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Amitabh Bachchan: The Legend

Bhawana Somaaya (Author)
Synopsis Gifted with a tall, lanky frame and baritone voice, Amitabh Bachchan's histrionic talent and virtue of perseverance complemented the rest--taking him to the heights he dared to dream. He went on to become not only Indian cinema's biggest phenomenon, but also the 'actor of the millennium' in a BBC Internet Poll in 1999. Mobbed at London's Piccadilly Circus, escorted by Air Force in Afghanistan for his shows, causing chaos in Egypt, hysterical crowds going berserk in South Africa--his charisma extends far beyond the Indian borders. A perfect chameleon who created the persona of an angry young man, and rebelled, humoured, danced and romanced with equal elan, enthralling audiences for three decades. In this absorbing book, the author captures the roller-coaster ride of a superstar through incisive, introspective interviews. And the protagonist, Bachchan, takes it all head-on--emotional choices, professional commitments and candid confrontation with controversies, allegations et al. Surviving both the near-fatal accident on the sets and political cesspool in real life, his reflective personal accounts are beautifully blended with intimate analyses rendered by his actress-spouse Jaya Bhaduri, budding star-son Abhishek, leading ladies, directors, co-stars and colleagues. This scintillating documentation of a legendary success became an instant bestseller. As the book goes into third print, the superstar has made even greater strides--having been conferred the 'star of the century' award at the International Film Festival of Alexandria, 2001, at Cairo. A collector's proud possession, indeed!
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About the author

Bhawana Somaaya

Bhawana Somaaya, a renowned film journalist, commenced her career as a scribe in the late 1970s, while graduating in psychology. Scaling the professional ladder, she became a regular correspondent of a weekly, Cinema Journal, in Mumbai. Thereafter, she moved to a film magazine, Super, as Chief Reporter and simultaneously pursued a degree in law at the Government Law College, Mumbai. She made her mark at the Movie magazine as an Assistant Editor and subsequently as Joint Editor. She was the editor of a magazine before her current assignment as the editor of a film weekly, Screen. A recipient of the Mahila Shiromani Award, and a member of the Advisory Panel of the Central Board of Film Certification, she has also penned columns for The Sunday Observer, Afternoon, Janmabhoomi Pravasi, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The Pioneer and Newstime. She has also penned two other book, Take-25 and The Story So Far.

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Title Amitabh Bachchan: The Legend
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 0333938461
length xxii+369p., Plates; Tables; 23cm.