Call it a publicity stunt or a marketing gimmick, celebrity authors have managed to draw quite a few eyeballs with their debut books.
Rina Golan vs Anees Bazmee, Subhash Ghai
Israel-based model and Bollywood starlet Rina Golan stirred up quite a few controversies with her book, Dear Mister Bollywood: How I Fell in Love with India, Bolly-wood and Shah Rukh Khan. In her book, she accused celebs such as Subhash Ghai, Anees Bazmee, Anoop Jalota and former physiotherapist of the Indian cricket team, Ali Irani of casting couch. All four denied her accusations, calling it to be a cheap publicity stunt. Golan, however, shot back saying, "It’s not a publicity gimmick for increased sales of my book."
Shoaib Akhtar vs Shah Rukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar
The Pakistani speedster made sensational claims in his autobiography, Controversially Yours that came out last month. In the book, he alleged that he was cheated by actor and IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders owner Shah Rukh Khan, and former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi on monetary grounds. He states, "Shah Rukh and I talked about my not being happy with the money settled on me. Shah Rukh and Modi got me to agree. I should have never listened to them." Akhtar also maligned cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Malik in his book.
Nandita vs Om Puri
Om Puri’s journalist wife Nandita revealed some of his dark sexual secrets in his tell-all biography, Unlikely Hero: The Story
of Om Puri. Among other things, she disclosed about her actor husband’s sexual encounters with two maids as a kid. Puri accussed Nandita of unraveling his secrets to promote the book rather than concentrating on his rags to riches and rise as an actor story. The dust settled later when he apologised to her.