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88 Facts You Didn't Know About Dev Anand -- VIII

Last updated on: December 16, 2011 17:27 IST

88 Facts You Didn't Know About Dev Anand -- VIII

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Here's presenting the eighth batch of the nine-part series of lesser known facts about Bollywood's late star Dev Anand.

Catch the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh parts here.

1. Dev Anand's first meeting with Dr Sreeram Lagoo

Dev Anand and Geeta Bali met with an accident while driving down from Malwan to Mumbai.

Dr Sreeram Lagoo, who was then a doctor at Pune's Sassoon Hospital, was one of the doctors who treated Devsaab.


Image: Dr Sreeram Lagoo


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2. Dev Anand's third brother

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Apart from Chetan and Vijay Anand, Dev Anand had an elder brother Manmohan Anand, who was an advocate at the Gurdaspur District Court.


Image: Dev Anand


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3. Received an award from Hillary Clinton

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Dev Anand was conferred upon the 'Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema' award by the current US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July 2000.


Image: Hillary Clinton
Photographs: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

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4. Last film with Suraiya

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Dev Anand and Suraiya worked together in seven films -- Vidya (1948), Jeet (1949), Shair (1949), Afsar (1950), Nili (1950), Do Sitare (1951) and Sanam (1951), all of which were successful at the box office.

Do Sitare was the last film in which they appeared together.


Image: A scene from Do Sitaare

Tags: Shair , Suraiya , Nili , Sanam

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5. Acted in just one two-hero film

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The only two-hero film Dev Anand acted in was Insaniyat in 1955 with costaring his contemporary Dilip Kumar.


Image: A scene from Insaniyat

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6. No actresses wanted to play his sister

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Actresses were just interested in playing his love interest.

Many actresses turned down the role of Jasbir in Hare Ram Hare Krishna before Zeenat Aman was roped in to play the grown-up Jasbir in the film.


Image: A scene from Hare Ram Hare Krishna


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7. Dev Anand and his driver

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Dev Anand's 56-year-old driver Prem Shripath Dubey, who's worked for the late star for 33 years, claims that he's started talking like his late employer.


Image: Dev Anand


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8. His first brush with romance

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The first girl he was ever attracted to was Usha Chopra, an Anglo-Indian girl who was an undergraduate student in the same Lahore college Dev Anand was studying in.


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9. His first brush with direction

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While acting in Teen Deviyan, Dev Anand was also ghost-writing and directing the film for his friend Amarjeet, a publicist with Navketan, his home production company.

Incidentally, Amarjeet's Hum Dono was ghost-directed by Vijay Anand.


Image: Dev Anand


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10. Jaal was inspired from an Italian film

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Jaal was inspired from an Italian film titled Bitter Rice.

Dev Anand had accompanied Guru Dutt to watch the film when the filmmaker proclaimed that he would base his next film on it. Dev Anand was equally inspired by the thought and Dutt cast him in the film opposite Geeta Bali.


Image: A scene from Jaal


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