December 4th, 2011
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Actor Dev Anand passes away

dev-anandNew Delhi: The ever green star of Bollywood Dev Anand passed away in London following a cardiac arrest. He died in his sleep late Saturday at the Washington Mayfair Hotel in London where he was staying. He was 88. His son Sunil Anand had accompanied him to London for treatment. The hotel staff called an ambulance after family alerted them, but he died before he could be taken to hospital.

Dharam Dev Anand was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002 for his contribution towards Indian Cinema. The flamboyant, heart throb of million women, playboy celebrated his life till his end.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni today condoled the death of Bollywood’s evergreen star Dev Anand, saying the film world had lost a true genius.

“Dev Anand was a true evergreen star and with his death an era has come to an end. For a career spanning over more than five decades, Dev Anand gave us films which will stay entrenched in our minds for years on,” Soni said in a message.

“His commitment to social issues was unparallelled and his cinematic brilliance in projecting those issues set new standards. He will always be remembered for his iconic presence and melodious music which cuts across generations. He was truly a multi-faceted performer as an actor, director and producer, and his death has caused an irreparable loss. The film fraternity has lost a true genius,” Soni added.

“The news of his death has just shocked us. I have been an ardent, a hardcore Dev Anand fan and it is really sad to know about his demise,” filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said. “I sat with him and saw the film. I almost felt like a little child. Dev saab will continue to inspire me,” said Bhandarkar, whose lists ‘Jewel Thief’, ‘Kala Bazaar’ and ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna‘ as his favourite Dev Anand films.


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