New Delhi:  Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Tuesday showered praise on actor Dev Anand and his brothers for their role in the anti-Emergency struggle, saying they displayed tremendous courage in supporting the movement for restoration of democracy.

Fans celebrating Dev Anand’s 89th B-day

"I would say that in 1975, such a time came when it seemed that democracy would not survive in the country. At the time when there was a crisis in Indian politics, we launched a struggle under the leadership of Jayprakash Narayan. Because of this struggle democracy was established in the country," Advani said.

"If any film personality lent support during that struggle, it was Dev Anand," Advani said at a function organised to celebrate the 89 th birth anniversary of the ctor. Dev Anand's son Suneil Anand was also present on the dias.

He said that the Anand brothers had displayed tremendous courage during that period.

"Not just Dev Anand, or his son Suneil Anand, but all the three brothers - Chetan Anand, Vijay Anand and Dev Anand, have contributed to entertain people," Advani said.

Advani also reminisced that former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was very fond of watching movies. He narrated an incident where in the 50s he and Vajpayee, after facing an electoral defeat, straightaway went to watch a movie.

Advani said that the film turned out to be 'Phir Subah Hogi'. Advani said that after Vajpayee became PM, he told party workers that the title of the movie had turned out to be prophetic and there was finally dawn.

A statement released on the occasion also said that Dev Anand's son Suneil Anand would make a new English movie titled 'Vagator Mixer' based on the theme of a famous beach in Goa.


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