Having barreled through the waiting-for-Bachchan tale by Jessica Hines, I’ve just picked up film journalist Anupama Chopra’s soon-to-be released King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema.
Chopra has written about the film industry for India Today for over a decade, and also writes for The New York Times and hosts a weekly programme on NDTV called Picture This. Her mother wrote screenplays for the film industry in Bombay, and it seems like none of the three siblings could escape the siren call of the biz: sister Tanuja Chandra is a filmmaker, brother Vikram Chandra (whose mahanovel Sacred Games will keep me entertained for a while still) has also done his filmi duty as co-author of Mission Kashmir. Oh yes, and not that I think a woman is uniquely defined by her husband, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the “Chopra” part of her name comes as the result of having tied the knot with Srinagar’s native son, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
In the book, while Chopra examines Khan’s career and rise in the film industry, she also uses the subject as a springboard to take a wider look at the business as a whole. Previously, she has written about Sholay and DDLJ.
You can pre-order the book on Amazon right now, for delivery on
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Watch here for more on both the book and Anupama Chopra over the summer.