If you thought Bollywood celebrities only read scripts, here is a surprise. From fiction to philosophy and thrillers to romances, they love reading books and consider it their favourite pastime. Many B-town celebrities swear by well-known tomes like
The Idiot, Chariots Of The Gods, The Kite Runner
Interview With A Vampire
Actress Deepika Padukone’s favourite book is
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini. “It’s a wonderful book, I really liked it,” the actress said.
Surprisingly, actor Chunky Pandey has quite a hefty list of favourites. “I’m currently reading a series of books by Erich von Däniken. The one I just finished is called
Chariots Of The Gods
. I loved it. The book is based on the premise that what humans across the globe refer to as gods were actually extra terrestrials and aliens who visited earth and gave us advanced technology that was described as miracles in ancient texts around the world.”
Richard Bach is actress Eesha Koppikar’s favourite author. “I also loved reading
by Ayn Rand. I am not too fond of fiction. I like philosophical reads,” she says. Actress Sameera Reddy, who confesses to a love for books, says her favourite book is
Losing My Virginity
by Richard Bradson.
“I haven’t read a book in some time, but I used to love vampire books. I love Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice,” says actor Bobby Deol.
Curiously, comedian Cyrus Sahukar has quite a literary taste. “I love The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Every line is so beautifully written that you can revisit it at any stage.” For actor Arbaaz Khan, Mario Puzo’s The Godfather is a favourite. “I’ve read it a couple of times,” says the actor.
“I read every day. I think reading makes your imagination big. My favourite book is Papillon by Henri Charriere. It’s a very old book about prison escape. Then I like The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and there are a number of others,” says Randeep Hooda.