New Delhi, Dec 4(ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the passing away of veteran Bollywood actor, director and film producer Dev Anand, who passed away in London on Saturday night following cardiac arrest.
In a condolence message, Dr. Singh said: "Dev Anand was a great artiste who entertained generations of cinema lovers over five decades. He was an embodiment of long passion for acting and film-making. I join millions of his fans in mourning his death."
Anand was born Dharam Dev Pishori Anand on September 26, 1923, in Shakargarh Tehsil of Gurdaspur district (now in Narowal District, Pakistan) in undivided Punjab, British India to well-to-do advocate Pishori Lal Anand.
Dev was the second of three brothers who were active in Hindi Cinema. His younger sister is Sheela Kanta Kapur, who is mother of Shekhar Kapur. His older brother was Chetan Anand and younger one was Vijay Anand.
He had graduated in English Literature from the Government College, Lahore, (now in Pakistan).
The Indian government had honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002 for his contributions towards Indian cinema.
In July 2000, in New York City, he was honoured by an award at the hands of the then First Lady of the United States of America, Hillary Rodham Clinton, for his 'Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema'.
In 2000, he was awarded the Indo-American Association "Star of the Millennium" Award in the Silicon Valley, California.
Donna Ferrar, Member New York State Assembly, honoured him with a "New York State Assembly Citation" for his 'Outstanding Contribution to the Cinematic Arts Worthy of the Esteem and Gratitude of the Great State of New York' on May 1, 2001. (ANI)