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Abhi na jaon chodkar ke dil abhi bara nahin

December 5, 2011 1 comment

 

 

 

Abhi  na jaon chodkar ke dil abhi bara nahin  —    An evergreen, charismatic  actor Dev Anand (26th Sept 1923 – 3rd Dec 2011) had an indefatigable spirit and was full of the zest for life. He has left a void in the Hindi film world that cannot be filled.

I remember seeing  Dev Anand movies as a kid.  They were shown in my colony on a make shift screen in the evening using a projector and all of us would sit down in the open and watch these hits like Guide, Hum Dono, Jewel Thief, CID, Johnny Mera Naam, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Paying Guest, Nao do Gyarah , Kala Paani etc.   Guide became a classic hit and was an adaptation of R K Narayan’s novel in collaboration with Nobel laureate Pearl S Buck.

The songs and music in each of these movies are so memorable that they are so fresh in my memory even today.  Tere mere sapne ab ek rang hain, Hum bekhudi mein tumko pukare, Hum hain rahin pyar ke, Khoya khoya chand, Rimjim ke tarane leke, Gata rahe mera dil, Dil dhal jaye, Aaj phir jeene ki  tamanna hai, Waha kaun hai tera, , Dil pukaare aare aare, Main jindagi ka saath nibhaata chala gaya, Mana janab ne pukara nahin and so on the list goes on.

Dev Anand is often called the Gregory Peck of Bollywood.. because he exuded such a charm on screen and he had a unique drawl, speech and gait which was imitated by many artists.  He was versatile and acted in romantic movies, action, suspense and various genre of films.   He acted opposite heroines like Suraiya, Waheeda Rehman, Saira Banu, Zeenat Aman, Mumtaz, Nutan, Vyajantimala, Meena Kumari, Kalpana Kartik, Hema Malini etc.

His career spanned more than 65 years and Dev Anand acted in 114 Hindi films of which 110 have him play the main lead hero. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002 for his contribution to Indian cinema in September 2007, Dev’s own autobiography “Romancing with Life” was released at a birthday party with the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

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