New Delhi, Dec 4 (ANI): Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has condoled the death of cine star Dev Anand.
In her condolence message, Soni said: "Dev Anand symbolized the creative genius of Indian cinema. With his multifaceted skills, he emerged as an iconic figure and evergreen star accepted across generations. As a filmmaker, he integrated modernism with traditional values. His films not only provided entertainment, they sensitized masses on contemporary social issues."
"His films gave a new meaning to the relevance of music by providing moving lyrics and melodious songs. He truly pioneered India's journey towards cinematic brilliance. His demise has left a void, which will be impossible to fill. I pray to God that his family gathers the necessary strength to overcome the grief," she 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)