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Author: Nikhat Kazmi
Publisher: UBS Publishers
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174761810
A pioneering work that looks behind the glare of the silver screen, the book seeks to identify the hidden bonds between movies and the viewer's mindset.
Why does a film become a hit, an actor a superstar, an actress an icon? Is there a meaning behind the magic of make-believe? What does Devdas, Awara, Shahenshah, Khalnayak and Hindustani mean in popular parlance? Do the Bollywood badshahs peddle mere dreams or ideologies, attitudes and ethics too?
This book addresses such questions by viewing cinema as something more than a collage of moving images with a momentary appeal. The span is colossal: from Devadas to Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. The icons stretch down the ages: from Guru Dutt to Amitabh Bachan; Madhubala to Madhuri Dixit. The analysis includes the oeuvre of all the major directors of popular cinema: from Raj Kapoor, Manmohan Desai, Yash Chopra to N Chandra, David Dhawan and Sooraj Barjatya.
All this in a style that is reminiscent of the movies themselves: racy, colorful and crisp.
Facts behind the Fantasy
PART I : THE FEMINIE MYSTIQUE
Good Girls, Great Gals
Meena Kumari : Model Mother and Wife
Nargis : Desired, Yet Defied
Madhubala : The Wet and Wild Waif
Waheeda Rehman : Woman in Veils
Zeenat Aman : When Western Became Indian
Sridevi : The Good-Bad Girl
Madhuri Dixit : Pope's Pet Girl
PART II : MEN CAN, MEN SHOULD
Guru Dutt : Rebel with a Cause
Raj Kapoor : Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani (Yet the Heart is Indian)
Dilip Kumar : Love Denied is Love Desired
Shammi Kapoor : A Gentleman's Jungle Book
Dev Anand : Rakish Right Arm of the State
Rajesh Khanna : Next Door Romeo
Amitabh Bachchan : The Last Emperor
POSTSCRIPT : WHEN ZEROS BECOME HEROS
PART III : DIRECTORS' SPECIAL
Yash Chopra : Love and Fresh Air
Subhash Ghai : The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Manmohan Desia : Manmohan's Merry Christmas
Prakash Mehra : The Dog-Morality Man
Mahesh Bhatt : No Rules, Only Game
N. Chandra : Calendars of Discord
David Dhawan : The Art of Nonsense
Indra Kumar : The Traditional Miss can also kiss
Sooraj Bajatya : Happily Ever Afterà.
Mansoor Khan : Small is Beautiful, Yes