NAVKETAN FILMS BANNER-A LEGACY
In 1949, the history of Indian Cinema entered a
New Era when DEV ANAND, the extremely handsome,
successful, firebrand young Lead Actor in his early twenties, established
his own Movie Production Company--NAVKETAN FILMS.
NAVKETAN means Newness in Sanskrit (An Ancient Indo - European
language), and DEV ANAND formed his Company with
the Sole purpose of making entertaining films for India and the
World. By the time NAVKETAN's "BAAZI" (The Wager)
was released in 1951, DEV ANAND was already a Superstar
in India and being noticed by the Stalwarts of the Movie Industry
Worldwide. He had come to be known as the "Evergreen
Romantic Superstar of Indian Cinema". A string of
Mega-Hits followed for him as Lead Player, as he became Actor of
choice for every prominent and aspiring filmmaker. He starred opposite
every Heroine of the day.
quickly became a force to reckon with. Initially, DEV ANAND's
brothers Chetan and Vijay, joined him in his efforts to achieve
his objectives. Many memorable films were made by them. But as time
rolled on, DEV ANAND began to infuse new talent
into his NAVKETAN. He completely took charge of
the reigns, and his Film Production Company became a Platform for
some of the greatest films ever to be made in the history of Indian
Cinema. In 1958, NAVKETAN's "KAALA PAANI"
won Two Filmfare Awards with an Award for 'Best
Actor' going to DEV ANAND. In 1960, NAVKETAN's
"HUM DONO" (The Two of Us) was selected as India's
entry for the Berlin International Film Festival. Then
in 1964, DEV ANAND produced "GUIDE"-a
landmark in Indian Cinema. "GUIDE"
went on to win Filmfare Awards in 5 Categories including
'Best Actor' for DEV ANAND. DEV ANAND Co-Produced
the English version of "GUIDE"
with the late American Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck
(of "The Good Earth" fame). "GUIDE"
was India's entry for the OSCAR that year. DEV
ANAND and his NAVKETAN FILMS had become generic household
NAVKETAN had evolved,
and so had DEV ANAND the Lead Actor. Eventually, DEV ANAND'S
creative sensibilities got the better of him and he started writing
and directing his own Motion Pictures. In 1969, he directed "PREM
PUJARI" (Devotee of Love). Since then he has directed 17 Motion
Pictures. DEV ANAND has made his films--under his NAVKETAN
FILMS banner--from his keen awareness of happenings around the
World and from his sometimes impetuous flair for escapist fantasy.
In 1972, the DEV ANAND directed film "HARE RAMA HARE
KRISHNA " assumed Cult Status. In 1978, his Blockbuster "DES
PARDES" (At Home & Abroad) was lauded for its contemporary
theme on the illegal immigration of Indians to the West. In 1982,
he directed "SWAMI DADA" ( An Ascetic & A Kingpin)
a film based on an Indian Godman seduced by an American Girl. Then
in 1989, his "SACCHE KA BOL BALA" (Truth Will Prevail), based
on an upright journalist fighting injustice was noticed and acclaimed.
More recently, his "LOVE AT TIMES SQUARE", a romantic
story set around the time of the tragic September 11th incident
in New York City, was given good reviews by the American Press.
NAVKETAN FILMS has till date Produced 35 Motion Pictures-all
of which have stood the test of time.
In 1984 DEV ANAND
introduced his son Suneil in his ambitious "ANAND AUR ANAND".
Suneil has starred in five films since then. Three of his films
have been Produced under the NAVKETAN FILMS Banner. He recently
directed his first film for NAVKETAN FILMS - "MASTER"
And now, NAVKETAN FILMS, DEV ANAND's
Powerhouse Film Production Company continues to look ahead as it
embarks on its MOST PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL FILM VENTURES
- "SONG OF LIFE", An American Musical
to be shot in the United States with a Predominantly American Cast
and with the Musical Score being rendered by American composers,
"BEAUTY QUEEN" , a film that will be
shot in India, and then by an International Action Adventure
to be directed by his son, SUNEIL ANAND.
Today DEV ANAND, the INDIAN MOVIE
ICON and his NAVKETAN FILMS are recognized
as INSTITUTIONS. Their contribution to the INDIAN
FILM INDUSTRY and to WORLD CINEMA is phenomenal and paralleled by
none in India and a few Worldwide.