Haan itna madhur, itna madhur, tera mera pyaar, lena hoga janam hame kai kai baar…!!!
London: At 10 pm on Saturday 3rd December 2011, at Washington Mayfair Hotel in Central London – two ambulances pulled up. Two paramedics rushed into the hotel lobby, the receptionist shouted “room 207” – they headed towards the room with sophisticate first aid equipments, they checked him – it was all over. India’s film actor and filmmaker the legendary Dev Anand had passed away after a massive attack at the age of 88 country’s most revered cinematic icon breathed his last in faraway London.
The real hero never dies, the idea of Dev Anand is no more is a shock to us, it was never a nature of Dev Anand to die, this man was charismatic, debonair, urbane ‘matinee idols’ whose real love affair was with his image in the mirror. His image was guarded by him throughout his extraordinary life. From the way he dressed, the multiple clothes he wore, the colorful scarves, high collared shirts and bomber jacket, camouflaged his frail body. The tilt to his head, as he nodded away, became his trademark.
His zest for making motion pictures was matched by insatiable appetite for fame. He was disciplined and meticulous, he lived by his own rules, unaware of the time. Guide was much ahead of time, a story about adultery, arguing that an Indian woman would never leave her husband for another man, it was a gamble a big risk, in those days Indian society was deeply conservative and the film-going audiences even more so. But it turned to be milestone in Indian cinema it is counted as one of the best Hindi films ever made, the film was nominated as India’s entry for the Oscars.
In one of his interviews he said “I’m 100 per cent sure that if Goldie and I had stayed back in the US and lobbied for Guide we could have brought the Oscar home. But we were in a hurry to return and launch Jewel Thief” he continued “Like Guide, Hum Dono was ahead of its time. So it doesn’t seem outdated even today. And yes, it was one of my best performances. The words of that song, main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya, har fikr ko dhuen mein udata chala gaya, could sum up my life’s philosophy.
He did not want his fans to remember him as a frail old man, dead and cold. But as the hero who always had a song for his love and a passion for adventure. In one of the interactions with Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Dev Anand had said “I will die with my boots on” And that’s exactly what happened…!!!
While writing this post my eyes got moist – aabhi na jaao chhod kar, ke dil abhi bhara nahi….Devsaab you will live in our hearts forever….!!!