Kiran Nagarkar's iconic heroes Ravan and Eddie, all grown up and headed for Bollywood, were brought to life by actor Naseeruddin Shah at a thoroughly entertaining reading of 'The Extras', Nagarkar's latest offering published by Harper Collins at the Max Mueller Bhavan on Saturday evening.
In conversation with the author was Manjula Padmanabhan, India's first indigenous cartoonist. Nagarkar and she poked some gentle fun at the media throughout the evening.
Nagarkar spoke economically, and in reply to a question by a reader who asked him about his understanding of Mumbai's various cultures, he quipped, "It is in my blood."
His piquant sense of humour, however, came through while responding to another question by a fan. "The best favour you can do me is to buy my books and give them away if you do not want to read them," he deadpanned to a laughing audience.
To the obvious question about another sequel to this one, Nagarkar said, "The rate at which I write, which is around once in five years, I do not know when that will be. But I love Ravan and Eddie, so maybe, maybe not. We will have to wait and see."
'The Extras' hits bookstores next week but publishers rushed 50 copies to the event to mark the New Year with the launch of Nagarkar's fifth book.
The event also saw the soft launch of Galerie Max Mueller, formerly the Stuttgart Hall. Nagarkar has a large fan base in Germany and all his books have been translated into German hence, Max Mueller Bhavan partnered the launch with the publishers.