Chetan Anand (from 3 January 1921 to 6 July 1997) was a famous director of Hindi Films and elder brother of the film actor
. He made his debut with the film Neecha Nagar, which received the Best Film award at the first ever Cannes Film Festival in 1946 and also the first Indian film to get international recognition. After that he set up Navketan Films in association with his younger brother Dev Anand in 1949.
Chetan Anand was born in Lahore, British India and studied Hindu scriptures from Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya. He did his graduation in English from Government College Lahore. He was a member of Indian National Congress in 1930. Along with it, he also worked for BBC and taught at ‘The Doon School’, Dehradun.
He went to Mumbai to sell his first film script on King Ashoka. He has been casted as the lead role in a Hindi Film Rajkumar in 1944 by
. Afsar starring his younger brother Dev Anand, was the first film made by Navketan followed by Taxi Driver and Andhiyan. Chetan Anand, despite of being famous as a director, acted as a lead role in the films such as Humsafar in 1957, Kala Bazaar, Amman,
Hindustan Ki Kasam
He later teamed up with photographer Jal Mistry, music director
, Lyricist Kaifi Azmi and actress
to start his own production banner called Himalaya films which gave hit films like Haqeeqat, Heer Ranjha etc.
A book was written in 2006 by Anand’s wife and son – The Poetics of Film, which is a remark of his remembrance and also a documentary was made by his son with the same name which was released in 2008.