Today is Dev Anand’s birthday. He was born on 26th September 1923 in Gurdaspur District on Punjab. His Pishori Lal Anand was a well-to-do advocate in Gurdaspur District courts and he was third of his four sons. Two of his brothers Chetan and Vijay were also in the films. After doing his B.A. from the Government college Lahore, he came down to Mumbai, then Bombay and took a job at Military Censor’s office at Churchgate.
He joined his older brother, Chetan, as a member of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA). Dev Anand aspired to become a performer after seeing Ashok Kumar’s performance in films such as “Achhut Kanya” and “Kismet”. Dev Anand quoted in an interview that “I remember when I gate-crashed into the office of the man who gave me the first break, he kept looking at me – Babu Rao Pai of Prabhat Film Studios. At that time he made up his mind that this boy deserves a break and later mentioned to his people that ‘this boy struck me because of his smile and beautiful eyes and his tremendous confidence. Then he was soon offered the lead role in Prabhat Films’ Hum Ek Hain (1946), a film about Hindu-Muslim unity, where Dev Anand played a Hindu boy and was paired opposite Kamala Kotnis.
The purpose of this article is not to write about his life history, but to remember through his movies and songs. He was known for his unique hairstyle and rapid fire dialogue delivery. He was paired with almost all top heroines of that time. He started his career opposite Suraiya and he ended up doing seven films with her and their association turned in to a romance. Suraiya’s family didn’t approve of it and they broke off.
Here’s my selection of some of his songs as a tribute to him.
A beautiful song from Solvaan Saal sung by Hemant Kumar
He starred in a string of box office hits in the 1950s opposite newcomer Waheeda Rehman in C.I.D. (1956), Solva Saal (1958), Kala Bazar (1960) and Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962). Waheeda first became a star when C.I.D became a hit.
Achha ji Main Hari from Kala Pani
Khoya Khoya Chand from Kala Bazaar
Na tum Hamein Jano- from Baat Ek Raat Ki
Rimjhim Ke Tarane Le ke Aayi Barsat from Kala Bazaar
Diwana Mastana Hua Dil- from Bambai Ka Babu
Khwab Ho Tum Ya Koyi Haqiqat – From Teen Deviyaan
Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya
Din Dhal Jaye Hai Raat Na Jaye- from Guide
Phoolon Ke Rang Se- From Prem Pujari
Ye Dil Na Hota Bechara- From Jewel Thief
Hey Maine Kasam Li- from Tere Mere Sapane
Pal Bhar Ke Liye Koyi Hamein Pyar Kar Le- from Johnny Mera Naam
the list can be end less,but the articles have their limits and people have the limits to their patience, so I will bring more songs on some other occasion or on some other pretext again.
Most of the text for the article has been sourced from Wikipedia:- Source:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev_Anand
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