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The evergreen rolling stone

Dev Anand has spent 56 years in front of and behind the camera, but he says much still remains to be done.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2011 08:20 IST

Dev Anand has spent 56 years in front of and behind the camera, but he says much still remains to be done. His quest for the distant silver lining is nothing short of miraculous.

The evergreen entertainer, who is nearly 80, spoke to IANS in an interview about his glorious years.

Q: How do you manage to get so excited about all your films?

A: If you love your work the way I do and especially if it's creative work waiting to be judged by the world, then I think the process is invigorating. I pick up a thought and start building on it. It could from an encounter on a street, a book, or watching the news... there's so much of real life drama to be inspired from.

Q: Do you have a problem getting a cast and crew that's as excited about your projects as you?

A: I work with likeminded people. They're on their toes all the time. I work at a very fast pace, and they're with me all the way. I think any individual who
wants to cram in as much of life's experiences as possible needs to work at this pace.

My latest film Love At Times Square was an Indian love story set in the US. You know Times Square in New York is a mind-blowing sight. I went twice to capture it on film. That's where the girl and boy meet. You've to see how it looks during New Year's eve.

Q: You play a father in Love At Times Square?

A: I do. But I am not a run-of-the-mill father. I share a beautiful relationship with my screen-daughter. We needed a sensitive actor for the role. Since I had written the story myself I knew how to play the father.

Q: You've discovered some great actresses like Zeenat Aman and Tina Munim.

A: Even Tabu. Tabu was my discovery. She wasn't my leading lady. But the roots of her career sprang from my film Hum Naujawan. I agree my later discoveries couldn't match up. That's because their films didn't do well.

When a film does well and it's seen by the maximum number of people, only then does a newcomer get noticed. Now there're so many aspirants pouring into Mumbai. It never used to be like this before. Out of 50 newcomers only one gets a chance to shine.

Q: How do you look back on more than 50 years in films?

A: I think they were very glorious years. They taught me lots of things. I'm still learning. I've had a marvellous career so far. I've no regrets. I'm making a journey towards the top of a mountain though I still can't see the summit.

Q: The film industry is going through tremendous turmoil.

A: That turmoil makes filmmaking even more challenging for me. There's so much violence and drama in real life, and yet people do go to the cinema. If they like a film it touches the sky.

There're so many strides in mass communication. There're so many other sources of entertainment apart from cinema. That makes filmmaking more challenging. I'm not pessimistic about the future of cinema.

Q: Are you planning an autobiography?

A: It must be done. Fifty-six years of my career as a star and a filmmaker and all the accompanying experiences will be encapsulated in the biography. I get lots of offers and requests. MJ Akbar wants me to write a biography. I've told him to wait until the release of Love At Times Square.