Dev Anand,88, the 'Evergreen Romantic Superstar' of Indian cinema, has passed away in London following cardiac arrest. He came to London for medical check up since he was not keeping well for the last few days.
Dev was born Dharam Dev Anand on (26 September 1923- December 4,2011) in Shakargarh Tehsil of Gurdaspur district (now in Narowal District, Pakistan) in undivided Punjab. Dev graduated in English Literature from Lahore G..
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 honored with the prestigious the 'Padma Bhushan' in 2001 and 'Dada Saheb Phalke Award' in 2002.
Dev Anand produced more than 30 films and directed about 20 films and acted in about 112 films. 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.