With their next collaboration, Johnny Mera Naam (1970), Dev was worth his weight in gold. The film was released in the same year as Raj Kapoor’s magnum ‘flopus’ Mera Naam Joker, and was a golden jubilee hit. Unlike Raj and Dilip who slowed down in the Seventies, Dev continued to be a romantic hero. His maiden attempt at direction, the espionage drama, Prem Pujari flopped, but Dev hit lucky with his sophomore directorial effort Hare Rama Hare Krishna. It talked about the prevalent hippie cult.
Zeenat Aman, who played the mini-sporting, pot-smoking protagonist Janice, became an overnight sensation. Dev also became known as a filmmaker of trenchantly topical themes.
The presence of his discoveries – the zestful Zeenat and later, the elfin Tina Munim (heroine of Dev’s last recognised hit Des Pardes in 1978) – fueled Dev’s image as the evergreen star even when he was well into his fifties.
For the past two decades, however, success has been like a miffed mistress with Dev. But even at 83, exuberance races through Dev’s veins. “Watch out for my next, Love At Time Square,” he enthuses. Dev belongs to the rare race that subscribes to the dictum: Never say never.
Dev Anand is one of those few Indian film actors/filmmakers who are politically aware and active and are ready to stand up for the cause that is dear to them. He was the one who led a group of film personalities who stood up against the Internal Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi. He actively campaigned against her with his supporters in 1977 parliamentary elections in India while very few among the film fraternity showed the courage to fight against an authoritarian regime.
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. He is an auteur in true sense of the term.
Dev Anand’s films are best known for their great music. Some of the most popular Bollywood songs were picturized on him. His association with music composers – O. P. Nayyar, Sachin Dev Burman and his son Rahul Dev Burman, lyricists – Majrooh Sultanpuri, Neeraj, Shailendra, and playback singer Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar produced some of the best songs in the Bollywood history.
- 1991 – Winner Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1966 – Winner Best Actor for Guide
- 1961 – Nominated Best Actor for Hum Dono
- 1960 – Nominated Best Actor for Kala Bazar
- 1959 – Nominated Best Actor for Love Marriage
- 1958 – Winner Best Actor for Kala Pani
- 1955 – Nominated Best Actor for Munimji
Other Awards, Honors and Recognition
- In 1996, Dev Anand bagged the Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award
- In 2001, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award from the Government of India
- In 2002, he was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award for cinematic excellence
- In 2003, Dev Anand received the special Lifetime Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema’ at IIFA awards in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- In 2005, he was honoured with the Sony Golden Glory Award
- In 2005, he was honoured with a Special National Film Award by the Government of Nepal at Nepal’s first National Film Festival. He got this honour for his contribution to its film industry.