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    Reliving the Dev Anand charm
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    This Bullet misfired. But the Vijay Anand directed 1976 thriller lived up to Dev Anandís fascination for cops-chasing-goons-and-getting-embroiled-in-mess genre. Co-starring Parveen Babi, this film failed to leave a mark on anybodyís heart. But it did have the charm and the style that was quintessentially Dev. Captured by ace lensman Shyam Aurangabadkar, the picture taken on the sets of the film reminds one of what we call the Dev Anand magic.
    In the picture, Dev Anand is seen holding a pair of aviator shades. The sunglasses, created originally for pilots to protect their eyes in 1936 achieved a cult status and were made popular by the most fashionable Bollywood hero of the 70s.

    Interestingly, the film brought together Parveen Babi and Kabir Bedi. Now, Parveen had almost given up her Bollywood career once for Kabir, her then boyfriend by following him across the seas, when he got a role in an Italian television series, Sandokan.

    This film also marked the debut of Jyothi Bakshi Gill - an actress, who at the time was hailed as one of the most glamourous women in Hindi cinema. Unfortunately, the glamour fizzled out in her later years. Reportedly, her semi-decomposed body was found at her residence years later.

    Some even believe, that shunned by the film industry, the actress did not have enough money to support herself. A similar fate, minus the monetary issues awaited the filmís female lead Parveen as well. She, once pitted against Zeenat Aman, was found dead in her Juhu flat.



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