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'Guide' director Vijay Anand is dead

By Viral Bhayani, IANS

Veteran Bollywood filmmaker Vijay Anand, who directed the romantic musical "Guide", died here Monday after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 71.

Anand, a former censor board chairman and the younger brother of actor-filmmaker Dev Anand, was Sunday admitted to the intensive care unit of Leelavati Hospital after a cardiac arrest.

Doctors said a bypass surgery had been suggested to Anand earlier, but the filmmaker had refused it.

"Five years ago he was advised bypass surgery because he had triple vessels disease," a doctor at the hospital told IANS. "Our cardiologists made all efforts but he did not survive."

His body was brought to his second floor apartment at the Metropolitan Building in Pali Hill in suburban Bandra. Then it was taken to Navketan Studio, run by the Anand brothers, for people to pay homage.

Vijay Anand's death came amid speculation that he was to head a new TV channel called Lamhas.

The channel, funded by an Indian American group, was supposed to be launched this year. Anand was planning to travel across the country in search of good TV software and innovative programming for Lamhas.

Vijay Anand was the youngest of the Anand siblings and took to films like his elder brothers, Chetan and Dev Anand.

He was a distinguished filmmaker and between 1957 and 1982, directed several movies that went on to become classics.

"Guide", directed in 1965, remains among his most successful films. The film starred his brother, Dev Anand, and won several awards.

Vijay Anand played an active role in various capacities in the film industry. He was chief of the censor board a few years ago -- a post he stepped down from after a run-in with the government.

He was working on a film, "Jana Na Dil Se Door", in memory of his late brother Chetan Anand. The film is slated for release next month.


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