Inder Raj Anand

Inder Raj Anand (died 6 March 1987) was an Indian film dialogue and screenwriter in Hindi cinema, who worked on many Raj Kapoor films, starting with Aag (1948), Aah (1953), Anari (1959) and Sangam (1963).[1] While formally referred to as Hindi films, he was actually an Urdu writer,[2] writing his scripts and dialogues in Urdu.[3]

He was father to actor-director Tinnu Anand and producer Bittu Anand. Inder's grandson is noted film director Siddharth Anand (Salaam Namaste (2005) and Anjaana Anjaani (2010)).[4] Famous director Mukul Anand was Inder's nephew. Shahenshah, starring Amitabh Bachchan was Inder's last film as a writer. It was produced by his son, Bittu, and was directed by Tinnu. Shahenshah was released after Inder's death and it became one of the biggest hits of that year.


Anand started off as a writer for Prithviraj Kapoor's Prithvi Theatres and also People's Theatre in Mumbai, and was close friend of writer-director K.A. Abbas through IPTA.[5]

In his career, Inder Anand wrote almost 120 films including Safar, Sangam and Ek Duuje Ke Liye. Many of his films like Haathi Mere Saathi, Jaani Dushman and Shahenshah were successful.



  1. Gulzar, p. 304
  2. Nandy, Ashis (1998). The Secret Politics of Our Desires: Innocence, Culpability and Indian Popular Cinema. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 97. ISBN 9781856495165.
  3. Aḵẖtar, Jāvīd; Kabir, Nasreen Munni (2002). Talking Films: Conversations on Hindi Cinema with Javed Akhtar. Oxford University Press. p. 49. ISBN 9780195664621. JA: I write dialogue in Urdu, but the action and descriptions are in English. Then an assistant transcribes the Urdu dialogue into Devnagari because most people read Hindi. But I write in Urdu. Not only me, I think most of the writers working in this so-called Hindi cinema write in Urdu: Gulzar, or Rajinder Singh Bedi or Inder Raj Anand or Rahi Masoom Raza or Vahajat Mirza, who wrote dialogue for films like Mughal-e-Azam and Gunga Jumna and Mother India. So most dialogue-writers and most song-writers are from the Urdu discipline, even today.
  4. "Salaam Namaste's director is 'very anxious'". Movies. 6 September 2005.
  5. Ashis Nandy (1998). The Secret Politics of Our Desires: Innocence, Culpability and Indian Popular Cinema. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 97. ISBN 1856495167.


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