Dev Anand Acting Editor at BBC Hindi
Hindi actor, nay Thespian of Hindi cinema, Dev Anand was invited to be the editor of http://www.bbchindi.com for a day reports the BBC. The BBC launched a new online Hindi magazine called BBC Patrika (patrika means magazine).
Reading the news brought back many fond memories of Dev Anand and the huge impact and influence he had on lord knows how many generations of Indians. The “evergreen hero” as Dev Anand is fondly called has had a long innings in Hindi cinema. Dev Anand always struck me as a cross between Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. Dev Anand (or Dev Sahib as he often referred to) is stylish like Cary Grant and has some of that homey, comfortable feeling that Jimmy Steward exuded.
He made his debut in films after World War II. The Anand brothers: Chetan, Dev and Goldie have made significant contribution to Hindi cinema. Dev Anand’s production company is called Navketan Films.
During the early years Dev Anand partnered with Guru Dutt and made a couple of films including Ziddi and Baazi. From the 1950s through the 1970s (until Rajesh Khanna and Amitach Bachchan took over. Rajesh Khan was clearly influenced by Dev Anand’s style of acting. The head tilt and the smile and the way they both said the word “ma.” Check it out and you will see the similarities for yourself.)
Dev Anand had a string of successes including Kaala Pani, CID, Jab Pyaar Kissi Say Hota Hai, Jewel Thief, Tere Mere Sapne, Johnny Mera Naam, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Heera Panna.
A hallmark of Dev Anand’s films are the songs…and many of them have beautiful and unforgettable melody and lyrics. The one that we all probably remember instantly is Dum Maro Dum with Zeenat Aman…a song that is still tagged as “groovy.” Hard to believe that Asha Bhonsle can still belt this song out at 73 years of age.
Via YouTube here is a wonderful collection of Dev Anand songs presented in no particular order.
Rukh Jaana from the film Warrant….this song brings back memories…this was a big hit in the days when we had a binary option on our TV sets. (Dev Anand was always partial to those big American sports cars…)
Raat Akeli Hai from Jewel Thief with Dev Anand and Tanuja (Kaajol’s mother):
Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara from Jewel Thief
Naazar Laagi Raja from Kaala Pani
Jiya O Jiya O from Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai. This film has another memorable song called Uff You Ma that used to crack us up every time we listened to it. This is a great film and Rajendranath, who had great comic timing, has a great playing the role of a Personal Assistant.