The original evergreen hero of Indian films, Dev Anand, continues to remain an enigma to many. Even now he remains one of the most enthusiastic directors in Bollywood. With yet another film “Chargesheet” being released, Anand is gung ho about his life and work. “I have made a film with a lot of responsibility; it is an original work, so let the world decide for itself,” said he. Clearing speculation about who finances his films, he said “Yes, there are NRIs who are prepared to put in their money but I have never asked them.” In a rather candid moment, he spoke about his passion for his co-star Suraiya and his relationship with her. “But I have moved on,” said Anand, “I am still attracted to girls. When that doesn't happen I'll stop making films.”
‘Wish I could sing'
Shah Rukh Khan is willing to add to his culinary skills. “I am learning to cook Italian food for my kids. I love to cook for them,” said Khan whose inspiration came from the fact that both his parents were great cooks. “We ran successful restaurants so it's high time I learnt the art too.” On his wish list of can-do is also music. Khan claims that one of his biggest regrets is not being able to sing. “I wish I could sign,” said Khan adding that when Andrew Lloyd Webber asked him to do a show in London, he chickened out because “I know I can't sing. I have asked my colleagues to keep my iPod updated with all kinds of music so that I know the trends. This will will help me understand what my kids are listening to.” Of course, to many people, Khan need not have any such fears because anything he says is music to the ears.
Back at 64
Sixteen years is a long time to wait. But director Ramesh Sippy does not think that he has lost his touch. Ask him and he retorts. “If Clint Eastwood can direct at 75, why cannot I at 64?” But point out that it's not just a simple mathematical equation at work and Sippy nods acceptance adding, “I want to make a film which will make people say ‘Sippy hasn't lost his touch'.” His urge to make films was as strong today as it was when he was 16 years old. He is happy that the audiences today are more accepting of new films with better scripts. “Twenty years ago we made rubbish but today there is a change; there is a freshness of approach that is appealing,” said Sippy. Of his films, which was his favourite? “That is very difficult to answer, I have no reply.”