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Toronto: The Canadian police have criticised the glamourisation of local gang-lifestyle in Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta’s new movie ‘Beeba Boys’, a media report said.

Sergeant Lindsey Houghton from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia and Abbotsford Police spokesperson constable Ian MacDonald were invited to a special screening of the movie in Vancouver recently.

After watching the movie, their reaction was that it gives a wrong impression about the realities of the gang-lifestyle in the region and were worried about the negative effect it could have on Indo-Canadian youth, Voice Online reported on Friday.

“It is not all money and cars and drugs all the time and going out and partying. It is paranoia, it is fear, it is constantly looking over your shoulder for your friends, your enemies, for the police,” Houghton was quoted as saying.

Houghton said that his concern is about the over-glorification of the gang lifestyle.

“My concern is that the South Asian community has worked unbelievably hard over the last decade and been so proactive to try and fight these stereotypes and we have worked very hard along with them to try and help them with that and vice versa. And my concern is that a movie like this will set those efforts back,” he added.

According to Houghton, perhaps Mehta did not want to have an accurate portrayal as a movie maker because “sometimes telling the truth or showing the truth might not sell.”

Houghton also decried the use of the kirpan (a short sword or knife worn by religious Sikhs) in one of the scenes to cut a guy’s throat.

MacDonald, however, said the movie was watchable and was properly edited.

“The issues that I have are with the content and regrettably I was struggling to find any positive South Asian characters in the movie. I thought there were a lot of potentials for the film that just were not realised.”

“[The movie] is not a very accurate portrayal of what it is to be a gangster. They missed a lot of the loneliness, the inherent boredom and fear, and the fact that many times and in almost every environment (the gangsters) are basically social pariahs,” MacDonald pointed out.

Houghton and MacDonald have provided a wealth of expert analysis on gangs over the past years.

The movie will be released across Canada on October 16.

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Dev Anand: The Most Charismatic Actor Of The Indian Cinema

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The full name of Dev Anand goes as Devdutta Pishorimal Anand but was famously known as Dharam Dev Anand. Wikimedia Commons
The full name of Dev Anand goes as Devdutta Pishorimal Anand but was famously known as Dharam Dev Anand. Wikimedia Commons
  • Dev Anand was considered as the most handsome actors of his times
  • The Bollywood superstar was so popular among girls that he was asked not to wear the black suit in public
  • It was the Indian iconic actor Ashok Kumar who inspired Dev Anand to become an actor

Dev Anand is the evergreen hero of Bollywood, who worked in more than 100 films and has entertained us with films like Guide, Des Pardes, Hare Krishna Hare Ram, Johnny Mera Naam and many more. He holds a special place in everyone’s heart. Dev Anand was considered as the most handsome actors of his times.

The full name of Dev Anand goes as Devdutta Pishorimal Anand but was famously known as Dharam Dev Anand. Loved ones called him by the name of ‘Chiru’.

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The Bollywood superstar was so popular among girls that he was asked not to wear the black suit in public apparently because women would go crazy seeing him dressed in black and would jump from buildings. he is best remembered for his romantic roles and style statements which left an impressive impact on the many generations to come.

Early Life

Before trying his hands on acting, Dev Anand used to earn a mere Rs. 160. He spent his early years in Gharota village near Gurdaspur town. He did his schooling from Sacred Heart School, Dalhousie and completed his college from Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. Later, Dev got his BA degree in English Literature from the Government College, Lahore in British India.

Dev Anand died at the age of 88 on 3 December 2011 of a cardiac arrest. Wikimedia Commons
Dev Anand died at the age of 88 on 3 December 2011 of a cardiac arrest. Wikimedia Commons

The legendary superstar worked as a clerk in an accountancy firm for a meagre salary of Rs 85 to make ends meet. Dev Anand spent many years struggling in Mumbai before getting into acting. He also toiled hard at the Military Censor Office and earned Rs. 160.

