King of Bollywood by Anupama Chopra
Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema

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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



 

About Anupama Chopra

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Anupama Chopra is the film critic for "India Today. "She is the author of "Sholay: The Making of a Classic "(2000), and was awarded--by the president of India--the prestigious National Award for the year's best book on cinema.
 
Published October 2, 2007 by Grand Central Publishing. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, History, Travel, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Although he's not a household name in America, Shah Rukh Khan, sometimes called the “Tom Cruise of Hindi film,” is a world-famous superstar, the kind who generates “Elvis-lev

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Shah Rukh Khan is the biggest thing going these days in Bollywood.

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Just how a middle-class Muslim man, who is rumored to be gay, became India’s biggest film star.

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He is a Muslim in a deeply divided, Hindu majority nation; he has spent penniless nights in Bombay; ...Just how a middle-class Muslim man, who is rumored to be gay, became India’s biggest film star.

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Instead of wanting to see a film starring Khan, I found myself wanting to read more about Indian cinema in general, as well as the involvement of the Indian mafia in the film business (which Chopra writes about towards the end of the book).

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