Dev Anand set the trend of urban cinema


By Hindustan Times

Known as the original romantic hero with ‘Gregory Peck’ inspired puffed hairstyle, Dev Anand ruled the Indian film industry in the 50s and 60s along with Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor – popularly known as the super star trio.

“He was a trendsetter of various kinds. Through his company, he set the trend of urban cinema about people living on margins of society, introduced new actors and had female leads who were confident of themselves and their sexuality,” said Sidharth Bhatia, his biographer whose book Cinema Modern: The Navketan Story released recently.

His films such as Guide and Hare Ram Hare Krishna spoke of issues ahead of their time. As an actor, he not only popularised the stylish romantic hero based on western films but also characters with grey shades.

Songs from Anand’s films are considered classics and popular to this day. Singers Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar rendered many of their unforgettable songs such as Achchaji Main Haari, Abhi Na Jao Chhodkar, Main Zindagi Ka Sath Nibhata Chala Gaya, Phulon Ke Rang Se, picturised on him.