Over the 3-day stay at the lovely Walterre, that included many well-stocked reading shelves, I breezed through this autobiography. I needed to know if he remained loyal to his wife or had affairs with his muses--some of them would have been the age of his granddaughter. He mentions his first sexual encounter with candidness--with an unknown woman on a train journey--and goes into old school English in its description. Elsewhere, the language is contemporary and readable.
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Over the 3-day stay at the lovely Walterre, that included many well-stocked reading shelves, I breezed through this autobiography. I needed to know if he remained loyal to his wife or had affairs with his muses--some of them would have been the age of his granddaughter. He mentions his first sexual encounter with candidness--with an unknown woman on a train journey--and goes into old school English in its description.
Elsewhere, the language is contemporary and readable. She is talkative and boisterous, wants to be acknowledged for any value she brings to a movie or as his partner. He likes her. But then he easily falls for beautiful women. Mona and he enjoy spending time together but she had to still corner him into a proposal and marriage. Shows him to be a romantic guy and not just a corrupt director.
He talks about some other heroines with respect, not implying affairs. His relationship with his wife after the birth of his 2 children is unclear.
He mentions her 2 major outbursts and later alludes to her vague ways of staying inside her room with her beautician or Church group. His son Suniel studies management in a foreign university but surprises him by wanting to be an actor. The daughter Devina is a produce of boarding schools and marries early. She has a baby girl but ends her marriage early too. Dev Anand mentions his granddaughter with fondness. In the early years, he goes over his years in Gurdaspur, living in the shadow of his erudite father, doting mother and 8 siblings.
Talks about the time he loses his Mom to TB but feels her blessings with him. He likes a pretty girl in his English grad course but never sums up courage to go beyond a hello. Struggles for many years in the beginning, lives off some people, including Chetan Anand when he also gets to Bombay after quitting his teaching job in Doon school.
The really good innings come with his younger brother Vijay Anand joining him and writing for his movies. All along, Dev Anand is a polite gentleman.
He looks up to Ashok Kumar,Guru Dutt and establishes good relations with the Nepal royal family and many politicians through his polite demeanour and charming ways. Despite many years of early struggle, he earns and lives well as his movies start doing well. He always looked for inspiring stories that he could show as movies. Goes over how Guide happened in English and Hindi, and incidents behind major milestones in his movie making or any preliminary groundwork.
But he remains a romantic guy, looking for love and showing love in his movies all his life, almost as if his life depended on it.
Romancing with Life (Book & DVD)
Dev was the third of four sons born to Anand. Court and Chetan Anand and the younger one was Vijay Anand. He did his schooling till matriculation from Sacred Heart School, Dalhousie, then in Punjab and went to Government college Dharamshala before going to Lahore to study. Suraiya remained unmarried throughout her life till she died on 31 January Kartik was Christian.
Romancing with Life by Dev Anand