Dev Anand on Filmfare (Dec 13, 1963)

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  1. alex adams Says:

    easily the most charismatic among the big 4 of his generation (and the worst “actor” among them)
    but having said that, his acting was still v effective for the type of roles he did.
    check out some scenes in many films eg guide, hum dono and prem pujari.
    teen deniyan and bambia ka babu also were v good.
    i think ANYTHING he did (in life) after the zeenat aman phase was consistently crap though—its as if we are dealing wihth two different individuals…

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    • salimjakhra Says:

      who is the fourth in ur big four (obvious dilip-dev-raj are the three)?

      i agree, dev was decent in his movies even if not some great actor.

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      • alex adams Says:

        “who is the fourth in ur big four”-ashok kumar
        who arguably the most natural and unassuming (but brilliant actor)

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        • salimjakhra Says:

          agreed, its just he’s not usually thought of as being on the same level as those three in terms of prestige. def a fantastic actor, particularly as a character actor – did some lovely films with Meena Kumari etc. There was something so endearing about him, but he could play the cold/callous characters equally well (eg Ek Saal with Madhubala…had an amazing song Sab Kuch Luta Ke Hosh Mein aaye Toh Kya Kiya))

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          • Yes, I agree — Ashok Kumar’s prime predated the era of the “big three”. In fact, this is the first time I have ever heard of a “big four”…

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  2. salimjakhra Says:

    Dev did so many watchable movies – and if he retired at some point in the 60’s he would probably be valued more than he is now. In some ways his decline was worse than Rajesh Khanna’s. I read his autobiography and i was cringing. He sounds unbelievably arrogant…I dunno if that’s a reflection of his insecurity but it was really horrible.

    Best to remember him from the movies he did with Nutan and Sadhana.

    My favourites include: Love Marriage, Kaala Bazaar, Tere Ghar Ke Saamne, Bambai Ka Baabu, Hum Dono, Asli Naqli, Paying Guest, Solva Saal, Guide, Teen Deviyaan, Jewel Thief. His last decent movie was Duniya.
    I still need to see Munimji, Maya, as well as his films with Suraiya.

    So here’s my song of the day (p.s Satyam – when do we get a Sadhana cover?)

    tera mera pyar amar, phir kyun mujhko lagtaa hai darr
    mere jeevan saathi bataa, kyun dil dhadke reh reh kar

    kya kaha hai chand ne, jisko sunke chandni
    har laher pe jhoom ke, kyun ye naachne lagi
    chaahat ka hai, har soo asar, phir kyun mujhko lagtaa hai darr

    kehrahaa hai mera dil ab yeh raat na dhale
    khushiyon ka ye silsila, aise hi chala chale
    tujhko dekhun, dekhun jidhar, phir kyun mujhko lagtaa hai darr

    hai shabab par umang, har khushi javaan hai
    meri dono baahon mein, jaaise aasmaan hai
    chalati hu main taaron par, phir kyun mujhko lagtaa hai darr

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    • Dev was fine upto Johnny Mera Naam (1970) or so. After this he should have positively retired. Became completely ridiculous after this. But yeah most of his stuff is very watchable.

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      • I completely disagree with you satyam because after johny mera naam he did give a good run,films like joshilay,hare rama hare krishna,amir garib were hits or super-hits…des pardesh in 1978 was a average and then it was ridiculious films he made which were all disasters..

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        • there was lots of very poor stuff in the 70s too Vijay. Yes there are some passable films there including the ones you mention but these are far very far from the achievement of a Johnny Mera Naam. And even when the films are passable Dev Anand looks atrocious and really the exact equivalent of the caricature he was represented as so often in the 90s by that guy (don’t know his name).

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          • “Jaal”, “Taxi Driver”, “Munimji”, “CID” “Bambai Ka Babu”, “Hum Dono”, “Asli Naqli”, “Baazi”, “Kala Bazar”, “Guide”, “Jewel Thief”, “Prem Pujari”, “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” , “Johny Mera Naam”, “Gambler”, “Heera Panna” and “Warrant”, among others.

            with the exception of “jaanemaan” in 1976 which was major flop but as you said 50s & 60s were his major contribution hit films comparing to his 70s films…introduction of rajesh khanna 6 Amitabhs made the poor guy run for his money and could not create the magic he did in his early career.

