Royal friend Dev Anand to visit Kathmandu

Kathmandu, May 8 (IANS) As Nepal's cornered King Gyanendra awaits a countdown to the abolition of his crown, will his last days in the endangered royal palace be livened up with a visit by India's legendary film actor Dev Anand?

That is the buzz here with the evergreen actor, who turned into a film director from reigning hero in India's giant Hindi film industry in the course of a career spanning nearly five decades, arriving in Kathmandu Friday to promote his autobiography "Romancing With Life".

Dev Anand, whose blockbuster film on drug-snorting hippies "Hare Ram Hare Krishna" promoted Nepal as an idyllic locale, had last come to the Himalayan nation three years ago to receive a controversial award at the first - and only - film festival