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

Last updated on: December 14, 2011 15:55 IST

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

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Here's presenting the sixth batch in the special series of lesser-known facts of Bollywood's evergreen star Dev Anand.

Read the first, second, third, fourth and fifth parts here.

1. Had just one death scene in his entire film career

Considering the fact that he was so full of life and bubbling with energy all the time, it doesn't come as a surprise that the only film Dev Anand had a death scene in, was Guide.


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2. Gave a break to Sanjay Dutt's first wife

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Dev Anand gave a break to newcomer Richa Sharma from America in Hum Naujawan.

She later went on to marry Sanjay Dutt.


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3. Didn't like the iconic Guide song initially

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Dev Anand didn't like the iconic Guide song, Aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai, initially as it started from an antara, unlike other songs of the time.


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4. Dev Anand's extended filmi family

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Dev Anand had two brothers -- Chetan and Vijay Anand and one sister Sheila Kanta, who was journalist.

Sheel Kanta married a doctor -- Kulbhushan Kapur -- and gave birth to son Shekhar Kapur and two daughters, Neelu and Aruna.

Neelu married actor Navin Nischol, and Aruna married Balraj Sahin's son Parikshat Sahni.


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5. Kalpana Karthik was his wife's screen name

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Dev Anand married Christian actress Mona Singh in 1954.

She changed her name to Kalpana Karthik to work in films.
The couple turned parents in 1956 when their son Suneil Anand was born.


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6. Formed a political party

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Dev Anand took keen interest in politics. He formed a party called National Party of India which he later disbanded.


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7. Actively campaigned against Indira Gandhi in Lok Sabha

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Dev Anand was among the group of film personalities who stood up to the Internal emergency imposed by then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.

In 1977, he actively campaigned against her with his supporters in the Lok Sabha.


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8. Acted opposite Padmini Kolhapure at 60

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In 1983, he acted along side Padmini Kolhapure in Swami Dada at 60.

He looked younger than his years and shared good onscreen chemistry with the actress.


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9. His unreleased films

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Two of his films Kahin Aur Chal (1968) and a multistarrer Ek Do Teen Chaar (1980) remained unreleased till date.


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10. First meeting with Gregory Peck

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Dev Anand and Suraiya met Gregory Peck for the first time at Mumbai's Willingdon Club, after the Filmfare Awards in 1954.

Peck had a stopover in the city from a schedule at Sri Lanka after shooting for Purple Plane.


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