Dev Anand dies of heart attack in London

“Dev Anand, the ‘Evergreen Romantic Superstar’ of Indian cinema, died here last night following cardiac arrest. He was 88. Dev Anand, who had come here for medical check up, was not keeping well for the last few days, family sources told PTI.

His son Sunil was with him when he breathed last. Dev Anand made his debut as an actor in 1946 in “Hum Ek Hain”. By the time his “Ziddi” was released in 1947 he was a superstar and has never looked back.

Versatile Dev Anand has given countless hits like “Paying Guest”, “Baazi”, “Jewel Thief “, “CID”, “Johny Mera Naam”, “Amir Garib”, “Warrant”, “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” and “Des Pardes”.

For his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, Dev Anand was honoured with the prestigious the ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2001 and ‘Dada Saheb Phalke Award’ in 2002.”

“He established his film production company ‘Navketan International Films’ in 1949 and has produced more than 35 movies.

Dev Anand has won two Filmfare Awards – India’s equivalent of the Oscars – in 1958 for his performance in the film “Kala Paani” (Black Water) and in 1966 for his performance in “Guide”.

“Guide” went on to win Filmfare Awards in five other categories including “Best Film” and “Best Director” and was sent as India’s entry for the Oscars in the foreign film category that year.

He 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”.

Of late 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.”


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    sputnik 9 years ago


    A song that was the philosophy of Dev Anand’s life – “Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata”

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    sputnik 9 years ago

    “Hum Ek Hain (1946) – This was Dev Anand’s first movie as an actor. Dev Anand was working with his brother Chetan Anand as a member of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and he was offered the movie by Prabhat Talkies. During the shooting of this movie in Pune, he met Guru Dutt and that was the beginning of a long and fruitful friendship.

    Ziddi (1948) – Dev Anand was given his first break by Ashok Kumar. He spotted Anand on the sets and took him in for the Bombay Talkies production ‘Ziddi’. ‘Ziddi’ was directed by Shaheed Latif. The movie helped the stars Dev Anand, Kamini Kaushal and Pran make their foothold in Bollywood.

    Afsar (1950) – Directed by Chetan Anand, ‘Afsar’ was a romantic comedy produced by Dev Anand who starred in it as well. The movie co-starred Suraiya who also did the playback singing for the film.

    Baazi (1951) – The crime thriller was directed by Guru Dutt and had the hit music given by SD Burman. Dev Anand’a Navketan production house produced this movie. Apparently the moive was produced by Dev Anand’s house because of the promise he has made to Guru Dutt during their days of struggle. The movie starred Geeta Bali and Kalpana Kartik and is a tribute of sorts to the 40’s Film Noir Hollywood which had the morally ambiguous hero. The movie was a big hit.

    Jaal (1952) – ‘Jaal’ was Guru Dutt’s second movie with Dev Anand after the success of ‘Baazi’. The movie starred Geeta Bali, Dev Anand, K.N. Singh and Johnny Walker. ‘Jaal’ saw the beginnings of the indomitable signature style of Dev Anand.

    Taxi Driver (1954) – Directed by Chetan Anand and produced by Navketan Production house, the movie starred Dev Anand, Kalpana Kathik and Johnny Walker. The movie was a runaway hit of its times. The story was about a taxu driver in Mumbai and his adventures in the Bombay of the 1950’s.

    Insaniyat (1955) – ‘Insaniyat’ was produced and directed by SS Vasan. The film starred The film stars Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Bina Rai, Jayant and Shobhana Samarth. A remake of a 1950’s Tamil movie – it was the only production that starred Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand together.

    Funtoosh (1956) – Directed by Chetan Anand the movie starred Dev Anand and Sheila Ramani. The music was given by Sachin Dev Burman.

    C.I.D (1956) – Produced by Guru Dutt, it was directed by Raj Khosla, ‘C.I.D’ was a crime thriller. The movie starred Dev Anand, Shakila, Johnny Walker, K. N. Singh and Waheeda Rehman. Dev Anand played the role of a police inspector in the movie.

    Paying Guest (1957) – Directed by Subodh Mukherjee, the movie starred Dev Anand, Nutan and Shobha Khote. The lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. ‘Paying Guest’ was the second hit film of the team of Mukherjee, Hussain, Dev Anand and SD Burman, who had created the successful ‘Munimji’, two years earlier.

    Nau Do Gyarah (1957) – The movie marked the directorial debut of Vijay Anand, Dev Anand’s brother. ‘Nau Do Gyarah’ starred Dev Anand, Shakeela, Kalpana Kartik, Madan Puri, Shashikala and Jeevan. It had the hit song – ‘Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke…’

    Solva Saal (1958) – The Hemant Kumar song ‘Hain apna dil to awara’ is a part of this movie. The movie starred Waheeda Rahman, Dev Anand and Pran. The Aamir Khan-Pooja Bhatt movie, ‘Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin’ was inspired from this movie.

    Kalapani (1958) – Directed by Raj Khosla, the movie was based on the AJ Cronin novel, ‘Beyond This Place’. The movie starred Dev Anand, Madhubala and Nalini Jaywant. The movie had the famous song ‘Acha ji main hari chalo’.

