December 4, 2011 03:30:16 PM IST IBNS, Glamsham Editorial
Evergreen 'lover-boy' of the Indian silver screen - Dev Anand is no more. He passed away in a London hotel earlier this Sunday succumbing to a massive cardiac arrest. He was 88 years young when the end came.
Dev Saab, as he was affectionately known, was born Dharam Dev Anand on Sept 26 1923 in Shakargarh Tehsil - District Gurdaspur (now Narowal district of Pakistan) as the second of four offspring of a rich lawyer of British India Kishorimal Anand.
He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002 for his contributions towards Indian cinema.
'There was no pack up for Dev Anand in life,' said filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt about the legend of Indian cinema.
The actor, who introduced some of the most beautiful and glamorous heroines of Bollywood like Zeenat Aman, after graduating in English Literature from the Government College, Lahore (now Pakistan), left his hometown and came to Mumbai in the early 1940s.
He joined his older brother Chetan as a member of the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA). He was soon offered a debut as an actor by Prabhat Talkies to star in their film HUM EK HAIN (1946).
He struck a friendship with another legend, Guru Dutt, and his famous onscreen heroine was Suraiya.
His fans will always remember him for his sparkling performance in films like HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA, AAGE BADHO, BOMBAI KA BABU, C.I.D, KALABAAZAR, LOVE MARRIAGE, GUIDE, PAYING GUEST, JEWEL THIEF, KALA PANI, PREM PUJARI, HUM DONO, and TERE GHAR KE SAMNE.
The songs of his films have touched generations for ages.
The year 2011 will go down in the history of Indian entertainment industry as one of the darkest year as it witnessed the passing away of so many legends that include- Shammi Kapoor, Bhupen Hazarika, Jagjit Singh and now Dev Anand.