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Mukul S. Anand (11 October 1951 - 7 September 1997) was an Indian film director and producer. He was the nephew of veteran film scriptwriter Inder Raj Anand and cousin of actor and director Tinnu Anand.



Mukul S. Anand made his debut as a director with the suspense thriller Kanoon Kya Karega (1984) which was inspired by the Hollywood film Cape Fear. He then directed Aitbaar (1985) which was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's classic Dial M for Murder. The film which first brought him recognition was the epic film Sultanat (1986), a film which brought together real-life father and son Dharmendra and Sunny Deol and introduced actress Juhi Chawla.

In 1986 he directed the thriller Main Balwaan with Mithun chakraborthy,Meenakshi and Dharmendra and was known for the great songs featuring Mithun and Meenakshi the two great dancer of bollywood with the song Rock n Roll which took 12 days to rehearse for dancer like meenakshi. His first box-office success was "Insaaf" (1987), the film responsible for "re-introducing" Vinod Khanna. His next film, "Mahasangram" (1990), again with Vinod Khanna, was acclaimed for its stylish action-scenes,and Aditya Pancholi's angry portrayal of the Thakur which receoved critical accalaim and one of his finest performance, but was a below-average earner at he box-office. At this point, Mukul was largely considered a skilful director, who held much promise but somehow never managed to deliver solid successes. He finally hit the big-league with the Scarface-inspired crime thriller Agneepath (1990) with Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role which won Amitabh a National Award for Best Actor. His next notable film was the family drama Hum (1991) also with Bachchan in the lead which was a huge success. He worked with Bachchan again for the final time in the epic film Khuda Gawah (1992) which won him the Filmfare Best Director Award. His last completed film was Trimurti (1995) which had a multi starcast including Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan but failed to do well at the box office becoming one of his biggest flops. The last film he was working on at the time of his death was the much-hyped action adventure film Dus which remained incomplete and unreleased after his death although the film's music did end up releasing.

Personal life

Inder Raj Anand who was a film scriptwriter from the late 1940s through to the late 1980s was Mukul Anand's uncle. Mukul's cousin is actor and director Tinnu Anand. Mukul was married to Anita and had two children Alishka and Mikhail. [1]

Mukul died of a heart attack at the age of 45 in September 1997. At the time of his death he was in the middle of filming the action movie Dus in Utah. The climax scenes and some action sequences were being filmed from May 1997 and 40% of the shooting had been completed by August. After his death the film was left incomplete and never released. Promo videos and clips from what was shot of the film can be seen on his official website which is maintained by his wife Anita and sister Beena.

In 2005 the producer of Dus Nitin Manmohan decided to make another film with the same title and two of the stars Sanjay Dutt and Shilpa Shetty also starred in that film.


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