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The man behind 'Amar Akbar Anthony': The three characters India can't get over

March 1 was director Manmohan Desai's 25th death anniversary. A director who was never in the arty creative club but who knew his audiences, and defined Indian secularism.

The most imaginative metaphor describing and decorating India’s composite identity was not thought of by any patriotic poet, earnest activist, or even a rhetorical politician. This is the legacy of Manmohan Desai, the ultimate potboiler filmmaker — in the form of the title of his 1977 blockbuster Amar Akbar Anthony.

redefined the lost-and-found formula by making the ridiculous somehow sublime through its underlying message. The story is about an entire family — three brothers and their parents —getting separated due to a series of incidents, reuniting two decades later. Films like (1965) and (1973) too have parents and three brothers separating

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