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Guide, The Film: Perspectives

Lata Jagtiani
Guide, the Film: Perspectives was born from the urge of a few Guide lovers to redefine and analyse the extraordinariness of the cult film. In this collection of essays, the fourteen writers led by Lata Jagtiani attempt to focus on different aspects of the film, even if there are overlaps, which are inevitable in a project such as this.    


Guide, The Film: Perspectives


Binding: Paperback
Pages: 269
ISBN: 978-81-939555-2-9
Published: November 30, 2019

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The Guide, the book written by RK Narayan, fired the imagination of Dev Anand to bring that story to celluloid. The film Guide brought the maximum success and fame to Navketan. It justifiably bagged several Filmfare awards for that year; after all, it was an epic film, which was at once radical and traditional.

Genius always provokes admiration and curiosity. Why did Guide succeed when others failed? Was there a workable formula that others could use for subsequent films? What made Guide a classic?

Guide lovers have asked themselves and each other these questions from time to time. Finally, when a few of them saw the terribly tedious English version of Guide, they realised that the Hindi film needed study, because both had the same plot, almost the same cast and crew, and yet the difference was stunning. They then decided to do a study of this classic and bring it in the form of a book to be read by lovers of great cinema.

This urge to redefine and analyse the extraordinariness of the cult film led to this collection of essays. The fourteen writers attempt to focus on different aspects of the film, even if there are overlaps, which are inevitable in a project such as this.

The book also intends to be a tribute to the masters, Vijay Anand, Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Fali Mistry, SD Burman, Shailendra, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey. Not to forget the other members of the cast and crew who reached for the apex of their talents and produced a chef d’oeuvre.

This book is a unique collaborative study, fuelled by lovers of cinema and its music. The fourteen writers are Lata Jagtiani, Manek Premchand, Ajay Kanagat, Antara Nanda Mondal, Bobby Sing, Deepa Buty, Dharmakirthi, Gaurav Sahay, Kalpana Swamy, Monica Kar, MV Devraj, Pisharoty Chandran, Sundeep Pahwa and Vijay Kumar. It’s a book that all Guide lovers must possess.

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Guide, the Film Perspectives launch
8 authors of Guide, the Film Perspectives at the book launch in Pune, November 30, 2019. (L to R) Ajay Kanagat, Lata Jagtiani, Dr Pisharoty Chandran, Sundeep Pahwa, Manek Premchand, Antara Nanda Mondal, Deepa Buty and Kalpana Swamy



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'Guide, The Film: Perspectives'
If you love your Guide, and you love its songs, as the authors of the book so obviously do, this is a book worth having and reading.
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'How Vijay Anand’s classic film ‘Guide’ tackles the delicate subject of adultery'
Full marks to Vijay Anand for his careful screenplay and direction; it is with his words and direction that the film managed to be bold and ventured into untested waters.
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'Book Review: Guide, The Film: Perspectives'
If you like Guide, this is a must-read.
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'Guide, The Film: Perspectives – A Very Well-Crafted Treasure of a Book'
Kudos to all the writers for this praise-worthy compilation of collaborative excellence: a must-read for all film buffs and serious students of film studies.
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'Which Way, Wanderer? Lyric or Screenplay…'
Their urge to analyse its extraordinariness led Blue Pencil to publish Guide The Film: Perspectives. And, while answering interviewer Antara Nanda Mandal, I realised how Wahan kaun hai tera is unique in the way it knits the past with the future of the character, grafting a seamless flow of flashbacks and offering a glimpse of the narrative as it will unravel on its way to the finale…
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About the Author/Editor

Lata Jagtiani has an MA in English Literature. She has authored seven books: Temple Bells and Other Stories, Bhagavad Gita in 365 Days, Towards Light, Sindhi Reflections, Mumbai Terror Attacks, O P Nayyar, King of Melody and Dada’s Wisdom. She has also been a lecturer in English in Mumbai and Dubai colleges. Over the years, several articles and book reviews penned by her have been published by newspapers including The Times of India, DNA and The Pioneer. She loves nature, books, music and films.

Lata Jagtiani lives in Mumbai, and can be reached via email at [email protected]