Dev Anand—absolutely “unputdownable”
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Dev Anand—absolutely “unputdownable”-A Tribute by Calcutta Tube
India was on the threshold of Independence in 1946 when independence of another kind had already struck in a small town of Punjab called Gurdaspur. Here, the young graduate son of advocate Pishorimal Anand, had decided to declare his own independence by leaving home in search of his dream in tinsel town, Bombay.
This was Dev Anand, who began his career at the military censor office in Mumbai, but soon made inroads to where his heart always yearned to belong—the Hindi film world or Bollywood.
A sensitive, intelligent, young and ambitious man, Dev began his career with Hum Ek Hain (1946), he went on to star in Ziddi with Kamini Kaushal (1948) which was a big hit. The following year, he started his own production house, Navketan, but his first production flopped. However, he bounced back in 1951 with his friend Guru Dutt in Baazi, a crime thriller which was hugely popular. Sahir Ludhianvi’s tender song Tadbeer se bigdi huyee taqdeer bana de, rendered him a star in the true sense of the word.
He carved his own individualistic place in the Hindi film industry as a young romantic in several films with all the leading ladies of his time. Soon, he openly aped Hollywood star Gregory Peck’s mannerisms because his co-star and lady love, singer Suraiyya, admired him. He never won her affection, but he did win the affection of millions of lady fans for generations to come. His characteristic fast dialog delivery, nodding of the head and suave and stylish dressing style, and of course, his inimitable slightly shorter than usual trousers were elements present in all his movies.
Many other hits followed: Munimji, CID, Paying Guest…but for him, life was just unfolding in all its glory. Dev Anand could never be defeated despite all the new competition coming in. In fact, it was in these movies that his mannerism of nodding first began. If critics slammed him for it, they were forced to keep shut after his next mega hit, Kaala Paani for which he won the Best Actor award in 1958.
A voracious reader, he was perhaps one of the first Hindi film directors to seize the moment by making movies on current topics. So was born the hugely successful Hare Rama Hare Krishna with newcomer and Miss India Zeenat Aman. He teamed up with Guru Dutt to make Guide, based on the book written by R. K.Narayan, where he costarred with Waheeda Rehman. Directed by his brother Vijay Anand, it was a highly acclaimed film in which Dev Anand combined style and substance and portrayed a range of emotions in an unusual story. Later Vijay and he worked on Jewel Thief, with Vyjayanthimala, Tanuja, Anju Mahendru, Faryal and Helen.
Hits like Johnny Mera Naam (1970), an espionage film Prem Pujari and Tere Mere Sapne based on A. J. Cronin’s novel, The Citadel with Mumtaz followed.
He is a man of many virtues and accomplishments. In fact, no one can deny his great sense of music which you see in each of his films. No wonder he worked with the best brains in the industry in terms of lyricists and musicians ranging from music composers such as Sachin Dev Burman, O. P. Nayyar and Rahul Dev Burman and lyricists like Majrooh Sultanpuri, Shailendra, Neeraj, Shailendra, and playback singers Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar.
He combined film craft with wisdom and made his own distinctive contribution to Hindi cinema. He is, like his recent biography, “unputdownable.” He is one of the most distinguished film personalities the Hindi film industry has ever had. His attention to detail, showmanship and his gusto continue to win him applause, acclaim and admiration wherever he goes.
So many films, so much success and finally a Padma Bhushan came his way. His indefatigable spirit continues to guide his steps even today as he explores new ground for more topical stories. No biography can ever do him justice because Dev Anand, like his energy, cannot be bound between the covers of a book.
Article by Mithi Chinoy, CT Contributor.
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