December 3, 2012 marked the first death anniversary of the legendary actor, Dev Anand and UTV STARS, paid him a tribute by installing his brass statue at the Bandra Bandstand Promenade immortalizing his invaluable contributions to the Indian Cinema.
Dev Anand's life size statue was unveiled by none other yesteryear great, Waheeda Rehman and son Suneil Anand. Waheeda Rehman made her debut with Dev Anand and the two of them acted together in seven movies, which is the highest for any actress with him.
Commenting on the tribute to Dev Anand, at the Walk of the Stars, Nikhil Gandhi, Business Head, UTV STARS, said, "Walk of the Stars is a way of honoring the invaluable contribution of the biggest superstars of Indian Cinema. Dev Saab is one such pillar of Hindi Cinema and will always be remembered as the 'Evergreen Hero'. With the launch of his statue at Walk of the Stars today, we hope to keep Dev Saab, his wonderful movies and his immense contribution to Bollywood 'evergreen' for all his fans and many more generations to come."
Commenting on unveiling Dev Saab's statue and paying him a tribute at the Walk of the Stars, Yesteryear actress, Waheeda Rehman said, "I made my acting debut with Dev Saab and then went on to do 6 more films with him. He was extremely passionate about his work and we shared a wonderful working relationship. While he will always be remembered for his wonderful movies, a tribute such as this will immortalize Dev Saab forever. And I am more than happy to have the privilege of unveiling his statue."
Commenting on the tribute to his father, Dev Anand, at the Walk of the Stars, Suneil Anand, son of Dev Anand, said, "My father has to his name a wonderful line up of movies and has contributed immensely to Indian & World Cinema. He continues to be a source of inspiration to millions of youth the world over. He was passionate about his work and was always forward looking. And for him to receive such an iconic tribute as recognition of his body of work is truly heartwarming. This is a momentous occasion for me and my family–Dev Anand is with us and will live forever."
UTV STARS Walk of the Stars is a premium property that encompasses renowned celebrities' handprints on a customized slab and specially designed brass statues of iconic legendary actors.
The prestigious property was launched early this year with the felicitation of the legendary 'Kapoor Khandaan'. Prithiviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor's tiles bearing their respective hand prints, were installed at the Bandra Bandstand Promenade, Mumbai. And as a special honor, brass statues on a bench of the great Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor were also installed. Dev Anand's statue will be installed alongside Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor's statues. The UTV STARS Walk of the Stars is open to public on all days, free of cost.