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Romancing With Life: An Autobiography (English)

Author: Dev Anand
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Length: 438 Pages
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This is an autobiography of the evergreen star Dev Anand. The book is filled with tales spanning over six decades, encompassing his youth and film career as an actor, writer, director, and producer.

Summary Of The Book

Charming and sometimes seemingly routing to be an escapist, like the man himself, Romancing With Life: An Autobiography by Dev Anand reveals his larger than life perception of himself. With characteristic abandon, he makes light of his failures while focusing with pride and joy on his achievements. In all seriousness, he makes quaint statements opining that his failed Awaal Number is similar to Lagaan, or that his film Censor ought to have been picked for the Oscar.

Dev Anand acknowledges, candidly and without any sadness or resentment, his obsession with Zeenat Aman and disappointment at her lack of reciprocation. His unsuccessful love affair with Suraya is replayed in depth, disclosing an intense setback that he optimistically turned into a strengthening experience. He alludes to several of his heroines whose rise to glory was scripted by him and recaptures his time with Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, and Dilip Kumar.

He talks about how he engineered the rise of a new wave in cinema with his brother Chetan Anand, and refers to his film Guide with great pride, while reminiscing on how the critics of his time had predicted a dismal reception for the movie.

Portraying himself as an eternal romantic who longs for love and adulation, he floods his memoir with anecdotes of his encounters with women across the world and his unending quest for young starlets. Not bound by a chronological format, the book enables the reader to pick and enjoy incidents from any part of its contents.

Romancing With Life: An Autobiography was released in 2007. This edition was published in 2011.

About Dev Anand

Dev Anand was an award-winning actor, writer, director, and producer of Indian films in Hindi.

Although his autobiography has been his only work, Dev Anand penned the story for 13 of his own films.

Anand’s writing style is pacy and effervescent, as he keeps the readers hooked to his every word.

Anand’s full name was Dharam Dev Pishorimal Anand. He was born on 26 September, 1923, in Gurdaspur. He graduated in English Literature from Government College, Lahore, and started his career as a Clerk in Accountancy. He then joined his elder brother Chetan Anand in the latter’s theatrical engagements, from where he moved on to Hindi films. In a career spanning over sixty five years, Dev Anand acted in 114 films. He played the lead role in 104 of them.

Anand received the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002. He received several Filmfare awards and international honors and recognitions during his lifetime. Due to his resemblance to Hollywood star Gregory Peck, Dev Anand was accepted as one of Hindi cinema’s best looking actors. Anand succumbed to a cardiac arrest on December 3, 2011, in London.

Specifications of Romancing With Life: An Autobiography (English) (Paperback)

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Author Dev Anand
Book Details
Publisher PENGUIN INDIA
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13 9780143418566
ISBN-10 0143418564
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 438 Pages
Dimensions
Height 1.10 inch
Weight 390 g
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An unforgettable Bokk from the Unforgettable Times...!!!

I am at a loss for Words for "DEV" SAAB!

Thanks you Flipkart for delivering it in 2 days flat!This is one of my most fabulous read, and the book itself, a priceless possession, since it's an autobiography of DEV ANAND, my MOST favorite actor, my Inspiration, my Idol and a man of substance. I am Nilanjann (Aroopratan), a Music composer, Singer stationed in Calcutta having worked with so many Directors for the last many years, But what is behind my story of becoming this composer/singer/performer that I am today? It was primarily the Music of the West and also the Music of Bollywoo...
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I am at a loss for Words for "DEV" SAAB!

Thanks you Flipkart for delivering it in 2 days flat!This is one of my most fabulous read, and the book itself, a priceless possession, since it's an autobiography of DEV ANAND, my MOST favorite actor, my Inspiration, my Idol and a man of substance. I am Nilanjann (Aroopratan), a Music composer, Singer stationed in Calcutta having worked with so many Directors for the last many years, But what is behind my story of becoming this composer/singer/performer that I am today? It was primarily the Music of the West and also the Music of Bollywoo...
I am at a loss for Words for "DEV" SAAB!

Thanks you Flipkart for delivering it in 2 days flat!This is one of my most fabulous read, and the book itself, a priceless possession, since it's an autobiography of DEV ANAND, my MOST favorite actor, my Inspiration, my Idol and a man of substance. I am Nilanjann (Aroopratan), a Music composer, Singer stationed in Calcutta having worked with so many Directors for the last many years, But what is behind my story of becoming this composer/singer/performer that I am today? It was primarily the Music of the West and also the Music of Bollywood, especially the music from the films of Dev Anand Saab, who has all through my life inspired me with his fabulous films and it's unforgettable Music. And this book, simple happens to be one of the best Autobiographies that I've read so far. Dev Saab has been honest and thorough in his writing and I would like to thank Penguin for bringing such a fantastic Biography out in the open for millions to read and all over again to fall in love once again with the evergreen,debonair, flamboyant and handsome hero DEV Saab. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves to read a good book. I should be on the list of "must read books" ! I also take the opportunity to thank Flipkart for mailing this book to me, at such a competitive rate. I will write reviews of this book in several other websites, blogs and also praise flipkart.com at the same time. Thanks Flipkart. I miss you DEV Saab. I pray for your soul day and night 24X7!!!

