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Dev Anand's cremation on Saturday

The last rites of Dev Anand are set to be performed on Saturday at Putney Vale, a famous London crematorium whose tranquil woodland makes it the ideal setting to bid farewell to the people's hero. Dipankar De Sarkar reports.

bollywood Updated: Dec 07, 2011 23:52 IST
Dipankar De Sarkar
Dipankar De Sarkar

The last rites of Dev Anand are set to be performed on Saturday at Putney Vale, a famous London crematorium whose tranquil woodland makes it the ideal setting to bid farewell to the people's hero.

The cremation ceremony of the 88-year-old actor, who died on Saturday will begin at 11.40am. The crematorium in southwest London is surrounded by Wimbledon Commons and the ancient Richmond Park. The funeral will be followed by an afternoon memorial service at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan at Kensington in west London.

The arrangements will be firmed up on Thursday after Dev Anand's wife Kalpana and daughter arrived in London on Wednesday to join son Suneil.

Dev Anand's death has been mourned by Britons of Indian origin, estimated to up to two million. A regular visitor to Britain, he helped popularise Scotland as an alternative to Switzerland for movie shoots.

The launch of his autobiography at the Nehru Centre in London two years back saw a mad rush of NRIs desperate to catch a glimpse of the star, taking organisers by surprise.

"People are genuinely keen to pay their last respects to Dev Anand," said Lalit Mohan Joshi, director of the London-based South Asian Cinema Foundation.

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