‘There’s no Dev Anand style. If you like yourself, you will conquer’

Days before the release of his autobiography Romancing with Life four years ago, Dev Anand spoke to The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta on Walk the Talk on NDTV 24×7. Excerpts from that interview, published on September 24, 2007

My guest this week is perhaps one of the most durable romantics of our time, in fact, of five generations the most cheerful, the eternal and really wonderful Dev Anand... Dev Saab, how do you deal with age and years? Your fame is about your youth and your romance.

I don't think about it, because when I'm working, I'm totally involved with my work. When I'm making a film, I think of an idea, develop the plot, work 24 hours a day on it.

Like M F Hussain, he's still working.

Like you, for instance. When you're writing an article, you're not in this world. In the back of the mind, though, it's there that it has to be the best article in the world. Shekhar Gupta writing on politics, a man known to the world. So you lose yourself in the work. We are lost for months on end when we're making a movie.

Tell us a little bit about the Dev Anand style. How did you develop the style: the cap, the gait, the manner of speaking, the full-sleeved shirts always? How did it come about?

There's no Dev Anand style. I have longer arms than my coats so I pull them up and I like it. If you love yourself, when you are going to a party and you meet a lot of wonderful people, you look at yourself in a mirror and ask yourself what sort of shirt and suit you are wearing. If you like yourself, you are going to conquer. That's self-confidence.

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