great contribution to the Indian cinema, the Government of India
introduced in 1960 the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest award in film
Dev Anand He made his debut in Hindi films in 1946 and went on to
become one of the most popular filmstars of his time with hits such as
Baazi, Taxi Driver, Kala Bazaar, Kala Pani, Pocketmaar, Solva Saal,
Teen Deviyan, Sharabi, Tere Ghar Ke Saamne, Guide, Johnny Mera
Naam, Jewel Thief, Hare Krishna Hare Ramu, Des Pardes and others. He
later took to producing and directing his own movies under the Navketan
Films banner, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. He won two Best
Actor awards for his roles in Kala Pani (1959) and Guide (1967).
Devika Rani: She was the leading heroine of Hindi films during the 30s
and 40s. She was often described as the ‘First Lady of the Hindi Screen’.
She founded the Bombay Talkies in 1934 along with her husband
Himanshu Rai. She was instrumental in introducing the thespian Dilip
Kumar to Hindi films. Her ‘Karma’ and ‘Achchut Kanya’ were the most
memorable films of her time. She is the recipient of several honours and
awards including Padma Shri (1958), etc.
Dilip Kumar: He is regarded as the epitome of emoting and the ‘monarch
of tragedy’. He was born in Peshawar in 1922 as Yousuf Khan. It was
Devika Rani who introduced Dilip Kumar to filmdom. His debut film was
Jwar Bhata in 1944. His long list of noteworthy films include Mela
(1948), Andaaz (1949), Babul (1950), Jogan (1950), Deedar (1951), Aan,
Daag (1952), Footpath (1953), Azaad, Udan Khatola (1955), Naya Daur
(1957), Madhumati (1958), Amar (1959), Kohinoor, Mughal-e-Azam
(1960), Ganga Jamuna (1961), Leader (1964), Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966),
Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Reshma Aur Shera (1971), Bairaag (1976),
Kranti (1981), Shakti, Vidhaata (1982), Mashaal (1984), Karma (1986),
Saudagar (1991) and Qila (1998). He is the only Indian actor to receive
Pakistan’s highest civilian award, the Nishan-e-Imtiyaaz.
Guru Dutt: He is remembered in the history of Indian cinema as the
brooding intense romantic who attempted to reflect the changing social
situation in India in the 50s. Guru Dutt embarked on his career as an actor
and director in 1944. Within his   short life, he created some of India’s most