The competition here is not between the Hindu and the Muslim. Rather the Christian is pitted against the Hindu in a scene where I daresay Vinod Khanna (Amar) beats the pulp out of Amitabh (Anthony), literally and in terms of performance. I'd much rather prefer the tall and handsome, dutiful yet reticent Vinod Khanna than the blabbermouth Amitabh. At the risk of sounding childish, Vinod has the perfect height too. Amitabh is too tall. Anyways, we are delving too much on Amitabh-bashing here!
The title track is pretty anthem-ish but I guess in those times films demanded a song that celebrated
However, the best two tracks are saved for the uber-cute and effortless Rishi Kapoor. Frankly, I find him the best thing in Amar Akbar Anthony. He doesn't even have try. He just slips in to a romantic and naughty avatar so smoothly. He's fair, dishy and has a Romeo-esque air about him without even moving a muscle. He dances like a dream, is nimble and has the most lovable eyes. I'm not too fond of facial hair, but this guy even makes that thing moustache look yum. He's driving Tayyab Ali pyar ka dushman hai hai and everyone is having a gala laughathon watching it. The best, and most flamboyant song is also saved for this qawwal. The music directors certainly were thinking right when they chose Mohd Rafi to sing Parda hain parda, a song that is popular even today. The way it is sung is incredible, but the way it is acted out also needs to be lauded. Rishi Kapoor is so darned confident about his antics. I just watching him. It's just great genes I must say!!
Amar Akbar Anthony strings plenty of incidents together, some of which might not be credible, but the final product is definitely a crowd-pleaser. You don't really have to invest your brains. There are some silly comic scenes, plenty of fisticuffs, crazy subplots and all. But then, if you really are in love with the Manmohan batch of films, this one perhaps is the best one out of that potboiler factory.