60 years of Navketan: Government honours Dev Anand

Nav Ketam Films banner

"I have been meeting you, seeing you and you have been an inspiration for my craft," Anand told his fans at the launch of a three-day function,'Navketan at 60', organised by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, which began here yesterday.

"I owe my humble success and fame to you (fans)," said the 86-year-old star of runaway hits like "Guide", "Baazi", "Taxi Driver" and "Jewel Thief".
Anand was presented with a bouquet and a shawl by V B Pyarelal, joint secretary (films), I&B Ministry.
On the occasion, a coloured version of his film "Hum Dono" was screened.
Anand met Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni before the function and thanked her for the initiative.
The Directorate of Film Festivals (DIFF) is organising the function during which a retrospective of five films produced by the Navketan banner will be shown.
Soni's participation in today's programme was called of due to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's death.
Anand's next venture 'Chargesheet', in which Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh is essaying a small role, will be released in October.
Speaking on his new film, Anand said "It is a thriller that is why not many people know about it. I am releasing it next month, so watch out for it."
Anand had shot portions of the film in the capital in March.
When asked about his promise of bringing actresses Sadhana and Nanda, who had acted opposite him in "Hum Dono", out of their self-imposed exile once the film's colour version is released, Anand said, "I remember this, I will bring them, it is my commitment."
Navketan Films banner was established by Anand along with his elder brother -- the late filmmaker Chetan Anand -- in 1949. Its first production was "Afsar" in 1950 starring Anand and Suraiya.
The banner over the last 60 years, has also given Hindi cinema hits like "Tere Ghar Ke Saamne", "Kaala Paani" and "Hare Rama Hare Krishna".

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