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Bollywood Actor Dev Anand brings love to Nepalese

Bollywood Actor Dev Anand exhibits love to Nepalese

By Kamala Sarup

"Bollywood actor Dev Anand has made great contributions to strengthen the relations existing at the people to people level by making some very popular films in Nepal. His film helped introduce Nepal's image in India. For the last four decades, Dev Anand's passion to visit Nepal has continued. Even at this stage, he came to Nepal to unveil his autobiography Romancing With Life. Although he is 85, Dev Anand still has the same charisma, and his smile still has the same power to steal hearts".said Spotlight magazine in Kathmandu.

It is always a pleasure watching Dev Ananda's movie and his acting. Dev Ananda's enthusiasm, passion for acting, and for working for the cause of beauty has always impressed me. I am not just praising Dev Ananda. It is a great quality to have an actor like Dev Ananda. His commitment, dedication and tireless efforts help movies and our hearts. Truly admirable.

"Dev Anand's films are best known for their successful songs. Most of his films are an expression of his world view and have dealt with socially relevant subjects. He always emphasises this in his interviews. He thinks that his films represent his personal points of view," according to Wikipedia.

Dev Ananda was born in Punjab. His film was Hum Ek Hain (1946). Dev was offered his first big break by Ashok Kumar.

Dev Ananda said in Kathmandu. "The way I have seen Nepal, most of you have not. It is a very beautiful country and we have many cultural and religious commonalities. I've traveled the world. Mark my words, no place in this entire universe is as beautiful as your country. Even in Switzerland, many things are man-made. Nepal is god-gifted. I appeal to all to go to Nepal, go to the high mountains. They're tremendous. That's Nepal to me."

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Dev Anand is making a lot of difference in Nepalese hearts. We people certainly deserve better music and arts. We have beautiful art and music with abundant natural heart.

A Local artist Sanu Thapa said to me in Kathmandu "I am deeply concerned that we might have to develop our arts and dance along with music like Dev Ananda's acting. The old movies in Nepal that we have are perfectly fine and only needed development on music progress and emancipation. There is no need to destroy our old arts and dance. Indians and Nepalese dance and music have lasted for hundreds of years, and will continue for more times to come for the future generations," she said.

When I watch his wonderful acting it is certainly a reflection of all my emotions. His skills in creative acting is advanced. Dev Ananda become a world class actor now. That is something I aspire to as a poet. Dev Ananda's has evolved as a modernist, beautiful artist, emancipated actor, and purpose in his life.

I just hope the arts schools in Nepal develop as institutions like in India based on reality. Of course, every individual is responsible for new actions and ideas for music and arts. Everyone of us must follow the path as taught to us by our arts, culture, drama and our dance. Our arts and music are the basis on which we must live our lives. If this is not the case then our society, civilization would never have existed. If our society respects artists and place them in a respectable position them our arts will have true meaning. No arts, movie or music can survive by relegating artists to second class or subservient status as some societies tend to do.

To me, for all of Dev Ananda's beauty his isthe best acting in the world. Dev Ananda wants our way of life. If Dev Ananda and I join hands together, we can make a big difference in our arts world.


This article was originally published by Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarup is an editor for
. She specializes in in-depth reporting and writing on peace, anti-war, women, terrorism, democracy, and development. Some of her publications are: Women's Empowerment in South Asia, Nepal (booklets); Prevention of Trafficking in Women Through Media, (book); Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media Activism (media research). She has also written two collections of stories.

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