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Amitabh Bachchan - The Legend
by Bhawana Somaaya      (Author ALERT)



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ProductID: 3161 - Hardcover - 362 Pages (Year: 1999)
Macmillan ~ ISBN: 0333933559


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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.

COMMENTS:

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



 Table of Contents

The Legend
Prologue

CHAPTER I
Early Influences

CHAPTER II
Growing UP, Not Apart
Reminiscences - Hrishikesh Mukherjee

CHAPTER III
The Poet and His ProtTgT

CHAPTER IV
Scenes from A Marriage

CHAPTER V
My Father, My Hero
Reminiscences-Raakhee

CHAPTER VI
The Person and the Persona

CHAPTER VII
Coming to Terms
Reminiscences - Yash Chopra

CHAPTER VIII
Brothers in Arms

CHAPTER IX
An Actor Prepares
Reminiscences - Hema Malini

CHAPTER X
The Other Side of Stardom

CHAPTER XI
Lull before the Storm

CHAPTER XII
The Wright Men
Reminiscences-Prakash Mehra

CHAPTER XIII
Seven Days With the Superstar

CHAPTER XIV
Away from the Arclights
Reminiscences - Zeenat Aman

CHAPTER XV
Fighting the Demons

CHAPTER XVI
Expanding Horizons
Reminiscences-Ramesh Sippy

CHAPTER XVII
Remains of the Day

CHAPTER XVIII
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Reminiscences - Rekha

CHAPTER XIX
Turning Point
Reminiscences - Tinnu Anand

CHAPTER XX
Fact File : AB
Reminiscence3s - Neetu Singh
Reminiscences - S Ramanathan

CHAPTER XXI
The Complete Entertainer

EPILOGUE

 


 About the Author

Bhawana Somaaya, a renowned film journalist, commenced her career as a scribe in the late 1970s, while graduating in psychology. She made her mark at the Movie magazine as an Assistant Editor. Currently, she is the Editor of a magazine, which she launched in 1989. A recipient of the Mahila Shrimoni Award, she has also penned columns for The Sunday Observer, Afternoon, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu among other newspapers.


 

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