London: Dev Anand, the ‘Evergreen Romantic Superstar’ of Indian cinema, died here last night following cardiac arrest. He was 88. Dev Anand, who had come here for medical check up, was not keeping well for the last few days. , family sources told PTI.
His son Sunil was with him when he breathed last. Dev Anand made his debut as an actor in 1946 in Hum Ek Hain. By the time his Ziddi was released in 1947 he was a superstar and has never looked back.
Versatile Dev Anand has given countless hits like Paying Guest, Baazi”, “Jewel Thief “, “CID”, “Johny Mera Naam”, “Amir Garib”, “Warrant”, “Hare Rama Hare Krishna and “Des Pardes”.
For his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, Dev Anand was honoured with the prestigious the ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2001 and ‘Dada Saheb Phalke Award’ in 2002.
He established his film production company ‘Navketan International Films’ in 1949 and has produced more than 35 movies.
Dev Anand has won two Filmfare Awards – India’s equivalent of the Oscars – in 1958 for his performance in the film Kala Paani (Black Water) and in 1966 for his performance in Guide.
“Guide” went on to win Filmfare Awards in five other categories including “Best Film” and “Best Director” and was sent as India’s entry for the Oscars in the foreign film category that year.
He co-produced the English Version of Guide with the Nobel Laureate Pearl S Buck (“The Good Earth”). In 1993, he received a Filmfare “Lifetime Achievement Award” and in 1996 he received a Screen Videocon “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
Of late he was involved in the direction of a new all American film Project “Song Of Life” – a musical love story which was to be shot in the United States.
He was to play the central character in the film which was to have a predominantly American star cast.
Dev Anand is the second of three brothers who were active in Hindi Cinema. His brothers are Chetan Anand and Vijay Anand. Their sister, Sheel Kanta Kapur, is the mother of renowned film director Shekhar Kapur.