Revisiting Dev Anand's 10 best films on his 90th birth anniversary
Here is a list of the 10 best films of Bollywood's evergreen star, who died in 2011 aged 88.
'Rahi' (1953): One of Dev Saab's unknown gems. Based on litterateur Mulk Raj Anand's story "The Wayfarer", the film about the relationship between British colonists and Indians was shot in a neo-realistic light by progressive intellectual director K.A. Abbas. Very seldom did Dev Anand step into the territory of the unwaveringly experimental cinema. He did so in 'Rahi'. The film was internationally celebrated. Dev saab and his leading lady Nalini Jaywant went to Russia with the film. It blew the Soviets' minds. Nowadays the film is hardly ever screened at any Dev Anand festival.
'Paying Guest' (1957): Nutan and Dev Anand were fantastic together. They did two lovely romantic-comedies and Subodh Mukherjee's 'Paying Guest' scores over Vijay Anand's 'Tere Ghar Ke Samne'. Both the wonderful stars were younger and looked so much in love under the fake studio moon.
'Kala Pani' (1958): Dev Anand as a man out to prove his jailed father's innocence exuded so much intense determination that you wondered where and how he found those gaps in his mission to romance the very lovely Madhubala and Nalini Jaywant. Raj Khosla knew best how to tap Dev Anand's arrogant romanticism.
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