Mumbai: Shock and disbelief gripped Bollywood as the news spread about the death of Dev Anand, a legend whose demise marks the end of an era in Hindi cinema.

Waheeda Rehman, who played his love interest in "Guide", said, "Very sad to here this news. He was my first hero and I did maximum films with him. He was the finest and most decent man in the industry and we are all going to miss him.

"We learnt so much from him because he had so much energy in him. I used to tease him 'Dev you are like an eveready battery'".

In his tribute, Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bachchan said, "An era has come to an end ...Dev Anand leaves a void never perhaps to be filled again... his never give up belief, his joy of life!.

"Had just met Dev Saheb at his premiere recently .. he was weak but full of spirit ..the newspapers confirming his passing away ..sad. Just reading news about Dev Saheb... praying it is not true! He was such a positive person...never associated death with him."

Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar said, "He never looked back and never regretted anything. He was a great personality".

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur tweeted, "My Uncle Dev Anand. We spoke about him as if he would live forever. May be he will. That which seemed immortal passes into myth."

"He was always full of energy. I have always been his big admirer and his fan. He is someone who we all look up to. His death is a great loss. He was a great fighter. It is a very
sad day indeed," said Aamir Khan, who worked with Dev Anand in 'Awwal Number'.

"Dev sahib's sad demise makes me feel that the film industry is incomplete & has lost its magical energy. May Allah bless his soul," wrote Shah Rukh Khan.

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth and his family members condoled the death of a legendary actor. "Devanandji, we had the proud privilege of taking your blessings, shaking hands and giving you a hug as we humbly offered "The Legend" award two-years ago. All of us here, who were part of that evening, are so moved today," Rajinikanth said in a statement.

Naseeruddin Shah, who worked in Dev Anand's last film "Chargesheet" said, "I still remember one of his songs 'main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya...while listening to this song, I feel Dev saab is still with us. He was very close to me. It is like I lost life from my body."

Actor Rishi Kapoor said it was hard to imagine death of someone so full of life.

"You can't imagine a person like Dev Anand not living. that man is evergreen and he would always be evergreen. He was a contemporary of my father but he actually behaved younger to my son Ranbir. He lived life to the fullest," Rishi said.

Shabana Azmi said the actor will live through his movies.

"Dev Saheb robustly lived life on his own terms. He will be missed by millions but will live on through his movies. I salute his spirit," Shabana said.

Author Salman Rushdie wrote on Twitter, "RIP Dev Anand. I grew up watching your films. Sorry to say goodbye."

"Dev Anand is dead'. I salute the memory of this star who has left us with the glow of his smile," said Mahesh Bhatt.

"So as a Tribute to Dev Saab let's only humm his songs today. Songs which became such an integral part of our lives. 'Abhi na jao chodkar'. Dev Saab was kind, passionate, courageous, forthright, charming, encouraging, contemporary, always a leader and a great human. Will Miss him," said Anupam Kher.

Actress Madhuri Dixit said, "Sad to hear about Dev Anand's demise. Another icon leaves the stage. My condolences to his family. We will miss him."

"Shocked to read of the passing of Dev Saab. Such a great man and actor. A symbol of positivity. Never believed I would ever wake up to this news. Very sad!," tweeted actor Abhishek Bachchan.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said, "Still the news is not sinking in, had celebrated his birthday with him, Devsaab was full of energy and life then, just can't believe!."

"One of the worst years so far, evergreen romantic actor, director Dev Anand saab, the one who romanced with life is no more but he dies young," Akshay Kumar tweeted.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, whose late father worked with Dev Anand, wrote on twitter, "The industry just lost its sheen...the films just lost its charm...Dev Anand epitomized all things celluloid give us...RIP sir! Salute, Reverence and Respect."

"Abhi naa jao chhodkar key dil abhi Bhara nahi... Sad to hear abt Devsaabs demise... May god give him peace," singer Shankar Mahadevan said in his tweet.

"Just got the sad news Dev Anandsahab passed away. I've always been a huge fan of his. And grown up watching his dynamic films. RIP," actor Neil Nitin Mukesh tweeted.

R Madhavan said,"RIP Dev Anand Saab.. You taught us that there is no retirement if you do not desire so. You will remain Evergreen."

Actor Manoj Bajpayee said, "Sad news. Evergreen slept forever. May he rest in peace! He will be conspicuous by his absence."

Actor Kabir Bedi said, "Dev Anand will live forever, imprinted on our memories, immortalised by his great films, to see and hear whenever we choose."

"Rest In Peace Dev Saab... Your chivalry, charm, optimism and your great body of work will never be forgotten," tweeted actress Dia Mirza.

(Agencies)