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I don't celebrate birthdays : Dev Anand

The yesteryears superstar, who turns 84 today, speaks to Hiren Kotwani from Croatia.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2006 16:52 IST
Hiren Kotwani/ HT Style
Hiren Kotwani/ HT Style

The many people who use age as an excuse should take a leaf out of Dev Anand’s book. The actor-producer-director, who turns 84 today, is not spending his birthday relaxing with family and friends; instead he is hard at work on his next film.

Anand is currently in Croatia, scouting for locations and in the process of finalising the leading lady for his next film, When Heartbeats Are The Same.
Speaking from Croatia, Devsaab says: “It’s a beautiful day and I’m enjoying the scenic view from my hotel room. It’s cold here, but I’ll be going out after lunch to see some places nearby and to meet some people too.”

When asked about his plans for his birthday, he replies, “I don’t celebrate my birthday, as I prefer being busy working. Last year I was shooting all day at the Gateway of India in Mumbai for Mr Prime Minister.” This is not the first time he has been away from home on his birthday either.

Dev Anand celebrates his 84th birthday today.

“Once I was in New York, another time in Geneva, yet another time in Paris and this time in Croatia. Of course people will be coming to meet me and I will be going out too.” Won’t he miss home, family and friends? “Well, you miss those who are far away. But my family and friends are close to me, in my heart. So where’s the question of missing them?” he replies in his customary jovial manner.

The ever-youthful actor has not let age diminish his penchant for new things. This is evident from his choice of Croatia, which is the setting for his next film, “Firstly, it’s a new place and no Hindi film has been shot here. Secondly, it’s a beautiful country offering tremendous scope for breathtaking visuals, as you will see in the film. Most importantly, it is an international film in English. It’s a love story between an NRI, born and brought up in London, and a Croatian girl.”

On his return to the romantic genre after making a couple of issue-based films like Censor and Mr Prime Minister, Anand says, “This is a universal subject which crosses all boundaries, appealing to people from different nationalities and religions.” Anand himself will play the NRI hero’s father.

He will announce the rest of the cast “after he signs a Croatian girl”, which might take a “few days or a few weeks”. He’s conducting screen-tests, meeting actresses and models and is even open to spotting her on the streets. “Of course I shall ask her to read some lines to check her abilities,” he says. “It will be a two hour film with one song for which I’ll be signing up an international name. I’ll be returning to India in early October, and should be able to give you more details then.”

First Published: Sep 26, 2006 16:36 IST