King of Bollywood

Shah Rukh Khan and the seductive world of Indian cinema

By Chopra, Anupama

Publishers Summary:
Here is a true story of Bollywood, a sweeping portrait of 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. 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, Khan has come to embody the aspirations and contradictions of a complicated culture tumbling headlong into American style capitalism. His story is a mirror to the greater Indian story and the underbelly of the culture of Bollywood.--From publisher description.

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ISBN
978-0-44657-858-5
Publisher
New York : Warner Books, 2007.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on July 15, 2007

Bollywood, the moniker associated with the global phenomenon of Indian filmmaking, cranks out over 900 movies a year that reach billions around the world. As its influence grows, Western scrutiny of the Indian film industry and its stars is becoming increasingly popular. Alter, the author of numerous nonfiction books on India, grew up, works, and lives in that country and proves to be a singularly intelligent and insightful guide through Indian cinema. Documenting the making of the movieOmkara , Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of Shakespeare'sOthello , Alter investigates the constituent e...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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