    Kala Bazar (1960) – Was written by Vijay Anand who also had a role in the movie. The film starred Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Nanda, Chetan Anand, Madan Puri, Leela Chitnis and Helen. The music was by SD Burman. This movie had the guest appearance by Dilip Kumar, Geeta Dutt, Guru Dutt, Kishore Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Sohrab Modi, Mohammed Rafi, Nargis, Nadira and Nimmi, in one particular scene.

    Jaali Note (1960) – Directed by Shakti Samanta, the movie was based on the scam of counterfeit money. The movie starred Dev Anand along with Madhubala, Om Prakash, Madan Puri and Helen.

    Bombai ka Baboo (1960) – Written by Rajinder Singh Bedi and directed by Raj Khosla – the movie has Suchitra Sen making a rare appearance in Bollywood.

    Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961) – The movie has been written, produced, and directed by Nasir Hussain. The movie starred Asha Parekh and Dev Anand. Pran plays the villain in the movie.

    Hum Dono (1961) – The movie was directed by Amarjeet and written by Vijay Anand. The movie had Dev Anand in a double role, and also had Nanda, Sadhana and Leela Chitnis. The movie was relaunched in colour exactly after 50 years on 4th February 2011.

    Asli Naqli (1962) – Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed this movie that starred Dev Anand alongside Sadhana, Leela Chitnis, Anwar Hussain, Sandhya Roy and Keshto Mukherjee. The movie was a huge box office hit.

    Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963) – Written and directed by Vijay Anand the movie was produced by Dev Anand and starred Nutan, Rajindernath and Om Prakash. It was a comedy movie that came with a social message.

    Teen Devian (1965) – The movie had Dev Anand starring opposite three heroines – Simi Garewal, Nanda and Kalpana. The music of the moive was one of the last few masterpieces od SD Burman.

    Guide (1965) – Directed by Vijay Anand this famous movie starred Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. The film is based on the critically acclaimed novel, ‘The Guide’, by R K Narayan. The movie was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, 42 years after its release.

    Jewel Thief (1967) – Produced by Navketan films and directed by Vijay Anand – this hit flick starred Dev Anand, Vyjayantimala, Ashok Kumar, Tanuja, Faryal, Anju Mahendru, Sachin, and Helen. Tanuja bagged the Filmfare for the Best Supporting Actress for this film. The movie had a great number of hit songs to its credit.

    Prem Pujari (1970) – This movie was written and directed by Dev Anand himself. The movie starred Waheeda Rehman, Shatrughan Sinha, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri, Amrish Puri and Dev Anand. The movie had the hit songs – ‘Dil Ki Kalam Se’ and ‘Rangeela Re’.

    Johny Mera Naam (1970) – Directed by Vijay Anand, the movie starred Dev Aand and Pran playing the role of two brothers separated at childhood. The movie that is considered a Dev Anand classic also starred Hema Malini, Jeevan, Premnath, IS Johar and Iftekhar also star in this movie. The movie made Hema Malini in to a star.

    Tere Mere Sapne (1971) – Produced by Dev Anand, and written and directed by his brother Vijay Anand for Navketan Films, the movie also starred Vijay, Mumtaz, and Hema Malini. The story was based on AJ Cronin’s novel – ‘The Citadel’.

    Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) – Starring Zeenat Aman and Dev Anand – the movie was a super hit. The songs ‘Dum Maro Dum’ and ‘Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka’ are still famous. Zeenat Aman won the Filmfare for Best Supporting Actress for her role. The film also starred Mumtaz.

    Heera Panna (1973) – Written, produced and directed by Dev Anand, the film stars Dev Anand, Zeenat Aman, Rakhee, Rehman and Jeevan The film’s music is composed by RD Burman. The movie had the famous song – ‘Panna ki Tamanna hai ki Heera mujhe mil jaaye’.

    Des Pardes (1978) – The movie produced and directed by Dev Anand was the debut movie for Tina Munim. The movie also had Ajit, Pran, Amjad Khan, Shreeram Lagoo, Tom Alter, Bindu, Prem Chopra, AK Hangal, Sujit Kumar, Mehmood and Paintal in supporting cast. Dev Anand chose Rajesh Roshan to direct the music of the film.

    Swami Dada (1982) – This movie was the first screen debut for Jackie Shroff. The movie starred Naseeruddin Shah, Mithin Chackraborty, Padmini Kholapure, newcomer Christine O’Neil and Dev Anand.

    Awwal Number (1990) – The movie based on cricket was directed by the 67 year old Dev Anand who also starred in the movie. He played the role of DIG Vikrma Singh in the movie that starred Aditya Pancholi and Aamir Khan.

    Return of Jewel Thief (1996) – A sequel of sorts to the 1967 movie – this movie starred Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra and Jackie Shroff.

    Censor (2001) – Starring Hema Malini, Jacky Shroff and Dev Anand – the movie was directed and produced by Dev Anand.

