Bollywood legend Dev Anand

Guide Dev Anand Waheeda RehmanThe death of Dev Anand, reported just a few hours ago, is sure to dominate this morning’s Love Bollywood, which I shall shortly put on and listen to while getting breakfast for the family.

Introducing Channel 4’s screening of Guide last month Anand had more spark and vitality than should be expected of an 88 year old.

Perhaps it was the twinkle in his eye as he recounted the background to the 1965 film in which he starred alongside Waheeda Rehman, or maybe it was just the relentless desire to continue working until the end (Chargesheet, his latest film, was released in September).

I watched Guide, the first of Anand’s films I’ve seen, this week in all its flashback-laden glory. It’s the story of a guide who falls in love with a married woman, is jailed for forgery and stealing from her and finally finds redemption at the end.

I’ve still got the rest of Channel 4’s Anand season to watch, but now – having watched his on-screen death in Guide – it’s time to put on the radio and hear more about the Bollywood legend’s life.


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