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Born on September 26, 1923, legendary actor Dev Anand's birth name is Dharamdev Pishorimal Anand. He did his schooling in Dalhousie (then in Punjab) and later moved to Lahore (then as part of India) to pursue a BA degree in English Literature. (All photos/mid-day archives)
In picture: Dev Anand with his close friend/actor/filmmaker Guru Dutt
After completing his studies (the early 40s), Dev Anand moved to Bombay to began his career. He started off with a job in the military censor's office at Churchgate. Later, he worked as a clerk in an accounting firm too.
In picture: Dev Anand grabs a bite from Dilip Kumar's plate on a film set
Dev Anand made his debut in the Hindi film industry in the black-and-white era with the 1946 film Hum Ek Hain and went on to spend 65 years as an actor and filmmaker in Bollywood.
In picture: Bal Thackeray presenting an award to Dev Anand
Dev Anand left an indelible mark in the minds of movie buffs with classics like Baazi, Paying Guest, Guide, Jewel Thief and Hare Rama Hare Krishna.
In picture: After Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan turned down the offer, Dev Anand cast Aditya Pancholi in 'Awwal Number'. A snap from the sets of the film
In the late 1940s, Dev Anand was struggling to find a foothold in the industry. He was with Prabhat Studio, Pune. Guru Dutt was also a struggler desperately looking for a break as a director. The two met in Mumbai by chance and a strange one at that. A washerman, common to Dev and Guru, mixed up their shirts. The two eventually met and Dev noticed that Guru was refreshingly sensitive. Guru, on the other hand, spotted a rare romanticism in Dev. Both dreamt of working together and Dev promised Guru a break as a director if he ever turned producer. In 1951, Guru Dutt directed Dev Anand in the hit Baazi with Geeta Bali.
In picture: Guru Dutt, Dev Anand, Raj Khosla and Waheeda Rehman
Dev Anand's romantic relationship with actress Suraiya from 1948-1951 was not a secret. The actor in his autobiography 'Romancing With Life' has mentioned why they never got married. Apparently, it was Suraiya's maternal grandmother who opposed their marriage. Though Suraiya remained unmarried throughout her life, Dev Anand moved on to marry Kalpana Kartik, aka Mona Singha, in 1954.
In picture: Dev Anand and Suraiya
A suave, urbane fashion icon, Dev Anand was said to be inspired by Gregory Peck. But later on, he developed his own lucid style and dance moves which remains unique to him.
In picture: Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman
We take a look at some of his candid pictures here:
The legend during the shooting of his film 'Mr Prime Minister' at Gateway of India on Sept 26, 2005, where he celebrated his 82nd birthday too. Pic/Shadab Khan
Dev Anand and Hema Malini clicked in a candid moment. The duo has worked together in films such as Chhupa Rustam, Shareef Budmaash, Johny Mera Naam, Amir Garib, Joshila.
Dev Anand signs a poster of his famous film 'CID'. The poster was auctioned at the launch party of the book Bollywood: Popular Indian Cinema at a Bandra hotel. Picture/mid-day archives
Remembered as Bollywood's evergreen hero, Dev Anand died of cardiac arrest on December 3, 2011, in London. He was 88.
In picture: The actor's contribution to the film industry was recognised at a function. Picture/Pradeep Dhivar