This morning I have woken up to sad news... Evergreen and inspiring hero, Dev Anand, has given the world his last goodbye yesterday in London. The star had been feeling unwell recently and was in England for a health check up when he suffered a cardiac arrest.
Dev Saab was Guru Dutt's best friend, Kalpana Kartik's husband, Gregory Peck's synonym and the hearthrob of millions of Indian women but none of these descriptions englobe the spirit and wonderful array of films he gave Indian cinema since 1946 with his unique style and classy demeanour. His movie hits as an actor include such Hindi film masterpieces as Guide, Paying Guest, Hum Dono, Funtoosh, Jewel Thief, Johny Mera Naam, and CID as well as more than 100 other films while he also produced more than 30 movies through NavKetan productions, a house I feel privileged to have visited and been welcomed to back in the day.
His energy, characteristic walk, charm and indomitable spirit will long be an inspiration to fellow actors. India and worldwide connoisseurs of Indian cinema mourn his absence.