From H S Rao
London: Dev Anand, the `Evergreen Romantic Superstar` of Indian cinema, has passed away here last night following cardiac arrest. He was 88. Dev Anand, who had come here for medical check up, was not keeping well for the last few days, family sources told PTI. His son Sunil was with him when he breathed last. There are reports that Dev Anand cremation will take place in London itself.
Dev Anand made his debut as an actor in 1946 in "Hum Ek Hain". By the time his "Ziddi" was released in 1947 he was a superstar and has never looked back. Versatile Dev Anand has given countless hits like "Paying Guest", "Baazi", "Jewel Thief ", "CID", "Johny Mera Naam", "Amir Garib", "Warrant", "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" and "Des Pardes".
For his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, Dev Anand was honoured with the prestigious the `Padma Bhushan` in 2001 and `Dada Saheb Phalke Award` in 2002. He established his film production company `Navketan International Films` in 1949 and has produced more than 35 movies. PTI