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Dev Anand: the explorer, the charmer

  • Naveen Sharma, Hindustantimes.com
  • Updated: Sep 26, 2013 14:51 IST
  • On Dev Anand

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    On Dev Anand's 90th birth anniversary, here's a look at his alluring cinematic journey that continues to inspire one and all.

  • Evergreen Dev Anand

    'Dreamy' chemistry: Jonny Mera Naam, Chhupa Rustam, Jaaneman, Joshila were few of the films in which Dev Anand paired up with Hema Malini.

  • Dev Anand with Mumtaaz in Tere Mere Sapne, an adaptation of AJ Cronin

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Dev Anand with Mumtaaz in Tere Mere Sapne, an adaptation of AJ Cronin's novel, The Citadel. The film was directed by Dev's brother, Vijay and was also successful.

  • Waheeda Rahman started her career with CID opposite Dev Anand.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Waheeda Rahman started her career with CID opposite Dev Anand.

  • In the fifties his films were based on mystery genre or light comedy love stories or were films with social relevance like ‘’Ek Ke Baad Ek’’ and Funtoosh.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    In the fifties his films were based on mystery genre or light comedy love stories or were films with social relevance like ‘’Ek Ke Baad Ek’’ and Funtoosh.

  • He began his career in the military censor office at Churchgate, Mumbai, for a salary of Rs 200.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    He began his career in the military censor office at Churchgate, Mumbai, for a salary of Rs 200.

  • In the sixties, Dev Anand acquired romantic image with films like Manzil and Tere Ghar Ke Samne with Nutan, Kinaare Kinaare with Meena Kumari, Maya with Mala Sinha , Asli-Naqli with Sadhana Shivdasani, Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai and Mahal with Asha Parekh and Teen Deviyaan opposite three heroines Kalpana, Simi Garewal and Nanda.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    In the sixties, Dev Anand acquired romantic image with films like Manzil and Tere Ghar Ke Samne with Nutan, Kinaare Kinaare with Meena Kumari, Maya with Mala Sinha ,...

  • Dev Anand in a still from Hum Dono.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Dev Anand in a still from Hum Dono.

  • Dev Anand in old times.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Dev Anand in old times.

  • Dev Anand with actor Nalini.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Dev Anand with actor Nalini.

  • Dev 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, costarring Kamini Kaushal (1948) which became an instant success.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Dev 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,...

  • A rapid-fire style of dialogue delivery and a penchant for nodding while speaking became Dev

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    A rapid-fire style of dialogue delivery and a penchant for nodding while speaking became Dev's style in films like House No. 44, Pocket Maar, Munimji, Funtoosh, C.I.D....

  • Since the 1990s except for Awwal Number, rest of the eight films directed by him were box office failures. But Sau Crore (1991) and Censor (2000) were critically acclaimed.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Since the 1990s except for Awwal Number, rest of the eight films directed by him were box office failures. But Sau Crore (1991) and Censor (2000) were critically...

  • In September 2007, Dev

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    In September 2007, Dev's own autobiography Romancing with Life was released at a birthday party with the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

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  • Dev Anand directed 19 films and produced 31 films of which 7 directorial ventures and 18 films respectively were commercially successful at the box office.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Dev Anand directed 19 films and produced 31 films of which 7 directorial ventures and 18 films respectively were commercially successful at the box office.

  • In the late forties Dev Anand got few offers to star opposite singer-actress Suraiya in woman oriented films, as the male lead.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    In the late forties Dev Anand got few offers to star opposite singer-actress Suraiya in woman oriented films, as the male lead.

  • Dev Anand started his career with Hum Ek Hain.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Dev Anand started his career with Hum Ek Hain.

  • Zeenat Aman was Dev Anand

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Zeenat Aman was Dev Anand's another discovery. Her debut role in Hare Rama Hare Krishna is still remembered as her best work so far.

  • Dev Anand-Waheeda went on to star in many films together like Guide (1965), Solva Saal (1958), Kala Bazar (1960), Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1961), Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962) and box office dud Prem Pujari (1970).

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Dev Anand-Waheeda went on to star in many films together like Guide (1965), Solva Saal (1958), Kala Bazar (1960), Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1961), Baat Ek Raat Ki...

  • In 2008, Dev Anand was the guest of honour at a dinner hosted by the Provost of Highland Council in Inverness, Scotland to celebrate 10 years since he first worked in the Scottish Highlands.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    In 2008, Dev Anand was the guest of honour at a dinner hosted by the Provost of Highland Council in Inverness, Scotland to celebrate 10 years since he first worked in the...

  • His association with music composers Shankar-Jaikishen, O. P. Nayyar, Kalyanji-Anandji, Sachin Dev Burman and his son Rahul Dev Burman, lyricists Hasrat Jaipuri, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Neeraj, Shailendra, Anand Bakshi, and playback singers Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar produced some very popular songs.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    His association with music composers Shankar-Jaikishen, O. P. Nayyar, Kalyanji-Anandji, Sachin Dev Burman and his son Rahul Dev Burman, lyricists Hasrat Jaipuri, Majrooh...

