Dev Anand
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Dev Anand
Dharam Dev Pishorimal Anand, better known as Dev Anand, was an Indian film actor, writer, director and producer known for his work in Hindi cinema. Part of the Anand family, he co-founded Navketan Films in 1949 with his elder brother Chetan Anand. Anand is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema.
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Star of 1955's Devdas Suchitra Sen passes away
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
KOLKATA: Bengali screen goddess Suchitra Sen, who had captivated generations of film buffs with her looks and grace, died at a south Kolkata nursing home Friday following a massive cardiac arrest, an attending doctor said. The 82-year-old actress, under treatment at the Belle Vue Clinic for the last 26 days following serious respiratory problems, breathed her last at 8:25am, according to Subir Mondal who was part of the medical team treating her. A widow, Sen leaves behind her daughter Moon Moon Sen and grand-daughters Riya and Raima – all three having taken to acting as a career. The last rites would be performed at the Keoratala Crematorium Friday afternoon. After battling for life over the past few days, Sen’s condition deteriorated Thursday night as her oxygen saturation level dipped, prompting the doctors to put her on non-invasive ventilation. “In the morning, she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, only 15 minutes after the medical team ...
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Film on Dev Anand to go on floors on his birth anniversary
The Times Of India - over 3 years
Suneil Anand, Dev Anand’s son, is all set to get his international film on floors on his dad’s birth anniversary, September 26.     
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Upkar The making of the biggest patriotic film
Bollywood Hungama - over 4 years
Today, August 15, India celebrates 67 years of Independence. The year 2012 also marks the 45th anniversary of a film that is in its own league - Manoj Kumar's Upkar. Why does Upkar, Manoj Kumar's first production and also debut directorial at an official level (he ghost-directed the 1965 Shaheed, which he had also written), become the first and most important film when we look at patriotic cinema? In the long annals where we have seen variegated epics on loving the motherland from a Mother India to a Haqeeqat, Manoj's own Shaheed and Purab Aur Pacchim, Border, Sarfarosh, Lagaan and many more, but this film about a farmer still in its own class as an epic benchmark in patriotic motion pictures. The inspiration - the Prime Minister! Lal Bahadur Shastri, the then-Prime Minister, inspired Manoj Kumar at the special screening of Shaheed in Delhi. "Why don't you make a film on my slogan "Jai Jawaan Jai Kisaan"?", a slogan Shastri had coined during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. "Somethin ...
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Lake 'lustre'
The Times of India - over 4 years
If Udaipur could once inspire Dev Anand to shoot portions of Guide and cinegoers drooled over memorable numbers belted out by SD Burman like hoton se kheech ke yeh aanchal, today the ground reality is completely different! The natural "oomph" has withered with times and today corporates are planning cloud-seeding there and in three other districts of Rajasthan. Cloud seeding, a form of weather modification, is the attempt to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds, by..
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How to be a superstar
The Times of India - over 4 years
This has been a strange week for superstars. The original, Rajesh Khanna, died and millions of women across India mourned the death of a man who, at one time, was the absolute and adored sweetheart of the nation. An original. He came into Bollywood as a nobody, as a struggler who had won a talent contest. He was arrogant enough not to copy any of the reigning greats. He didn't want to be the next Dilip Kumar or Dev Anand. He wasn't competing with Dharmendra or Jeetendra. He was Kaka- take it or..
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The road less travelled
The Express Tribune Blogs - almost 5 years
Once you have been to Two Chimneys, the otherworldly boutique hotel, designed and run by Geetan Batra, and set in Gethia, a hill station in India’s Uttarakhand’s Nainital district, it will live in your heart forever.  Ever since we had first met, my friend Geetan and I had talked about the prospect of visiting Gethia and staying at Two Chimneys, her mountain resort. When she heard that I was traveling to India for a month of business, she demanded that I add Nainital to my ‘cities to visit list’ when applying for my Indian visa. One of the tit-for-tat diplomatic absurdities between the Pakistani and Indian states is the requirement of city-specific visas. Before work could begin, two days after I landed in Delhi, Geetan and I jumped into her red four-wheel-drive with destination Gethia on our minds. As I left the capital city, I had no sense of what was to come ahead. While Delhi is historic, rich in culture and lush with foliage, it is also conti ...
