H.E. Mr Ramesh Bais, Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra released a coffee table book 'Ke Dil Abhi Bhara Nahin' at WTC Mumbai to commemorate the 100th Birth Anniversary of legendary actor Padma Bhushan Mr. Dev Anand.
This book has been compiled by MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai and All India Association of Industries (AIAI).
Releasing this book, Hon’ble Governor mentioned, “Veteran actor Padma Bhushan Mr. Dev Anandji was a legend in the Indian film world. He created an indelible impression on the public with his charismatic personality and acting skills. Even after decades of his films, songs from his films are still on people's tongues. He was one of the producers of the golden age of Indian cinema.”
H.E. Mr. Bais further added, “When Dev Anandji entered the film industry, Indian cinema was at a different height. That was a period when there were not only legendary actors and actresses, but also excellent lyricists and musicians, and the success of those songs is due to the fact that even today children sing old songs in television reality shows.”
“Once upon a time, we used to stand in queues and occasionally buy tickets in the 'black' to watch the first show of the films on the first day, lamenting that due to the royal etiquette of the post of Governor, one could not easily go to the theatre to watch a movie or eat Mumbai's famous pav bhaji,” H.E Mr Bais mentioned.
“When Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was traveling to Lahore by bus, he asked Pakistan Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif: “What to bring from India”. To this,Mr. Sharif replied: “Actor Dev Anandji should be brought from India,” and to honour his request, Mr. Vajpayee went to Lahore with Mr. Dev Anandji,” the Governor recalled at this time.
The Hon’ble Governor further added, “Mr. Dev Anandji’s films not only entertained the audience but also instilled confidence and aspirations in the people and promoted national unity.”
The release ceremony was attended by Ms Rupa Naik, Executive Director, MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai, Mr. Mahendra Sanghi, Honorary Consul General of Kazakhstan in Mumbai, Mr Ajoykaant Ruia, Vice Chairman, MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai, Mr. Anand Thirani, Chairman of Kores India, veteran singer Mr. Anup Jalota and other dignitaries from business and entertainment industry.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Dr Vijay Kalantri, Chairman, MVIRDC WTC Mumbai and President- All India Association of Industries mentioned, “Late Mr Dev Anandji is not only a legendary Bollywood star but also my cherished friend. He was a true Karma yogi, who remained active in the film industry till the last day of his life despite old age and health issues.He will always be remembered for his most endearing and gentle demeanor that is admired not only by his fans but also by his fellow actors, friends and family members.
Dr Kalantri added, “I treasure pleasant memories of my unforgettable association with him as my much "cherished and beloved friend". Mr. Anandji was a man of character, a humble and beloved soul with whom I had the privilege of intimate friendship. Despite attaining stardom and glory, Mr. Anandji was still humble, down-to-earth and grounded human being.”
Dr. Kalantri further remarked, “Mr. Dev Anandji touched the hearts of millions of fans through his versatility, trendsetting appearance and unique elegance. He continues to live in our memories and inspire us through his timeless principles of dedication, humility and perseverance.”