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Film / Amar Akbar Anthony

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Your favourite 70s Bollywood actors in action. I shit you not.
Is there seriously no description of this Anvilicious film? Sweet Jesus...Hey Ram... Astaghfirullah....

This movie directed by Manmohan Desai is played by Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor.

A family gets separated. Three brothers are brought up by three different families. The oldest is Amar who grows up to be a Hindu police officer. The second brother is Akbar who raised as a Muslim by his tailor dad. The third brother is a ruffian skirting around the law, a Catholic named Anthony Gonzales. The boys meet again and their lives become entangled in an incredible twist of unlikely coincidences and furious action sequences interspersed with songs. Their mother is separated from them as well and is blind. She recovers her sight nearer the ending, the criminal mob boss who unwittingly caused all the commotion is punished, and the family is at last re-united.

It was the biggest blockbuster of 1977 and has also won several Filmfare awards.

This film provides examples of:

  • And Now You Must Marry Me: One of Zabisco's conditions for returning Jenny to Robert is that he must be allowed to marry her.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Besides being a literal baby when separated from his family (his siblings are relatively older), Akbar is definitely the most childlike, optimistic, and idealistic of the trio. Makes sense given his upbringing and occupation compared to that of his siblings.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • The action climax towards the end of the film certainly counts as the Heroic Trio (with Salma) manage to arrive in disguise and once the time starts, they manage to unveil themselves in order to deal with the villainous Robert and his assorted goons.
    • Akbar also get a couple - the first is when he saves an unconscious Kishanlal from getting run over by Robert. The second is when he swings into a burning building to save Salma and Tayyib.
  • Bound and Gagged: After Jenny's bodyguard, Zabisco, finds out that she is the daughter of the crime boss, Robert, he captures her and leaves her tied and gagged as he phones Robert to arrange a trade for Jenny. Jenny, even though tied and gagged, is able to attract help by signalling her guardian, Kishanlal, who is just about to leave the penthouse and is able to rescue her.
    • Also happens to Dr. Salma Ali, Akbar's lady love who is a doctor in the hospital where Kishanlal is being operated on, and has been taken captive by Robert and his gang.
  • Banging for Help: As mentioned just above, the kidnapped Jenny, who is tied up and gagged, bangs her foot against the wall and then uses the window blinds to signal her guardian Kishanlal, who is able to rescue her.
  • Cassandra Truth: Robert isn't lying when he tells Jenny that he is her father, but Jenny doesn't believe him because of Kishanlal's manipulations. Granted, Robert doesn't help his case by kidnapping her and forcing her to marry Zabisco.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Amar vs Anthony - the former completely wipes the floor with the latter.
  • Damsel in Distress: Jenny, the beautiful, long-lost daughter of Robert, whom the villains throughout the film are trying to kidnap.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Salma and Akbar have feelings for each other, but the former's father doesn't approve of their relationship. This changes after Akbar saves both of them from a burning building.
  • Deus ex Machina: Their blind mother inexplicably gets her eyesight back when she visits a temple of the Hindu/Sufi Saint Shirdi Sai Baba and falls at the feet of the statue.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Zabisco is initially hired by Kishanlal to act as Jenny's bodyguard, before betraying them to Robert
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The camera cuts away just as Robert kills Father Gonsalves
  • Happily Adopted: All the three protagonists were raised in loving households, and you can tell by the way they interact with their respective father figures.
  • Jerkass to One: Anthony is generally amiable to everyone he meets. The one exception is Tayyib Ali, for his antagonistic behavior towards Akbar.
  • Meadow Run: Across the dance floor during "My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves"
  • Mirror Monologue: The humorous scene after Anthony gets beat up. He berates himself in the mirror using the third person. Then he proceeds to apply first-aid to his mirror self, which results in a patch of band-aid sticking to the mirror.
  • Missed Him by That Much:
    • Bharthi gets into the tailors car and hears a baby crying in the front seat. As she had lost her eyesight moments before, she has no clue that the baby is her own.
    • She also barges into an operating room to deliver flowers to Akbar (who she believes is inside). Due to her blindness, what she doesn't realize is that her husband is in the room, with Robert trying to wake him up.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Father Gonsalves tries to stop Robert and his goons from kidnapping Jenny, and gets a knife in his back courtesy of Robert
  • Oh, Crap!: Robert has this reaction when Bharthi enters the operating room where Kishanlal is being woken up in. As she is blind at this point in the film, she doesn't recognize either of them.