Amar Akbar Anthony

Sidharth Bhatia

Amar Akbar Anthony

13 September 2013 05:00 PM

Even forty years after it was made, Amar Akbar Anthony remains the final word in film entertainment, which many film-makers aspire to, but seldom manage to replicate. Film author Sidharth Bhatia went behind the scenes of one of the most loved Hindi films of all time to unravel the story of its making and what it means to Indian cinema.

Talking to various people associated with the film – cameraman Peter Pereira, scriptwriter Kader Khan, composer Pyarelal and stars Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan – who fondly remember how Manmohan Desai created this magical movie, he has written a book as entertaining as the film itself, a tribute both to the iconic film and to the incredible vision of its maker.

At this Book Club event, Sidharth Bhatia discussed his book Amar Akbar Anthony with Supriya Nair from Caravan magazine.

About the author:

Sidharth Bhatia has been a journalist for over thirty-five years, working both in India and abroad. He is a regular commentator in newspapers and on television on current affairs, society and culture. He is also the author of Cinema Modern: The Navketan Story (2011), published by HarperCollins India.

Chitranshu Mathur summarises the evening in a beautiful blogpost for the lab. (Read the piece here)