Film industry prays for Dev Anand

Updated: December 16, 2011 17:30 IST

A memorial service was held today for legendary actor and filmmaker Dev Anand at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai.

Film industry prays for Dev Anand
A memorial service was held today for legendary actor and filmmaker Dev Anand at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai.
Film industry prays for Dev Anand
Earlier, Mohan Churiwala, a family friend said there was an emotional connect with Mehboob Studios since the late actor had shot many films there. “A make-up room of Dev saab is still at the studio." Churiwala said.
Film industry prays for Dev Anand
Dev Anand died in London on December 3.

Coming Up: Dev Anand's ashes immersed in Godavari
Dev Anand\'s ashes immersed in Godavari
Suniel Anand preparing for the last rituals of late veteran actor Dev Anand.
Dev Anand\'s ashes immersed in Godavari
Suniel Anand, Dev Anand's son, immersing his father's ashes in the Godavari River at Nashik.
Dev Anand\'s ashes immersed in Godavari
Suniel Anand performs the rituals.
Dev Anand\'s ashes immersed in Godavari
Suniel Anand is seen after immersing Dev Anand's ashes.
Dev Anand\'s ashes immersed in Godavari
Earlier, Dev Anand's son Suneil arrived in India from London to immerse his late father's ashes in the holy river.

Bollywood's evergreen star Dev Anand's ashes were immersed in the Godavari river in Nashik.
Dev Anand\'s ashes immersed in Godavari
The last rites of Dev Anand, who passed away in London on December 3 following a heart attack, were performed on Saturday (December 10) at the Putney Vale Crematorium in London. A memorial service was also held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London, the same day.

Coming Up: The final farewell to the legendary actor.
Dev Anand: The final farewell
Friends and family carry the casket of Dev Anand, surrounded by mourners and media, as it arrives at the Putney Vale Crematorium in London on Dec. 10, 2011.

In this picture Dev Anand's son Suneil Anand and Chairman of Sahara India Pariwar Subrata Roy carry the casket.
Dev Anand: The final farewell
The hearse carrying the body of renowned actor Dev Anand at the Putney Vale Crematorium in London.
Dev Anand: The final farewell
Suneil Anand, son of Dev Anand, carries the casket of his father to the Putney Vale Crematorium.
Dev Anand: The final farewell
Suneil Anand speaks at his father's funeral in London.
Dev Anand: The final farewell
Mona Anand, better known by her screen name Kalpana Kartik, is comforted after her husband's funeral in London.
Dev Anand: The final farewell
Suneil Anand leaves from the Putney Vale Crematorium after his father's funeral.

Coming up: Dev Anand dies in London
Dev Anand dies in London
Dev Anand, the 'Evergreen Romantic Superstar' of Indian cinema, has passed away in London last night following cardiac arrest. He was 88. Dev Anand, who had come here for medical check up, was not keeping well for the last few days, family sources told the Press Trust of India.
Dev Anand dies in London
Dev Anand embodied an undying spirit and reaffirms the saying that age is just a number.

"Dreams should never die. When the dreams are dead, you are dead," the actor had famously said.
Dev Anand dies in London
The evergreen actor Dev Anand was born on September 26th, 1923, in Shakargarh Tehsil of Gurudaspur district (now in Narowal District, Pakistan) in undivided Punjab.

While Dev Anand's mother was a pious, loving and deeply religious lady, his father was a leading lawyer of Gurdaspur, who wanted to give first grade education to all his children.

His father had a command over Persian and Arabic languages and at times he used to recite from the Islamic scriptures and explained the meaning to illiterate Muslims. At other times he used to narrate chaste Urdu poetry.
Dev Anand dies in London
Dev Anand is the second of three brothers who were active in Hindi Cinema. His brothers are Chetan Anand and Vijay Anand.

Their sister, Sheel Kanta Kapur, is the mother of renowned Hindi and English film director Shekhar Kapur.

Inset: Dev Anand (Center) with brothers Vijay (Left) and Chetan.
Dev Anand dies in London
He graduated in English Literature from the Government College, Lahore, (now in Pakistan).

After graduation, he left his hometown and came to Mumbai in the early 1940's.

He began his career in the military censor office at Churchgate, Mumbai, for a salary of Rs 200.