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Remembering the evergreen Dev Anand
The Times of India - about 5 years
Optimistic, passionate and strong - that's how people remember <a class="fplink fp-64546" href="/dev+anand+1">Dev Anand</a>.And his songs and persona came back to life in an event that was organized by Punjab College of Technical Education recently.
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Bollywood actor Kishore Bhanushali the duplicate of late actor Dev Anand pays tribute to late Dev Anand in Mumbai on Tuesday - PTI
Daily Pioneer - about 5 years
Bollywood actor Kishore Bhanushali the duplicate of late actor <a class="fplink fp-64546" href="/dev+anand">Dev Anand</a> pays tribute to late <a class="fplink fp-64546" href="/dev+anand">Dev Anand</a> in Mumbai on Tuesday - PTI
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5 must see movies of Dev Anand
Bollywood Mantra - about 5 years
A diehard romantic with stylish screen presence – <a class="fplink fp-64546" href="/dev+anand">Dev Anand</a> mesmerized cine fans through decades. With a career graph spanning well over forty years, <a class="fplink fp-64546" href="/dev+anand">Dev Anand</a>’s is an illustrious jour...
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Bollywood bids farewell to Dev Anand
The Times of India - about 5 years
Bollywood bids farewell to <a class="fplink fp-64546" href="/dev+anand">Dev Anand</a>
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Dancing to His Own Bollywood Tune
Wall Street Journal - about 5 years
The actor Dev Anand created his own zeitgeist.
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Why Dev Anand did not return home
The Times of India - about 5 years
On Dec 10, <a class="fplink fp-64546" href="/dev+anand">Dev Anand</a>, India’s poster boy for decades, was cremated at the Wimbledon cemetery. On a cold frosty morning, an overcapacity but predictable crowd silently braved it outdoors. The ceremony sounded so distant for a man so close, but was in line with the celebrity’s wish. With his last movie at 88, still in the cans, he was not so bothered about his image on the screen, but he knew well enough that when the soul was gone, the makeups would be someone else’s idea, the..
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Renaming of college after Dev Anand sought
The Times of India - about 5 years
A social organisation here has demanded that college here be renaming after legendary Bollywood actor <a class="fplink fp-64546" href="/dev+anand">Dev Anand</a>, who studied at the institute in 1938-39.
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Hundreds gather at Wimbledon cemetery to bid adieu to Dev Anand
The Times of India - about 5 years
People jostled for space at the venue. The spillover crowd stood outside the building in biting cold watching the ceremony on two video screens.
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Family remembers Dev Anand
The Times of India - about 5 years
Family remembers <a class="fplink fp-64546" href="/dev+anand">Dev Anand</a>
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Goodbye Dev Anand
The Times Of India - about 5 years
I grew up on the mean streets of Calcutta. It was a great city in those days, full of magic and excitement, and one of my big thrills at school was to save my two anna tiffin money to watch Hindi movies.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dev Anand
  • 2011
    Age 87
    In February 2011, his 1961 black and white film Hum Dono was digitised and colourised and released.
    More Details Hide Details Dev Anand is credited with giving actors like Zarina Wahab in Ishq Ishq Ishq, Jackie Shroff in Swami Dada, Tabu in Hum Naujawan and Richa Sharma(Sanjay Dutt’s first wife) a break into the film industry, discovered Zeenat Amaan, Tina Munim and encouraging music composer Rajesh Roshan. Amit Khanna started his career with Navketan as executive producer in 1971 and had been secretary to Dev Anand in 70's. He adds, "The uniqueness of Navketan today is that it's the only film company in the world still run by the one who started it." Shatrughan Sinha disclosed in an interview that it was Dev Anand who gave him a break in films by giving a role in 'Prem Pujari' and since Dev had given Sinha a very small role in that film, he compensated for it by giving Sinha another role in his next film 'Gambler'. Sinha quoted "Later on we worked together in 'Sharif Badmash' and it was really a privilege to work with him,". It was under Dev Anand's Navketan Banner where Guru Dutt, Raj Khosla, Waheeda Rahman, S.D. Burman, Jaidev, Sahir Ludhianvi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Yash Johar, Shekhar Kapur, Kabir Bedi were given breaks into Hindi films and Dev launched actors Zaheera, Zaheeda Hussain, Zarina Wahab, Natasha Sinha, Ekta Sohini, Sabrina.
