Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dev Anand - The Eternal Hero

"I am not a fan of Dev Anand. But I like many of his classic old movies." I think this would be the state of mind of anyone who has seen a lot of classical Bollywood movies. I started liking a lot of old Hindi classics and started building a collection. The songs in the movies and their placement in those movies propelled my interest in the old movies. It was also due to the poor quality of songs in present Hindi movies that I developed keen interest in the old ones.

Dev Anand deserves a special place in the history of Hindi movies. He was monotonous in his movies in his own unique way. But it still worked. His best work till date is undoubtedly, "Guide" starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rahman. Based on RK Narayan's novel of the same name, it was a very subtle romantic movie with great songs like "Gaata rahe mera dil", "Din dhal jaaye", and "Aaj phir jeene ki tamannaa hai". Kishore, Rafi, Lata, and SD Burman would have taken the songs of this movie to a different plane altogether. A must watch movie for anyone even after almost 50 years since it was first released.

The second best movie of Dev Anand is the thriller, "Jewel Thief". Being one of the best crime thrillers of that era, it starred Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar, Vyjayanthi Mala and Tanuja (Kajol's mom). Suspense, romance, and crime made it a compulsive watch for millions. Songs tuned by SD Burman were again major attraction of this movie. Songs of this movie such as "Yeh dil na hota bechaara", "Aasman ke neeche", "Dil pukaare", and "Hothon mein aisi baat" are still favorites of Hindi film song lovers.

Another movie of Dev Anand which I liked is an underrated love story - "Tere ghar ke saamne" starring Dev Anand and Nutan. Though the story is a simple comical romance with lot of melodrama, it had some stunning songs tuned again by SD Burman. My personal favorite is Rafi solo, "Dil ka bhanwar kare pukaar" which was shot exquisitely inside Qutub-Minar. The expressions of Dev Anand and Nutan in this song are a treat to watch. The title song, "Tere ghar ke saamne", a Rafi-Lata duet is also still popular.

Other movies I loved of Dev Anand are CID, Asli Naqali, and Hum Dono. Some of the memorable songs of Dev Anand are "Main zindagi ka saath", "Phoolon ke rang se", "Shokiyon mein ghola jaaye", "Hum hain raahi pyaar ke", "Chod do aanchal", "Accha ji main haari", and "Abhi na jaao chodkar". He died few days back after leaving us memories of his unforgettable movies over decades. We should thank him for leaving behind to us so many great movies with a lot of eternal melodies over time. There can never be another Dev Anand in Hindi films.