Dev Anand Acting Editor at BBC Hindi

September 13, 2006 at 9:37 pm 9 comments

Hindi actor, nay Thespian of Hindi cinema, Dev Anand was invited to be the editor of 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.

Dum Maro Dum

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…)

Tere Ghar Ke Samne

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.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ujj  |  September 14, 2006 at 10:42 am

    Well hes one larger than life figure in India. Some say he emulated Gregory Peck, but he gave to this country a never seen before style… but I gotta say hes not making the best of the films, Ill take a look at his editing work though, to sure itll be better than his Mr prime minister (its one of his films together with Love at Times Square) …

  • 2. kamlabhatt  |  September 14, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    Ujj you are righ about his latest films. I was talking about his older films, which are delightufl to watch.

    Gregory Peck and Cary Grant for their polish and sauve…you can see that in Dev Anand.

    Thanks for reading,watching and sharing your thoughts.


  • 3. jatinram  |  September 17, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    Rajesh Khanna’s style is totally different from Dev Anand’s head tilting or smile. Dev Anand always looks only Dev Anand and never looks the character. But Rajesh Khanna always characterise variety of character with full justice and great depth.

  • 4. Kamla  |  September 21, 2006 at 4:19 am


    Interesting observations about Dev Anand and Rajesh Khanna.



  • 5. Hiren  |  September 22, 2006 at 12:13 am

    I liked Dev Anand in Guide and Hum Dono. The thing I admire most about the man is that he is still so energetic- he loves his work and is the living example of Make your passion your profession

  • 6. Janefield  |  October 5, 2006 at 6:30 am

    Hi there, thanks for reminding us about the good ole days of Dev saab. He is indeed a legend. But sadly, despite his famed energy and never say die attitude, his movies post the 70s/80s are what to come to mind today, especially for generations post the 1970s. He has become more of a cartoon caricature lampooned on tv shows and even films, by his lookalikes making hay while their sun shines. His golden years were his best and we should try to remember those and not the current ones, if only he’d stop making them!

  • 7. Rajmahendra  |  October 8, 2006 at 2:21 am

    hi Kamla

    i searched for your contact (mail id) but i didnt found…. so i am posting here..

    I just came across interview of Flower Silliman its really really great:)

    Thumbs up:)

  • 8. bharatendu  |  October 10, 2006 at 5:14 am

    dev anand is truly a very stylised actor and at his age has tremendous energy.his movies are always delight to watch.especially his old movies were having lovely lilting melodious songs so very imaginatively picturised.his dialogue delivery style is also very cannot ignore the man.or his movies. baazi, jaal, cid, jewlthief,johnny mera naam, hum dono, kala pani,guide,nau do gyarah,jab pyar kisisse hota hai, hare rama hare krishna, censor,des pardes- list is endless. some unusual topics he has tackled.
    keep it up.

  • 9. varsha joshi  |  March 9, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    DEV ANAND is undoubtedly EVERGREEN. I’ve watched GUIDE more than 15 times. He is wonderful in Tere Ghar Ke Saamne,Kala pani,jab pyaar kisi se hota hai. we should feel proud to have such legends in indian cinema. hats off to his spirits


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