Veteran Bollywood actor Dev Anand passed away on Saturday night following a heart attack. He was in London at the time of his death. He has celebrated his birthday just two months back on September 26. The whole of bollywood has been shocked hear about his death. He has always been referred to as Hindi Cinema’s evergreen hero. Some of his famous bollywood block busters have been CID, Johny Mera Naam, CID. His fans across the world have been paying tribute to this great bollywood actor. Even bollywood and Indian PM Mr Manmohan Singh have sent their condolences to the family.
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Bollywood Mourns Dev Anand’s Death
Bollywood biggies have been posting their condolences on Twitter.
Madhuri Dixit: Sad to hear about Dev Anand’s demise. Another icon leaves the stage. My condolences to his family. We will miss him.
Abhishek Bachchan: Shocked to read of the passing of Dev Saab. Such a great man and actor. A symbol of positivity.Never believed I would ever wake up to this news. Very sad!
Poonam Pandey: Life is like a poker game; it’s not what you’re given, it’s how you use it.- The Gr8 Gambler – RIP Dev Anand
Shabana Azmi: Dev Saheb robustly lived life on his own terms. He will be missed by millions but will live on thru his movies.I salute his spirit.
Taran Adarsh:Dev Anand sahab is no more. Had the privilege of interacting with the icon on several occasions. So full of life always. RIP
Amitabh Bachchan:An era has come to an end .. Dev Anand leaves a void never perhaps to be filled again .. his never give up belief, his joy of life ! Had just met Dev Saheb at his premiere recently .. he was weak but full of spirit ..the news papers confirming his passing away ..sad
Mahesh Bhatt:“Dev Anand is dead”. As the new dawn breaks over Mumbai I salute the memory of this star who has left left us with the glow of his smile.
Anupam Kher:So as a Tribute to Dev Saab let’s only humm his Songs today. Songs which became such an integral part of our lives. Ahbi na jao chodkar…
Dev Saab was Kind, Passionate, Courageous, Forthright, Charming, Encouraging, Contemporary,Always a leader and a Great Human. Will Miss him.
Just heard the sad news about Dev Saab. Somehow believed he will ALWAYS be there with us. My first hero. An Institution of optimism. RIP.
Neil Nitin Mukesh:Just got the sad news that Dev Anand sahab passed away. I’ve always been a huge fan of his. And grown up watching his dynamic films. RIP
Vishal Dadlani: Dev Anand Saab gone. Several eras have truly ended. A truly sad day.
Goldie Behl: “Rip dev anand … spread love & a never give up attitude just went ahead and did whatever he wanted… My favorite actor!!!”
Dabboo Ratnani: “Saddened by the demise of Dev Saheb, Never had the privilege of working with him. His attitude has always been an inspiration…”
Shekhar Ravjiani: “Man I had the privilege to meet once in my life is no more. A legend Mr Dev Anand. God bless his soul.”
Shreya Ghoshal: “Dev Anand Sa’ab is no more.. Rest in peace…Do you like 2011? We lost so many legends this year… Its true. This year we lost many greats… What legacy of great films n music! He indeed was a man of excellence and passion for cinema.”
Sangeeth Sivan:“RIP Dev Anand – what a life!!”
Dia Mirza: “Rest In Peace Dev Saab… Your chivalry, charm, optimism and your great body of work will never be forgotten.”
I could have ruled half of Bombay: Dev Anand [Recent Interview]
It was exactly in this week last year that I met Dev saab in his Khar office with some of my office colleagues. And it just seems yesterday. It was more of a casual conversation with him rather than a formal interview on any of the two of his upcoming films. So we never bothered to take down notes or record it for official purpose. But such was his impact that his words still linger fresh in my mind.
Two of his films were scheduled for release back to back, one being the coloured version of his 1962 classic Hum Dono and other his latest directorial venture Chargesheet. “People would get to see the young Dev Anand and the present Dev Anand in quick succession”, said the elated actor. In the 88th year of his life, the actor still showed no signs of ageing as far as his cinematic ambitions were concerned. Post Chargesheet, he wished to come up with a sequel to another of his superhit films Hare Raama Hare Krishna. While he was upbeat about the idea of renovating classics and taking the legacy of his films forward, Dev Anand was strictly against remakes. “Why would you want to meddle with the classics?” This was also the time when Dev Anand had been strongly opposing the remix version of the song Dum Maaro Dum which was being used as an item song in Rohan Sippy’s film.
Dev Anand also kept himself updated with the changing times and technological advancement. He was completely amazed by the power of internet and was perhaps the only actor of his era to have an active Twitter account. Naturally then he was a very open-minded person and not stuck with the conservativeness of his times. “Ask me anything and everything that you want”, said the senior actor putting our apprehensions to rest. He didn’t take offence to any question and never ever showed any high-handedness in answering any of them.
Could he fall in love even today asked a colleague and he candidly replied, “Why not? You cannot stop yourself from falling in love. But I am a responsible man. I have a wife and son. So I know where to draw my lines”. Ask him what did he think of the woman of today and he said, “They are beautiful. Par hamare zamane mein nazakat hua karti thi. The girls had a natural charm. Today it’s more artificial. I don’t like girls who openly talk about condoms and sex”.
