Like others, Dev Anand too had his share of struggle before embarking on his celluloid journey. He worked as a military censor office at Churchgate at a salary of Rs.160 and even joined his brother, Chetan Anand, as a member of the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA). Destiny, however, had something else in store for him and soon he was offered a break as an actor by Prabhat Talkies to star in 'Hum Ek Hain' (1946). It was while shooting for the film in Pune that Dev Anand met Guru Dutt - and was born a friendship destined for greatness. Two years later, the turning point in his career came when he was offered his first big break by Ashok Kumar in Bombay Talkies' hit 1948 movie 'Ziddi'. As it happened, Ashok Kumar spotted Dev Anand hanging around in the studios and picked him as the hero for the film.