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Amitabh Bachchan: The Forever Star

Pradeep Chandra (Author)

He is the only Hindi film actor who has, despite unending struggles in the beginning of his career, managed to overcome all hurdles, rise to the top, and remain there, undefeated, for years on end. Despite the fact that Amitabh Bachchan has been associated with the epithet ‘Angry Young Man’ for his portrayal of the hero fighting the villain in many of his earlier films, he has proved his mettle in socially conscious as well as family-oriented films too, be it Pink, or Baghban. This is one actor who has constantly raised the bar with his acting genius.

In his five-decade-long career, Amitabh has acted in 200-plus Hindi films, bagging a number of awards, including the second highest civilian honour in India – the Padma Vibhushan, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, four National Film awards for Best Actor and fifteen Filmfare awards, to name just a few.

Immense talent is what has sustained Amitabh, and it has shone through in each of his performances. Be it superhit mass entertainers like Don, Amar Akbar Anthony, or Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, or sensitive subjects, based more on reality, like a delicate saga of romance between a young girl and an older man in Nishabd, the superbly performed, gut-wrenching story of a deaf and blind woman and her mentor, who himself develops Alzheimer’s disease, played with unmatched brilliance by Amitabh in Black, or the political drama, Sarkar – many of Amitabh’s superlative performances have remained with the audiences for decades.

Amitabh Bachchan: The Forever Star takes you through this phenomenal actor’s life, from when he was struggling with rejection because of his lanky physique and ‘uncharacteristic’ baritone, till he was accepted for his sheer talent and genius! It is also about an artist whose personal and cinematic journey has been full of ups and downs, but he has played all his roles, be it that of a dutiful son, a loving husband, a doting father, a not-so-suave businessman, a reluctant politician, or someone who has faced all kinds of challenges head-on, with élan. The stunning visuals, never-before-heard stories from friends and co-workers, and intriguing anecdotes make this book one of a kind and a perfect read for every Amitabh fan.

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About the author

Pradeep Chandra

A distinguished photojournalist, Pradeep Chandra has been an actor, model and still photographer, and has written various news articles. chandra's first photograph, of actress Waheeda Rehman, appeared to Filmfare when he was in class Four. His first pay packet was from a role in shankar Mukherjee's film Sarhad, starring Dev Anand and Suchitra Sen. years later the same director worked with amitabh Bachchan in Faraar. Chandra has been closely associated with several national and international newspapers and magazines during the span of his career as a photojournalist, including the Indian Express, The Week, Illustrated Weekly, Sunday Observer, Free Press Group, Independent and Bombay Times. He was associated with Asia Week, a sister publication of Time, for over a decade. A keen follower of the arts, he has held several photo and art exhibitions and has also participated in art camps. His canvases feature in the collections of Dr. Vujay Mallya, Shobhaa De's, Moiz Lokhandwala, the Hiranandanis, Vikas Kasliwal, and in five-star resorts like Le Royal Meridien and the Retreat. He has worked with the Times of Indian Group for the last fifteen years and is currently deputy chief manager with Times Response. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Veena and son Vibhor. His daughter, Priyanka, is married and also lives in Mumbai.

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Title Amitabh Bachchan: The Forever Star
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.12.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Amaryllis
Language: English
isbn 9789355431042
length 180p.