    By 2011, he held the record for being the second actor from Hindi films who has played the central solo lead character in maximum films— 92, with first being Rajesh Khanna who played author backed solo lead hero in maximum films 106.
    More Details Hide Details Often compared to the famous actor Gregory Peck the world over, Dev Anand said that he didn't feel ecstatic bearing the tag line bestowed on him in his hey days. "When you are at an impressionable age you make idols. But when you grow out of the phase, you develop your own persona. I don't want to be known as India's Gregory Peck, I am Dev Anand". Acquainted to the Bollywood actor, Peck's personal interactions with him spanned four to five long meetings in Europe and Mumbai. Dev Anand and Suraiya met Peck for the first time at Mumbai's Willingdon Club, after the Filmfare Awards in 1954, on Peck's stopover in the city from a schedule at Sri Lanka after shooting for Purple Plane. He knew of the 'Indian Star' as an actor, more so probably because of his romance with Suraiya was grabbing the headlines, and they had a chat. The second time they met in Rome when Dev Anand was on his way back from the Venice Film Festival, he visited him on the sets of Roman Holiday. "I was returning from the Venice film fest. I stopped my car and joined the crowd watching the shoot, hoping that his eyes would fall on me. As expected, he nodded and I walked up to him. He remembered me and we exchanged pleasantries." The third meeting was at London on the sets of Moby Dick.
  • 2007
    Age 83
    In September 2007, Dev's own autobiography Romancing with Life was released at a birthday party with the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
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  • 1989
    Age 65
    In 1989, his directorial venture Sachche ka Bolbala was released.
    More Details Hide Details Though critically acclaimed, it was a commercial failure. His directorial movie "Gangster" (1995) had a controversial nude rape scene of an unknown actress, even then the movie was released uncut. 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. His last film Chargesheet (2011) was panned by critics across the board. The only two hero film he acted in were Insaniyat in 1955 with Dilip Kumar and Return of Jewel Thief with Dharmendra in 1996. He also starred in English films like The Evil Within(1970) where he was paired opposite Vietnamese actress Kieu Chinh and Zeenat Aman and Guide (English Version). Of the 114 Hindi films he appeared in 6 decades, Kahin Aur Chal (1968) had a delayed release in early 1970s and multistarrer film Ek Do Teen Chaar (1980) remained unreleased and Shrimanji (1968) had him in guest appearance and 82 were box office hits and 29 were commercial failures.
  • 1983
    Age 59
    He was already 60 years old in 1983 when he acted with Padmini Kolhapure in Swami Dada but looked half his age and shared a good on screen chemistry.
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  • 1978
    Age 54
    The 1978 hit Des Pardes, directed by Dev Anand was the debut movie of actress Tina Munim and this film’s success gave him the tag of evergreen hero.
    More Details Hide Details He was 55 but he shared very good chemistry with the 20-year-old Tina Munim. Dev Anand was offered lead role in Man Pasand by director Basu Chatterjee. Dev Anand’s successful run at the box office continued in the 1980s with Man Pasand, Lootmaar (both opposite Tina Munim), Swami Dada (1982) being both critically acclaimed and box office hits. Though Dev Anand’s demand as the lead hero had not decreased even in the 1980s, he decided that it was the right time to introduce his son Suneil Anand in films as the hero. He launched his son in the Kramer vs. Kramer inspired Anand Aur Anand (1984), which was produced and directed by Dev Anand himself and had music by R.D. Burman. He expected the film to do well but the film was a box office disaster and Suneil Anand decided not to act in films any more.
