Dev Anand, one of the hardest working Bollywood actors of his generation, has sadly passed away aged 88. Anand had a career that stretched back as far as 1946 when he appeared in the film 'Hum Ek Hain', his big breakthrough in Bollywood coming two years later with a starring role in 'Ziddi'. As well as going on to star in dozens more films - with his most famous roles perhaps coming in 'Jewel Thief' (1967) and 'Guide' (1965) - Anand made his producing debut in 1950 and his directorial bow in 1970 working right up until his death with 2011's 'Chargesheet'.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the veteran star died of a heart attack in a London hotel, having visited the city for a medical check-up. Tributes have already been pouring in for the much-loved Anand, not least from India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who stated, "Dev Anand was a great artist who entertained generations of cinema lovers over five decades. He was an embodiment of long passion for acting and filmmaking. I join millions of his fans in mourning his death." The country's Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni meanwhile added, "With his death, an era has come to an end. For a career spanning more than five decades, Dev Anand gave us films which will stay entrenched in our minds for years on."
Speaking at his 88th birthday in September, Anand had sounded upbeat at his future, saying "I am as excited as I was in my 20s. I have so many things to do." He is survived by his wife Kalpana Kartik and two children.