'Dev Anand inspired us to not to follow old ideas'
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'Dev Anand inspired us to not to follow old ideas'

Dev Anand was a dynamic man, said New Jersey-based Gora Choudhury, who studied along with his son at the Woodstock School in Missouri.

bollywood Updated: Dec 06, 2011 17:35 IST
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Dev Anand was a dynamic man, said New Jersey-based Gora Choudhury, who studied along with his son at the Woodstock School in Missouri.

"He was very very young in his outlook and full of energy. He inspired me and millions of people like me to not to follow old ideas. He was genuinely young in his outlook... not a negative word out of him at all," Choudhury told PTI.

Of all the places in the US, Dev Anand was very fond of New York City, especially Manhattan and the Times Square. He was the chief guest of the Miss India USA pageant in New York in 1986 and Miss India Worldwide pageant again 10 years later.

People still remember his grand appearance at the popular Indian Day Parade in New York in 1986.

Los Angeles-based writer Harshi Gill had known Dev Anand for three decades. "I had the good fortune of accompanying him, driving him around," said Gill. In subsequent trips he was in search heroin for his movie "Mein 16 baras ki".

"I found him an extremely warm and charming person. He talked with every individual as if that was the only one who mattered. He was really a people's person. He had no ego about his position. Very forthright, very honest," Gill said.

Known as a pioneer in brining Bollywood entertainment to the US and co-producer of 'Bombay Dreams', Sudhir Vaishnav, remembers the legendary film actor as a very energetic person.

He was involved with Dev Anand during the making and premier of the movie Love at Times Square in the US.

"I real great loss... He was a warm, very energetic person. He always thought about the next project. He was full of enthusiasm. He always looked at new face, new generation," he said.

Kamal Dandona from New York-based Bollywood Group of Companies said the veteran left behind a legacy of celluloid magic. "A style icon in those days -- he still looked dapper with his trademark scarf even when in his eighties".

"After dining with him many times, I observed that he used to drink hot water before and after a meal, to which he accredited his good digestion. What I will remember about him the most is his joie de vivre and his passion for life and film," Dandona said.

Young Gitesh Pandya head of the Box Office Guru says Dev Anand was in a class of himself and was tirelessly devoted to cinema and entertaining audiences.

"I remember being contacted by his associate once who told me that Mr Anand wanted to meet with me to get some marketing advice on an upcoming project... I was so impressed with his energy for both films and life itself," Pandya said.

New York-based photo journalist Jay Mandal recollects his last meeting with Dev Anand in 2003 when he was in the city to look for a new "female" face for his then untitled movie about Sitar Maestro Ravi Shankar and his daughter Norah Jones.

"He was quite a unique person yet no air about being a movie star... I recall one simple anecdote, he called me up on my mobile to ask that if we are going to have lunch together... his son Suneil was with him, who could call me instead but it was Dev Saab himself who picked up the phone to do so," Mandal said.

First Published: Dec 06, 2011 17:32 IST