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28 Jun 2012
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Fascinating read, very honest tale

When you pick Indian auto-biographies, very rarely do you find one which is honest and open. This is one book that lays bare the mind and life of an achiever. Not only has Dev Anand provided interesting bits of his journey, he has also in an unpretentious way shown himself for what he is.
His journey from a small town to movie fame and then the later years are vividly presented here. And over the decades, the transformation of his relationships with his family members can also be seen from his perspective. His standing up for his beliefs in the political sphere as well as in his work with...
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When you pick Indian auto-biographies, very rarely do you find one which is honest and open. This is one book that lays bare the mind and life of an achiever. Not only has Dev Anand provided interesting bits of his journey, he has also in an unpretentious way shown himself for what he is.
His journey from a small town to movie fame and then the later years are vividly presented here. And over the decades, the transformation of his relationships with his family members can also be seen from his perspective. His standing up for his beliefs in the political sphere as well as in his work with...
When you pick Indian auto-biographies, very rarely do you find one which is honest and open. This is one book that lays bare the mind and life of an achiever. Not only has Dev Anand provided interesting bits of his journey, he has also in an unpretentious way shown himself for what he is.
His journey from a small town to movie fame and then the later years are vividly presented here. And over the decades, the transformation of his relationships with his family members can also be seen from his perspective. His standing up for his beliefs in the political sphere as well as in his work with the resulting conflicts are very interesting to read. And over the years, the man had access to the powerful, the rich and the beautiful and he lays it all out here with lots of anecdotes and snippets. The writing style too is very good and has kept with the times.

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Intimate with a great soul.

Romancing with Life is indeed a pleasure to read, but more than that it gives you an intimate view of the man, the legend, the eternal man of romance. The way he rises into stardom, the milestones in his life and his zest for life are all apparent in each line. Yet on feels a little disappointed in his miserliness in holding back too much, especially when it comes to other luminaries of his times, including his co-stars. For instance, his account of Madhubala, the Venus Queen of Indian cinema and his co-star in eight films, is only a half page and leaves you desperately wanting for more.

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Romancing with life;An autobiogrphy by Dev Anand

Romancing with life is well structured document written by Late Dev Anand,evergreen hero of Bollywood.His autobiography has given me insight of person whom I always admired.He was best among trio of Dilip Kumar.Rajkapoor and Dev Anand. All these heroes enthralled us in Golden era of Bollywood Cinema. Dev Anand has put all the incidents of his life very honestly in this book.His passion and dedication to his work is worth praising,His contribution to Indian cinema will never be forgotten.May his soul rest in peace .In the last...Yahaan kaun. Hai tera..Musaffir

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Good one !!

No doubt, no one comes close to the late great Dev Anand. Being a mega fan of him I ordered the book in keen anticipation and I must say I was not dissapointed. Very well written, candid and most importantly very insightful into a mind of arguably, India's greatest superstar. Personally, expected a little bit more regarding his life experiences and his relationships with his peers in the industry but overall a good read.

Also, could have been better without him describing his "colorful past" in detail :)

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Dev anand rocks..

Being the only authentic autobiography from indian film industry makes it a must read. Hats off to dev anand;s never dying spirit. But at places I feel he is more concerned about his image rather than facts.I further believe autobiograhy is a difficult thing, if done honestly. Many a times he bo... (View complete review)

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Nothing can be better when it comes to wrie Autobiograpies

It a perfect blend for Dev Anand fans. Gives a crystal clear view of Dev sahab's life and the Indian film industry. The book really takes you back the pre and post era of Indian Independence and the development of the Hindi film industry. When I try to visualize those days in 1940 onwards my thou... (View complete review)

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An unforgettable Bokk from the Unforgettable Times...!!!

I am at a loss for Words for "DEV" SAAB!

Thanks you Flipkart for delivering it in 2 days flat!This is one of my most fabulous read, and the book itself, a priceless possession, since it's an autobiography of DEV ANAND, my MOST favorite actor, my Inspiration, my Idol and a man of substa...
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good one!!!

Great Job Late Dev Saab!!! once you start reading this book you will go non stop, Dev Saab reveal all secrets of his life people do not know. Very simple to read and connecting links chapter to chapter. I like the book very much. (View complete review)

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