On September 26, 1923, in Gurdaspur, Punjab, Dharam Dev Pishorimal Anand, popularly known as Dev Anand, was born. Dev Anand’s influence on Indian cinema is immeasurable, etched in his exceptional acting, magnetic screen presence, and iconic style. His love for acting and dreams of making it big in the film industry drove him to Bombay (now Mumbai) after completing his education in Lahore, braving the initial challenges of the film world.Dev Anand’s impact on Indian cinema extended beyond acting. He ventured into film production and direction under his banner, Navketan Films, producing numerous successful films. Collaborations with brother Vijay Anand and legendary music director SD Burman birthed cinematic masterpieces. Dev Anand’s breakthrough as an actor came in 1946 with ‘Hum Ek Hai’ from Prabhat Talkies, paving the way for more opportunities. His pivotal role in ‘Siddi’ (1948) opposite Kamini Kaushal garnered significant attention, marking the start of his rise in the industry.
A versatile artist, Dev Anand wore many hats – actor, writer, producer, and director. His cinematic journey spanned over six decades, with roles in 100+ films, earning multiple Filmfare Awards. In recognition of his contributions, he was honored with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dada Sahib Phalke Award in 2002.Dev Anand’s transformative journey from a small Punjab town to an Indian cinema legend continues to inspire. His enduring charisma, talent, and timeless contributions in acting and filmmaking continue to resonate with audiences, making him immortal through his films and the hearts of countless fans. Today, on his 100th birth anniversary, we celebrate this great milestone in the history of Indian cinema, honoring the legacy of Dev Anand.