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Where is originality? Asks Dev Anand

"Our film Guide touched the spiritual heights," says the veteran actor adding that no one can remake his film.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 11:28 IST

Veteran actor Dev Anand is unhappy with the current trend of revisiting old classics in Bollywood and says no one can remake his Guide.

"I was a little touchy when I heard about it... because our film Guide touched the spiritual heights, which weren't there even in the novel... They are such intelligent people. They don't need to fall back on remakes," the evergreen Dev Anand saidin an interview about reports that Rituparno Ghosh and Pritish Nandy were planning to remake the film.

The 1965 film, which was based on RK Narayan's novel, starred the legendary actor and Waheeda Rehman and is considered one of the most remarkable films of Indian cinema.

The actor feels it is more challenging to find a new idea than to take inspiration from old movies. "I personally feel it's a great challenge to find a new idea and venture into the unknown. If the idea works it stays alive for at least 50 years."

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Dev saab, I believe you are very upset about Guide being remade?
But that's cleared now. The director Rituparno Ghosh has clearly stated he is not remaking Guide. So the matter is closed. No one can remake Guide.

Guide is RK Narayan's Guide, Guide is Dev Anand's and Vijay Anand's Guide. You are free to get inspired from any source. That's the creative mind's prerogative. But you can't claim to remake Guide. I was a little touchy when I heard about it... because our film Guide touched the spiritual heights, which weren't there even in the novel.

Veteran actor Dev Anand is unhappy with the current trend of revisiting old classics in Bollywood and says no one can remake his Guide.

The book doesn't have that spiritual feel of our film. Pritish Nandy is a good friend of mine. I fired off a letter asking why he was doing "Guide". They are such intelligent people. They don't need to fall back on remakes. My reaction was quite natural.

I remember Rituparno had come to me in Delhi when I had won the Dadasaheb Phalke award, asking me for the remake rights of Guide. I had advised him against remaking Guide.

Ritu thinks it is an inviolable classic.
He is a wonderful man. I admire him for what he says. I feel flattered when people credit so much sanctity to Guide. I hold this film and many of my old films close to my heart. Why should anyone have the right to borrow my films?

Would you say Guide is the most important film of your career?
That would be unfair to some of my other films. You know my career graph! In all the films that my company Navketan has made, I have always experimented with new ideas, walked the road of originality even at the risk of failure. Every film I have made is different, including my latest Mr. Prime Minister.