Dev Anand and his flamboyant image will always be penned in the history of Indian Cinama with golden ink. An enigma in himself Dev Anand swayed millions of fans all over the globe. The evergreen star however passed away owing to a cardiac arrest last night.
The superstar who was of 88 years by age was in London for what sources are claiming to be a routine medical check up. It is known however that Dev Anand was not doing well for the last few days. Son Sunil was with dad when the legendry actor passed away.
Known for his then quite different style of dressing, his trademark puffed up hair and a sloping walk style Dev Anand’s killer smile swayed millions of heart every moment. The star sure brought upon a new era in the Indian Film Indutry. Movies like like “Guide”, “Paying Guest”, “Baazi”, “Jewel Thief “, “CID”, “Johny Mera Naam”, “Amir Garib”, “Warrant”, “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” and “Des Pardes” will always be huge favourites of the Indian masses.
The best virtue of the versatile star was his never give up attitude. Even when contemporaries like Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kapoor gave up playing the leading actors in their respective movies Dev Anand continued wooing young beautiful ladies of Bollywood. The romance he infused seems to have nothing at par till date. Movies like “Johnny Mera Naam”, “Des Pardes”, “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” speak for themselves.
His debut in Indian cinemas came with “Hum Ek Hain” in the year 1946. The first film might not have done that well but when “Ziddi” hit the theatres in 1947 Dev Anand had already amassed a huge fan following.
The multi-faceted star was honoured with many awards down the years for his dedication to the Indian Film Industry. A ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2001 and the ‘Dada Saheb Phalke Award’ in 2002 Dev Anand were the highest honours to the Bollywood evergreen star.
His film production enterprise ‘Navketan International Films’ was established in 1949 and since then has established over 35 movies. Dev Anand’s acting in “Kala Paani” and “Guide” also earned him two Filmfare awards. “Guide” also went on to win Filmfare awards for five other categories which included the “Best Film” and “Best Director”. The biggest honour to the film however came when it was sent to the Oscars for India’s nomination to the best foreign film.
Dev Anand was also honoured with the Filmfare “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 1993 and the Screen “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 1996. As the news of his passing away leaked condolences from all over the globe started pouring in. Be it the Indian Prime Minister or the Film Industry veterans everyone had something to say about the mega star. He will definitely be missed as someone who has none to match up to his skill even today. RIP Dev Anand.