December 4, 2011

Dev Anand: Bollywood's very own Peter Pan

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Music remained a highlight of his films. Can anyone forget songs like 'Aankhon hi aankhon mein'; 'Gata rahe mera dil'; 'Hai apna dil to awara'; 'Hum bekhudi mein tumko pukare chale gaye'; 'Khoya khoya chand'; 'Koi sone ke dilwala'; 'Main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala'; 'Mana janab ne pukara nahi'; 'Na tum hame jano'; 'Jab pyar kisise hota hai'; and 'Dil ka bhanwar kare pukar'.

His maiden attempt at direction, 'Prem Pujari', flopped. But Dev Anand got lucky with his 1971 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna', which launched Zeenat Aman. Later he introduced Jackie Shroff, Tabu and Richa Sharma to filmdom.

He was also the first Hindi film actor who campaigned against the then prime minister Indira Gandhi by launching a political party called the National Party of India, which he later disbanded

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After the 1978 hit 'Des Pardes', which introduced Tina Munim, his films failed to create a mark. But he was never one to lose heart. And continued making films with energy and zeal. Dev Anand's zest for life will always be remembered.

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