Like Hum Dono, Dev Anand wanted to bring back many of his black and white classics in the coloured format so that the present generation could enjoy it. Reviving memories of his times he says, “If I wanted, I could have ruled half of Bombay”. And such was his stardom that one doesn’t overlook his statement as a mere exaggeration. Dev Anand enjoyed immense popularity throughout his lifetime and wasn’t a faded star even in his last days.
Dev saab was getting his Juhu residence refurbished at that time and assured us that the next time we meet it would be at his newly-done pad. Unfortunately that will never happen now. We will miss you for ever after Dev Anand. They don’t call you evergreen for no reason!
Dev Anand’s Love for Zeenat Aman and Attraction to All Girls
This is what not many people knew until Dev Anand himself confessed about this in his biopic that he indeed loved Zeenat Aman and has always felt attracted to most of the girls.
Dev Anand, in his biopic, has clearly mentioned his love for the lady, but his heart broke when he spotted Raj Kapoor next to her in a party. The actor said, “My heart broken to pieces…. I wanted to leave the party at once and go off somewhere alone, to just be myself, so that I could swallow the humiliation thrust on my ego.”
In a recent interview when Dev Anand was asked about Zeenat Aman and his love for her, he promptly said,
“There are certain things in life that I don’t wish to reveal. This is one of them. Isn’t making love a beautiful thing? Attraction is a beautiful thing. If a man is not attracted, then he must be a sage or an angel. I am still attracted to girls. When that doesn’t happen, I will stop making films. Read between the lines.”
Describing his feelings for Zeenat, Dev Anand wrote in his autobiography, Romancing With Life that he enjoyed it when newspapers and magazines started linking them together romantically after the film’s success.
He almost declared his love to her, but quietly withdrew when he saw her getting close to Raj Kapoor, who wanted to cast her in his film Satyam Shivam Sundaram.
“Whenever and wherever she was talked about glowingly, I loved it; and whenever and wherever I was discussed in the same vein she was jubilant. In the subconscious, we had become emotionally attached to each other,” Dev Anand wrote in his 2007 book.
Some years later, Dev Anand admitted he felt jealous when Raj Kapoor kissed Zeenat in full view of the invited audience at the premiere of his next film Ishq Ishq Ishq.
He soon realised that he was in love with her and wanted to declare it to her at a romantic meeting at the Taj in Mumbai.
He wrote: “Suddenly, one day I felt I was desperately in love with Zeenat – and wanted to say so to her! To make an honest confession, at a very special, exclusive place meant for romance. I chose the Rendezvous at the Taj, on top of the city, where we had dined together once earlier.”
Dev Anand wrote that he called up Zeenat and arranged to go to the meeting place after a brief presence at a party, where “a drunken Raj Kapoor .. threw his arms around her exuberantly. This suddenly struck me as a little too familiar. And the way she reciprocated his embrace seemed much more than just polite and courteous.”
Suspecting something, Dev Anand recalled that a rumour had been floating that Zeenat had gone to Raj Kapoor’s studio for a screen test for the main role in his new movie Satyam Shivam Sundaram.
“The hearsay now started ringing true. My heart was bleeding,” he wrote.
The situation changed further for Dev Anand when Raj Kapoor, “in drunken joviality”, told Zeenat: “You are breaking your promise that you will always be seen by me only in a white sari.”
A dejected Dev Anand wrote: “More embarrassment was written large on her face, and Zeenat was not the same Zeenat for me any more. My heart broke into pieces… The rendezvous had already lost all meaning in my mind. I sneaked out of the place.”
He added: “The evening delivered a blow to my personality, and my dominating spirit. I had decided on the spur of the moment to tell Zeenat for the first time how much I loved her. And that there was an idea in my mind of another story that would put her on a pedestal as never before, the highest so far. But that was never to be.”
Dev Anand on His Autobiography
This book is about me, me and only me, said the evergreen hero. However, he did not wish to divulge much into detail about the book as it would only hit the stands on his birthday on 26th September.
This is not only about my life in films but even my days before I had joined the industry. Of course I had to edit a lot of things. Every day life is a new chapter. So one year makes it 365 chapters and I am 83 years old. So I cannot write it all. But I have included most things that have made a difference to me- things which made me grow as a person, things which hurt me, etc. said he.
He went on This book will be for people who know Dev Anand, who wish to know Dev Anand and who wish to know more of Dev Anand.
On asking him if he would allow the book to me made into a movie he replied, That would depend on the person making it. If I feel he is capable enough then why not?
Dev Anand at the moment is casting for his next film titled Charge Sheetafter which he will begin his Croatian film which will be made in English.
Dev Anand’s Autobiography Exceprts – Romancing with Life
Here is an exceprt from Dev Anand’s controversial Autobiography titled – Romancing with Life;
Dev Anand is something of a Bollywood institution. His romantic persona, dialogue delivery, song picturizations and mannerisms are legend, and for generations of filmgoers he has remained Hindi cinema’s most charismatic personality.
