Dev Anand, Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen: Creativity knows no age
These men are so consumed by cinema that they refuse to notice that they are physically frail or that most of their contemporaries are dead
Six Hindi films released last weekend—among them Chargesheet, Dev Anand’s 113th film. The film is about the murder of a top actress. Dev Saab (I’ve never been able to call him anything else) plays a retired cop who is called in to crack the case. In the film’s print ads, he looks grim and determined, surrounded by a mysterious swirl of smoke and assorted scantily dressed women. Incredibly, our stellar sleuth turned 88 this week. But neither age, nor his alarming lack of success (his last hit was Des Pardes, 33 years ago) seems to faze him. Even before Chargesheet’s release, Anand had announced his next film—Hare Rama Hare Krishna Aaj.
Clint Eastwood, who is 81, has even more astounding speed and quality. Last week, the trailer of his new film, J Edgar, was released. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a controversial FBI director and seems to have the necessary ingredients—biopic, gravitas, old-fashioned drama and a star undergoing a physical transformation—to spell Oscar. This is Eastwood’s 32nd film as director. Click here to read more