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Fans of Dev Anand woke up to a rude Sunday morning shock as the news of the legendary actor's passing away in London unfolded here. His long-time driver has been unable to stop his tears.

Sunday, December 04, 2011 | 10:57:41 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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dev anandFans of Dev Anand woke up to a rude Sunday morning shock as the news of the legendary actor's passing away in London unfolded here. His long-time driver has been unable to stop his tears.

The legend died of heart attack Saturday in London. He was 88.

A close aide of the deceased actor, Chandra Shekhar, (himself 89), said he was 'shaken' when he heard the news from a friend, the first thing this morning.

'I only wish that this time the news should be wrong... Dev saab had given his soul to the industry and now his life... I personally feel that he could not accept the fate of his latest movie,' Shekhar told IANS.

Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said the Indian film industry has suffered a great loss in Dev Anand's sad and sudden demise.

Prem Dube, Dev Anand's driver for the last 22 years, said he had not able to stop his tears since morning.

'I have been praying why God did not take me away instead of Dev Anand? He had given his entire life the industry and they needed him... He was himself a God,' Dube said.

Others expressed sadness at the demise of Hindi film industry's one of the most celebrated actors whose passion for cinema continued till his last breath.

'I was aghast... We all know he was very old and ailing, but his tremendous energy for life gave us a morale-booster... It is yet to sink in that he's no more,' a former bank executive R.R. Pandya (76) of Vile Parle, a die-hard fan of Dev Anand, told IANS.

'I remember, several decades ago, I was posted to a small town Limdi of Surendranagar in Gujarat. At that time, the entire town and scores of surrounding villages were gushing with enthusiasm as Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman had come there for a spell of shooting for his masterpiece, 'Guide,' the scenes pertaining to the time when he became an ascetic,' Pandya reminisced.

D. G. Sharma, a retired businessman said that way back 50 years ago, he had sneaked his young fiancee to watch the then latest super hit release, 'Hum Dono' and both enjoyed the secret outing very much.

'Probably, it laid the strong foundations for our long and happy married life and we again went for a repeat experience when the same movie was released in colour,' said Sharma in a voice choking with emotions.

He added that the legendary late singer Mohammed Rafi, had given a unique, special voice for all Dev Anand's songs, just like he did for the late Shammi Kapoor or Dilip Kumar.

The actor will always be remembered for his all time classics like 'Bazi', 'Paying Guest', 'Guide', 'Jewel Thief' and 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna'.


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Posted on: 04 December 2011 at 11:18pm
I was shocked to hear because I thought he was in good health. I had seen an interview very recently of him. I still see some of his movies on DVD. Dev Saab RIP.

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Posted on: 04 December 2011 at 9:18pm
You will live in our hears forever Dev saab ..you really were the Gregory Peck of India..!! God bless your soul..!!

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Posted on: 04 December 2011 at 8:28pm
May your soul rests in peace...we have lost a talent in Bollywood...now you wil lbe remembered with your movies...i love all of oyur movies...

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Posted on: 04 December 2011 at 7:12pm
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

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Posted on: 04 December 2011 at 3:05pm
may his soul rest in peace

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Posted on: 04 December 2011 at 2:32pm
May your soul rest in peace Dev Anand ji.

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Posted on: 04 December 2011 at 2:13pm
Big loss, Dev sir, we will never forget your contribution in Indian Cinema

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Posted on: 04 December 2011 at 12:33pm
God Bless his Soul! He was one of the best actors in bollywood! A true Legend!

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Posted on: 04 December 2011 at 11:46am
RIP Mr. Dev Anand.
You had a good run and bollywood is blessed to have a thespian like you. We will miss you.

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Posted on: 04 December 2011 at 9:15am
This is such sad news. May his sould rest in peace; and may his loved ones have the strength to cope with such a loss.

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