Dev Anand Dies
12/05/2011 AT 08:45 AM EST
Anand, who acted in more than 110 films in a career that spanned six decades, was a Bollywood legend and an icon for generations of young people. With his good looks and stately personal bearing, he became a major star soon after his 1946 silver-screen debut, and was often compared to the American actor Gregory Peck.
News of his death brought an immediate outpouring of grief and remembrance.
"Dev Anand was a great artist who entertained generations of cinema lovers over five decades," Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement. "He was an embodiment of long passion for acting and filmmaking. I join millions of his fans in mourning his death."
On Twitter, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan wrote that Anand's death "leaves a void never perhaps to be filled again." The novelist Salman Rushdie wrote: "I grew up watching your films. Sorry to say goodbye."
Anand, who also produced and directed movies, was reportedly in London for a medical checkup. He will be cremated this week in the British capital, according to reports.