Born: 16 April 1919
Died: 21 July 1992
- He was an Indian film director, producer, editor and screenwriter.
- He directed more than 30 Hindi films in the 1950s and 1960s including several hits like Nagina (1951), Agra Road (1957), Post Box 999 (1958), Satta Bazaar (1959), Dulha Dulhan (1964) and Raaz (1967).
- He turned to Gujarati cinema with his blockbuster Jesal Toral (1971) and directed more than 25 Gujarati films in the 1970s and 1980s.
- Film historian Subhash Chheda said, “Dave brought the diminishing Gujarati culture in front of the people.
- The films were mostly produced for an urban audience then.
- He made films for a rural audience which were also well received by the urban audience.
- His biggest contribution [to Gujarati cinema] is bringing a new audience to Gujarati films.”
- Due to his expertise in thriller and mystery films, Chheda called him India’s Alfred Hitchcock.
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