The Best Thing About You Is You!
Published by Hay House India
228 Pages Rupees 399 (hardbound)
Acclaimed actor of Bollywood Anupam Kher plays a new role as the author of the book, The Best Thing About You Is You! A well presented hard-bound book, it has a picture of a smiling Kher on the cover against a black background. The book opens with a preface written by him. Using examples from his own life and experiences, he provides a handy guide for self-discovery and peace of mind in these chaotic times. Starting on the premise, “We are all unhappy”, his answer to the negativity in life is a positive outlook. The book covers his views on several subjects such as anger, thought control, stress, dealing with relationships and most of all, realizing the power within oneself - discovering the best thing in life - yourself. The book is divided into50 short, easy-to-read chapters. The versatile actor has a repertoire of over 450 films in a career spanning more than 25 years. He is a reputed theatre actor and his one-man play, ‘Kuchh Bhi Ho Sakta Hai' has been acclaimed as a unique experiment. Winner of several national and international awards, he runs the acting school, Actor Prepares.
Published by Harper-Collins
279 Pages Rupees 250 (paperback)
Opening Night tells the story of Naiya Kapur, a Princeton University graduate who comes to Mumbai to chase the big Indian dream of Bollywood, a search for fame, fortune and fun in the new India. The book follows her as she navigates through the labyrinthine lanes of Mumbai, where lines are meant to be crossed. As she battles her demons and tries to deal with her increasingly tangled life, the stage is set for high drama, and her ‘Opening Night’.
The author, Diksha Basu is a student of economics. But she decided to move to Mumbai for an acting career. Four years, two plays, an English film and a TV show later, she finds herself working as a full-time author and enjoying every minute of it. Basu’s debut novel, Opening Night, was launched recently at the bookstore Crossword, Juhu, Mumbai, by author Chetan Bhagat. Basu has already moved on and is working on her second book.
Travels of Bollywood Cinema – From Bombay to LA
Edited by Anjali Gera Roy and
Chua Beng Hunt
Published by Oxford University Press
Pages 352 `795 (hardbound)
Bringing together essays by eminent scholars of anthropology, history, and cultural media, communication and film studies, this volume shows that Bollywood cinema has always crossed borders and boundaries. The book argues that Bollywood has had a century-long history of travelling to the British Malaya, Fiji, Guyana, Trinidad, Mauritius, East and South Africa with the old diasporas, and with and without the new diasporas to the former USSR, West Asia, the UK, the US, Canada and Australia. It looks at the meaning of nation, diaspora, home and identity in cinematic texts and contexts, and examines the ways in which localities are produced in the new global process by broadly addressing nationalism, transnationalism, regionalism, politics and aesthetics, and spectatorship and viewing context. Anjali Gera Roy is a Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur and a Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Chua Beng Huat is concurrently Leader, Cultural Studies in Asia Research Cluster, Convenor, PhD Programme in Cultural Studies in Asia, and Professor, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.
Niranjan Pal: A Forgotten Legend & Such is Life - An Autobiography by Niranjan Pal
Edited by Kusum Pant Joshi
and Lalit Mohan Joshi
Published by South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF), London
Pages 261 `900 (India), £15 (UK)
This is a seminal work on Niranjan Pal (1889-1959), brought to UK as a rebellious 19-year-old, by his father, Bipin Chandra Pal. The young man became involved with an anti-British revolutionary crowd but then steered into writing. His plays were performed in the West End. He then moved into film especially after meeting Himansu Rai and this led to writing film scripts for Light of Asia (1925); Shiraz (1928) and A Throw of Dice (1929). Pal returned to India in 1929 and began writing for film journals, continued writing scripts and was the backbone of Bombay Talkies, a film studio which produced great films. The book offers a fascinating narrative of this master storyteller in his own words. It has a section of essays where scholars analyse his life and work. The Foreword is by eminent film scholar/archivist P K Nair. Kusum Pant Joshi is a Social Historian and author of The Kashmiri Pandit – Story of a Community in Exile (1988) and Kaleidoscope – South Asian Women in UK (2001). Lalit Mohan Joshi is a BBC broadcast journalist-turned-film historian and documentary filmmaker. Since the year 2000, he is the Director of South Asian Cinema Foundation, London, and the editor of a thematic journal, South Asian Cinema.