Death of Bollywood’s Dev Anand: Sad Tributes in Abundance
One of the greatest names of Bollywood movies, Dev Anand, has sadly died of a heart attack at the age of 88. Anand was in London for a medical check up and suffered a heart attack whilst at an hotel. The star, dubbed Bollywood’s ‘Evergreen’ hero, was taken to hospital where he died. Tributes are flooding in to the man whose career spanned 65 years as an actor and a filmmaker.
Anand’s wife Kalpana Kartik, daughter Devina and also granddaughter will be flying to London where he will be cremated on Tuesday or Wednesday according to the Hindustan Times. Among Anand’s huge amount of successful films were Guide, Paying Guest, Hum Dono, Baazi, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Warrant. The actor was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 2002 for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema. Dev Anand was still working up until his death and had another script in development. He was greatly respected and will be deeply missed by fans of Bollywood across the world.
India’s Prime Minister was one of the first to pay tribute and Manmohan Singh said in a statement, “Dev Anand was a great artist who entertained generations of cinema lovers over five decades. He was an embodiment of long passion for acting and filmmaking. I join millions of his fans in mourning his death,” according to an Associated Press report.
The Press Trust of India carried a statement from the Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni which said, “With his death, an era has come to an end. For a career spanning more than five decades, Dev Anand gave us films which will stay entrenched in our minds for years on. He was truly a multifaceted performer as an actor, director and producer.”
Fellow Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan said on Twitter on first hearing the news,”T 579 – Just reading news about Dev Saheb .. praying it is not true ! He was such a positive person .. never associated death with him ..”, followed later by this, “T 579 – An era has come to an end .. Dev Anand leaves a void never perhaps to be filled again .. his never give up belief, his joy of life ! [sic],” according to Gather.
Other tributes from Bollywood celebrities were in abundance. Reuters of India reports on a tribute paid by Asha Parekh who expressed sorrow with, “He was full of life at this age, making films, living cinema all the time, which is very rare. He had his own way of acting — you cannot have another Dev Anand.” Shekhar Kapur said, “Dev Anand lived n died at his own terms. He was working one minute. Sat down and smiled. And was gone the next. So much 2 learn.” Riteish Deshmukh said, “Chocolate Hero, Evergreen Hero, Romantic Hero – a Hero to all – from my grandfather to my father to me – Love you & Miss you Dev saab.”
British-Indian novelist Salman Rushdie also paid his respects by saying, “I grew up watching your films. Sorry to say goodbye.” Dev Anand’s passing will be a huge loss to his family, fans and colleagues in Bollywood but we should remember the enormous amount of entertainment he brought us over his many successful years. If you have your own tributes or thoughts to share about Dev Anand then please leave your comments below.
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