A collector's proud possession, this work is a scintillating documentation of a legendary success.
Gifted with a tall lanky frame and baritone voice, his histrionic talent and virtue of perseverance complemented the rest - taking him to the heights he dared to dream. He went on to become not only Indian cinema's biggest phenomenon, but also the actor of the millennium in a BBC Internet Poll. A perfect chameleon who created the persona of an angry young man, and rebelled, humored, danced and romanced with equal elan, enthralling audiences for three decades.
In this absorbing book, the Author captures the roller-coaster ride of a superstar through incisive, introspective interviews. And the protagonist, Amitabh Bachchan, takes it all head-on - emotional choices, professional commitments and candid confrontation with controversies, allegations et al.
Surviving both the near-fatal accident on the sets and political cesspool in real life, his reflective personal accounts are beautifully blended with intimate analyses rendered by his actress-spouse Jaya Bhaduri, budding star-son Abhishek, leading ladies, directors, co-stars and colleagues.
There is relentless questioning and stubborn answering. The conversation lifts many masks.
- - Aamir Khan, Actor
Intimate and absorbing,. You discover Amitabh as a son, husband, father and friend.
- - Manisha Koirala, Actress
The book is as significant for what Amitabh does not say, as it is for what he does. The real nature of this very private man is discovered by reading in between the lines. It gives you a vision of how an actor is nowhere in control of his own destiny, as the events emerge larger than himself.
- - Shekhar Kapur, Director
Trespassing into a closed heart.
- - Mahesh Bhatt, Director
A big book about a big man with a big vision. Not a tall order coming from Bhawana Somayya.
- - Shobha De, Author & Columnist