Dev Anand in a Hollywood film.

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Dev Anand was the lead hero in a 1970 Hollywood Film ‘The Evil Within’, directed by Lamberto V. Avellana.

The sincere, die-hard fans of the Evergreen Dev Anand might know about this rare fact but for many young friends here, it should be a fascinating trivia that the one and only Dev Anand also featured in an American film along with Zeenat Aman and Kieu Chinh, a leading lady from Vietnem in the year 1970. In fact, Zeenat Aman was signed for ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ 1971), after Dev Anand chose her to feature in this English film as one of his leading ladies. So before the cult movie ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’, Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman actually appeared together on the screen in this Hollywood venture.

The crime melodrama titled ‘The Evil Within’ was a 20th Century Fox production, produced by Rolf Bayer and Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana. It was also reportedly known as ‘Passport To Danger’ being its alternative title. Interestingly the cinematographer of this Hollywood film was Fali Mistry who was a close associate of Dev Anand in many of his films of those times including Guide (1965).

But as an experiment the film didn’t do that well at the box office and therefore coudnt reach millions of Dev Anand fans in India. And due to this very reason it also got lost in the shining cloud of other memorable films featuring the maestro in that Golden Era of Indian Cinema.

(Image: Dev Anand with Vietnam actress Kieu Chinh and others in a still from the Hollywood movie ‘The Evil Within’)

Courtesy- Imprints and Images of Indian Film Music

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