London: British press Monday lavished praise on Dev Anand, describing him as one of the giants of Indian cinema and one of India`s most dashing and enduring film legends.
"Dev Anand was one of the giants of Indian cinema, or Bollywood as it is now usually known, a romantic lead in scores of films and an influential producer," The Times wrote in its obituary column.
The Daily Telegraph described Dev Anand, who died in London aged 88, as "one of India`s most dashing and enduring film legends, playing romantic leads opposite a succession of nubile starlets until well into old age."
The report said the actor inspired "adoration among his hundreds of millions of fans across South Asia."
"To these legions `Devsaab` was the most handsome actor ever to grace the Hindi screen."
Dev Anand, who died on December 3, is survived by his wife and their son and daughter. His nephew is the distinguished film director Shekhar Kapur.