Dev Anand's son is planning to rekindle the Vijay Anand's magic
Suneil Anand, the legendary Dev Anand's only actor-son is all set to revive his father's most well-known film Guide which was directed by Dev's brother Vijay Anand. Suneil currently is giving finishing touches to his new acting assignment.
He says, "Yes,we are looking at reviving Guide in a technically enhanced format with high-quality picture and Dolby sound. Guide is my dad's most beloved film. It's also the film closest to his fans' heart. The film's theme is timeless. So we do feel it would be the right thing to do."
Suneil is also looking at putting together a museum of his dad's artifacts and mementos garnered from his movies. However he says this project is not likely to take off in the near future. "The museum would take time, as we need to go through a huge moment of requisite permission. So it's a little premature to talk about it."
Being the mythical Dev Anand's son has never been easy for Suneil. He was launched by his father in 1984 in Anand Aur Anand where Dev and Suniel played father and son. The last film that Suneil appeared in was Master in 2001. But now Suneil is back to acting.
"I've just finished filming for our New Hollywood Movie, Vagator Mixer, a joint venture between our home banner Navketan and Junix Entertainments Inc, LA. We're now in post-production. I play the lead and have directed the movie. My partner Deen Bakshi plays a pivotal negative character," says Suniel, adding that the film has a national and international cast.
"We'll be releasing the film in its original English language and also in Hindi. It will also be dubbed in some south Indian languages," promises Suneil.
Other Bollywood movies re-released
The first black-and-white Bollywood film to be digitally restored, coloured and restored, the epic K Asif saga about a Mughal emperor's love for a courtesan, which originally released in 1960, returned to screens in 2004. Lead actor Dilip Kumar, who wasn't present at the film's original premiere attended the relaunch.
The 1957 B R Chopra hit returned in 2007, coloured and re-mastered with the intention of making it accessible to a new generation. About the consequences of progress, this landmark film had Dilip Kumar famously racing a tonga against a bus.
The 1975 revenge saga directed by Ramesh Sippy became a cult classic. It saw a re-release in 3-D in 2014. Ketan Mehta's company did the conversion with the help of international technicians. Lead actors Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra actively promoted the re-release.
This 1974 film by MS Sathyu about post-Partition India was initially denied a certificate by the Censor Board at the time. The Balraj Sahni-starrer, made originally at a budget of roughly Rs 10 lakh, cost about 10 times as much to restore as the negative was badly damaged. The sound quality was digitally enhanced at a studio in Los Angeles.
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