It was the Indian iconic actor Ashok Kumar who inspired Dev Anand to become an actor. Dev Anand got his first break in the film ‘Ziddi’. The film was a hit of that time and was directed by Shaheed Latif.

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Dev Anand was quite famous in the Bollywood industry for his love for one of the most graceful actress of that time, Suraiya. According to reports in the media, the love chemistry between Dev Anand and Suraiya’s blossomed on the sets of the film Vidya. One day, while shooting for the song ‘Kinare kinare chale jaayenge’, the boat on which Dev Anand and Suraiya were shooting got capsized and like a real Bollywood hero, he rescued Suraiya. But unfortunately, their love story didn’t end well. Suraiya’s maternal grandmother opposed the marriage with Dev Anand due to inter-religious faith.

Dev Anand Movies

The legendary Bollywood actor had many superhits films to his name. He had been phenomenal throughout his career. Cherish at some of the greatest hits of Dev Anand and let yourself get relaxed in the older times of the Hindi Cinema.

  1. Guide – 1965
  2. Hum Dono – 1961
  3. Hare Rama Hare Krishna – 1971
  4. Tere Ghar Ke Samne – 1963
  5. Jewel Thief – 1967
  6. Johny Mera Naam – 1970
  7. C.I.D. – 1956
  8. Paying Guest – 1957
  9. Gambler – 1971
  10. Kala Pani – 1958

Dev Anand is been honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002 for his contribution to Indian cinema. Throughout his career of 65 years, he played a main solo lead role in 92 films out of 114 films that he did.

the love chemistry between Dev Anand and Suraiya's blossomed on the sets of the film Vidya. Wikimedia Commons
the love chemistry between Dev Anand and Suraiya’s blossomed on the sets of the film Vidya. Wikimedia Commons

His film  Guide was India’s official entry to the Oscars and for it, he received Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance. Dev Anand has also been critically acclaimed in films such as Baazi, CID, Kala Pani, Kala Bazar, Solva Saal, Jewel Thief and much more to count.

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Dev Anand Songs

Known for his blockbuster hits, Dev Anand films have produced some evergreen songs, just like the actor himself. We have compiled a list of top 10 songs from his films, have  a look:

  1. Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara – Jewel Thief – 1967
  2. Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata – Hum Dono – 1961
  3. Pal Bhar Ke Liye Koi – Johny Mera Naam – 1970
  4. Abhi Na Jaao Chhodkar Ke – Hum Dono- 1961
  5. Main Aaya Hoon – Amir Garib – 1974
  6. Dum Maro Dum – Hare Rama Hare Krishna – 1971
  7. Dil Pukare Aare Aare – Jewel Thief – 1967
  8. Kanchi Re Kanchi Re – Hare Rama Hare Krishna – 1971
  9. Dil Ka Bhanwar Kare Pukar – Tere Ghar Ke Samne – 1963
  10. Gaata Rahe Mera Dil – Guide – 1965

Dev Anand is known to be an active participant in the music sessions of a number of his films. His association with music composers Shankar-Jaikishen, O. P. Nayyar, Sachin Dev Burman and his son Rahul Dev Burman is well-known. Playback singers like Mohammed Rafi, Hemant Kumar and Kishore Kumar produced some very popular songs for Dev Anand’s film. Mohammed Rafi, Pran, Kishore Kumar, S.D Burman and R.D Burman were said to be his closest friends from the film industry.

Throughout his career of 65 years, he played a main solo lead role in 92 films out of 114 films that he did. Wikimedia Commons
Throughout his career of 65 years, he played a main solo lead role in 92 films out of 114 films that he did. Wikimedia Commons

Even, critics and audiences have frequently regarded Dev Anand as one of Bollywood’s finest actor and charismatic man. For his acting skills and talent, he was titled as Mr Evergreen by film critics and analysts. He is remembered as the most energetic person, throughout the Bollywood Industry.