Actor Shahrukh Khan, who launched the novel 'Bombay Duck is a Fish', written by Kanika Dhillon says that he sees himself and his journey in the story of the novel. "For me, 'Bombay Duck..' was a call from the past. It brought to mind my own journey from Jamia Milia to Fauji to Ra.One. Kanika's writing style is part satire, part drama, part humour and part realism. For all those who believe dreams do come true, this one's a must-read," recommended Shahrukh, during the launch of the book.
Though SRK pursued a Masters Degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, he later opted for a career in Bollywood. Similarly, the novel is a journey of a small towner Neki Brar, who like countless other star struck people, leaves her MNC job and comes to Bombay to make a career in the film industry.Neki wants to become a film maker. The story reveals love, friendship, betrayal, success, humiliation.
Shahrukh also reveals that though he gives his inputs while writing a screenplay of a film, writing is not his cup of tea. Though he cannot write a story, he is a very dedicated reader. "I read everything including the laundry list that comes at my home. When I used to stay in hotel and couldn't find a book to read I used to read the instructions on how to escape in case of fire. I love reading and like to read almost every book. I need to read before I sleep," Shahrukh adds.
This book by debut writer Kanika is published by Westland Ltd and Gautam Padmanabhan, CEO Westland. "This book is very close to my heart not only because it is my first book but in some way it reminisces of my feelings for this city. Neki's journey is one that a lot of people will sympathise and connect with. The lure of Bollywood is also an engaging appeal," Kanika said.
'Bombay Duck is a Fish' is not about creating an identity, its about finding or losing yourself along the way and relishing the journey whose destination is Bombay," she added.