Legendary Indian actor Dev Anand has approached Goldstone Technologies Ltd Hyderabad to recolourise and restore the prints of his 1965 classic "Guide", which is chosen to be screened in the "Classics" section of the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival.
"The original negative of 'Guide' has gone through a lot of wear and tear over the years and there are a lot of scratch marks on it. So, the print needs to be restored as the movie is highly popular even today. Dev Anand approached us again for the job and we are working on it," Travis Caddell, managing director of Goldstone Technologies Ltd, told IANS by phone from Hyderabad Tuesday.
The Hyderabad-based Goldstone recently colourised Navketan's 1959 black and white hit "Hum Dono", which had Dev Anand in a double role. Nanda and Sadhna played his leading ladies.
"Guide", in which Dev Anand plays the role of a tour guide who finds himself entangled in the affairs of a woman caught in a marital discord that drives him to the brink of his own life, will be shown in the "Classics" section at the Cannes.
Apparently, this is one reason why Dev Anand has opted for colour grading of the movie prints.
"Guide," based on R.K. Narayan's novel of the same name, has Waheeda Rehman in the most fascinating role of her career that gave the actress a chance not only to prove her histrionic abilities, but her dancing talent as well.
Goldstone Technologies Ltd recently colourised the Kannada movie "Satya Harischandra". The movie, in which the Kannada film legend Rajkumar played the title role, was originally released in 1965.
Apart from restoration and colourisation, Goldstone also converted the format of the movie from 35 mm to Cinemascope at its Hyderabad facility.