In Romancing with Life, the first-ever full-fledged memoir by a leading Bollywood star, he tells his remarkable life story—no less dramatic and gripping than any of his films—like only he can. Here are tales from Dev’s youth in 1930s Gurdaspur and Lahore; his years of struggle in 1940s Bombay; his friendship with Guru Dutt and his doomed romance with Suraiya; his marriage to co-star Kalpana Kartik; his relationships with his brothers Chetan—who brought him to Bombay—and Vijay Anand—who directed him in hit after hit, with S.D. and R.D. Burman, who provided the memorable music for his films, with his compatriots Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor, to both of whom he was very close, and with his heroines, from Geeta Bali, Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Nutan, Vyjayanthimala, Mumtaz and Hema Malini to Waheeda Rehman, Zeenat Aman and Tina Munim, all of whom he launched.
Dev Anand has produced an unputdownable book chock-full of bittersweet reminiscences, written in a pacy, effervescent style that carries the reader through sixty of Bollywood’s most interesting years. With rare pictures from his personal archive, Romancing with Life is the quintessential Dev Anand.
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Dev Anand – Family, Background, Education
Dharam Dev Anand (26 September 1923 – 4 December 2011), better known as Dev Anand, was an Indian Hindi Cinema actor, director and film producer. Dev was the second of three brothers who were active in Hindi Cinema. His brothers were Chetan Anand and Vijay Anand. Their sister, Sheel Kanta Kapur, is the mother of renowned Hindi and English film director Shekhar Kapur. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002 for his contributions towards Indian cinema.
Dev was born Dharam Dev Pishori Anand on 26 September 1923 in Shakargarh Tehsil of Narowal District, Pakistan to well-to-do advocate Pishori Lal Anand. Dev was the second of three brothers born to Pishori Lal Anand. Dev’s younger sister is Sheela Kanta Kapur, who is mother of Shekhar Kapur. His older brother was Chetan Anand and younger one was Vijay Anand. Dev graduated in English Literature from the Government College, Lahore, (Pakistan).
Dev Anand – Awards and Honours
Dev Anand – Filmfare Awards
1955 – Nominated Best Actor for Munimji
1958 – Winner Best Actor for Kalapani
1959 – Nominated Best Actor for Love Marriage
1960 – Nominated Best Actor for Kala Bazar
1961 – Nominated Best Actor for Hum Dono
1966 – Winner Best Film for Guide
1991 – Winner Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
Dev Anand – National honours and recognitions
1996 – Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award
1997 – Mumbai Academy of Moving Images Award for his Outstanding Services to the Indian Film Industry
1998 – Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ujala Anandlok Film Awards Committee in Calcutta
1999 – Sansui Lifetime Achievement Award for his ‘Immense Contribution to Indian Cinema’ in New Delhi
2000 – Film Goers’ Mega Movie Maestro of the Millennium Award in Mumbai
2001 – Padma Bhushan Award (India’s third highest civilian award from the Government of India)
2001 – Special Screen Award for his contribution to Indian cinema
2001 – Evergreen Star of the Millennium Award at the Zee Gold Bollywood Awards
2002 – Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award for cinematic excellence
2003 – Lifetime Achievement Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema” at IIFA Award in Johannesburg, South Africa
2004 – Legend of Indian Cinema Award at Atlantic City (United States)
2004 – Living Legend Award by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in recognition of his contribution to the Indian entertainment industry
2005 – Sony Golden Glory Award
2006 – ANR Award by the Akkineni International Foundation
2006 – Glory of India Award by IIAF, London
2007 – Punjab Ratan (Jewel of Punjab) Award by the World Punjabi Organisation (European Division) for his outstanding contribution in the field of art and entertainment.
2008 – Lifetime Achievement Award by Ramya Cultural Academy in association with Vinmusiclub
2008 – Lifetime Achievement Award by Rotary Club of Bombay
2008 – Awarded at the IIJS Solitaire Awards
2009 – Outstanding contribution to Indian cinema at the Max Stardust Awards
2010 – Phalke Ratna Award by Dadasaheb Phalke Academy
2010 – Rashtriya Gaurav Award
2011 – Rashtriya Kishore Kumar Samman from the Government of Madhya Pradesh
2011 – NDTV Indian of the Year’s Lifetime Achievement Award with Rahul Dravid
Dev Anand – International honors and recognitions
In July 2000, in New York City, he was honoured by an Award at the hands of the then First Lady of the United States of America, Hillary Rodham Clinton, for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema’.
In 2000, he was awarded the Indo-American Association “Star of the Millennium” Award in the Silicon Valley, California.
Donna Ferrar, Member New York State Assembly, honoured him with a “New York State Assembly Citation” for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Cinematic Arts Worthy of the Esteem and Gratitude of the Great State of New York’ on 1 May 2001.
In 2005, he was honoured with a “Special National Film Award” by the Government of Nepal at Nepal’s first NationIndian film festival in Stockholm.
In 2008 he was 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. He spent several days in the area, en route to Cannes, as a guest of the Highlands and Islands Film Commission.
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