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

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

Image: Dr Sreeram Lagoo

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.

2. Dev Anand's third brother

Image: Dev Anand

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

3. Received an award from Hillary Clinton

Image: Hillary Clinton
Photographs: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

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

4. Last film with Suraiya

Image: A scene from Do Sitaare

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.

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5. Acted in just one two-hero film

Image: A scene from Insaniyat

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

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6. No actresses wanted to play his sister

Image: A scene from Hare Ram Hare Krishna

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.

7. Dev Anand and his driver

Image: Dev Anand

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.

8. His first brush with romance

Image: Dev Anand

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.

9. His first brush with direction

Image: Dev Anand

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.

10. Jaal was inspired from an Italian film

Image: A scene from Jaal

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.