Dev Anand’s Son To Make A Film On His Father


MUMBAI: Suniel Anand, every bit the proud and possessive son, has decided to make a  docu-film on his great father’s incredibly long career as a matinee idol. And in order to ensure no one else jumps into the arena of a visual homage, Suniel has registered a number of titles for the purported documentary.

Confirming these plans Suneil says, “Yes, the film is something I will do. We’ve already registered various titles with the necessary associations, one of them being ‘The Legendary Dev Anand’. To my mind he was  a true legend.”

While details about the film’s format  are being worked out Suniel is in the throes of completing the construction of Dev Anand’s dream project, the Anand Studios. The work, says Suniel, is on full swing.

The heartwarming news is that besides a section in the Studio’s lobby devoted to Dev Anand’s artifacts in the Studio (and not a separate museum, as wrongly reported) there would also be an office built for Dev Anand, a space he would have happily and comfortably occupied if he were alive.

Says the emotional son. “Our Studio was my father’s dream project during his lifetime. We had torn down the old studio and decided to build a hi-tech all-purpose recording-dubbing-editing studio. Work had started while Dad was still around. He was very excited about it. So it’s only natural that the office space that he would have occupied remains , because I don’t feel he’s gone away. I feel his presence all around us.”

Suniel Anand has invited an acoustic engineer from Los Angeles to work on the sound at the Anand Studio.

Informs the Legend’s sincerely devoted son,“The Studio will take about a year more to be completed. There are several levels of permission to be sought from the BMC, the final one being the occupation certificate. We hope to  be fully ready by his next birth anniversary , along with a section within the studio devoted to Dad’s artifacts, his scarves, etc. We will also display the various cameras that were used to shoot each of his films including  my Dad’s prized possession, the Mitchell camera.”