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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: The evergreen Dev Anand lives on

Agencies  New Delhi, September 26, 2012
First Published: 13:16 IST(26/9/2012) | Last Updated: 16:21 IST(26/9/2012)

Bollywood actor Dev Anand passed away last year in December in London following a cardiac arrest. Here's remembering the star on his 89th birth anniversary.

Dev, the charismatic star
Dev Anand was the ultimate flamboyant and irresistibly charming silver screen star, whose romantic image and infectious zeal for life and cinema will outlive that of his contemporaries.

The charismatic star lived by the philosophy of Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya, Har Fikar Ko Dhuen Mein Udata Chala Gaya," a song from his movie Hum Dono (1961).

The 88-year-old versatile actor-filmmaker, who passed away in London last year, will be remembered for his swagger, which continue to find imitations till date.

Tell us your favourite Dev Anand movie

When his contemporaries like Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar stopped playing the leading men in movies, Dev Anand did not lose his innate romantic spirit and continued to woo his young heroines with trademark puff of hair, his sloping walk and smile in movies like Johnny Mera Naam, Des Pardes, Hare Rama Hare Krishna among others.

The evergreen actor
The actor-director-producer was working till his last. His latest project Chargesheet is ready to release and he was planning a extention of his cult hit Hare Rama Hare Krishna.

But there will be no Dev saab, as he was popularly addressed as by friends and fans, to complete them.

Dev Anand lives on



In his last interview to PTI in September on his 88th birthday, Dev Anand said that he had still a lot to offer.

"My life is the same and I am at a beautiful stage at 88. I am as excited as I was in my 20s. I have so many things to do and I am looking forward to the release of Chargesheet.

"I am working on a fresh script titled Hare Rama Hare Krishna Aaj on audience's demand."



His films spoke of his modern sensibilities and desire to portray tomorrow's headlines today. The Bollywood legend always said that his films were expression of his world view and hence dealt with socially-relevant subjects.

His recent movies focused on the themes of present times like Awwal Number, Sau Crore, Censor, Mr Prime Minister and the latest Chargesheet where he played central characters.

Even though after Awwal Number, his movies did not do well at the box office, the evergreen hero's mantra was always to think positive. "I never give myself a chance to get depressed. I think ahead," he would say.

There has always been a hint of romance and intrigue in Dev Anand's personal and professional life which perhaps made him so popular.

In 2007, he released his memoirs Romancing with Life where he admitted he has never looked back in his life, always preferring to remain optimistic and confident about future.





Dev Anand co-produced the English Version of Guide with the Nobel Laureate Pearl S Buck (The Good Earth).

In 1993, he received a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and in 1996 he received a Screen Videocon Lifetime Achievement Award.

In his last days, he was involved in the direction of a new all American film Project Song Of Life - a musical love story which was to be shot in the United States. He was to play the central character in the film which was to have a predominantly American star cast.

Dev Anand is the second of three brothers who were active in Hindi Cinema. His brothers are Chetan Anand and Vijay Anand. Their sister, Sheel Kanta Kapur, is the mother of renowned film director Shekhar Kapur.




A modern filmmaker
His films spoke of his modern sensibilities and desire to portray tomorrow's headlines today. The Bollywood legend always said that his films were expression of his world view and hence dealt with socially-relevant subjects.

His recent movies focused on the themes of present times like Awwal Number, Sau Crore, Censor, Mr Prime Minister and the latest Chargesheet where he played the central character.

Even though after Awwal Number, his movies did not do well at the box office, the evergreen hero's mantra was always to think positive. "I never give myself a chance to get depressed. I think ahead," he would say.



On the sets of the film Jeet, Dev Anand finally proposed to Suraiya but her maternal grandmother opposed the relationship as they were Muslim and Dev Anand Hindu, and so, Suraiya remained unmarried all her life.

