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88 Facts You Didn't Know About Dev Anand

Last updated on: December 7, 2011 16:46 IST

Image: Dev Anand

Dev Anand led a larger-than-life existence on screen. His real life was just as eventful.

A passionate workaholic, even at 88, he had two releases to his credit in one single year -- Hum Dono Rangeen and Chargesheet.

Says a lot about the evergreen, ever-enthusiastic hero who breathed his last on December 3, doesn't it?

There's a lot more about the late legend you probably don't know but are most eager to find out.

In this first part of a nine-part special series, we highlight 88 facts about Devsaab you may not have known.

1. He was called DD in school

Born Dharam Dev Anand, the actor was fondly addressed as DD, an abbreviated version of his first name by his peers in school.

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2. Tried to procure admission in the Navy

Image: Dev Anand with costar Jeevan

After attaining a degree in Bachelor of Arts from Lahore Government College, in pre-Independence India, Dev Anand made a failed attempt to procure admission in the Royal Indian Navy.

His father then proposed his son seek a clerical position in an office.

3. Worked as a clerk before movies happened

Image: Dev Anand

During his struggling days in Mumbai, Dev Anand worked as a clerk in an accountancy firm for a meager salary of Rs 85 to make ends meet.


4. Bought his first car after debut film

Image: Dev Anand in hs Hillman Minx

Dev Anand's first car was a Hillman Minx, which he bought from the money he earned from the remuneration of Vidya, his first film opposite the woman he loved on and off screen -- Suraiya.

5. First onscreen romance in Hum Ek Hain

Image: Dev Anand with Kamala Kotnis in Hum Ek Hain

While everyone remembers and raves about his chemistry with top leading ladies like Suraiya, Madhubala, Nutan, Vyjyanthimala, Waheeda Rehman, Mumtaz and Hema Malini, Dev Anand's first on screen romance was reserved for Kamala Kotnis in Hum Ek Hain, directed by P L Santoshi.

Of course, the latter is the father of none other than ace filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi.

6. Wanted cricketer Imran Khan for Ronnie's role in Awwal Number

Image: Movie poster of Awwal Number

Did you know Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan was Dev Anand's original choice for the role of Ronnie, an arrogant, waning player in Awwal Number co-starring Aamir Khan?

Khan declined and the part went to Aditya Panscholi.

7. Launched many popular actors and actresses

Image: Dev Anand with Zeenat Aman in Hare Ram Hare Krishna

Besides creating some unforgettable classics, Dev Anand is responsible for giving break to renowned stars like Shatrughan Sinha (Prem Pujari),  Zeenat Aman (Hare Rama Hare Krishna), Zarina Wahab (Ishq Ishq Ishq), Jackie Shroff (Heera Panna), Tina Munim (Des Pardes) and Tabu (Hum Naujawan).

8. Had a great sense of visuals

Image: Dev Anand

Other than a keen ear for music, Dev Anand is all about striking visuals.

A lot of his films have been shot abroad in countries like England (Prem Pujari, Des Pardes), Nepal (Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Johnny Mera Naam, Ishq Ishq Ishq), Denmark (Pyaar Ka Tarana) and Scotland (Main Solah Baras Ki).

9. Worked in a Hollywood film

Image: The Evil Within poster

Not many know Dev Anand worked in a Hollywood film, The Evil Within that starred one of his favourite leading ladies Zeenat Aman along with Vietnamese actress Kieu Chinh.

10. His first foreign trip was to Italy

Image: Dev Anand

Dev Anand's first foreign trip was to Italy, following Baazi's selection at the Venice film festival. 

Making the most of his Euro trip, the Guide star decided to stop by to admire the grandeur of cities like Rome, Paris, Geneva and London.


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