Movie fanatics are on a roll, as a bevy of biographies, autobiographies and memoirs of their favourites stars from both Hollywood and Bollywood hit the shelves.
Unseen Archives: Movie Stars – From the silent era to the present day
Author: Gareth Thomas
Using stunning pictures from the Daily Mail archives, many reproduced for the first time, the book goes on a stellar journey from Hollywood’s silent era to the 2005 Oscars. It features everyone from the first true screen legends like Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Bob Hope Gary Cooper to loverboy Tom Cruise. A flashback in pictures, it packs within some rare vignettes from the salad days of Hollywood’s most consummate actors to be.
Life in pictures: Marilyn Monroe
Author: Marie Clayton
A run through Hollywood’s most beloved icon’s first brushes with love, life and fame, this mini sized book documents Monroe’s life in full with a , it collection of rare pictures that cover her humble beginnings as a photographer’s model to an actor; her personal life to her untimely death in 1962. A comprehensive portrait of one of cinema’s greatest legends, the biography in pictures reveals that the alluring beauty, who personified Hollywood glamour, was in real life, a deeply complex woman, always searching for enough love to make up for her unhappy childhood.
Also available in the Life in Pictures series at the same price are other handy smaller-sized books that chart the life and achievements of popular personalities such as The Beatles, Elvis, Michael Jackson and Muhammad Ali through candid photographs and detailed narrative captions
I want to live: The Story of Madhubala
Publisher: Hay House India
Author: Khatija Akbar
Captivating, comprehensive and authentic – touted to be her first biography, this one is a riveting saga of the ‘Venus of the Indian screen’. Weaving together with rare, fascinating and lesser known nuggets of information about one of Hindi cinema’s most beautiful and versatile actors, it takes the reader on a journey in the life and times of Madhubala. A panorama into the real life of the reel life actor, who lived in the shadow of her dominating father. The volume recounts her story right from her first film Basant (1942), as a child star, up to Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and beyond; her love affair with Dilip Kumar that culminated in intense acrimony and the last few years of her life that were spent in virtual solitude.
R.D. Burman – The Man, The Music
Publisher: Harper Collins
Author: Anirudha Bhattacherjee and Balaji Vittal
A thick but engrossing peep into the life of a phenomenon called R.D. Burman or Pancham Da by almost everyone, this book shows how he changed the way Indians perceived Hindi film music. A compelling read, it is a fascinating portrait of a man who, through his music, continues to thrive, nearly two decades after his death. A musical genius, did one know he introduced the concepts of mixed rhythm patterns, piquant chords, brass and sound mixing in Hindi cinema? In an age of black and white, it tells how Pancham was a medley of colour.
Manik-Da: Memories of Satyajit Ray
Publisher: Harper Collins
Author: Nemai Ghosh
A first person account of photographer Nemai Ghosh, the book, reveals in its simplicity the ease and camaraderie between him and one of Indian’s finest filmmakers Satyajit Ray, fondly known as Manik-da. An attempt by Ghosh to depict the man behind the director’s mask, it presents his thoughts on Ray with over 50 never before seen photographs of the master director, who brought Indian cinema to world stage. A nuanced and lucid translation from the Bengali original, the book also includes a foreword by Sharmila Tagore.
Flashback: My Life and Times in Bollywood and Beyond
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Author: Bob Christo
A memorable autobiography of the journey of a civil engineer from Australia who travelled across the globe and wrestled with his own demons before becoming one of Bollywood’s most prolific villains—and then went on to reinvent himself yet again. Bob Christo’s life story is like a rollicking superhit and includes bar brawls and shootouts, secret missions and spirituality, wars and passionate liaisons, even music and dance.
Other recent books on cinema
- First Day First Show by Anupama Chopra, Rs.499
- K.L. Saigal: The Definitive Biography by Pran Nevile, Rs.299
- The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff, Rs.250
- Cinema Bhojpuri by Avijit Ghosh, Rs.399
- Disco Dancer by Anuvab Pal, Rs.250
- Deewar by Vinay Lal, Rs.250
- Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron by Jai Arjun Singh, Rs.250
- Shah Rukh Khan’s autobiography
Forthcoming books on cinema
- Silent Cinema in India: A Pictorial Journey by B.D. Garga
- Women in Hindi Cinema by Bhawana Somaiyya
- Navketan's Dev by Dev Anand
- Bollywood by Suresh Kohli
- The Fiction of Fact Finding by Manoj Mitta
- Ten Years with Guru Dutt: Abrar Alvi's Journey by Sathya Saran, Rs.299
- The Greatest Show on Earth: Writings on Bollywood edited by Jerry Pinto
- Sounding Off: An Autobiography by Resul Pookutty and Baiju Natarajan
- Living the Dream by Mark Bennigton