Titans of cinema Dev Anand, Adoor warm up IFFI scene

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Panaji, Nov 30 (UNI) It was a meeting between two legends. They warmed up the scene here at International Film Festival of India(IFFI), which some said had been going dull and drab so far due to absence of top stars.

Evergreen Dev Anand and celebrated Malyalam filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan in animated conversation with each other were the cynosure of all eyes at a party given by the Embassy of France here last evening.

The two icons, one a king of style, and the other a master of realistic films, coming from two different regions of the country, were talking about cinema and each other.

Cinema, the very word is enough to fire the imagination of Dev Anand and provoke him to talk in gusto in his inimitable style.

''You are ever young and have a very active mind,'' said the great filmamker from the south. Responding to the comment, Dev Anand said, ''Yes, my mind is always in a state of unrest, and that's what keeps me going.'' '' Cinema is my passion, it is a fire that is always burning within . See I have live my life like that. My life fuels my cinema and my cinema fuels my life,'' he said.

Adoor wanted to read Dev Anand's autobiography ''Romancing with Life' and he sought it with his autograph. The actor could not hide his glee on this request and immediately told his secretray to note down Adoor's address send it to him as soon as possible.

In fact Adoor was all ears, and so were all others present as Dev Anand talked about his present projects, future plans and life in general, which prompted noted filmmaker Jabbar Patel to wonder at his amazing energy and enthusiasm.

'' Yes, for me everbody standing here is a story, a potential subject for a film and I always feel full of energy to talk about it. A filmmaker cannot remain aloof from the people as going in their midst provides the raw material for creation. But for the actual process of creation to take place, you have to go aloof for sometime.'' Dev Anand said he was very pleased with the response, his book got all over the world. ''It is a sell out, and a second edition was being planned.I have travelled to UK, US and other countries and interacted with the people of Indian origin who left the country shores 40-50 years ago. He also met wife of Gregory Peck, noted Hollywood star with whom he was compared in the prime of his career.

And they all lapped up the book. They appreciated my style of writing and told me they felt as if they were seeing me in the book telling my story to them.'' Speaking about his new film, he said it was titled 'Chargesheet' dealing with police corruption, and he would introduce many fresh faces in the film. He is even planning to visit Subhash Ghai's film school in Mumbai 'Whistling Woods International' to scout for new talent.

''You will see this film in the next IFFI,'' he added.

Dev Anand, who had come here to inaugurate the retrospective of his brother late Vijay Anand's films at IFFI, said Vijay was unparalled as a director. He had keen sense of writing film scripts, editing, camera movement and picturisation of songs, and he had total command over the medium of cinema and was a king on the set, the actor added.

'' Honestly, I tell you that after working with Vijay, I didn't feel like working with any other director,'' he said.

''In fact his contribution to cinema has always been underplayed. When Vijay died, and his pyre was burning, mediapersons asked me to speak about him, I told them pointing towards the flames that these embers would cool down but the creative fire he lit in the cinema would always remain burning.'' Dev Anand said he was also going to make two English films.

Adoor's films are being screened in the Indian Panorama section of the festival.


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