WriterKamleshwar, Prabhat Roy Release date14 October 1977 (1977-10-14)
Anand Ashram is a 1977 double version Indian drama film in Hindi and Bengali written and directed by Shakti Samanta, based on a story by Bengali film director and novelist, Sailajananda Mukhopadhyay. It starred Ashok Kumar, Uttam Kumar and Sharmila Tagore in lead roles. Samanta has previously made another double version, Amanush (1975) with the same lead actors, however this film didn't do well at the box office.
Dr. Deepak lives with his wealthy father, a Thakur, in a small town in India. While the Thakur would like to get Deepak to marry a woman from an equally wealthy family, he has fallen in love with a poor woman named Asha, and would like to marry her. The Thakur is displeased, and asks Deepak to leave his house, never to return. A few months later, Thakur's employee, Girdhari, informs him that he has found an abandoned child by the river bank, and would like to adopt him. Initially the Thakur does not want anything to do with the child, but when he sees it for the first time, he decides to let Girdhari have his way. Years later, young Pratap has grown up under Girdhari and Thakur's care, and travels abroad to study in order to be a doctor. When he returns he decides to work with a chemical company. His travels take him to meet a beautiful woman named Kiran, her father, and an elderly man named Doctor. Pratap is perturbed by this doctor, who seems to know him very well, and wants him to leave his job at the chemical company, and start practicing medicine in the small town where they live. What Pratap does not know that this doctor is none other than his biological father, Deepak. What both don't know is what steps the Thakur will take when he finds out that Pratap is none other than his grandson.
Uttam Kumar ... Dr. Deepak
Sharmila Tagore ... Asha
Rakesh Roshan ... Dr. Prakash
Moushumi Chatterjee ... Kiran
Ashok Kumar ... Zamindaar/Pratap Narain Rai Chaudhary
Asit Sen ... Girdhari
Utpal Dutt ... Kiran's dad
Prema Narayan (Guest appearance)
Alankar Joshi ... Chandan (as Master Alankar)
The film had music by Shyamal Mitra, with lyrics by Indeevar