King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema

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Grand Central Publishing, Oct 2, 2007 - Performing Arts - 272 pages
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Here is the astonishing true story of Bollywood, a sweeping portrait about a country finding its identity, a movie industry that changed the face of India, and one man's struggle to become a star. Shah Rukh Khan's 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. Shah Rukh Khan broke into this $1.5 billion business despite the fact that it has always been controlled by a handful of legendary film families and sometimes funded by black market money. As a Muslim in a Hindu majority nation, exulting in classic Indian cultural values, Shah Rukh Khan has come to embody the aspirations and contradictions of a complicated culture tumbling headlong into American style capitalism. His story is the mirror to view the greater Indian story and the underbelly of the culture of Bollywood.


"A bounty for cinema lovers everywhere."
--Mira Nair, Director, The Namesake and Monsoon Wedding

"King of Bollywood is the all-singing, all-dancing back stage pass to Bollywood. Anupama Chopra chronicles the political and cultural story of India with finesse and insight, through fly-on-wall access to one of its biggest, most charming and charismatic stars."
-- Gurinder Chadha, director of Bend it Like Beckham

"The "Easy Rider Raging Bull" of the Bollywood industry and essential reading for any Shah Rukh Khan fan."
--Emma Thompson, actress

"Anu Chopra infuses the pivotal moments of Shah Rukh Khan's life with an edge-of-your-seat tension worthy of the best Bollywood blockbusters."
--Kirkus



 

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If you're a fan of Bollywood films, then you already know who Shah Rukh Khan is... if you're not familiar with Indian cinema, you may recognize the name from Newsweek -- in 2008, Newsweek named him ... Read full review

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Interesting past and present look at the Indian Hindi film industry known as "Bollywood", through the context of one of the biggest stars of it, ever. Good story but fawns a bit too much at times over the star power of Shahrukh Khan. Read full review

Contents

Copyright Acknowledgments Cast of Characters in Order of Appearance
Bollywood Dreams
Peshawar The Street of the Storytellers
A LadyKiller Is Born
NoMansLand
You Should Be in the Movies
Scandal in Panscheel Park
The Television Years
Murder He Wrote
The BraveHearted Takes the Box Office
A Global Icon
Brand
Mobsters and Movies
The Fall from Grace
Devdas
King of Bollywood

Life After Death
Super Brat
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Anupama Chopra lives in Bombay, India.

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