Jogging into a fond flash-back , ‘Chief Guest’ Governor of Maharashtra H.E. Shri. Ramesh Bais frankly disclosed how he was an ardent Hindi cinema buff and a die-hard admirer of Bollywood global-icon Dev Anand. “ Sometimes I even like to ‘hum’ my favourite songs, picturised on him from movies l,ike ‘Guide’, ‘CID’ and ‘Tere Ghar Ke Saamne ‘ “, shared the revered Head of the State. ’This was at the exclusive ‘high-tea’ evening event yesterday co-hosted by World Trade Center and dynamic Dr. Vijay G. Kalantri --Chairman-MVIRDC-WTC at the WTC- Centrum . In one of his witty elements, the articulate Governor Mr Bais candidly also shared with the selected invited audience, as to “how during his teenaged phase, he would accompany his group of friends, to watch new movies (especially of Dev-saab) released on the first day itself. Sometimes having to wait in long queues or even buying tickets in ‘black’.”
The cinema-savvy Hon’ble Mr Bais who shared quite a few startling trivia-anecdotes about romantic-icon Dev Anand, also expressed his delight that he was invited by Dr Vijay Kalantri to release a Dev Anand Centennial Coffee Table Book “Ke Dil Abhi Bhara Nahin” under the aegis of Dev Anand Centenary Celebrations Committee. At the event, the Dev-sahab Coffee Table Book was handed over to the VIP Guests on stage and a few other select dignitaries. According to those associated with the book, the contents include rare awesome photographs, intriguing trivia, many of which are also sourced from ‘Dev-bhakt’ Mohan Churiwala –a close associate of the legendary actor plus amazing inputs and write-ups by eminent contributors, who are otherwise die-hard fans of the ageless ‘Prem Pujari’
This precious collection of rare pictures, memories and trivia passionately curated by the close associates of beloved Late Dev Saheb, was released in the presence of celeb personalities from Bollywood that included legendary singer Anup Jalota (who also sang his favourite Dev-saab picturised song on stage ) and handsome star-actor Chaitannya Choudhry ( who was launched as the lead hero by producer-actor Dev Anand in his maverick romantic 2003 year Hindi movie ‘Love at Times Square’) , Dr Ajoykaant Ruia ( WTC Vice Chairman), Mrs Rupa Naik ( Exec Director WTC), Supran Sen, eminent senior multi-faceted journalist-editor Shruti Pandit and prominent homeopath-entrepreneur Dr.Mukesh Batra
This beautiful collection of sweet memories and achievements of Dev Saheb for over six decades would be a precious collection to millions of his loyal fans who still remember his memorable roles and evergreen songs . And above all as an excellent human being who mentored many leading heroines like Zeenat Aman, Tabu, Tina Munim and heroes like Jackie Shroff.
Dr. Vijay Kalantri, who was a close associate of Dev Saheb since 1972, said while releasing the Coffee Table Book– “This collection of memories of Dev Saheb that include rare pictures shot at the actual shooting sights, sets of his films and curated with love and reverence by experts who have worked with him to pay rich tributes to the legendary hero Dev Anand . For his phenomenal contribution to the Indian Cinema in many ways that still inspire many young aspiring artists, technicians, and millions of fans”
In the past, All India Association of Industries has also felicitated Dev Saheb on his winning Dada Saheb Phalke Award. They have also been associated with releasing his autobiography titled ‘Romancing with Life’ in a fitting tribute to the legend.