Legendary actor Dev Anand passed away on Sunday in London from massive cardiac arrest. We present you few glimpses into the legend’s life.

26 September 1923 – Born as Dharam Dev Anand in Shakargarh, Gurdaspur, Punjab, British India to advocate Pishori Lal Anand.


1942 – He graduated in English Literature from the Government College, Lahore, British India.

1942-43 – After studies, he went to Delhi to work as a clerk for two months, after that he reached Bombay in search of a break in the film world.

1943-45 – He worked as a clerk in the military censor office at Churchgate, Bombay, for a salary of Rs 165. During these period, he visited many studios and film offices in Mumbai seeking the break in to bollywood but nobody was keen to give him a chance.

1946 – He debut as an actor by Prabhat Talkies to act in “Hum Ek Hain

1946 – Dev and legendary actor Guru Dutt struck a friendship forever to help each other in the movie industry.

1948 – 1951: Romance with Suraiya – When Dev Anand got an offer to act opposite to Suraiya, they both became romantically involved with each other. After giving 7 hit films (Vidya, Jeet, Nili, Sanam etc), the duo decied to get married. But Suraiya’s maternal grandmother opposed to the marriage as she was muslim and Dev was Hindu. As a result Suraiya never married in her life.

1950s : Success – Although Dev gave a lot of hit movies, but most of the credit went to co-stars until Ziddi produced by Ashok Kumar. Kamini Kaushal was the debut actress in this movie.

1954 : Marriage – After doing couple of movies with Kamini Kaushal, the duo got involved romantically when they were making the film Taxi Driver. Dev proposed Kamini and both got married.

1954 – 60 : A rapid-fire style of dialogue delivery and a penchant for nodding while speaking became Dev’s style in his films House No. 44, Pocket Maar, Munimji, Funtoosh, C.I.D. and Paying Guest.

1965: Guide – He succeeded in persuading novelist R. K. Narayan to give his assent for his novel “Guide” to make a film and the rest is history.

1970 –  His movie “Johnny Mera Naam” made Hema Malini a big star.

1970-71 – His Directorial Debut “Prem Pujari” was a flop. But “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” was a success, which gave us the beautiful Zeenat Aman.

1978 – Dev Anand directed Des Pardes and introduced 20 yr old Beauty Tina Munim and the success of the film gave him the tag of evergreen hero.

1982 – He introduced Jackie Schroff in Swami Dada.

1990 – He directed Awwal Number with actor Aamir Khan.

Out of 19 films he directed and 31 films he produced, 18 films were commercially successful at the box office.

2001 – The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan.

2002 – He received Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contributions towards Indian cinema.

Sept 2007 – Dev’s own autobiography “Romancing with Life” was released.

4th December 2011 – He went to London for a medical check up in November 2011 and died there at the age of 88 on 4th December 2011 due to a cardiac arrest.


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