On the jacket:
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.
I am currently reading this book for the second time, and this speaks a lot for the book as normally, I don't re-read books. From page 1, Romancing With Life is a beautifully written book.
Every page, every description, every incident mentioned is a treasure. Having idolised an evergreen actor, reading about the real him was sheer pleasure. You read through a couple of pages and you will know, it's not ghost written like other autobiographies mostly are. It's an out and out Dev Anand masterpiece from the beginning to an end. It takes immense guts to bare your real life and the real you, with all the flaws and failures for you fans to judge you by. Romancing With Life tells you all, have a read!
My rating: ****/5
[This is a personal review]