Press Trust of India
December 31, 2011 17:37 IST
Bollywood's evergreen hero Dev
Anand, who died here earlier this month, has been conferred
with an unprecedented honour by the British Actors Union,
In a gesture of sympathy and international solidarity,
Equity, the British trade union for actors and entertainers,
has issued a press statement expressing the union's sadness at
the passing away of a non-union member: the legendary Indian
movie star, Dev Anand.
The statement was presented in the form of a letter of
condolence to the late actor's son Suneil Anand and was signed
by the President of Equity, Christine Payne, its General
Secretary, Malcolm Sinclair, and the Chairman of the Minority
Ethnic Members Committee, Shiv Pande, a spokesman of the
Navketan Trust said today.
"This letter is of tremendous significance as it
demonstrates the international standing of the late Bollywood
movie icon and pays tribute to Dev Anand's 'lifelong
contributions to the Indian film industry'. This is the first
time that an actor with no formal associations with Equity has
been honoured in this way," the spokesman said.
A spokesperson for Equity stated "Our extra-ordinary step
of issuing a press statement on this sad event is a good will
gesture to recognise the immense contribution of Dev Anand as
a life-long, dedicated actor, director and producer..."
Dev Anand breathed his last at a London hotel on December
3 aged 88.