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Dev Anand's as busy as a bee

Besides writing his autobiography, the yesteryears superstar will also be directing two films in 2007.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2007 19:13 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service

Veteran actor Dev Anand has never known full stops. At 83, he is planning two films in 2007, apart from his much-awaited autobiography.

"It's more than 60 years of my life as a film person. My journey from a wannabe in the streets of Mumbai to the actor, writer, director, producer in the studios - everything... all condensed in one book."

The words tumble out in an effervescent flow of unstoppable energy.

"My autobiography is ready for publication. This is a historical moment for me."

Dev Anand started writing the autobiography some years back.

"When Baghdad was attacked by the US, I was in New York. Every channel showed the grim news about bombardment. I was at a loose end in my hotel room. That's when I started jotting down my thoughts.

"Once I started writing I was hooked. The process of writing my book has given me a chance to live my own life. I kept writing in fits and starts until last year when I took it up very seriously. I finally finished the book in a two-month stretch."

The obvious pride in having done something, which no other Bollywood icon has done, bubbles over.

"Every line in my book is mine. I haven't got any professional writer to help me and I didn't type it out because I don't know how to type. I've handwritten the entire monumental volume of my thoughts. Since every word has flowed from my mind to my hand and onto paper, I'm as excited as a child. "

The evergreen star has two titles for his autobiography and will be revealed in consultation with its foreign publishers.

"Out of my 83 years, 60 years of my active life in the movies is put into this book. And it isn't over yet. It'll only be finished when I'm gone. I've discussed everything from my initial struggle to my family, brothers.

"It would require six books to chronicle six decades of my career. But that wasn't possible. So I've condensed it all in one book to keep it interesting. After all, I don't want readers to get bored. I want them to feel the same excitement that they do when they watch a movie."

Will the book hurt any of the people who are mentioned in it?

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