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Down memory lane with Dev Anand

Dev Anand has, for years, lived in the present moment, looked forward to tomorrow and consigned his past laurels to the backburner. But some time back, on a trip to New York, he started penning his autobiography.

The 83-year-old living legend has finally completed his memoirs, Romancing Life, which will look back on an amazing life and career.

The eternal optimist takes a trip down memory lane with Dinesh Raheja. The interview spans a rich 60-year-long career in two interesting parts.

How did a small-town boy like you enter showbiz?

I was born in Gurdaspur in undivided Punjab. After studying in Lahore, I decided that I wanted to be an actor and be in the movie business. I came down to Mumbai in 1943. Maharashtra and Gujarat were one state in those days. Compared to a metropolis like Bombay, Lahore was very small. Bombay held our imagination as the city of high-glamour, the city where dreams materialised into reality. Bombay had around 2-3 million inhabitants people those days; and was truly elegant.

What were your first impressions of the city?

I recall getting down at Mumbai Central station and hiring a horse-drawn tonga. I kept looking at the tall buildings all around, with open-mouthed amazement.

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