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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.

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Know How The Content Providers Seem To Have Decided To Capture The Attention Of Masses

There are voices that the OTT content should come under CBFC certification. It is reported that at the CBFC, while the films from big makers are cleared out of turn so that they can meet their scheduled release dates, makers of smaller films have to wait a long time for that kind favour from the censors?

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Usually, the films with family entertainment, RomComs or mildly plausible action films work (Salman Khan types). The religious and saas bahu family themes have been hijacked by television channels. Pixabay

By Vinod Mirani

When a fad invades India, it does so in hordes. May it be mobile manufacturers, car makers, and so on and so forth. But, now, we have a line-up of streaming content providers. They enjoy an open, unhindered run on your small screens.

Usually, the films with family entertainment, RomComs or mildly plausible action films work (Salman Khan types). The religious and saas bahu family themes have been hijacked by television channels. Presently, though suddenly, we are now into this genre called nationalism/patriotism and biopics. But, that market is flooded and all future announcements for forthcoming films seem to be on patriotism and biopics! Not long before the law of diminishing returns takes over.

In fact, this week’s release, Romeo Akbar Walter, may prove to be an indicator to that considering the lukewarm reception the film has got. The thing is, those people who want to watch these films, they are mainly available in cinema halls. These films would not be as much fun on a small smartphone/tablet screen, also known as Over The Top (OTT).

The content providers seem to have decided to capture the attention as well as the initial eyeballs through a nonconventional way; providing content which is not available on cinema screens. That is to majorly deliver content that is morbid, gory, semi pornographic, drugs and all those things that are repulsive to a normal entertainment seeker and the family audience. Now this is the content designed for personal viewing with no one else watching over your shoulder!

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The CBFC does not work on precedents. Does not matter that a number of films, Hollywood as well as Indian with lengthier kissing scenes, have been passed with UA certificate! There is no consistency in policy. Pixabay

The target viewer is the youth and the purpose is to change their taste and preferences. Indian, Spanish, Mexican, all the content that I scanned through had gore, sex, and all that as common as well as the dominant factors. While providing such content, there are also some decent features but not enough yet.

But, how long can this trend last? There was an era when Malayalam films with a lot of titillation and suggestive sex were dubbed in Hindi language and, for the interior audience, interpolation was a regular practice as explicit sex scenes from porn films were added. They worked for a while but faded soon.

So, the issue is, while the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) makes all kinds of demands from a feature film producer before his/her film is approved for public exhibition, this morbid mobile OTT streaming goes unchecked! The CBFC, in fact, has become the moral guardian of the Indian moviegoer; one to check on its ethics and morals!

Pahlaj Nihalani, the recent past Chairman of the CBFC, asked to delete a kissing scene from a Bond film from some 15 seconds to six seconds. Isn’t that ridiculous considering that Nihalani in real life can’t finish a sentence without adding a couple of BCs and MCs no matter if women or kids are around! Is it possible that a single panel member of the examining committee of CBFC, who watches films to rate them, has never watched an illicit porn film? And, to think that these people think a film is kosher only for six seconds, not 15! Do this politically connected panel members really qualify to sit in judgement over what the people should watch? That has been an eternal debate.

The CBFC does not work on precedents. Does not matter that a number of films, Hollywood as well as Indian with lengthier kissing scenes, have been passed with UA certificate! There is no consistency in policy. As is the wont of Indians, a seat of authority robs them of logic. It is a high to be able to judge others, especially when in an official position. As a rule, this lot found fault with every film presented for clearing. For example, the examining committee suggested 14 cuts to a children-oriented film, Mr India, in 1980. I can quote numerous such examples.

But, the issue is about parity. That is to say, while almost all other mediums are free of a watchdog, why are films censored? Why not OTT content? Come to think of it, what does the ‘power’ that the CBFC panel members and the Chairman
amount to when a motely mob negates their certification and blocks a film? Padmaavat, Manikarnika and so many other examples.

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Also, considering every other so-called group or organization or a community can ignore CBFC clearance and block a film’s release, the Board means nothing. And, this despite the highest court order ages back that the CBFC is the ultimate authority on cinema content! Pixabay

Coming back to streaming content and films, how come the film, PM Narendra Modi, is denied even the courtesy of a screening for the examining committee yet while the streaming episodes on the same subject, Modi, are already on people’s mobiles? So, how is the CBFC and Censor Certificate relevant anymore when a biopic on a person is blocked indefinitely while the same subject OTT platform, Modi: Journey Of A Common Man, produced by Eros Now, has already started streaming?

There are voices that the OTT content should come under CBFC certification. It is reported that at the CBFC, while the films from big makers are cleared out of turn so that they can meet their scheduled release dates, makers of smaller films have to wait a long time for that kind favour from the censors? In that case, suppose OTT content had to pass through censors, what would be the scene? Would it be the Amazon and Netflix that will get priority or a score of others who apply? After all, big shots get priority! Imagine the chaos that can follow. A 30-minute episode can end up
being chopped off to 15 minutes and the second episode of a series may appear weeks after the previous one!

Also, considering every other so-called group or organization or a community can ignore CBFC clearance and block a film’s release, the Board means nothing. And, this despite the highest court order ages back that the CBFC is the ultimate authority on cinema content! Something needs to be set right in the Cinematograph Act. To start with, the word Digital Content, should be made part of the Act.

@The Box Office
*The latest release, a highly promoted film, Junglee, just about manages to stay afloat. With a meagre opening day collections of three crore, it managed a face-saving weekend of around 13 crore. The film had a tapering effect at the box office with the start of the new week and closed its first week with a total of over 19 crore.

*The other release of the week, Salman Khan’s production, Notebook, failed to make its mark. With an opening weekend of Rs 2.3 crore, it had a low opening week figures of Rs four crore.

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*Akshay Kumar carries Kesari on his popularity though a regional subject with a limited appeal, it collects Rs 19 crore for its second weekend and Rs 30 crore for its second week taking its two week tally to Rs 135 crore.

*Badla has collected Rs 5.3 crore in its fourth week to take its four week total to Rs 79.3 crore. (IANS)