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          • Re: “the caricature he was represented as so often in the 90s by that guy…”

            Kishore Bhanushali, I believe…

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    • will try and dig up something on Sadhana soon.. can’t say I’m a fan by the way!

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      • salimjakhra Says:

        Loved her – def my favourite from that 60’s crowd of ‘Oh daddy’ actresses.

        Whilst not a great actress, she was beautiful and never at all irritating. Favourites include her Raj Khosla trilogy, plus Parakh, Prem Patra, Asli Naqli, Dulha Dulhan etc. Sad that her life was affected so much by her thyroid condition, leading to a dramatic loss of her beauty and subsequent retirement.

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        • Yes, Sadhana was very likeable. I liked all her films you have mentioned. In addition I love Mere Mehboob. Ek Musafir Ek Hasina wasn’t bad either.
          It had fantastic songs.
          Once again I would say she was good in black and white films (except Mere Mehboob).

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          • salimjakhra Says:

            Yea, her primer years were in the black and white days.

            I loved EMEH and forgot to mention it.
            Of course Mere Mehboob too – def.

            The other film where she looked at her best (and in colour!) was Aarzoo – Aji Ruth Kar Ab Kahan Jaaiyega…wow!

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  3. alex adams Says:

    excellent note there, salim jakhra…
    i do value him a lot just for is star appeal.
    an ace song situation from guide–sure u would have liked it as well.
    the last dialogue(s) just before the song-“kya se kya ho gaya, ter pyaar mein”—
    :”jab nasha chadhta hai …..aur jab utatra hai…”
    so v familiar….isnt it/
    excellent writing, acting, screenplay, music and singing all around there…

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  4. oldgold Says:

    No denying that he was the most charming and handsome of the actors then.
    He was good in black and white films.

    One thing that his films never disapponted in was the excellent music they always had.
    Some of the most beautiful songs of his are in Manzil with Nutan.

    One of the most romantic songs ever

    This is a light, lilting song.
    Watch him at about 1.20. Hahahah. That was his typical style. πŸ˜€ Nutan looks lovely.

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    • oldgold Says:

      Oh, and not forgetting this one.

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    • salimjakhra Says:

      Not seen Manzil – that’s on my list actually.
      Am on-call at work so can’t see youtube but will discovered ur picks tonight when i’m home.

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    • I agree — while Dev’s films might not be remembered for their artistic merit or gravitas the way RK’s or some of DK’s will be, they remain the most watchable. I have not seen them all by any means, but have enjoyed most of the ones I have.

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  5. Yes Dev looked good in black and white. And I’d say that
    color films coincided and hastened his decline. My favorite Dev song (gosh there are so many) is this romp from Nau Do Gyarah:

    Also salimjhakra can’t imagine anyone more arrogant than Dev. How about Rajesh Khanna? I haven’t read Dev’s autobiography (sounds scary) but I have read lots of RK interviews including the one where he thinks he is a star in the sky that twinkles etc..

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    • salimjakhra Says:

      haha, yea I think Khanna’s arrogance was pretty awful, but for some reason I have higher expections from somebody like Dev who is from the real golden age of hindi cinema.

      The book is def scary…in certain bits there is defintley too much information!!! It’s sad because he could have shared so much of interest about those amazing days when he worked with legendary directors and co-stars, as well people involved in music, but instead he is only interested in convincing us of his greatness. His episode on Simi Garewal (few yrs back) was equally weird.

      Someone’s who’s autobiography would be fascinating is Waheeda Rahman, but perhaps she is too classy to write about the things ppl wanna read! Vyjayantimala’s was a good read, but not enough about the movies and too much about dance πŸ˜‰

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  6. oldgold Says:

    How could I forget this extremely lovely song.
    Promise this is the last.

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  7. IAMTHAT Says:

    one of My all time fav Romantic songs : jaidev at its best

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  8. IAMTHAT Says:

    Another One… May only times qutab minar is picturised

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  9. IAMTHAT Says:

    Less I said, the Better it is for this Ultimate song

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  10. alex adams Says:

    “Also salimjhakra can’t imagine anyone more arrogant than Dev. How about Rajesh Khanna?”
    talking of arrogance, one cant/ shouldnt commit the sin of not mentioning the self-proclaimed “king” of bollywood.
    its only that on most (not all) occasions, srk is able to shrewdly camouflage his in-the -face arrogance with the gift of gab and spi’sn.
    in fact, i would count srk’s arrogance over dev anand and maybe at par wiht rajesh khanna’s at his peak!
    dev anand can be a bit weird esp in his geriatric phase, but he is not unduly arrogant.
    also srk, v v lately, esp the ipl sena fiasco, has been maintaining a Low(er) profile–but mark my word–the real “king” will show up as soon as “conditions” are favorable!

