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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)

Book Details
Publisher PENGUIN INDIA
ISBN-10 0143418564
Imprint PENGUIN
Number of Pages 438 Pages
Publication Year 2011
Language English
ISBN-13 9780143418566
Binding Paperback
Dimensions
Weight 390 g
Height 1.10 inch
Contributors
Author Dev Anand
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Fazal Rahman
11 Jan 2012
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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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Shyam Govind
13 Oct 2012
Dev Saab's last blockbuster !

One of the best autobiographies I have read. I just lived the entire golden era of Bollywood through the book. Magnificent. I would call it his last blockbuster.

Story of a boy from Gurdaspur who dreamt of making it big in the city of dreams, Bombay and how he did it ! Don't miss it. :)

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Suhasini Srihari
18 Mar 2012
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A mirror of self-same onto a paper!

Dev sahaab has written his stories in a very attractive style; elegant English, I must say! He has written about almost all his friends & of their influential behavior in his life. I liked the book very much & its definitely worth reading.

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Ravindra Nath katyal
02 Feb 2012
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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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Pranav
11 Jan 2012
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Honest and Intimate

Dev Anand pours out his heart into this. There is no pretence to be somebody else, a very honest and enjoyable account of his life. Many parts in it are really motivating. Takes through his entire journey right from the time he was in Gurdaspur of then the undivided India. Really enjoyed knowing about him

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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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Amit Gupta
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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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06 Nov 2012
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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Yogesh Malik
02 Nov 2012
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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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Shyam Govind
13 Oct 2012
Dev Saab's last blockbuster !

One of the best autobiographies I have read. I just lived the entire golden era of Bollywood through the book. Magnificent. I would call it his last blockbuster.

Story of a boy from Gurdaspur who dreamt of making it big in the city of dreams, Bombay and how he did it ! Don't miss it. :)
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    ISBN Number: 0143418564, 9780143418566, 978-0143418566

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