Mumbai : “Main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya'' -- true to his popular song, Bollywood legend  Dev Anand, one of the most loveable romantic heroes of the 1950s and the 1960s, has refused to let age slow him down. He turned 88 on September 26.

Charismatic Dev Anand In Pic

On asking about his new film ‘Chargesheet’ which is set to release on September 30th overwhelmed Devji said, “'Chargesheet' is ready for release. I haven't done this genre before. It's a murder mystery. It is my latest story as a director, as a star. Meanwhile, I already have my next script ready.

He also added, “I am having a meeting with Warner Brothers, my producers of 'Chargesheet', about the premiere on Monday morning. In the evening, my friends have planned a dinner. A lot of eminent people think my birthday is worth celebrating.”

On this very day he also announced the sequel to "Hare Rama Hare Krishna".

“I have the script for 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna Aaj', which takes forward the story of the earlier film. It is not a remake of 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna'. I don't believe in remakes. I believe in moving forward. Every scene every character except mine would be new. If Dev Anand played Prashant in 1971, he will play Prashant in 2012 as well,” the evergreen actor said.

Dev Anand was born Dharam Dev Anand on 26 September, 1923 in Shakargarh Tehsil of Gurudaspur district (now in Narowal District, Pakistan) in undivided Punjab, British India to well-to-do advocate Kishorimal Anand. Dev is the second of three brothers born to Kishorimal Anand. His older brother was Chetan Anand and younger one was Vijay Anand. Dev graduated in English literature from the Government College, Lahore, (now in Pakistan).

The most charming actor of Bollywood started his career with Hum Ek Hain(1946). Devji was offered his first big break by Ashok Kumar. He spotted Dev and picked him as the hero for the Bombay Talkies production, Ziddi. In the sixties, Dev Anand acquired romantic image with films like Manzil and Tere Ghar Ke Samne.

His body of work includes hits like "Baazi", "Munimji", "C.I.D.", "Paying Guest", "Solva Saal", "Kala Pani"," Kala Bazar","Bombai Ka Babu", "Manzil, "Tere Ghar Ke Samne" "Asli-Naqli", "Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai", "Teen Deviyaan", and not to forget his all time classic "Guide".

In the sixties, Dev Anand acquired romantic image with films like Manzil and Tere Ghar Ke Samne. He was linked with various actresses throughout his career. Despite all these Devji is considered as a tragic lover.
But true love came to him just twice.

Dev Anand fell in love, once with Suraiya and later with Zeenat Aman. Suraiya's mother threatened that she would commit suicide if her daughter married Dev Anand. And Suraiya threw the ring given by the actor into the ocean. It was after this failed love affair that Dev Anand went into depression and even thought of ending his life.

He then fell in love with Zeenat Aman. After the break-up with Zeenat, a jilted lover, Dev Anand turned an alcoholic. His recently published autobiography ‘Romancing With Life’ throws light on his views about love and sex.

However, Dew Anand remains like Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image and got drowned in the pond while looking at his own reflection.

The actor, who redefined and enriched Indian cinema with everlasting classics like 'Guide', 'Hum Dono', 'Jewel Thief', 'Taxi Driver' and 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna', says he is still learning from life.

“I think I am still growing and learning. I have not achieved anything and I am not boasting because I feel there is so much to be done. I don't delve into past. What is done is done. You have to move ahead in life,” the actor said.

Anand whose production house 'Navketan' has completed more than 60 years, has no place for a pause in his life as he wants to continue making cinema, which is better than his earlier work.

The Padma Bhushan awardee and Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner knows how to live every second of life.
On asking him what are his birthday wishes the inimitable Dev saab quips, “I don't make wishes. I make them come true. I go with exactly what I want to do. It's an ongoing process. As long as I feel creative and as long as I feel there're some people who want to watch my films, I'll continue to make them.”

Dev sahib message for fans:

“I love my fans and seek their good wishes all the time. The younger generations is so clued in, so huge in mind and impact. As they connect with me I feel my batteries being recharged. Some of the most remarkable minds of the world stay in our country. And I give them my love and good wishes. Continue to see my films.”

A beacon of inspiration for all of us, Dev ji knows how to live life to the fullest. Wishing this legendary actor a happy birthday from Jagranpost.