He was exceedingly charismatic and it was no surprise that he had great fan following for his exploits on celluloid during 50s,60s and 70s.Above all, even today he is a model for senior citizens and super senior citizens in respect of enjoying life to the fullest.
Dev Anand met R.K.Narayan in Mysore and offered him a blank cheque for film rights of "Guide".(said "The sky is the limit").An embarrassed Narayan waved away the offer,postponing the decision of naming his fee.As production costs mounted,the sky was lowered,until "I could poke a hole in the sky with my umbrella"(Autobiography of Narayan). Anand took many liberties with the simple story written by Narayan.The simple backdrop of Malgudi was replaced by extravagant sets.In the original story,Rosie is a frustrated dancer,neglected by her scholar husband who was totally immersed in his work.Rosie depends on Raju for advancement in her career and walks out of his life transformed as famous Nalini.Dev Anand introduced a love element absent in the novel and unnecessarily turned Marco into a villain.Narayan wrote an exasperated article in LIFE,titled "This is Malgudi?" However Indian audience approved Dev Anand's version and the picture became an all time hit.
Re: R.K.Narayan's Guide and Dev Anand's Guide
by miviu on Dec 06, 2011 12:07 PM
Guide, One of the best movies I have seen.. and Dev Anand's action portraying 'different stages of transformation' in life in that movie is just unforgettable..
Between 15-35 is the real human age. Before that is fun and hope and after 35 is memories. So those who saw Dev Anand's best in their age of 15-35, can't forget him. Really they all remember their own days. Dev is a medium to go back in time. On the other hand today's generation will venerate heroes and icons of today. It is only natural.But for all that, Dev Anand gave us a good feel and that is what matters. Today his ideas would not click. That is also OK. He was here and it was good. That is what matters.
by forcek on Dec 06, 2011 11:29 AM
infact what is amazing is that he is revered by even current generation ..i mean around 30 guys ..... imagine current day superstars surviving so long ? ...no chance ...all marketing pupppy dollsss..pansiesss i say
what is amazing is his conviction ...he did what he felt right... most of current generation lack that confidence...they spend time marketing themselves like barbiee dolls....pansiesss.... dev anand even in his hay days of black & white never hogged limelight like raj kapoor et al... he was a free spirit and lived like one and died like one... master of his own destiny.... thats the spirit