Johny Mera Naam
The title ‘evergreen hero’ perfectly suited him. Till the end, he was always on his toes. He always advised everyone to
keep working. He inspired everyone and was a great human being. He was full of energy and always restless.
I grew up watching his films and never thought that I would get a chance to share screen space with Dev Anand. I saw
a lot of his black and white films and I don’t think I’ve seen any hero who’s as good looking as him on the screen. I
remember when I did
Johny Mera Naam
, I was in awe of him. I was a newcomer, but he still kept inspiring me.
On the sets, Dev
was very punctual. I remember we shot the song
Wada Toh Nibhaya
in Bihar in a cable-car
sequence and we got stuck. The crowd went crazy but he took care of me and we managed to get out of there. It was
always a pleasure to work with Dev
— As told to Sonil Dedhia
‘Call Dev’ me The legend’s leading ladies pay a tribute — As told to Subhash K Jha
Ifirst met him on the sets of
. He was a really handsome man with
impeccable manners. And yes, tall. I needed a tall hero… I wanted to work with a
hero whose frame complimented mine.
Dev came along at the right time. He was well-read, cultured and erudite. I went on
to do a far more successful film
with him. I had shared some very good
times with Dev and his brother Goldie during
. We shot in Gangtok.
Then there was that song
Hothon Mein Aisi Baat,
which required unthinkable
amount of stamina and energy. I think the fact that I was working with Dev
me that energy and stamina. I remember after we finished shooting this song,
clapped. He was a very generous co-star. And a very stylish man. He was
very particular about camera angles and wanted to be captured in the best possible
way on screen. I think he defined celluloid heroism.
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