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Dev Anand: The Romance Hero & Charming Legend of the ’60s

Dev Anand: The Romance Hero & Charming Legend of the ’60s

Dev Anand

An Evergreen Legendary Film Star of Indian Cinema, Dev Anand was a 1960s beloved Romantic Hero, Actor, Writer, Director & Producer. Known for his romantic leads, charming looks and evergreen personality, In this blog, find a summarised biographical sketch of Dev Anand.

1. Dev Anand’s original name is Dharamdev Pishorimal Anand. He is also known as Dev Sahab and was born on 26 September 1923 in present-day Punjab, British India.

Dev Anand

2. Considered as one of the most successful actors of India, an evergreen legend, Dev Anand has given almost 60 years of his life to the Cinema.

Dharamdev Pishorimal Anand

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3. He has completed his Bachelor’s from the Government College of Lahore in English Literature.

4. He has worked at Military Censor Office at Churchgate, Clerk in an Accounting Firm and along with brother, Chetan, finally joined Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA).

Dev Anand Military Censor Office

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5. Dev Anand was inspired by Ashok Kumar’s performance in the movies, Kismet and Achhut Kanya.

Ashok Kumar

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6. In 1946, he was offered the movie Hum Ek Hain for the lead role. It was here that Dev Anand first met Guru Dutt.

Hum Ek Hain

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7. Nevertheless, his first grand breakthrough was with Ziddi, released in 1948, given to him by Ashok Kumar, co-starring Kamini Kaushal. The film became an immediate success. Soon after he decided to begin to produce films.

Dev anand films

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8. Navketan Films was co-founded by Dev Anand in 1949 along with his brother, Chetan Anand. Under the shed of it, he has introduced many new actors, writers, directors and more. He gave a break in the film industry to stars like Zarina Wahab, Jackie Shroff, Rajesh Roshan (Music Composer), Zeenat Amaan, Tina Munim and Richa Sharma.

Chetan Anand

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9. In the 1940s, he fell in love with the actress & singer, Suraiya, who remained unmarried all her life. In 1954, he finally married Kalpana Kartik (Mona Singha). Both had 2-children, Suneil Anand and Devina Anand.

10. Some of his notable movies amongst the 100s that he was the lead hero of are Guide, C.I.D, Kala Pani, Jewel Thief, Hum Dono, Kaala Bazaar and several more.

Kala Pani

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11. He was the first & original choice for the movies Zanjeer, Junglee (by Subodh Mukherjee) and Teesri Manzil by Nasir Hussain. The first two went on to become the greatest hits of Shammi Kapoor.

12. He has been recognised both internationally and nationally. Nationally, he is the owner of Padma Bhushan that he received in the year 2001. He also won the 2 National Film Awards (Best Feature Film in Hindi for Guide) and Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2002). In 1993, he won a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (Filmfare Awards).

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Dev Anand Awards

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13. Internationally, he has been honoured as the Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema by Hillary Clinton (2000), Indo-American Association Star of the Millennium Award (2001) and many more!

14. In 2007, Dev Anand released his Autobiography, Romancing With Life in the presence of Dr Manmohan Singh at a birthday celebration.

Anand with Dr Manmohan Singh

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15. Following are a few memorable dialogues of Dev Anand:

  • “Musibat aur zindagi ka kehte hai chitta tak ka saath rehta hai.” – Guide
  • “Jua khelna hi ek pagalpan hai … aur asli jua khelne waala khiladi hota hai.” – Gambler
  • “Insaan badi cheez ke liye kisi waqt bhi choti cheez ko chhod sakta hai.” –Johny Mera Naam
  • “Bekarari hadh se badh jaye usse sada kehte hai … aur vaada karke derr se aane ko ada kehte hai.” –Des Pardes

With his last movie, Chargesheer, released a few months before, in December 2011, the legend took his last breath in the Washington Mayfair Hotel, London at the age of 88 due to cardiac arrest. 

Do you know, Dev Anand was requested not to wear Black Suits in public. Women used to go insane with his single look in a black suit. The legend, Dev Anand continues to dominate the Indian Film Industry for being an actor who remained a lead actor in hundreds of films for more than 5 decades.

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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