60 years of Nav Ketan Films
In year 1949, Dev Anand, along with brother Chetan Anand, started a film production company called Nav Ketan films. Year 2009 marks the 60th anniversary of the film company. The company that introduced artists like Guru Dutt, Jaidev, Johny Walker, Sahir Ludhianvi. Zeenat Aman and Tabu.
Beginning was great with Chetan Anand directing Afsar (1949) based on Nikolai Gogol's play The Government Inspector. Next came Guru Dutt's directorial debut Baazi (1951). Then within next decade some of fine films, mostly thanks to Chetan and Vijay Anand. In 1961, people heard the great music by Jai dev for the film Hum Dono. A film later in 1965, Vijay Anand directed path breaking Guide (1965) adapted from R. K. Narayan's novel The Guide and then he went on to direct the brilliant thriller Jewel Thief (1967). Dev Anand turned director with Prem Pujari (1970) and on screen played a butterfly chasing peacenik. Then in 1971, he directed the phenomena called Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Zeenat Aman. Some more films by this company, some more years pass and by the time you watch the 'run-of-the-jungle-mill ' end sequence of 1984 film 'Anand Aur Anand', the debut film of Dev Anand's son Suneil Anand, you may have suspected it for quite some time, but now you are convinced, Dev Anand's work is increasingly making intrusions into Gogol's world. You can imagine Dev Anand telling himself, 'You can't imagine how stupid the whole world has grown nowadays.The things these scribblers write!' And then he resolves to work on three more films, work out the concept for two more and release one more.
'Gregory Peck or no Gregory Peck, I will always walk like this!': An Image of Dev Anand found in The Moving Image: A Study of Indian Cinema by Kishore Valicha
Video: Studio logos from Taxi Driver(1954) and Awwal Number (1989 )
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