  • 1977
    Age 53
    Dev Anand has also been politically active. He led a group of film personalities who stood up against the Internal Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. He actively campaigned against her with his supporters in Indian parliamentary elections in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details He also formed a party called the "National Party of India", which he later disbanded.
  • 1971
    Age 47
    In 1971 he paired again with Zaheeda in Gambler which went on to become a success.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s, Raj Kapoor started playing roles of father in films like Kal Aaj Aur Kal in 1971 and Dharam Karam in 1974 and had put lot of weight and films with Dilip Kumar as lead hero were failures at the box office. Some of the hurriedly made films with Dev Anand as the leading man—three each opposite Hema Malini and Zeenat Aman and Yeh Gulistaan Hamara with Sharmila Tagore—became flops and posed a threat to his career as leading man. But he delivered commercial hits again with young heroines Yogeeta Bali and Raakhee in Banarasi Babu (1973), Hema Malini in Chhupa Rustam (1973) and Amir Garib (1974), Zeenat Aman in Heera Panna(1973), Warrant(1975) and Darling Darling (1977) and Parveen Babi in Bullet(1976). The presence of his discoveries in the 1970s—Zeenat, and later Tina Munim, in films and his good onscreen chemistry with beautiful young stars like Raakhee, Parveen Babi, Hema Malini, Zeenat Aman in various films boosted Dev's image as the evergreen star even though he was well into his fifties.
    He tasted success with his 1971 directorial effort, Hare Rama Hare Krishna which talked about the prevalent hippie culture.
    More Details Hide Details His find Zeenat Aman, who played the mini-skirt sporting, pot-smoking Janice, became an overnight sensation. Dev also became known as a filmmaker of trenchantly topical themes. This same year, he starred with Mumtaz in Tere Mere Sapne, an adaptation of A. J. Cronin's novel, The Citadel. The film was directed by Dev's brother, Vijay and was also successful.
  • 1969
    Age 45
    In 1969 he was a member of the jury at the 6th Moscow International Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details His directorial debut, the espionage drama Prem Pujari, was a flop but has developed a cult following over the years. The film introduced Zaheeda and had Waheeda Rahman as the lead female artiste.
  • 1965
    Age 41
    Dev Anand tapped his friends in Hollywood to launch an Indo-US co-production that was shot in Hindi and English simultaneously and was released in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Guide, directed by younger brother Vijay Anand, was an acclaimed movie. Dev played Raju, a voluble guide, who supports Rosy (Waheeda) in her bid for freedom. He is not above thoughtlessly exploiting her for personal gains. Combining style with substance, he gave an affecting performance as a man grappling with his emotions in his passage through love, shame and salvation. He reunited with Vijay Anand for the movie Jewel Thief, based on thriller genre which featured Vyjayanthimala, Tanuja, Anju Mahendru, Faryal and Helen and was very successful. Their next collaboration, Johny Mera Naam (1970), again a thriller, where Dev was paired opposite Hema Malini was a big hit. It was Johnny Mera Naam which made Hema Malini a big star.
  • 1955
    Age 31
    In 1955 he also co-starred with Dilip Kumar in Insaniyat.
    More Details Hide Details With his acting in Kala Pani (1958), as the son who is willing to go to any lengths to clear his framed father's name, he won his first Filmfare award for Best Actor for the film. He attempted films of tragic genre occasionally like Pocket Maar (1956), Kala Pani (1958), Bombai Ka Baboo (1960) and Sharabi (1964) and tasted success with them. Dev also played a few characters with a negative shade, like in Jaal (1952) where he played a smuggler, then as an absconding gang member in Dushman, as a black marketer in Kala Bazar. Apart from his pair with Suraiya and Kalpana Kartik, his pair with Nutan and Waheeda Rehman was popular among the audiences in late 50’s and 60’s. His films Rahi (1952) and Aandhiyan (1952), were screened along with Raj Kapoor's Awaara. From the early fifties till mid sixties, the trio of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand ruled the roost.
