Kamal releases Dev's autobiography in city

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Chennai, Oct 5 (UNI) The ''lover boy'' of the 1960s silver screen debonair Dev Anand enthralled a packed audience, many of them as they themselves revealed, his fans, answering a range of questions at a function where his already 'hit' autobiography ''Romancing with Life' was released here tonight.

Actor Kamal Hassan, who himself confessed he was a Dev Anand fan, released the book. It was a moving scene to see one of the living legends of Hindi and Indian cinema waiting patiently for Kamal's arrival when he was told that Kamal would be delayed, as he had to drive in for the function from a far off shooting spot.

''I am a great fan of Kamal Hassan, I had approached him for a film. But we could not do it'', Dev also recalled to a round of applause.

Dev described his first major literary effort, which Penguin Chief Editor Udayan Mitran qualied as one of the best autobiographies published in India, saying ''the book has me, my times, my country and my country's Independence.'' Kamal also told the media later '' Dev saab is one actor whom I really admire along with Yusuf Khan saab (Dilip Kumar). The song sequences in my films have a lot of Dev saab.'' Editor-in-Chief of the English daily, The Hindu, N Ram , who was the chief guest appreciated the forthright manner in which the autobiography has been written, '' I have just begun reading it. It sure lives up to Penguin's claim of being one of the best autobiographies'', Mr Ram added.

Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh, who was also present along with the party MP and actress Jayaprada, hailed the romantic hero in Dev Anand and said he was truly an evergreen actor.

Recounting the lyrics of many a hit song from a few hit films of the Dadasaheb Phalke award winner and Padma Bhushan recepient, Mr Singh signed off to big applause, singing ''abhina jao chodke, e dil abhi bhara nahin'' (Don't go away so soon. My heart is not filled as yet).

The 'romance' of Dev Anand will live on forever, he added.

UNI

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