Nostalgic Nuggets: 'Amar Akbar Anthony' is 43 years old today
Of course, the film’s anniversary is worthy of a tweet from Amitabh Bachchan who played the lovable rogue Anthony in the iconic 1977 release ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’.
Released on May 27 that year, a Wikipedia reference says the film is reportedly inspired by a Pakistani film released in 1976 titled 'Talaash'. The theme of three children getting separated and re-united at the climax was also similar to the 1965 hit 'Waqt'.
Yet, religious tolerance as a theme in the communally- amicable milieu of Hindi cinema was a regular point of reference which never failed to appeal among the audience of Indo-Gangetic plain.
Vinod Khanna – Shabana Azmi pair, which was a hit one those days was complimented well with the young energy of Rishi Kapoor- Neetu Singh who were lovers separated by the girl's stiff father. Despite many inconsistencies and unbelievable scenes, the film's overall appeal gave it a thunderous passage to the top at the BO. In the late 1970s, it earned Rs 155 million.