Dharam Dev Pishorimal Anand (26 September 1923 – 3 December 2011), better known as Dev Anand, was an Indian film actor, writer, director and producer known for his work in Hindi cinema. Part of the Anand family, he co-founded Navketan Films in 1949 with his elder brother Chetan Anand. Anand is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema.. Considered as a Matinee Idol and a Legend of Indian Cinema, Dev Anand is one of the most celebrated actors of India, who is believed to have ruled the Hindi Film Industry for many decades. The actor is also termed as evergreen by film critics and his fans due to the fact that he continued to be a successful leading actor when all his contemporaries had already retired, and used to look extremely younger than his actual age. Dev Anand is also regarded as one of the most handsome actors of Hindi Cinema. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002 for his contribution to Indian cinema. His career spanned more than 65 years with acting in 114 Hindi films of which 104 have him play the main solo lead hero and he did 2 English films.