Later, he joined his older brother Chetan as a member of the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA).
Dev Anand dies in London
Dev Anand, the "evergreen star" is a successful director and producer as well. He directed 19 films and produced 31 films in his glorious career. He wrote the story for 13 of his films.
Dev Anand dies in London
The Government of India honoured Dev Anand with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002 for his contribution to Indian cinema.

In a career spanning over five decades, he has received three Filmfare Awards and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.
Dev Anand dies in London
Dev Anand's first film as an actor was the 1946 film Hum Ek Hain. The film also saw him share screen space with the legendary Guru Dutt. It was on the sets of this film that he and Guru Dutt became friends.

They had a unique understanding between themselves that if one of the two becomes successful first in film industry then they would help the other to be successful so if Dev Anand produced a film, Guru Dutt would direct it and when Guru Dutt directed a film, Dev Anand would act in it.

Inset: Dev Anand's look in the film Hum Ek Hain.
Dev Anand dies in London
He got his first big break from Ashok Kumar. He picked him as the hero for the Bombay Talkies production, Ziddi (1948), co-starring Kamini Kaushal. The movie was a raging success and it prompted Dev Anand to start producing films.
Dev Anand dies in London
So in 1949, he turned producer and launched his own production company Navketan (meaning newness). It has produced over 31 films and continues to produce movies even today.
Dev Anand dies in London
In the late forties Dev Anand started getting offers to star opposite singer-actress Suraiya in woman oriented films, as the male lead.

Although Dev had tasted success in the films he starred in with Suraiya, the producers and directors attributed the success of these films to the acting prowess and screen presence of Suraiya.

Suraiya was always first billed star in credits implying that she was a bigger star than Dev Anand and he considered himself lucky to get a chance to star with an established actress and accepted the offers.
Dev Anand dies in London
The two of them were paired in six films together — Vidya (1948), Jeet (1949), Shair (1949), Afsar (1950), Nili (1950), Do Sitare (1951) and Sanam (1951), which were all successful at the box office and it was while shooting for them that the duo fell in love.

The relationship was affirmed during the shooting of the song Kinare Kinare Chale Jayenge from the film Vidya, where during the shoot, a boat capsized and Dev Anand ended up saving his ladylove Suraiya from drowning.
Dev Anand dies in London
The clandestine affair was aided by their friends Durga Khote and Kamini Kaushal, who went out of their way to engineer secret rendezvous between the two.

On the sets of the film Jeet, Dev Anand finally proposed to Suraiya and gave her a diamond ring worth Rs 3,000.

But as luck would have it, her maternal grandmother opposed the relationship as they were Muslim and Dev Anand Hindu, and so, Suraiya remained unmarried all her life.

Inset: Suraiya.
Dev Anand dies in London
Dev was directed by Guru Dutt in the crime thriller, Baazi (1951). The film starred Dev Anand, Geeta Bali and Kalpana Kartik and became a cult classic, a trendsetter of urban crime films that followed in Bollywood in the 1950s.

Mona Singh was given the screen name of Kalpana Kartik by Dev Anand's eldest brother Chetan Anand.

Her pairing with Dev was a big success at the box office and they were offered many films together. They signed all the offers and starred in Aandhiyan (1952), Taxi Driver (1954), House No. 44 (1954), and Nau Do Gyarah (1957), all of which went on to become big hits.

During the making of Taxi Driver, the couple fell in love and Dev proposed marriage to Kalpana. They married in a secret ceremony in 1954 and the couple have two children —a son, Suneil and a daughter Devina.

After her marriage, Kalpana Kartik decided not to pursue her acting career.
Dev Anand dies in London
Dev Anand starred opposite the then newcomer Waheeda Rehman in C.I.D. (1956), Solva Saal (1958), Kala Bazar (1960) and Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962) and the unforgettable Guide (1965) besides others.

Apart from his pairing with Suraiya and Kalpana Kartik, his pair with Nutan and Waheeda Rehman was popular among the audiences in late 50's and 60's. His films Rahee and Aandhiyaan, were screened along with Raj Kapoor's Awaara.
Dev Anand dies in London
Guide was his first film in colour and was based on the R. K. Narayan's novel of the same name.

Dev Anand was instrumental in making the film version of the book as he met and persuaded Narayan to give his assent to the project.

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