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Monday, July 09, 2007
KING OF BOLLYWOOD is a sweeping portrait of a man who is worshipped as a modern-day God, a country finding its identity and a movie industry that helped to change the face of India.
The book reveals how Shah Rukh Khan, a middle-class Muslim boy from Delhi, broke into the insular, nepotistic world of Bombay show business and emerged as a superstar. His larger-than-life tale takes us through the colorful and idiosyncratic Bollywood movie industry, where fantastic dreams and outrageous obsessions share the spotlight with extortion, murder, and corruption.
Mira Nair, director of The Namesake, comments: ""The ultimate story of the outsider who became Bollywood's great insider. Chopra captures the snap, crackle and pop of celluloid dreams in this immensely readable bio of the great Khan's life...a bounty for cinema lovers everywhere."
Emma Thompson, Oscar winning actor, comments: The "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" of the Bollywood industry and essential reading for any Shah Rukh Khan fan.
KING OF BOLLYWOOD is the first comprehensive narrative account of Bollywood published by a major US publishing house: Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books). The book is being distributed in India by Om Books and Westland Books Pvt. Ltd. Internationally renowned film critic Anupama Chopra combines her knowledge of the Bollywood industry with firsthand interviews and exclusive photographs for an exclusive, insider's look at Shah Rukh Khan and the world of Bollywood. KING OF BOLLYWOOD will also be available in Hindi, Marathi and German translations.
Anupama Chopra is a film critic and book author. She has written about the Hindi film industry since 1993. Her work has been published extensively in India Today. She has also written about Bollywood for various international publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Variety and Sight&Sound. Currently, Anupama scripts and host a weekly film review show called Picture This on NDTV 24/7.
Anupama Chopra's first book Sholay: The Making of a Classic sold over 10,000 copies and won a National Award for the best book on cinema (2000). Her second book, Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenge, was published by the British Film Institute as part of the Modern Classics Series.