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Dev Anand's still got it.

The legend casually stole everybody's thunder on Thursday evening at the inauguration of the International Film Festival of India in Panjim, Goa.

Many big names preceded Dev Anand's entry, and several acts followed, but the 78-year-old was a hard act to match.

Dressed in a black jacket with a striking yellow shirt, the on-screen charmer strode onto stage to deafening applause. In his hand bobbed a single crimson flower. Style is immortal indeed.

Returning to Goa after more than 40 years, Devsaab decided to speak about the very first IFFI, held in Mumbai in 1952.

"The American delegation was then repre-sented by a director called," he paused for dramatic effect, "Frank Capra [director classics like It Happened One Night). I became so friendly towards Frank that I took him to the Army & Navy Store, and bought him a swimsuit. We then went to Juhu beach and took a long swim, and followed it up with a sumptuous dinner at the Taj [hotel]. And today when I think of all of us fortunate enough to make motion pictures, I realise, just like Frank said, it's a beautiful life."

India's answer to Gregory Peck talking about one of the most acclaimed American directors ever. Fabulous!

Text: Raja Sen in Goa | Photographs: Press Information Bureau | Design: Uday Kuckian

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