Dev Anand attends tribute to filmmaker brother Vijay Anand at IFFI

Legendary actor-director Dev Anand Thursday inaugurated a retrospective of films by his brother Vijay Anand at the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and said a tribute to the late filmmaker was a homage to a great master.

Dev Anand got a standing ovation at the launch function that was also attended by Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat and film festival director Neelam Kapur.

"Paying tribute to Vijay Anand is like paying tribute to a great master. I'm not saying this because he is my brother. His sense of scripting and filmmaking was incredible. When he used to come on the sets he used to be the king," said Dev Anand, who came with his son Sunil for the special function here.

The retrospective started with all-time classic "Guide", and the show was houseful.

Based on a novel by R.K. Narayan, the film revolves around a tourist guide, played by Dev Anand, and a dancer, essayed by Waheeda Rehman, who is not happy with her married life.

Waheeda is still remembered for her dance performances in memorable songs like "Aaj phir jeene ki tammana hai" and "Piya tose naina laage re", composed by S.D. Burman.

Dev Anand is a permanent visitor to Goa ever since Panaji was made the IFFI venue. In the first year, he came as chief guest while last year he showcased his film "The Prime Minister".

This year, he launched his autobiography, "Romancing with life", here.

"I released my book two months back in Delhi after that I travelled to several cities in the country and abroad. I didn't come to Goa earlier because I wanted to be here during the festival," said the actor.

Indo-Asian News Service

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