My ten favourite Dev jodis
I got the news at fellow blogger Madhu’s site about Dev Anand’s sad demise. I just couldn’t believe it. The tag of ever-green hero suited him so well, that one thought that he was immortal. Just two days back, I wrote at Greta’s blog that Dev’s films from the 50s and 60s hardly let one down.
Dev was a good actor dominating the film industry for three decades. He had his own school of natural acting which endeared him to the masses as well as the critics. He remained for most part true to his genre of a slick urban hero, but he was versatile as far as the different fields of film production was concerned. He was producer, director, actor and once even a singer!
Dev, I think, must have had the most number of female co-stars in the history of the Hindi film industry. He acted with many new faces but also with established actresses. And he looked good with everyone of them. Here is to Dev and his female co-stars
Song: laayi khushi ki duniya hasti hui jawaani
Film: Vidya ; MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Anjum Pilibhiti; Singers: Suraiya & Mukesh
Vidya was the first film in which Dev and Suraiya came together and during its shooting they fell in love. They both look so sweet cooing to each other here. How sweet love can be! But just like in the films, this love met with opposition from her grandmother. The rumour mills say that her grandmother made her swear with the Koran on her (Suraiya’s) head that she wouldn’t meet Dev again and made her throw the ring given to her by Dev in the sea.
Song: accha ji me hari chalo man jawo naa
Film: Kala Pani ; MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Majrooh; Singers: Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi
Their first film was Nirala . I don’t know how Nirala faired, but I think the film, which is famous for their pairing for most of us, is Kala Paani. Few days back Madhu was talking about how this song is for her one of the best picturised romantic song. I agree with her. Not only the picturisation but also the mischief and roothna-manana in it. AND Madhubala looks so divinely gorgeous here!
Song: aajaa pancchi akela hai
Film: Nau Do Gyarah ; MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Majrooh; Singers: Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi
Baazi  brought him together with his future wife Kalpana Karthik, who acted till they got married only in his films. Kalpana Karthik was, I think the simple girl, to whom he could go for solace after being rejected by the super star Suraiya. Even in their films together she never tried to overshadow him. Nau Do Gyarah was their last film together.
Song: de bhi chuke ham dil nazrana dil kaa
Film: Jaal ; MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Sahir; Singers: Kishore Kumar & Geeta Dutt
If Baazi brought together Dev and Kalpana Karthik, it was also the first pairing of Dev and Geeta Bali. It was his friend Guru Dutt’s first film as director. Guru Dutt’s second film as director was Jaal, which again starred the Dev and Geeta together. Geeta matched Dev with his energy and vivaciousness and thus made a good pair together.
Song: saanj dhali dil ki lagi thak chali pukar ke
Film: Kala Bazar ; MD: S. D. Burman; Lyrics: Shailendra; Singers: Manna Dey & Asha Bhosle
It was Guru Dutt’s film CID (this time as producer), which brought together Dev and Waheeda Rehman, who would become Guru Dutt’s lover in the coming years. Dev and Waheeda made a fabulous pair. Dev chose her to be his heroine in his debut as director in Prem Pujari.
Song: dil ka bhanwar kare pukar
Film: Tere Ghar Ke Samne ; Lyrics: Hasrat; MD: S. D. Burman; Singer: Mohd. Rafi
Nutan and Dev’s first film together was Baarish , where Chitalkar gave the playback to Dev. Tere Ghar ke Saamne was their last film together. Dev and Nutan made the ideal urban pair, modern, open and liberal.
Song: tasveer teri dil me jis din se utari hai
Film: Maya ; MD: Salil Choudhury; Singers: Lata Mangeshkar & Mohd. Rafi
Dev and Mala featured together in only two films, their first being Love Marriage in 1959. From their pictures in my mind, they don’t fit together at all, but they do! They not only look good together, but also have a certain chemistry.
Song: abhi na jaao chhod kar
Film: Hum Dono ; MD: Jaidev; Lyrics: Sahir; Singers: Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi
Dev and Sadhana also appeared together only in two films, Asli Naqli and Hum Dono both in the year 1962. Two films don’t make a trend but whenI think of Dev’s heroines, she still features quite high up. It must be her ethereal beauty which leads me to think of her.
Song: neend churake raaton me tumne baaton baaton me
Film: Shareef Badmash ; MD: R. D. Burman; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi; Singers: Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar
Came the 70s, Dev changed not only his hairstyles and heroines but also the music director. In the 70s, S. D. Burman’s son Rahul Dev Burman became the house music director of Dev Anand’s films. In the early 70s Hema could do nothing wrong, her films were all hits. Banking on this Dev started a new phase of his career, in the days when the two other heroes of the dominating triumvirate of the 50s and 60s went into retirement.
Song: ruk jaana ruk jaana humse do baatein karte chali jana
Film Warrant ; MD: R. D. Burman; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi; Singer: Kishore Kumar
Zeenat Aman was discovered by O. P. Ralhan, but Dev’s Hare Ram Hare Krishna and particularly the title song shot her into stardom. Zeenat didn’t have a single muscle fibre for acting, but she had screen presence and lots of sex appeal. When she was on the screen, one forgot that she was supposed to act. This saved lots of Dev Anand’s mid-70s film from being financial disasters. And although he looked old enough to be her father, the audiences at that time seemed to have forgiven him for that.
Thank you Dev, for giving us so many nice films!
Adieu, dear prince of smiles! Death is not the end, it is just a passage to…