New Delhi, Dec 4 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has deeply condoled the sad demise of noted film legend Dev Anand.
In his condolence message, Vice President Ansari has said that Dev Anand had an intense passion for films and continued with his artistic film pursuits throughout his life.
"I am deeply grieved to learn about the sad demise of Shri Dev Anand, noted film legend who has entertained generations of Indians with his versatile acting, direction and production of films. Shri Dev Anand had an intense passion for films and continued with his artistic film pursuits throughout his life. The intensity and dedication that he brought to his acting, direction and production were indicative of his passion for the medium and millions of his admirers and fans have appreciated his work," said Vice President Ansari.
"His absence from the world of cinema is a terrible loss. My wife joins me in sending our heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and the millions of his admirers and fans. We pray to the Almighty to grant them strength and fortitude to withstand this tragedy," he added.
Bollywood's evergreen star Dev Anand, whose flamboyant image and innate romantic spirit swayed millions of fans, died in London last night following cardiac arrest.
Dev Anand was born to 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.
He 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 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)