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  11. alex adams Says:

    loved the usual dev anand movies that everyone likes and are mentioned above. in addition—-
    a)not sure of any one has seen bambai ka babu. in addition to a v nice music score, as far as i remember, it had some interesting moments with the heroine thinking of him as her brother while dev anand secretly had feelings for her …
    b) also love 3 deviyan–excellent music and a nice take on “indecision”
    c) liked prem pujari smehow as well—and by the way, who was the other second heroine (besides waheeda rehman)–other than her acting skills, the rest of her was interesting

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    • salimjakhra Says:

      Bombai Ka Babu was utterly shocking in a few scenes. And amazing songs.

      The song from Teen Deviyan, ‘Likha Hai Teri Aankhon Mein’ was my favourite as a kid.

      Not seen PP but again some great songs (that’s trend!!)

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  12. alex adams Says:

    “rula ke gaya sapna koi”—dev anand, vyajanthi—lata—jewel thief—nice song!
    as for music, almost ANY dev anand movie before 70s had superlative music, as a default esp if SDB was involved.
    incidentally , even in his past the prime phase after 70s, although the film itself became more and more idiotic, the music still was not bad!
    not much of a fan of sadhna or her “sadhna cut”

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    • Sadhana without the ‘sadhana-cut’ (I didn’t mind it) was very beautiful, as can be seen in Asli Naqli’s clip up there by salimjhakra.
      Then there were films from Bimal Roy – Parakh and Prem Patra, also without it. ‘Godaan’ based on the novel of the same name by Munshi Premchand also had her sans fringe.

      I’m sure there are others which don’t come to mind now.

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  13. alex adams Says:

    young-gold—thanks for the info on “sadhna-cut” –i agree— i also prefer her without the famed “sadhna-cut”.
    “Bombai Ka Babu was utterly shocking in a few scenes”–salimjakhra–y?

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    • salimjakhra Says:

      i mean the scene where dev declares his love for suchitra sen, whilst she still believes he is her brother. her horrified reaction is really well done.

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  14. alex adams Says:

    “agreed, its just he’s not usually thought of as being on the same level as those three in terms of prestige.”
    salimjakhra- agree about that about ashok kumar.
    infact, ashok kr is v deficient in glamour and charisma is a given.
    Plus if one notices, he is one of those personalities who looked “old” even during his debut.
    he just had one of those faces….
    however, till recently i thought that he is one of those guys who persist in bollywood…
    After seeing a few of his movies, i realised how effortless an actor he was.
    Infact, u seldom feel that he is actually “acting”.
    Yes, his peak was a bit earlier than the other 3 and he was not exactly a rockstar, but he does have his own place not exactly less significant than the other 3.
    The term “big4” was not exactly coined by me but mentioned in one of the v good and authentic documentaries on the “golden age of bollywood” –dont remember the exact details though..

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  15. alex adams Says:

    in continuation to my comment above on ashok kr—–
    In a v v simplistic sense, one can have two braod range of worthwhile actors—
    one who plays to the galleries and excels in connecting with the masses–here u can have most of the major successful actors we usually talk about —right from the “big3” to the shammi kapoors, rajesh khannas, srk etc.

    Then there is the type who does NOT ACT at all—
    ashok kr is that type and a gr8 one at that.
    others in hindi cinema like that were balraj sahni, sanjeev kr(not exactly the non acting types), and more recently, irrfan khan.
    i maybe missing more names here on the top of my head, but this category which has been v special

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  16. Alex adams Says:

    Would invite views from others on actors “who don’t appear to act”.
    Won’t be a bad new topic for a new thread ESP when there are loads n loads of threads and print dedicated to those who play to the galleries or even ham….
    There is an art in groomed understatement

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  17. Harish Chandra Says:

    Dev will always be remembered for his B&W movies. His mannerism, styles and song portrayals were simply amazing. He looked so cute and handsome in romantic songs paired with nutan, sadhna, madhubala, etc. etc. Could anyone match his impeccable style of singing around trees? He represented a urban youth who was prepared to venture out and experiment with things to achieve things, he aspired for.

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