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Dev AnandDev Anand plans to pen another book
25th Sept 2007  09.00 IST
By Agencies  

Not content with his first book which is going to be released on September 26 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, veteran actor Dev Anand plans to start writing another book soon.

"I am very excited and anxious to know the people's response to my book. It covers my 62 working years in the show business. But there is still so much to say. Such a long journey cannot be entirely covered in one book," Dev Anand said in Mumbai on Monday.

"My life is still going on and will go on, no matter what people say. I am still functioning and growing with very experience, which means I am still strong enough to continue further. One book is finished. But the life has not stopped," the evergreen actor said.

Dev Anand's autobiography 'Romancing with Life', published by Penguin, will be released on September 26 by the Prime Minister in Delhi. UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi will be the chief guest at book release function.

"Imagine a man of 62 years of standing in the show business, on his own strength making original movies, no remakes, no plagiarism. We have made 36 motion pictures, with every movie different from the other. We are still making films," he said.

The legend goes that the darling of the masses, Anand began his career in the military censor office at Churchgate, Mumbai, for a salary of Rs160. Even as he stayed as a paying guest in the innumerable cheap guesthouses in Mumbai and also with some of his friends, Anand always knew that he would soon be part of the elite circle of glamour and flashbulbs.

He was soon offered a break as an actor by Prabhat Talkies to star in their ‘Hum Ek Hain’ (1946) during the shooting of which he struck a friendship with fellow actor Guru Dutt.

From swapping shirts to double dating and sharing dreams, they went on to make a pact: if Anand produced a film, Dutt would direct it; if Dutt produced a film, Anand would act in it.

As destiny would have it, Anand was offered his first big break by Ashok Kumar, his favourite star. Kumar spotted Dev hanging around in the studios and picked him as the hero for the Bombay Talkies production, ‘Ziddi’, costarring Kamini Kaushal (1948) after which he never looked back.

In 1949, Anand turned producer and launched his own company Navketan along with his elder brother Chetan Anand which continues to churn out movies even now.

As promised, Dev placed his bet on Guru Dutt as director for the crime thriller, 'Baazi' (1951). The dice rolled in favour of this creative collaboration; the Sahir Ludhianvi, lyricist song, 'Tadbeer se bigdi huyee taqdeer bana de', (transforming bad fortune into good though prayers) proved prophetic and Anand became a true blue star.

He never shied away from playing out roles with grey shades. His grey character role in films like 'Jaal' (1952) in which he played a gambler, a smuggler and a blackmarketeer was well appreciated by the audience.

The year 1954 was a crucial one. Anand was one of the earliest Indian stars to visit Russia. His starrers, 'Rahee' and 'Aandhiyan', were screened there along with Raj Kapoor's 'Awaara'.

In the same year, 'Taxi Driver' was declared a hit. Dev's heroine was Kalpana Kartik and the two soon got married in a quiet ceremony.

There was no doubt that Anand was a 'man of style' but his detractors cast doubts on his acting abilities and even questioned his inclusion in the hallowed Raj Kapoor - Dilip Kumar league.

But Anand, proved his detractors wrong with his classic act in 'Kala Pani' (1958), as the son who is willing to go to any lengths to clear his framed father's name. He won the Best Actor Award for the film.

He followed it up with an interesting double role in 'Hum Dono' (1961) as a mustachioed major and his clean-shaven lookalike.

But what was the most celebrated was the film 'Guide' (1965), directed by younger brother Vijay Anand.

Dev Anand played Raju, a voluble guide who supports Rosy ( Waheeda Rahman ) in her bid for freedom but is not above thoughtlessly exploiting her for personal gains. Combining panache with probably his best performance, Anand gave an affecting performance as a man grappling with his emotions in his passage through love, shame and salvation.

He reunited with Vijay Anand for the much-hyped 'Jewel Thief', featuring a bevy of beauties led by Vyjayanthimala Bali, including Tanuja, Anju Mahendru, Faryal and Helen .

With their next collaboration, 'Johnny Mera Naam' (1970), Anand proved that he was worth his weight in gold. The film was released in the same year as Raj Kapoor's magnum 'Mera Naam Joker', and was a golden jubilee hit while Kapoor's film bit the sand at the box office.

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