I feel young enough to go on till eternity: Dev Anand

September 26th, 2008 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Sep 26 (IANS) Evergreen hero Dev Anand turned a “young” 85 Friday, and to mark the occasion the sprightly filmmaker also recorded a song along with fellow colleague Asha Bhosle for his new film “Chargesheet”. “I’m as fit and fine as I was last year and the year before that. I feel young enough to go on till eternity…why not?”, Dev Anand said to IANS.

“I’m very excited about my new film ‘Chargesheet’. It occupies my mind at the moment. I want to make and release it the way I want to. It’ll be out in 2009. Hopefully, the audience will like it,” he said in an interview.

On the song he recorded with Asha, who turned 75 recently, he said: “After so many years! Remember Asha singing ‘Dum maro dum’ in ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ and ‘Jab chhaaye mera jadoo’ in ‘Loot Maar’?”

“Then I’m going to London to release the international edition of my autobiography ‘Romancing With Life’. I’m feeling very happy for myself.”

Excerpts:

Q: Dev saab, how are you keeping?

A: I’m as fit and fine as I was last year and the year before that. I feel young enough to go on till eternity…why not?

Q: Why not, indeed?

A: I’m 84 now. I’m entering my 85th year. I’m very excited about my new film “Chargesheet”. On my birthday, I’m recording a song with Asha Bhosle… after so many years! Do you remember Asha singing “Dum maro dum” in “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” and “Jab chhaaye mera jadoo” in “Loot Maar”?

Then I’m going to London to release the international edition of my autobiography “Romancing With Life”. It’s wonderful, because I got this note from Penguin England saying they’re looking forward to the release. I’m feeling very happy for myself.

This “Chargesheet” song is meant just for Asha. It requires a very wide range and she has it. She was supposed to record it earlier this week. But she had a bad throat.

Q: What kind of a film is “Chargesheet”?

A: It’s a murder mystery. So I can’t tell you much about it. All I can say is that it stars three newcomers, all wonderful actors. If I made new films it’s my job to find new talent. The industry needs new talent. And you must understand there’re countless hopefuls waiting for a break.

Q: How do you feel about the response to your autobiography?

A: I feel happy. I’m happy by people’s comments. People had called me after they read it. Beyond that I haven’t asked anybody. Why should I? The fact that Penguin is coming out with an international edition in just one year is gratifying. I’m travelling to London for the release. This year has been full of travel for me.

Q: You went to Cannes this year.

A: Yes, I did. “Guide” was invited in the classics section, and I was there. It was first premiered in 1966 - 42 years later the audience watched “Guide” at Cannes in rapt attention. Can you beat it? I told them I was very enthused by the response and that I hoped to come back next year in the competition section.

Q: Your closing thoughts on your birthday?

A: I did my book. I’m making my new film. “Chargesheet” is all that occupies my mind at the moment. I want to make and release it the way I want to. It’ll be out in 2009. Hopefully the audience will like it.

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