Dev Anand to shoot in Kutch for new film

IANS
10/9/2004 12:00:00 AM
Evergreen Bollywood actor-turned-director Dev Anand  is to shoot in Gujarat's semi-arid Kutch region for his new film, "Mr. Prime Minister".

Locals were taken aback seeing the octogenarian hero in their midst, and some even doubted if it was actually Dev Anand.

"Yes it's me, your one and only Dev Anand," the actor said smiling and waving his green scarf at the crowd.

Dev said he had travelled 300 km in the region, hunting for locations for his film that would be shot in Bhachau, one of the worst affected regions during the 2001 Gujarat earthquake.

The actor said he was not new to the area. "I have already shot here for 'Guide' in the 1960s," he said.

The shooting for "Mr. Prime Minister", to be launched here Oct 17, is set against the backdrop of Bhachau where the protagonist settles down to work for quake victims.

"While a part of the film is being shot here, another part will be shot in Europe," Dev said.

"Till I am not done with the shoot, I am not taking any breaks," said the actor bubbling with energy. "The film will be finished within a month and ready for release by January or February next year."

Dev denied the film was based on the plight of earthquake victims.

"No, certainly not, although earthquake victims and their town form an important part of the film, but the centre of the film is always the prime minister.

"It is not based on a real life story of any Indian prime minister nor is it a documentary. It's a political satire with drama and two songs in it," he said.

Dev said he developed the plot during the last parliamentary elections. "I would like our prime minister and parliamentarians to watch this film."

Dev refused to divulge the star cast of the film.