Dev Anand Dies

December 4, 2011 by staff 

Dev Anand Dies, Bollywood star Dev Anand, a charismatic and flamboyant Indian film fixture for more than a half-century, has died of a heart attack in London, his family said Sunday. He was 88.

Famed for his roles in dozens of movies, including “Jewel Thief” and “Guide,” the veteran actor, director and producer was working up to the last minute, with a new script in the works.

Anand lived and died on “his own terms,” his nephew and renowned film director Shekhar Kapur said in a posting on Twitter. “He was working one minute. Sat down and smiled. And was gone the next. So much to learn.”

Anand died of a heart attack Saturday night in a hotel in London, where he had gone recently for a medical checkup, the family said.

India’s prime minister joined Indian film stars and officials in lauding Anand’s achievements and expressing sorrow for his death.

“Dev Anand was a great artist who entertained generations of cinema lovers over five decades,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement. “He was an embodiment of long passion for acting and filmmaking. I join millions of his fans in mourning his death.”

Born on Sept. 26, 1923, as the son of a Punjab lawyer, Anand studied English literature and law, eventually moving in his early 20s to India’s film capital of Mumbai, then called Bombay, where he pursued a love of acting.

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