Remembering the legendary Dev Anand

Dev Anand left us six years ago today. The actor defined romance in Hindi film industry before Shah Rukh Khan was even born.

With his signature puff and mufflers and scarves, this legend was also a style icon. But it was not only showbiz industry that Dev Anand left his mark on. He was also a political activist who trenchantly opposed the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi government and even made his own short-lived party, called National Party of India.

Dev Anand, was an Indian film actor, writer, director and producer known for his work in Hindi cinema. Dev Anand is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. A rapid-fire style of dialogue delivery and a penchant for nodding while speaking became Dev’s style in films like House No. 44, Pocket Maar, Munimji, Funtoosh, C.I.D. and Paying Guest.

In the fifties his films were based on mystery genre or light comedy love stories or were films with social relevance like ”Ek Ke Baad Ek” and Funtoosh. His style was lapped up by the audience and is widely imitated even today. Dev Anand died in his room at The Washington Mayfair Hotel in London at the age of 88 on 3 December 2011 (4 December 2011 by Indian Standard Time) of a cardiac arrest.

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