Prem Pujari's romance with life in Kolkata

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Kolkata, Sep 30 (UNI) People thronged at a book store here almost causing a stampede like situation when "evergreen" Dev Anand arrived to launch his autobiography 'Romancing with Life'.

The actor of 'Guide', who brought many to movie world like Jeenat Aman, Tina Munim and Hema Malini, was looking as fresh as teenager even at 83 and smilingly giving his authograph, whoever approached him with his latest book last evening.

An actor, director and producer, Dev Anand, started his career in the 50's as a romantic hero in films like 'Baazi', 'Taxi Driver', 'CID', 'Fantoosh', 'Guest' and many more to list. However, movies like 'Jewel Thief', 'Guide', 'Kala Paani' gave him an overwhelming success and he never looked back since then.

Talking to the mediapersons here today at the launch, this 'Prem Pujari' said he had penned each and every special moments of his life from his struggling days to successfull evenings, from his love life and his first crush with singing star Suraiya in the 50s.

"This book is very close to my heart. My life has now become an open book. It's an remarkable life story which is no less dramatic," said this indomitable personality with a 'never-say-die' attitude.

"I started my book about three years ago when I was in the USA.

Writing becomes easier when your flow of thoughts is constant,'' he avered.

Born in Lahore, this 'Gambler' had been playing the games of life in Mumbai since he was only 19 and "hopes to do so till he turns 100." "I am even planning to get the book translated in different languages," he said adding that the book was dedicated to all his fans and his country, which has always appreciated his work and spirit.

With a blue jacket and a multi-coloured scarf, Dev Anand was accompanied by Samajwadi party leader Amar Singh.

"Everything beautiful in life is romance for me. There is nothing ugly in this world," he elaborated.

The British parliament would be honouring the movie legend for his contribution to Indian cinema this year.

UNI

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