NEW DELHI: A career spanning over six decades in Indian cinema, classics like ‘Hum Dono’, ‘Jewel Thief’ and ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ besides countless laurels seem to be not enough for Bollywood’s evergreen star Dev Anand as he is in no mood to hang his boots.
The actor, who earned the moniker of being the youngest star in India at the age of 87, says he wants a second life to complete his unfinished work. “I am always in a rush because time is slipping away fast and I am chasing it, chasing it. I have so many stories to tell but where is the time. I wish I am born again as Dev Anand and you meet a young star 25 years later. That will give me some time to finish what I want to do,” Dev Anand told PTI in an interview.
The veteran star, who ruled the hearts with his swagger and signature tilted hat, is releasing his 1961 classic ‘Hum Dono’ in colour and cinemascope on December 3 world over. Three weeks after the release of the Sadhana-Nanda starrer, the actor will come up with his new film ‘Chargesheet’.
“The film is in colour and cinemascope with digital sound. You won’t feel that it is an old film. It is special to me because Sahir Ludhianvi put my life’s philosophy in ‘Main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya’,” Dev Anand says.
The actor himself stars in the new crime thriller along with Naseerudin Shah and Jackie Shroff. Politician Amar Singh has also done a cameo in the movie.
“It is a suspense murder story and talks about police corruption. It is not a thoughtless film. Without a reason, a story is a waste. When I make such film I will tell people in advance ‘I am making nonsense’.”
The Bollywood legend, who redefined and enriched cinema with everlasting classics like ‘Guide’ and ‘Taxi Driver’ has no plans to do remakes.
“I already have six scripts ready. Why should I delve into the past when my thinking is alive? I don’t want to repeat my old stories. But yes, I would like to pick up segments from my films and make a movie called ‘The Growth of Dev Anand as an Actor’. But I need time for that. Film making is a very involved craft,” he says.
Dev Anand is confident that the two films will find people’s affection. “I am not making films for the heck of it. I am a very involved man. I am also growing old but I won’t say and I won’t feel old,” he says.
Questions like ‘Is there anything that you still want to do?’ are common with the star and his reply is equally teasing. “Everything. There are billions of things that I have not done and want to do. Every moment is new, is growth. You are great if you are growing. I am Dev Anand, dear,” he says.