It was Dev Anand’s unique acting style and screen presence that made him a star. His films in the 1950s, which included Munimji (1955), Pocket Maar (1956), Funtoosh (1956), C.I.D. (1956) and Paying Guest (1957) made him a household name. Anand soon gained a name for himself as a romantic hero, owing in no small part to his handsome appearance and massive female fan following.
During the 1960s, films like Manzil (1960), Maya (1961), Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961), Asli-Naqli (1962), Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), Teen Deviyaan (1965), and Mahal (1969) further propagated the depiction of Dev Anand as the gentlemanly, charming lover.
Guide (1965), based on the novel by the same name written by R K Narayanan was Anand’s first colour film. Opposite Waheeda Rehman, Anand portrayed Raju Guide. The film is considered to be a masterpiece of Indian cinema. All the films which he made in collaboration with his brother, Vijay Anand, were highly successful including Guide (1965), then Jewel Thief (1967) and also Johnny Mera Naam (1970).