Dev Anand (real name Devdatt Pishorimal Anand) was born on September 26, 1923, in Gurdaspur, Punjab being the middle son of a well-to-do advocate Pishorimal Anand. Graduating in English Literature from the Government College, Lahore Dev left for Bombay to join elder brother Chetan Anand in the IPTA. The initial years were full of struggle. Dev anand even had to sell some of his possessions and then worked in the Military Censor's office reading soldiers' letters to their families for a salary of Rs. 160.
He was offered a break as an actor by Prabhat Talkies in their film Hum Ek Hain (1946). The film didn't do anything at all for his career but while shooting for it, he struck a friendship with fellow actor Guru Dutt. They made a pact that if Dev produced a film, Guru Dutt would direct it and if Guru Dutt produced a film, Dev would act in it. Dev was offered his first big break by Ashok Kumar, who happened to be his favorite. He was spotted by Kumar hanging around in the studios who picked Dev as the hero for the next Bombay Talkies production, Ziddi (1948), co-starring Kamini Kaushal which became a success.
In 1949, Dev turned producer and launched his own company Navketan. Navketan's first offering was Afsar (1950) starring himself and Suraiya and directed by elder brother Chetan. The film however flopped at the box office. Remembering his promise to Guru Dutt, Dev invited him to make a film for Navketan and the result was crime thriller, Baazi (1951). It became a huge success. Dev and Guru Dutt also paired together in Jaal (1952). Dev portrayed a heartless smuggler who only repents right at the end of the film but the film didn't do too well at the box-office. The partnership came to an end when Guru Dutt decided to act in his own films. His films Rahee (1953) and Aandhiyan (1952) were screened along with Raj Kapoor's Awaara. In the same year, Taxi Driver (1954) was declared a hit where Dev's heroine again was Kalpana Kartik and the two decided to marry in a quiet ceremony.
Dev with his class act in Kala Pani (1958) won the Best Actor Award for the film. He was featured as the son who is willing to go to any lengths to clear his framed father's name. His first color film was Guide (1965) with Waheeda Rehman, based on the novel of the same name by R. K. Narayan. The character of Raju which Dev played was a wonderful performance fetching him his second Filmfare Best Actor Award. He reunited with Vijay Anand for Jewel Thief(1967), starring Vyjayanthimala, Tanuja, and Ashok Kumar, which was a huge success. Their next collaboration, Johnny Mera Naam (1970) was also a big hit.
His maiden attempt at direction, Prem Pujari (1970), flopped, but Dev got lucky with his 1971 directorial effort, Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Dev got lucky with his 1971 directorial effort, Hare Rama Hare Krishna which showered lights on hippie culture. Zeenat Aman became an overnight sensation with her mini-skirt sporting, pot-smoking Janice. This same year, he starred with Mumtaz in Tere Mere Sapne which was directed by Dev's brother, Vijay. Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) showered lights on hippie culture. Zeenat Aman became an overnight sensation with her mini-skirt sporting, pot-smoking Janice. The same year, he starred with Mumtaz in Tere Mere Sapne which was directed by Dev's brother, Vijay. Dev also became known as a filmmaker of topical themes. His best effort in this field of direction was also Des Pardes (1978). However, all his films after Des Pardes like Swami dada (1982), Anand hi Anand (1984), Hum Naujawan (1985), Awwal Number (1989), Gangster (1994), Main solah baras ki (1998), Censor (2001) and Love at times square (2003) were disasters at box-office. His last venture as a director was Mr. Prime Minister (2006) which too bombed badly at box-office.
Most of his films are an expression of his world view and have dealt with socially relevant subjects. He always emphasises this in his interviews. He thinks that his films represent his personal points of view.
Currently he is scripting, casting, and in the process of finalizing American composers and singers for his new All American Movie to be made in the English language Song of Life. The movie will be completely shot in the United States and will have an all American cast with Dev Anand himself playing the central role also directed the film.
Film fare Awards In 1955 he was nominated as best actor for Munimji. In 1958 he won best actor award for Kala Pani. In 1959 he was nominated as best actor for Love Marriage. In 1960 he was nominated as best actor for Kala Bazaar. In 1961 he was nominated as best actor for Hum Dono. In 1966 he won Best Actor award for Guide. In 1991 he won Film fare Lifetime achievement award. National Honors and Recognitions In 1996 he received Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1997 he received “Mumbai Academy of Moving Images Award" for his Outstanding Services to the Indian Film Industry. In 1998 he received "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Ujala Anandlok Film Awards Committee in Calcutta. In 1999 he received Sansui "Lifetime Achievement Award" for his 'Immense Contribution to Indian Cinema' in New Delhi. In 2000 he received Film Goers' "Mega Movie Maestro of the Millennium" Award in Mumbai. In 2001 he received Padma Bhushan Award, Special Screen Award for his contribution to Indian cinema and also Evergreen Star of the Millennium" Award at the Zee Gold Bollywood Awards. In 2002 he received Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award for cinematic excellence. In 2003 he received Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema’ at IIFA Award in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2004 he received Legend of Indian Cinema Award at Atlantic City (United States). He also received Living Legend Award by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in recognition of his contribution to the Indian entertainment industry. In 2005 he received Sony Golden Glory Award. In 2006 he received ANR Award by the Akkineni International Foundation and Glory of India Award by IIAF, London. In 2007 he received Punjab Ratan Award by the World Punjabi Organisation (European Division) for his outstanding contribution in the field of art and entertainment. In 2008 he received Lifetime Achievement Award by Ramya Cultural Academy in association with Vinmusiclub. International Honors and Recognitions In July 2000, in New York City, he was honored by an Award at the hands of the then First Lady of the United States of America - Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton - for his 'Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema'. In 2000, he was awarded the Indo-American Association "Star of the Millennium" Award in the Silicon Valley, California. Donna Ferrar, Member New York State Assembly, honored him with a "New York State Assembly Citation" for his 'Outstanding Contribution to the Cinematic Arts Worthy of the Esteem and Gratitude of the Great State of New York' on May 1, 2001. In 2005, he was honored with a "Special National Film Award" by the Government of Nepal at Nepal’s first National Film Festival. He got this honor for his contribution to its film industry. On January 26, 2001 Dev Anand was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian Cinema and the latest feather in the cap of this evergreen hero is the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. In true Dev Anand fashion - on receiving the Phalke award, he dedicated it to his future.
His son is Suneil and his daughter is called Devina. His elder brother Chetan Anand was a film director, as was his younger brother, Vijay Anand. He has one sister, who was subsequently married in the Kapur family, and gave birth to actor/film-maker, Shekhar Kapur, two daughters, Neelu, who was married to actor Navin Nischol, and Aruna who was the wife of Ajay/Parikshat Sahni, son of renowned Balraj Sahni. Both Neelu and Aruna have since been divorced. He was romantically involve