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Book Review: Anupama Chopra’s 100 Films To See Before You Die
Book: 100 Films To See Before You Die | Author: Anupama Chopra | Publisher: Times Group Books | Pages: 144 | Price: Rs 299
We all know Anupama Chopra from her columns in various publications, her books (Sholay: The Making of a Classic, King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The “Brave-Hearted Will Take the Bride” and First Day First Show: Writings from the Bollywood Trenches) and more recently her TV show, The Front Row.
Now she has a new book out, one that shows a slightly more personal side of the movie critic, film journalist, avid viewer of life and the big screen. Click here to read more
BOOK REVIEW: Anupama Chopra’s ‘First Day First Show’
The author’s knowledge and deep understanding of Hindi cinema reflects in her writings
In her book on Shahrukh Khan – King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema – film critic and journalist Anupama Chopra gives a background of the industry and the business of Bollywood over the years at regular intervals. This helps in understanding the backdrop against which the star is emerging, his decisions and risks, and eventual rise as a superstar. Chopra’s knowledge and a deep understanding of Hindi cinema reflect in her collection of writings bound together in her latest book, First Day First Show – definitely an account ‘from the Bollywood trenches’, as the tagline goes.
What makes the book stand apart is the total lack of bitchiness and animosity, perhaps because the author is also the wife of a successful filmmaker (Vidhu Vinod Chopra). Imagine, she must be in on the juiciest gossip (though she may deny it) and yet, she has to carefully draw a line between her professional and personal lives. Click here to read more
‘Sholay’ was declared a flop!
People were calling the film ‘Chholey’, reveals Anupama Chopra
When it first released all those years ago in 1975, Sholay, that now-iconic film was thought to be a total flop show. The morning after the premiere, people were calling the film ‘Chholey’ and saying that it had a cast of ‘teen maharathi aur ek chooha’ (three warriors and a mouse) and insisted that Indians did not like films like this one. Even the black marketeers were saying that the strange story was a second-rate take-off of Mera Gaon Mera Desh, which was a super-duper hit. Click here to read more
Deepika: Booked and fit!
She joins the bandwagon of actors promoting fitness books or DVDs
Star value works for everything, from ads to box office collections. Now publishers seem to be jumping on to the celebrity bandwagon, getting Bollywood stars to endorse all sorts of books, whether they had a part in the actual writing process or no. And staying in shape seems to be the route most of them take – at least, the biggest of the B-town biggies do. Click here to read more