Au revoir, Dev Saab
Industrialist Anand Mahindra tweeted 'As long as Dev Anand was alive, I thought I would live forever too....'. That perhaps sums up Dev Anand's 'ageless' magic. Evergreen in the true sense of the word, age was actually just a number for the actor, who never lost his zest for life or his confidence in his abilities even till his last release, Chargesheet.
The actor who enjoyed his profession immensely, continued looking forward from his debut film, Hum Ek Hain, in 1946 to Chargesheet in 2011. Even though he won many accolades and awards during his six- decades-long career, Dev Saab was not the one to rest on his past laurels. He continued making movies, as if his existence and his love for life depended on them.
He acted, directed, produced and breathed movies. The prince of romance had a fantastic ear for music too, and it is no coincidence that some of the best romantic songs were picturised on him. He not only romanced heroines on screen, he also paved the career path for some like Zeenat Aman and Tina Munim. He loved discovering young talent and till his last movie, he took the economic risk of launching new faces.
His production house Navketan productions, which he had launched in 1949 along with his genius of a brother Vijay Anand, has produced some of the best movies that Bollywood could boast of. Their first film, Baazi, which was directed by Dev's then best friend, Guru Dutt, set the tone.
A suave, urbane fashion con, Dev Anand is said to be inspired by Gregory Peck. But later on, he developed his own lucid style and dance movements which will remain unique to him. Always the one to think of new ideas, Dev Saab had recently re-released one of Navketan's classics, Hum Dono, in colour. He had also released his autobiography, Romancing With Life, in 2007. At 88, Dev Anand died young and he will always be missed.