Dev Anand: a Legend, a True Romantic

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No camouflage, no act of superficial articulation, or a digressed actor, Dev Anand epitomized characterization into a true semblance of real emotions. His inner protagonist came out as the making of the finest fiber of silk worm artistically woven and shaped with real colors of day-to-days life.

Yes, it was Dev Anand.

Highly educated person of his time, a fine speaker of English with accurate RP/accent, worked as a clerk that proves his devotion towards acting was not meant for commercial enrichment or a materialistic flavor as seen in today’s Bollywood movies; he realistically dramatized the feelings of a common Indian character who could be translated and seen on the silver screen.

The nature of man is not the property of any geographical boundary, the East or the West as Dev has tried to depict this in his films. A realistic approach to the functioning of art keeps superficial emblems of society apart. Be it religion, tradition, culture or language. A purposeful artistic dichotomy of natural human behavior is prevalent in most of his acting.  
True entertainment is seldom an artistic work. This element of natural work of art brings a kind of cosmic energy to the consciousness of everyman’s feelings. Perhaps this mindset of Dev Anand’s persona kept him ‘evergreen’ throughout.

His immortal work ‘Guide’ is a film which is loaded with philosophical arguments. A sudden realization of truth vis-à-vis the rhetoric romantic chords of a common man, the protagonist Raju Guide is Dev’s inner epiphanic character. He finally reaches a height of spirituality in quest of true faith and trust after tremendous worldly sufferings; he is now truly embodied with meaningful life of eternal sacrifice.

His departure from the terrestrial life is my personal loss. A genuine translator of a common man’s feelings into action is no more. The crisscross of sad words could never reveal his melancholy of the past that got superseded by his natural romanticism.


Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 00966-542514538 (KSA), 0091- 9873503721 (New Delhi, India).

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