Sunday, December 11, 2016

NOBEL LAUREATE PEARL S. BUCK AND DEVANAND'S MOVIE GUIDE



                                                                                               



NOBEL LAUREATE PEARL S BUCK WITH DEVANAND.

PEARL S. BUCK WAS ALSO AN ADMIRER OF DEVANAD’S ACTING STYLE .


Not many of us know that Nobel Laureate Pearl S Buck wanted to make a film on some Indian theme with Devanand in Lead role.


During a visit to India , She met Devanad at his residence in Mumbai and discussed many projects . Hollywood Director Tad Danielewski was also present in this meeting. In fact a novel was also shown to Devanand that was supposed to be the base for the proposed Movie . The Novel was written by some Indian Author based in America. Both the director and Pearl S Buck had read the Novel and liked it . After Dev Read the novel, he said an Emphatic NO to the project. So it was shelved there and then.


Again when HUM DONO was selected for Berlin Film Festival , Dev went to Berlin. Tad Danielewski was also in the festival with his film . Tad again discussed the shelved Project with Dev. By this Time Dev had read R K Narayan’s Guide and was thrilled with the Character of Raju .

Obsessed  with the idea of making a film on R K Narayan,s Novel  ,  Dev spoke to Pearl S Buck over phone and then  flew to USA and gave R K Narayan’s Novel “Guide “ to Buck . She read the Novel and approved it for her Film Project Starring Devanand . From America Dev flew to Mysore to discuss all the issues of the Book and the Project with the author and finalized the deal for filming English version.

This English version was Jointly produced by Pearl s Buck and Devanand in 1965. It was directed by Tad Danielewski. Screen play ( Based on R K Narayan’s novel ) for the movie was written by Pearl s Buck who was assisted by Devanand and Vijay Anand . The English version stayed close to original Plot ( Adultery ) of the Novel . The Hindi version was modified and changed to suit audience sensibilities and preferences .


Dev had complete print of the English version with him ( Source . Devanand’s autobiography "Romancing with life" ) till his death. This must surely be in possession of his son Suneil now. This version has remained an issue of interest for Indian Audience .



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