The Chargesheet director played various roles of an actor, director and producer in his long and illustrious career of 65 years in Bollywood and that’s why he was called the evergreen actor!
Bollywood has lost another legend this year. He is the evergreen actor Dev Anand. The 88-year-old star passed away of cardiac arrest in London on Saturday night. He was feeling unwell past few weeks so had gone to the city for a health check-up. The legendary actor in his long and illustrious career span over 65 years never had a dull moment. Dev Anand, also known as the Adonis of Indian cinema in his hey-days, came to Bombay back in the 1940s to pursue his acting dreams. Soon after completing his graduation he bought a ticket of a third class compartment to Mumbai then Bombay. And began working in the military censor office for a salary Rs 200 a month. Later, he became a part of the Indian People’s Theatre Association. His first film was Hum Ek Hain along with another legendary actor Guru Dutt. Then for the next few years he paired opposite singer-actor Suraiya in woman-oriented stories. It was in 1949, actor Ashok Kumar offered Dev Anand his first big break in Ziddi co-starring Kamini Kaushal. The film became an instant hit and Dev Saab’s career took off in a big way. At the same time he also began his career as a producer; he launched his banner Navketan films and made many films. Yet, for the next decade he continued shining as the romantic hero of Indian cinema. Then in the 1970s he launched his career as a director with Prem Pujari. But it was his 1971 film Hare Rama Hare Krishna that marked his arrival as a director also. This is one role he continued to play till the end of time. During the last days Dev saab was working on a script that was as an extension of the 1971 drug related drama. Before this, he released Chargesheet starring Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff and Divya Dutta. The film was a dud, but Dev saab was never short of ideas of actors to work with. When asked what kept him going even at 88 on his birthday (September 26) this year, the evergreen star had said, “I enjoy all this (filmmaking), if I don’t do it I will not survive. This is my strength and this is my world, these are my people and this is my Hindustan. I have million dollar thoughts — only I can think the way I think. There is no one of my age in this profession with such a huge span of work and I am proud of it. I am not boasting about it, it is the truth.” And one eternal truth is that there never was and never will be another actor who can match the romance, charisma, energy, and passion for films like Dev Anand.
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