Dev Anand was the pioneer of the Bollywood cricket movies

Dev Anand (R) with legendary Indian captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Sep 26, 2011

Legendary Bollywood actor and director Dev Anand celebrates his 88th Birthday today. The ever green actor has starred in hits like Kalapani, Kala Bazar, Hum Dono and Guide.

Winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and Padma Bhushan has directed 19 films and produced 31 films of which 7 directorial ventures and 18 films respectively were commercially successful at the box office.

His movie Awwal Number was one of the first Indian movie to have its storyline revolving around cricket much before the release of Lagaan, Chamatkar, Iqbal, Dil Bole Hadippa, Patiala House and Victory.

The plot of Awwal Number revolved around India-Australia cricket series. The historic Wankhede Stadium was used to shoot the movie.

Aamir Khan, the award winning actor for movie Lagaan, played the role of Sunny, who replaces Aditya Pancholi as India captain.

With India trailing by two match to Australia, the third match to be played at Wankhede. The audience and movie goers were treated with aerial shot of the stadium. Dev Anand used a helicopter to catch the action going on in the stadium, which was much before MRF blimp came into picture.