The versatile late actor Dev Anand was born on 26 September in 1923. He left the world with the memories of huge successes of his career on 3 dec in 2011 after a cardiac arrest.
A fast dialogue delivery style and nodding while doing do so was the famous trademarks of Dev’s acting in movies.
Anand, the most influential actors in the history was honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002 for his contribution to Indian cinema.
His spent 65 years in the acting with 114 Hindi films. , of which 92 have him play the main solo lead hero, and he also did two English films. In 92 movies he starred as the lead hero, and he also appeared in two English films.
Dev Anand, is the second of three brothers. Elder brother, Chetan Anand was a film director and so was his younger one, Vijay Anand.
His passion for acting made him to leave his home and he entered the city of dreams Mumbai.After stepping in Mumbai soon his luck changed and he got an opportunity to work as actor in the film Hum Ek Hain in 1946.
Anand was offered his first success by Ashok Kumar. He spotted Anand hanging around in the studios and picked him as the main lead for the Bombay Talkies production, Ziddi (1948), co-starring Kamini Kaushal, which became an instant success. After Ziddi’s success, Anand decided that he would start producing films.Dev chose Guru Dutt as director of Baazi (1951), a crime thriller. The movie starring Dev Anand, Geeta Bali and Kalpana Kartik was a trendsetter, regarded as the forerunner of the spate of urban crime films that followed in Bollywood in the 1950s.
Kalpana Kartik also known as Mona Singh starred for the first time with Baazi movie as the lead female actress and Guru Dutt as a director.
The collaboration was a success at the box office and the duo of Dev Anand and Kalpana Kartik were offered many films to star in together. They signed all the film offers and worked in movies like Aandhiyan (1952), Taxi Driver (1954), House No. 44 (1955) and Nau Do Gyarah (1957) went on to become big hits too.
During the shooting of film Taxi Driver, the couple fell in love and Dev proposed marriage to his heroine Kalpana. In 1954, Taxi Driver recieved a hit and the two decided to marry.
The couple had a son, Suneil Anand in 1956 and later a daughter, Devina, was born. After her marriage, Kalpana decided not to pursue her acting career further. Nau Do Gyarah was the couple’s last movie together.