Guide, The Film: Perspectives

Author/Editor:
Lata Jagtiani

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Guide, The Film: Perspectives will be launched in Pune, Maharashtra on November 30, 2019.

Binding: Paperback
Pages: 269
ISBN: 978-81-939555-2-9

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.

2 reviews for Guide, The Film: Perspectives

  1. Scroll.in

    How Vijay Anand’s classic film ‘Guide’ tackles the delicate subject of adultery

    Edited excerpts from a book of essays on the 1965 classic, which stars Waheeda Rehman as the dancer Rosie, who leaves her husband Marco for Dev Anand’s guide.

    Read the full excerpt here: https://scroll.in/reel/944245/how-vijay-anands-classic-film-guide-tackles-the-delicate-subject-of-adultery

  2. Doctor Govind

    A new book on Dev Anand’s movie ’Guide’.

    A devoted Dev Anand fan that I am, I never miss an opportunity to read a book on the evergreen legend. This time, I have got an absolutely sublime work , dedicated exclusively to Dev Saab’s greatest film-Guide, written by fourteen authors who are well known names in their fields of expertise…

    Overall- It was an amazing read. Highly recommended.

    Read the whole review here: https://doctorrgovind.wordpress.com/2019/11/25/a-new-book-on-dev-anands-movieguide/

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Lata Jagtiani

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 latajagtiani@gmail.com

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