Fenil and Bollywood

Shekhar Kapur talks about Dev Anand, his maternal uncle

Posted on: December 9, 2009

On his 64th birthday on December 6, Shekhar Kapur visited his maternal uncle Dev Anand after eight years; regrets not being in touch with him

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 09, 2009)


On his 64th birthday on December 6, Shekhar Kapur decided to pay his mother Sheel Kanta Kapur’s brother, Dev Anand, a visit after eight years. Shekhar says, “It was a time of great reflection for me. As I looked back I suddenly realised I hadn’t met this amazing man for almost eight years. I told myself it’s time to learn a little bit about life from Dev Saab. He’s a karmyogi, completely fearless. I admire myself for being completely fearless. But I think he is even more fearless than I am.

Having met Dev Saab after so long, Shekhar now regrets not being in touch with him. Shekhar confesses, “I didn’t even meet him after Goldie (Vijay Anand) Saab’s death, my fault. I was constantly travelling in recent years. I needed to reconnect with this amazing man who has gone through so many ups and downs in his life and yet continues to be tireless in his enthusiasm for filmmaking. Wherever he goes, he’s cheered and applauded. Maybe people don’t like to see his films any more, but the love for the man simply grows wherever he goes.”

Shekhar says he loves challenges just like Dev Saab, “Tell me something can’t be done and I’ll do it. Ever since I was a kid I’d swim into the deep ocean. I’d ride the motorcycle the wrong way to see if death can get me. Don’t turn to me or Dev Saab and say something is impossible. They told me it was impossible for an accountant to be a director. I proved them wrong.”

Shekhar has come away from his meeting with Dev Saab determined to correct the fact that he isn’t a prolific director yet. He tells us about his keen interest in New Media, “I know I haven’t made that many movies. Look at Dev Saab’s output. But the fact is, after directing The Golden Age (the sequel to Elizabeth ) I became keenly interested in New Media. Two guys in a garage got together and conceived You Tube. That made the way we access the world completely different. I started learning and lecturing on New Media because I thought sharing information and not harping on copyrights was the new mantra.”

Shekhar says he will now make films in a row. He informs us,”Why can’t a film be like a symphony? Why are we stuck on telling stories? Nobody looks at a painting and asks what the story is. I want to make films that make suggestions and create an emotional connect with the audience.”

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