  • S.D Burman, R.D Burman, Rafi and Kishore Kumar were his special friends.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    S.D Burman, R.D Burman, Rafi and Kishore Kumar were his special friends.

  • Dev Anand had a beautiful chemistry with Hema Malini.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Dev Anand had a beautiful chemistry with Hema Malini.

  • Film Guide opposite Waheeda Rahman won him critical acclaim.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Film Guide opposite Waheeda Rahman won him critical acclaim.

  • His 1961 black and white film Hum Dono was digitised and colourised and released recently.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    His 1961 black and white film Hum Dono was digitised and colourised and released recently.

  • He reunited with Vijay Anand for the movie Jewel Thief, based on thriller genre which featured Vyjanthimala, Tanuja, Anju Mahendru, Faryal and Helen.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    He reunited with Vijay Anand for the movie Jewel Thief, based on thriller genre which featured Vyjanthimala, Tanuja, Anju Mahendru, Faryal and Helen.

  • Jewel Thief was a box office hit. JM Barot also received the Filmfare Best Sound Award for this film.

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Jewel Thief was a box office hit. JM Barot also received the Filmfare Best Sound Award for this film.

  • Known as the original romantic hero with ‘Gregory Peck’ inspired puffed hairstyle, Dev Anand ruled the Indian film industry in the 50s and 60s along with Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor – popularly known as the super star trio. (Photo illustration: Shrikrishna Patkar/HT)

    Evergreen Dev Anand

    Known as the original romantic hero with ‘Gregory Peck’ inspired puffed hairstyle, Dev Anand ruled the Indian film industry in the 50s and 60s along with Dilip Kumar, Raj...

"Call me Dev", was a crisp instruction a young and awed Waheeda Rehman received when she first addressed the debonair Dev Anand as Dev Saheb. How can I work with you as an equal if you put me on a pedestal, he added reassuringly.

Putting his awe-struck fans and co-stars at ease was second nature to this larger-than-life Bollywood doyen all through his more than six-decade long career. You are also great, he would shoot back whenever somebody praised him. And he meant it, for he believed that anyone who did his/her work with love and passion is great.

At parties, he would always be surrounded by ladies, young and old alike, mesmerised by his presence. Eager to touch him and be photographed with him, they would almost mob him. I would softly and smilingly bring him out of that love maze. He would also be very happy with them, chatting, asking about their lives and loves. When a girl asked him for his autograph, he would lovingly ask her to give him her favorite color pen for that.

The evergreen, ever-young charmer that he was, Dev Saheb was an epitome of courtesy and old world manners. He knew that ladies would love to hold on to his hands, so he would put on moisturiser on his hands before going to any party. Dressed perfectly for the occasion, girls loved his pinks, oranges and yellows. A very smart shopper, he could select one out of a hundred caps in a nanosecond. His fans often wanted his cap as a memoir, and he would smilingly oblige.

Dev Anand with Naveen Sharma

Once when a fan asked his secret for attracting so many girls of all ages, Dev Saheb promptly replied, "If it's a secret, it's not known to me, only the world knows about it. Because it's the world that creeps into my persona and my personality and judges me the way I look, the way I think, the way I behave, the way I respond. Well I think if you have the qualities that strike a chord somewhere in young people's hearts, there's no such thing as age. A man can be attractive to any age group as long as he is alive and creating something which the world is looking at and admiring."

Full of youthful energy, he was an explorer at heart. Always ready to shoot at a virgin location, he would walk miles to discover that beautiful waterfall or valley. His penetrative eyes would pan the landscape and nod admiringly. Few know that long before Yash Chopra shot in Switzerland, he had captured that beauty in his immortal song Phoolon ke rang se in his first directorial venture Prem Pujari. He loved long drives on European roads. Humming songs, reciting couplets, he would be devouring the natural beauty. Abhi to main jawan hoon was a natural choice that he hummed on such occasions.

Ever young at heart, appreciation of beauty came naturally to him. Once we were sitting at the café of Selfridges, London. It has beautiful close-ups of Hollywood heroines. Dev Saheb was looking at them admiringly. I mustered the courage to ask him, "Sir, which one of them is the most beautiful?" Dev Saheb stood up and looked at them closely. "The most beautiful is the one who is looking at me", prompt came the reply. At that moment he was as romantic as a teenager.

Dev Anand with fans


Dev Saheb used to answer his landline phone personally. He did this because he loved talking to his fans. A secret advantage behind this was that most of the callers were young girls. Every day he received numerous invitations for long drives, candlelit dinners and beach outings. Sometimes he would make me privy to a romantic SMS by a 20 something model asking him to join her for a drive to Khandala. Of course all such requests met with polite refusals from him.

Once we were at IFFI, Goa and many beautiful girls had surrounded Dev Saheb as usual. Mohan Churiwala, one of his closest associate had to tear him away from them in time for the inauguration ceremony. Later that night when Mohanji asked him that which of those fans was most beautiful, Dev Saheb replied in his nonchalant manner, "Youth is beautiful".

Dev Saheb, I know you are somewhere watching us. I just want to say that we miss you very much. Your love will always inspire us to love well and live well.

(The author was Dev Anand's business advisor)

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