  • 1954
    Age 30
    In 1954, Taxi Driver was declared a hit and the two decided to marry in a quiet ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had a son, Suneil Anand in 1956 and later a daughter, Devina, was born. After her marriage, Kalpana decided not to pursue her acting career further. Nau Do Gyarah was the couple's last movie together. A rapid-fire style of dialogue delivery and a penchant for nodding while speaking became Dev's style in films like House No. 44 (1955), Pocket Maar (1956), Munimji (1955), Funtoosh (1956), C.I.D. (1956) and Paying Guest (1957). In the 1950s his films were of the mystery genre or light comedy love stories or were films with social relevance like Ek Ke Baad Ek (1959) and Funtoosh (1956). His style was lapped up by the audience and was widely imitated. He starred in a string of box office successes for the remainder of the 1950s opposite newcomer Waheeda Rehman in C.I.D. (1956), Solva Saal (1958), Kala Pani (1958), Kala Bazar (1960) and Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962). Waheeda first became a star with C.I.D becoming a hit.
    Dev Anand married Kalpana Kartik (actual name Mona Singha), a Christian Bollywood actress, originally from Shimla, in 1954, in a very private marriage during the shooting of the film 'Taxi Driver'. They have two children, Suneil Anand, who is unmarried and Devina Anand (Narang). Devina married in 1985, but was divorced a few years later.
    More Details Hide Details Devina has a daughter, Gina (Narang) (born 1986), who is married to a fashion stylist, Prayag Menon. Gina is a professional photographer. After completing his BA degree in English Literature from the Government College, Lahore (then in British India, now in Pakistan), Dev Anand left his home-town for Bombay in the early 1940s. He began his career in the military censor's office at Churchgate, for a monthly salary of Rs. 165. Later he joined as a clerk in an accountancy firm for a salary of Rs. 85. He joined his older brother, Chetan, as a member of the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA). Dev Anand aspired to become a performer after seeing Ashok Kumar's performance in films like Achhut Kanya and Kismet. Dev Anand quoted in an interview that "I remember when I gatecrashed into the office of the man who gave me the first break, he kept looking at me – Babu Rao Pai of Prabhat Film Studios. At that time he made up his mind that this boy deserves a break and later mentioned to his people that ‘this boy struck me because of his smile and beautiful eyes and his tremendous confidence." Then he was soon offered the lead role in Prabhat Films' Hum Ek Hain (1946), a film about Hindu-Muslim unity, where Dev Anand played a Hindu boy and was paired opposite Kamala Kotnis.
  • 1949
    Age 25
    In 1949, he launched his own company Navketan Films (which means "newness"), which, as of 2011, had produced 35 films.
    More Details Hide Details Dev chose Guru Dutt as director for the crime thriller, Baazi (1951). The film, starring Dev Anand, Geeta Bali and Kalpana Kartik was a trendsetter, regarded as the forerunner of the spate of urban crime films that followed in Bollywood in the 1950s. The film Baazi saw debut of Kalpana Kartik (aka Mona Singh) as the lead female actress and Guru Dutt as a director. The collaboration was a success at the box office and the duo of Dev Anand and Kalpana Kartik were offered many films to star in together. They signed all the film offers and subsequently the movies Aandhiyan (1952), Taxi Driver (1954), House No. 44 (1955) and Nau Do Gyarah (1957) went on to become big hits too. During the making of film Taxi Driver, the couple fell in love and Dev proposed marriage to his heroine Kalpana.
  • 1923
    Dev was born Dharamdev Anand on 26 September 1923 in the Shakargarh tehsil of the Gurdaspur district in Punjab (British India) (present-day Narowal district of Pakistan).
    More Details Hide Details His father Pishori Lal Anand was a well-to-do advocate. Dev was the third of four sons born to Pishori Lal Anand. One of Dev's younger sisters is Sheel Kanta Kapur, who is the mother of film director Shekhar Kapur. His older brothers were Manmohan Anand (Advocate, Gurdaspur Dist. Court) and Chetan Anand and younger one was Vijay Anand. Dev Anand spent his early years in Gharota village. He did his schooling till matriculation from Sacred Heart School, Dalhousie, (then in Punjab) and went to college Dharamsala before going to Lahore to study. Later Dev completed BA degree in English Literature from the Government College, Lahore in British India.
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