He was offered his first big break by Ashok Kumar. He spotted Dev hanging around in the studios and picked him as the hero for the Bombay Talkies production, Ziddi in 1948, which became an instant success.

Always the one to think ahead, Dev Anand decided to start producing films after Zinddi's success. In 1949, Dev Anand turned producer and launched his own company Navketan which till 2011 has produced 31 films.

His trademark style of dialogue delivery, an array of hats and a penchant for nodding while speaking became Dev Anand's style in films like Munimji, CID and Paying Guest.




Memorable films
His style was lapped by the audience and widely imitated. Taxi Driver (1954) and CID (1956) saw him portraying living in the urban underbelly.

He broke new grounds, playing a smuggler in Jaal, absconding gang member in Dushman, blackmarketeer in Kalabazaar and a murderer in Bombay Ka Babu.

Still, critics accused him of being more style than substance. But, Dev Anand proved his detractors wrong - first with a class act in Kala Paani (1958).

Then came Hum Dono (1961) and he finally sealed all doubts with a nuanced performance in Guide (1966).

In 1970s, his success story continued with Johnny Mera Naam. Jewel Thief, directed by younger brother Vijay Anand, was another feather in his cap.

Honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002, Dev Anand had also been politically active. He led a group of film personalities, who stood up against the 1975 Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

He actively campaigned against her with his supporters in 1977 Parliamentary elections. He also floated a political outfit, National Party of India, which he later disbanded.





(PTI feature from last year)

Dev Anand's 89th birthday celebration

Bollywood legend Dev Anand's son Suniel will bring in the 89th birthday of his late father today to celebrate his achievements, and plans to announce
a film, helmed by him under the Navketan banner to carry forward the legacy of the evergreen actor.

Last year on his birthday, Dev Anand had called his friends over and cut a cake at his favourite hotel in suburban Mumbai. This year too, Suniel will host a get together at the same place - Sun and Sand hotel at 6 pm.

"We will celebrate this birthday this year as well. He is still with us in our hearts. He is a source of inspiration to me and several others. On this (birthday) occasion we will celebrate his life and achievements," son Suniel told PTI yesterday in an interview.

A few rare pictures from Dev Anand's personal album will be on display for media and fans.

"We will have some rare photographers of dad in size of 5 foot by 3 foot. We have selected some unique photos that we will display like -- dad in action during his various shoots, on his travel all over the world while he was attending film premiere, while he was writing, meeting famous people etc."

Bollywood actor Dev Anand


"It will be a unique event. We will have close friends and fans, who used to regularly every year come to wish him on his birthday. Those close to dad will speak a few words about their association and share fond memories," Suniel said.

However, friends and colleagues of the legendary actor-filmmaker from the industry won't be part of the occasion.

- PTI

Dev Anand was a democrat: Advani
BJP leader LK Advani, once a film critic, has lauded Dev Anand for his opposition to the Emergency rule imposed by prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Speaking at the 89th birth anniversary celebrations of the late actor, director, writer and producer of Hindi movies, Advani recalled Dev Anand's political activism during the 1975-77 Emergency.

"He led a group of film personalities and stood against the internal Emergency imposed by Indra Gandhi," he said here Monday at an event jointly organised by Delhi Study Group and the Dev Anand Fans Forum.

"He actively campaigned in support of the democratic political forces in the 1977 parliamentary election," which led to the ouster of the Congress party, Advani said.

Advani also recalled that Dev Anand accompanied then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his Lahore bus trip in 1999.




Dev Anand's son announces Navketan Films' next
Dev's son Suneil announced that he will make Vagator Mixer under their banner of  Navketan Films.

Vagator Mixer will be an English language movie based on the theme of the famous Vagator beach in Goa, said Suneil, who has acted in films like Anand Aur Anand, Main Tere Liye and Master.

Navketan Films' last movie was Chargesheet and it was Dev Anand's last directorial venture before he died in London Dec 3, 2011. He was 88.

 - IANS

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