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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). Continue reading

Channel 4’s Dev Anand season

Dev Anand in Hum DonoChannel 4’s begins a short Dev Anand season on Saturday with the film noir-style Baazi (The Gamble).

Baazi was the directorial debut of Guru Dutt, subsequently himself a noted actor, and stars Anand as a small-time gambler who struggles to make ends meet.

His sister has TB and is in the care of his sweetheart, Dr Rajni (Kalpana Kartik, whom Anand later married). Continue reading

Bollywood classics on Channel Four (Sept-Oct 2009)

Mahal film poster

Film poster for Mahal (1949)

Indian cinema has again returned to UK television as Channel Four kicks off another season of Bollywood films.

For the last 28 years the channel has provided a masala mix of Indian films from Mumbai and beyond. This time around it’s a 12 film season focused on early Bollywood classics.

It kicked off last week with the first two films, but before that the scene was set with The Golden Years of Indian Cinema, a 75-minute special from Movie Mahal, the Indian cinema series from the late 1980s. Continue reading