written the story after they got idea from newspaper. On the day of release Manmohan Desai got very nervous and sick. When he heard "House full" boards were being put at cinema halls he became well and happy.
Jeevan played a double role, but the second one appeared briefly, playing the role of Albert in a positive role (a rarity by Jeevan), Robert's brother imprisoned by Zabisco. His Albert character's voice was dubbed by actor Tom Alter.
After directing films for about 10 years, Manmohan Desai turned producer with Amar Akber Anthony later he produced Naseeb, Coolie, Mard, Allah-Rakha, Toofan & Anmol.
Vinod khanna played Amitabh's elder brother in the film but in real life Vinod khanna is four years younger to Amitabh bachchan.
Zeenat Aman was offered Praveen Babi's role but had to decline it as she had no dates.
Manmohan Desai had met Amitabh in 1972. Salim Javed had introduced him to Manmohan. Desai was not impressed with Amitabh and stated "The only role I will ever offer him is a CHICKEN ROLL !".
Ranjeet had a very bad experience working with Manmohan Desai in the film. He vowed never to work with him again. But he had already signed Suhaag and could not back out of that film.
During the making of Chacha Bhatija, Manmohan Desai offered Vinod Khanna's role to Dharmendra. Dharmendra was working alot in those days and wanted to lessen his work schedule. Desai's ego felt hurt over the rejection and he signed Vinod immediately.It was after Amitabh did the mirror scene that Manmohan Desai became a life long fan of Amitabh. Manmohan saw the scene later on and told Amitabh that if he ever wants to leave Manmohan Desai it will be fine, but he (Manmohan) would never leave him.
Kader Khan directed the band aid scene with Amitabh in Amar Akbar Anthony.
Amitabh Bachchan received his first Filmfare award in the best actor category.
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