Born - 26 September 1923
Achievements - Dev Anand is amongst the most distinguished
actors of the Indian film industry. A fast dialogue delivery style and
nodding while doing do so was the famous trademarks of Dev's acting in
movies that was not only well received by the audiences, but also hugely
copied. He has worked in several super hit films and won several awards.
Dev Anand is amongst the most distinguished actors of the Indian film
industry. At the time when his stardom was at its pinnacle, Dev Anand
was considered the most suave among his contemporaries. Born on 26
September 1923 at Gurdaspur in undivided Punjab, Dev Anand who was
originally called Dharam Dev Anand, is the second of three brothers.
Elder brother, Chetan Anand was a film director and so was his younger
one, Vijay Anand. Dev Anand was also a film producer. Read on more about
the biography of Dev Anand.
It was the passion for acting for which Dev Anand
his home for the movie industry hub in India i.e. Mumbai city. And it
was here, he started his career at the military censor office at
Churchgate for a salary of Rs 160. Luck favored Dev Anand and he soon
got an opportunity to work as actor in the film Hum Ek Hain in 1946.
However, the first big break came when Dev Anand was offered role for
the Bombay Talkies production 'Ziddi' in 1948 and it became a huge hit.
The history of Dev Anand's life and career took another crucial turn
when he launched his own company 'Navketan' in 1949. Though his first
film flopped, his next movie 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' released in 1971
with Zeenat Aman turned out to be a blockbuster hit. Things only
smoothened out further with time for Dev Anand, who essayed even
negative characters like in the film Jaal. Taxi Driver was declared
another mega hit.
A fast dialogue delivery style and nodding while doing do soon became
the famous trademarks of Dev's acting in movies like Munimji, CID and
Paying Guest. His acting was not only well received by the audiences,
but also hugely copied. Though he received a moderate flaking by the
critics, he shut them all up through his classic acting in 1958's Kala
Pani. He won the Best Actor Award for this film.
Most of Dev Anand's movies explored his viewpoint of the world and
often highlighted many socially relevant topics. Another notable feature
in Anand's movie was the soul stirring music. He was on very friendly
terms with most of the Bollywood music composers like O. P. Nayyar,
Sachin Dev Burman and his son, Rahul Dev Burman. Others known to Dev
Anand were lyricists Majrooh Sultanpuri, Neeraj, Shailendra, and
playback singers Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar.