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Veteran filmmaker Dev Anand was felicitated at the 37th International Film Festival of India this Saturday. Two of his films were screened as part of the felicitation and the seasoned filmmaker utilised the occasion to state that he had just wrapped up his autobiography that will be out by February.
“I never had a pause in my career. I have been lucky to get a long span of life and feel it is important to share my experience with my fans, my fellow countrymen. My book is my own, every sentence is written by me. Long ago I realised I could write when we were working in `Guide.’
“I have written my book for romantic people. The day you stop feeling romantic you are dead.”
He also announced the launch of two films, one in English to be shot in Europe and the other, a quickie, in Hindi. While the shooting of the English film will begin in April next, the Hindi film will be completed by then, with start-to-finish shooting schedule in Mumbai.
The autobiography talks of the Gregory Peck connection, when people said he resembled the Hollywood star.
Also, it is likely to contain some mention of the personal moments of his life, including the much talked about relationship with actor Suraiya. “She left me in tears once,” Mr. Anand admitted. “The book will contain all that is important to me. It will not be a chronicle of the films I have done.”
Later in the day, Mr. Anand’s most recent film, `Mr. Prime Minister,’ released about a year ago, was screened. Earlier, his `Jewel Thief’ received thunderous response from the delegates .
“I look forward to coming back next year,” the actor said. “I respect motion pictures, viewers, critics and the organisers.”
(source: The Hindu)