Mumbai: Hindi cinema’s evergreen star Dev Anand passed away early Sunday morning in London. The 88 year old legendary actor died of cardiac arrest.
“His son Sunil came out of the bathroom and saw that Dev saab was not responding. He called the doctor, who said that he had a heart attack. He died at 10 in the night in London,” Mohan Churiwala, Dev Anand’s manager, said.
He is survived by his wife, former actress Kalpana Karthik, a son and a daughter.
In a career spanning over 65 years, Dev Anand worked in films like `Kala Pani`, ‘Guide`, `Hum Dono`, `Tere Ghar Ke Samne`, `Gambler`, `Jewel Thief`, `Hare Rama Hare Krishna` and `Ishq Ishq Ishq`.
The stalwart was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1991. His last film `Chargesheet`, which released this year, was directed, written and produced by him. The film proved to be a dud at the Box Office, but his enthusiasm to contribute more to Hindi Cinema could not be dampened.
A controversial personality, Dev Anand made films that were bold, something the Indian audiences could never expect from an Indian filmmaker.
However, he was loved and adored for who he was – a happy-go-lucky man, who was full of life.
Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan expressed grief over the death of his senior colleague and took to the Twitter to say, “Had just met Dev Sahab at his premiere recently…he was weak but full of life(sic)”.