The ‘Evergreen Romantic Superstar’ of Indian Cinema, Dev Anand, passed away in London on Saturday night following a cardiac arrest. The legendary actor had not been keeping well for the last few days and was in London for a medical checkup. Per family sources Dev Anand died with his son Sunil by his side.
Dev Anand the superstar
Dev Anand made his debut in the film Ek Hain in 1946 and reached superstar status with the release of Ziddi in 1947. Amongst his many hits, the films that stand out are Paying Guest, Baazi, Jewel Thief, CID, Johny Mera Naam, Amir Garib, Warrant, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Des Pardes and Guide.
Dev Anand’s Guide is perhaps the film that he is most identified with. He won the Filmfare award for his performance in Guide in 1966. The film also won Filmfare Awards in five other categories including ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Director’. In 1993, he received a Filmfare “Lifetime Achievement Award” and in 1996 he received a Screen Videocon “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
Dev Anand was honoured with the prestigious ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2001 and ‘Dada Saheb Phalke Award’ in 2002 for his outstanding contributions to Indian cinema.
Bollywood mourns the death of Dev Anand
The film fraternity took to Twitter to express sadness on the death of the legendary actor Dev Anand, exclaiming that the void left by the actor will not be filled again.
Amitabh Bachchan: “An era has come to an end .. Dev Anand leaves a void never perhaps to be filled again .. his never give up belief, his joy of life ! Had just met Dev Saheb at his premiere recently .. he was weak but full of spirit ..the newspapers confirming his passing away..He was such a positive person .. never associated death with him.”
Anupam Kher: “Just heard the sad news about Dev Saab. Somehow believed he will ALWAYS be there with us. My first hero…An Institution of optimism. RIP…Dev Saab was Kind, Passionate, Courageous, Forthright, Charming, Encouraging, Contemporary, Always a leader and a Great Human. Will Miss him…So as a Tribute to Dev Saab let’s only humm his Songs today. Songs which became such an integral part of our lives. “Ahbi na jao chodkar…”
Shreya Ghoshal: “Dev Anand Sa’ab is no more.. Rest in peace…Do you like 2011? We lost so many legends this year… Its true. This year we lost many greats… What legacy of great films n music! He indeed was a man of excellence and passion for cinema.”
Sangeeth Sivan: “RIP Dev Anand – what a life!!”
Dia Mirza: “Rest In Peace Dev Saab… Your chivalry, charm, optimism and your great body of work will never be forgotten.”
Mahesh Bhatt: “Dev Anand is dead. As the new dawn breaks over Mumbai, I salute the memory of this star who has left us with the glow of his smile.”
Shabana Azmi: “Dev Saheb robustly lived life on his own terms…he will be missed by millions but will live on thru his movies… I salute his spirit.”
Goldie Behl: “Rip dev anand … spread love a never give up attitude just went ahead and did whatever he wanted… My favorite actor!!!”
Dabboo Ratnani: “Saddened by the demise of Dev Saheb, Never had the privilege of working with him. His attitude has always been an inspiration…”
Shekhar Ravjiani: “Man I had the privilege to meet once in my life is no more. A legend Mr Dev Anand. God bless his soul.”