The Evergreen Romantic Superstar – Dev Anand

Published on 14th Dec 2020 by BlogBuster Editorial Team

Dev Anand - 'The Evergreen Romantic Superstar' of Indian Cinema is indeed an icon. The mere mention of his name brings up images of youthfulness, romance, style, and extremely good music in the minds of all. Let’s learn more about his contribution to Bollywood
 

1. After graduating in English Literature from Government College, Lahore, Dev Anand left for Bombay at the age of 20 with just Rs. 30/- in his pocket. He began his career in the Military Censor Office at Churchgate, Bombay, for a salary of 200/- per month. During that period he met the young choreographer and assistant director, Guru Dutt on the sets of Dev’s debut film Hum Ek Hain. Both promised to give each other a break if they turned film makers. Both kept their promises as Dev signed Guru Dutt to direct Baazi while Guru Dutt cast Dev in the lead role for C.I.D. Apart from Guru Dutt, Dev Anand is also very good friends with Raj Kapoor

Raj Kapoor with his good friend Dev Anand
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2. Dev established his Production House Navketan Films in 1949 which stood the test of time. While Navketan's  Hum Dono was India's entry at the Berlin International Film Festival, Guide went on to become a landmark film in Indian Cinema and was India’s entry for the OSCAR. After he established his production house well in 1954, Dev Anand married Mona Singha (Kalpana Kartik) secretly while on a break during the shooting of Taxi Driver

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3. Dev Anand's style of rapid dialogue delivery and a penchant for nodding was lapped up by the audience. He tasted success with films like Pocketmaar, Kala Pani, Bombai Ka Babu and Sharabi where his characters had negative overtones. Dev Anand was the first choice for Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Junglee & Teesri Manzil which were eventually made with Shammi Kapoor. He had also rejected Zanjeer which later established Amitabh Bachchan as the angry young man

Dev Anand
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4. The legendary actor’s iconic, checkered print cap worn in the film Jewel Thief was purchased from a shop in Copenhagen, Denmark while shooting for Pyar Mohabbat with Saira Bano. Besides the English version of the film Guide, Dev Anand also acted in an international movie called ‘The Evil Within’. It was a crime thriller made in Philippines directed by Lamberto V. Avellana and produced by Rolf Bayer in 1970. The movie was also released in Japan and Argentina with English sub -titles

Dev Anand
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5. The first time Dev Anand played a leading man was in the film Ziddi, opposite Kamini Kaushal. The actor got his big break as a hero when Ashok Kumar introduced him. Kumar had spotted Anand hanging around and handpicked him as hero for the Bombay Talkies. Dev's association with Kishore Kumar started in Ziddi as well, with the film featuring the singer's first solo song, Marne Ki Duayen, picturised on Dev. The two became very close friends from that film onwards

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6. The film Tere Mere Sapne, featuring Dev and Mumtaz and directed by Vijay Anand, was an adaptation of AJ Cronin's novel, The Citadel. He started off as a director with the film Prem Pujari long after he produced his film Afsar in 1950

Dev Anand as a Film Maker
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7. Dev Anand is known for taking up solo hero projects and has acted alongside Dilip Kumar in only one film – Insaniyat. Even when Farah Khan offered him to be a part of Om Shanti Om, Dev Anand frankly told her that he had always played lead roles and would not like to break the tradition by doing a special appearance. Dev Anand had earned a place in the LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS for being the only person in the world who had been playing a hero in films for 58 years. He released his film Chargesheet when he turned 88

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8. In 2013, Anand’s brass statue was unveiled at ‘Walk of the Stars’ section of Bandstand Promenade in Mumbai. The same year the Indian government released a postage stamp bearing Anand’s image in honour of his exemplary contributions to the Indian cinema

Romantic Super Star Dev Anand
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