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British author pens book on Big B

india Updated: Feb 16, 2007 14:51 IST
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Here is another book on Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan and a British author claims to "explode the myths" surrounding Hindi cinema's most famous star.

Penguin Books India will distribute the much-awaited book "Looking For The Big B - Bollywood, Bachchan & Me" by Jessica Hines. It will be launched at the Kitab Festival in Mumbai next week.

Funny, irreverent and affectionate, the book published by Bloomsbury is Hines' first literary work that takes a look at Mumbai's film industry and tells the tale of a very unlikely friendship.

Hines describes Bachchan as India's most legendary film star and says he is a mixture of Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino and Elvis Presley - with more than a hint of John Travolta.

She notes: "In a country like India where film stars are treated as gods, Amitabh Bachchan is the über-god, the Big B. As for me, I am a British, almost thirty and not the least bit famous. But here I am in Mumbai, about to start writing his story. How did I get here? Why did I get here?

"Mumbai is mayhem and Bollywood maddening. The Big B is strangely aloof, the magazines are full of lies, and no one is talking. I want to write a book that explodes the myths surrounding India's most famous man. But is anything there?"

Hines, who has a Masters in filmmaking from Britain-based institution Because Films Inspire (BFI), spent several years in Mumbai doing research for the book.

The book is priced at Rs.495.

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