Dev Anand 100th Birth Anniversary: Today is the birth centenary of great artist Dev Anand. Dev Saheb was not just an actor, but a complete institution of acting in itself. With his acting, Dev Saheb gave a new dimension to the Indian cinema world. The films starring him even today take people into a romantic world. He was the only Bollywood superstar who did not let his passion for cinema diminish for six consecutive decades. Presenting a special page of Prabhat Khabar on the occasion of birth centenary.
Most of the successful actors of Bollywood had their own phase, but Dev Anand remained evergreen throughout his life. Even today he is a source of inspiration for people. Dev Saheb ruled the hearts of women of many generations. He was the only actor of Hindi cinema who was called a ‘style icon’. Speaking in a special manner, walking with a bow and swaying, trousers sticking to his legs, a scarf around his neck, a baggy cap on his head and his eyes looking into my eyes. This was Dev Anand’s style-e-statement. In most of his films, he has played the character of a carefree, carefree, rebellious and romantic youth. He gave a new look to romantic acting in Indian cinema.
Be popular in every household
The liveliness within Dev Anand did not let him grow old even at the age of 80. He neither got tired nor stopped, he just kept moving forward with the help of his creativity. During their time, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor were called the trinity of Bollywood. All three were of the same age and superstars. While Dilip Kumar was known for his serious acting, Raj Kapoor took Indian films across the borders, but the one who became popular in every household of his country was Dev Anand. Dev Saheb was known for his films as well as his way of life. He was not only an actor, producer and director, but he was also a writer hidden within him. He used to write a diary every day. His autobiography Romancing with Life brings out the hidden writer within him. When Dev Saheb became a producer, any writer-director who called him would definitely invite him to meet.
Reached Mumbai with only 30 rupees in pocket
Dev Anand’s childhood was spent in Gurdaspur, Punjab. He was fond of watching films and reading film magazines since childhood. His love for films originated from here. Dev Anand reached Lahore for higher education. In the year 1943, he graduated in English from Government College, Lahore. He also wanted to do MA, but the financial condition of the family was not good. In such a situation, in July 1943, with 30 rupees in his pocket and the dream of becoming an actor in his eyes, Dev Anand came to Mumbai from Lahore by Frontier Mail. After coming to Mumbai he joined IPTA. His journey of struggle in the world of acting began from here. Time was passing, but there was no hope of getting work in films. When he was not getting work in films, he worked at many places including the Army Censor Office at Churchgate.
This is how the journey of films started
In the year 1945, he came to know that Pune based ‘Prabhat Film Company’ was looking for a handsome young man for its upcoming film. The next day Dev Anand reached the office of company owner Baburao Pai. Baburao Pai was extremely impressed by his outspoken style and asked him to meet the film’s director PL Santoshi the next day. In this way, Dev Anand’s film journey started with the film ‘Hum Ek Hain’ released in the year 1946 under the banner of Prabhat Film Company.
Navketan Films was established in 1949.
Dev Saheb’s first hit film was ‘Ziddi’ released in 1948. This film established him as a big actor in Bollywood. Meanwhile, during the turmoil of independence and partition, his contract with Prabhat Film Company also ended. He had understood that to do his work in this film industry, he needed his own film company. This was the reason that in the year 1949, along with his elder brother Chetan Anand, he established Navketan Films. Then musician Sachin Dev Burman was also associated with Navketan. Burman da has given music in most of Dev Saheb’s films. With the success of the film Baaghi released in the year 1951, the flag of Navketan Films started flying. Navketan Films made a total of 32 films including dozens of hits. Dev Saheb’s last film under this banner was ‘Chargesheet’ released in 2011.
Evergreen actors made from these films
The film ‘Guide’, based on RK Narayan’s book ‘The Guide’, is considered the best of Dev Anand’s career. This film, released in 1965 under the direction of Vijay Anand, was appreciated all over the world. It was a film ahead of its time for that period. Apart from this, he acted in many memorable films, which include Kaala Paani, Tere Ghar Ke Samne, Taxi Driver, CID, Jewel Thief, Johnny Mera Naam, Tere Mere Sapne etc. Dev Anand’s acting in these films left an indelible impression on the hearts of the audience. After these films, Dev Anand started being counted among the evergreen actors.
Dev Anand’s first love story remained incomplete
Dev Anand and Suraiya’s love is one of the most wonderful love stories of Bollywood, but this love could not reach the level of marriage. Both of them worked in films like Vidya (1948), Jeet (1949), Shayar (1949), Afsar (1950), Sanam (1951), Do Sitaare (1951). During this time, love blossomed between the two. To turn this journey of love that lasted for almost two years into a relationship, Dev Anand bought a diamond ring for Suraiya, but Suraiya’s grandmother did not like this relationship. Suraiya could not go against the family. Dev Saheb writes in his autobiography Romancing with Life that Suraiya went to the sea shore with that ring. Looked at him lovingly for the last time and handed him over to the waves of the sea.
Befriended Guru Dutt because of laundry
Guru Dutt was Dev Anand’s earliest and closest friend in the film industry. The story of their first meeting is very interesting. Dev Anand had to go to Prabhat Studio, Pune in connection with his film. There was only one laundry in that area, where he used to get his clothes washed. One day when he reached the laundry, his clothes were missing. When Dev Anand reached the studio wearing other clothes, his eyes fell on an assistant director. He was wearing the same clothes which had gone missing from the laundry. He approached her and said – Your clothes look very nice, where did you get them from? The boy looked at them and replied – They are not mine, but don’t tell anyone. Today when I went to the laundry, he had not washed my clothes, I liked this cloth there, so I brought it. Dev Anand became his admirer due to his candor. That boy was none other than Guru Dutt. It was from here that their friendship started.
Baaghi (1951), Taxi Driver (1954), CID (1956), Paying Guest (1957), Kala Paani (1958), Kala Bazaar (1960), Hum Dono (1961), Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), Guide ( 1965), Teen Deviyan (1965), Jewel Thief (1967), Johnny Mera Naam (1970), Prem Pujari (1970), Hare Rama-Hare Krishna (1971), Tere Mere Sapne (1971), Heera Panna (1973)