D for Dev Anand


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D yani Dev Anand..people often label him as the Indian version of Gregory Peck…but I disdain it.He remains the most original  stylist Hero  in Bollywood.My journey of adoration started with Dev Anand during the year 1997.Yep I remember it correctly, J.P Dutta’s Border was a huge success those days, so was Titanic…(all of us had fetish for that particular scene of Kate Winslet…i hope  you can understand)..anyway i came back to our flat after the evening cricket game (dripped with des ki mitti and sweat drops)..I noticed my elder brother happily flaunting a cassette box..on a closer look I noticed it was HMV Golden Collection series…The Golden Hits of Dev Anand.We had a Philips audio player and music flowed freely.Kishore kumar’s  voice echoed across our rooms..so was Mohd Rafi’s Tere Mere Sapne ab ek hi rang hain.Musical blockbusters like Guide,Jewel Thief,Gambler,Hare Rama Hare Krishna,Prem Pujari..became part of my life.I still have Phoolon ke Rang se,Aasmaan ke Neeche and Gaata Rahein Mera Dil Mein in my Samsung Playlists.That was my addiction to Dev Anand’s lip sync.   Now let us come towards his film fetishology.I watched him romancing inside Qutub Minar,trekking across Mount Abu,cuddling on the lush green terrain of Gangtok and happily noding with Swiss children in Switzerland.He was teasingly romantic and blattantly bold…very few film makers of Hindi film industry have tried their hands on Anti War themes…I am talking about his directorial debut Prem Pujari,set on the backdrop of Indo China war of 1962,the film tackled the complex story of a non-violent Army man(who wants to win his enemy through love)..but his sensitive nature is labelled as his weakness..it follows an international conspiracy across plains of Europe…A brilliant piece of cinema but a dud at Box office.An entire generation danced and smoked with Hare Rama Hare Krishna..(Zeenat with Dum Maro Dum)…He was much ahead of his times..very few filmmakers of those days did films on such off beat themes …and that too in an effortless manner.                                            It was during a visit to Assam during 2001summer,Zee Cinema was playing Guide….i was waiting for Piya tose naina lage and came back to room during Gaata Rahein Mera Dil.I saw my Dada,watching the movie with apt attention…I asked him..about the film..He narrated me about the story,which i was able to interprete only during my English honours days in 2009(R.K Narayan’s Guide…the film was the cinematic adaptation of it)…It remains one of the most complex Indian English novel….Dev Anand’s Raju was so blazingly brilliant.His male ego,raw sexuality ,cunning nature and philosophical bend of mind- Dev Anand was just perfect for it…A film rebelliously ahead of its time,classic piece of Cinematic Craft…A master art from the master craftman….Guide remains one of the best film of all time…yeah it include World Movies also…Fifty years after its release…it got a Cannes film festival ticket also…A man who died quietly and preffered , “Remember my work,not my life or even death”…i want to write much more..i want to say “Abhi na jao chorkar” to this article…but i am drained by the train journey from Pune to Mumbai…i am currently penning this one…in chair car compartment of Deccan Queen..will upload it near Lonavala …no network….bye..   PS: I am a lazy man,i did not compose anything for A,B,C,.for A to Z challenge…too lazy…but  with D…it was Anand hi anand ..                                         Note of Thanks                             Debojyoti Moulick…for introducing me to the world of Dev Anand

Debraj Moulick

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4 thoughts on “D for Dev Anand

  1. What a character he was Debraj. A sauve gentleman, a lover (though his wife would beg to differ :P) and above all an entertainer till his last breath. You brought back many memories. Lovely post.

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