    Charge Sheet (2011) – Directed by Dev Anand, starring Jackie Shroff, Naseeruddin Shah and Divya Dutta in lead roles, while Riya Sen appears in an item-number – is Dev Anand’s last role on screen and will now be his last movie. The movie released September 2011.”

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    sputnik 9 years ago

    “Dev Anand’s cremation will be held next week in London. Mohan Churiwala, Dev Anand’s manager said, “He will be cremated in London only after Tuesday. Cremation cannot take place till his daughter reaches there. His body is kept in a hospital right now,” adding that his wife may also accompany her daughter.

    The evergreen romantic superstar of Indian cinema passed away in London on Saturday night following a cardiac arrest. He was 88.

    Dev Anand, who had come to London for a medical check up, was not keeping well for the last few days, according to his family. His son Sunil had been with him when he breathed his last.”

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    sputnik 9 years ago

    “Never one to rest on past laurels, Dev sahib always looked ahead at life and planned for the future with such rare enthusiasm and vigor that it was almost surreal. It was as if he was living through a never-ending film, making everyone around him believe in the immortality of the man.

    The real and reel life merged in such a way in his case that even as I write this, I have to keep reminding oneself that the man is no more. It’s difficult to come to terms with the fact that this piece is an obituary. How does one start thinking in past tense of a man who perhaps never looked back in his life!”

    “Throwing his famous, ever so endearing and iconic smile at the liftman waiting to bring him up to our 9th floor flat, he thanked him and shocked everyone by just running up the nine flight of stairs. I think it was 1999, which makes him 76-years-old then. That was my first taste of his boundless energy.”

    “And finally, the only thing which really got him a bit exasperated was when journalists like me kept going back to his past, be it movies, heroines, contemporaries and the old times. He tried his best to be patient and answer everything thrown at him but one could make out his heart was not in it. He only came alive when — more as a measure of courtesy than curiosity — you asked him about his latest and the next venture. The grin would widen, the twinkle would return to his eye and one could almost sense the unbridled enthusiasm and energy.

    The man always wanted to look ahead. The sad thing is, from here on we will be forced to look back on his life.”

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    aryan 9 years ago

    Evergreen actor Dev Anand has given so many hits in his life from 50s to almost 1968 almost given all hits and luckily Dev Anand started career with Kishore da and that time Kishore Kumar and Mohd Rafi sung most memorable songs in his movies from black & white to colour movie and he launched 3 to 4 actress specially Zeenath Aman in Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Tina Munim.

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    sputnik 9 years ago

    “Dev Anand was my inspiration: Rajesh Khanna

    The 50s was the era of black and white classics, and the ruling stars included Dilip Kumar, the thespian, Raj Kapoor, the serio comedian and Dev Anand, the eternal romantic. Each had his own distinct style and fan following. I was an ardent admirer of Dev Anand from my teens.

    I clearly
    remember watching and loving him in Funtoosh, Baarish, Kala Pani and Love Marriage. He had the best looks and smile of his era and his puff was legion.

    There was no better romantic actor than him. With his unique style and fluidity, he matched every top female actor — from Geeta Bali to Madhubala to Nutan to Waheeda Rehman. He had the rare ability to lip songs effectively for any singer be it Mohd. Rafi, Talat Mehmood, Hemant Kumar, Kishore Kumar or even Manna De.

    According to me, the abundance and versatility he displayed whilst lipping the number, Dene Wala Jab Bhi Deta, in Funtoosh remains a lesson in acting.

    When I joined films in 1967, I was highly inspired by his acting style. He was amongst the first to view Aradhana and compliment me genuinely. As I rose in stature as an actor in the early 70s, I received healthy and clean competition from Anand, who was still going strong with a super hit like Johny Mera Naam. It really amuses me when some people say we shared bad vibes. How can anyone have any grudges against a genuine human being like him?

    I really admired his total dedication to his work and ever youthful attitude towards life. I never saw him interfering unnecessarily in other’s matters. He was a thorough professional.

    As I bid him a tearfull farewell, I sincerely pray that his soul rest in eternal peace. He will always remain alive in my heart. Dev Anand was my inspiration, my idol.”

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    sputnik 9 years ago

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    sputnik 9 years ago

    “Bollywood’s evergreen star Dev Anand’s ashes were immersed in the Godavari river in Nashik on Wednesday evening by his son Suneil, a family friend said.

    “Suniel just finished immersing the ashes of his father in the holy waters of the Godavari river. I accompanied him there,” Mohan Churiwala, a close associate and family friend told IANS over the phone.

    Dev Anand’s son Suneil had come to India from London to immerse his late father’s ashes in the holy river.

    The last rites of Dev Anand, who passed away in London on December 3 following a heart attack, were performed on Saturday at the Putney Vale Crematorium in London. A memorial service was also held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London, the same day.

    In Mumbai, a memorial service will be held on Friday. “A memorial service will be held at Mehboob Studios in suburban Bandra on Friday. It will be held there because a make-up room of Dev saab is still at the studio. Also, there is some emotional connect as he had shot a lot of films over there,” Churiwala said.”

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