“King of Bollywood”

In the end, I had to choose the new SRK biography over the new Harry Potter (sorry, beloved sister)…

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Anupama Chopra’s book is not just a biography of Shah Rukh Khan. It is an interesting look at the world of Hindi cinema and India’s emergence into the industrialized world as mirrored by Shah Rukh’s career. She draws parallels between the changing Indian economy and culture and Shah Rukh’s film characters, who usually exemplified the best of both East and West—western “cool” with traditional Indian values. It’s an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how the movie industry changed as India’s economy grew and the film-going audience became increasingly urbanized and international in character. Shah Rukh was really the right man in the right place at the right time.

I’m a pretty die-hard Shah Rukh fan, and didn’t think there was much about him (that he’d be willing to share) that I didn’t already know, but I found several sections of the book fascinating. One chapter devoted to the Mumbai mafia’s connections in Bollywood illuminated their harassment of SRK. Not surprisingly, it isn’t something that he talks about much; but the book contains detailed conversations he had with these dons, and tells how he handled a scary situation over a period of almost four years.

There are also some lovely family photos—Shah Rukh really looks almost exactly like his father.

The author’s treatment of her subject is respectful but objective. She doesn’t gloss over failures — on the contrary, she provides a glimpse of how painful it was for him when his first productions (Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani and Asoka) flopped and he was dismissed as a “has-been.” There’s no juicy gossip or speculation in here, just a measured, almost scholarly view of one of the most famous people in the world. In the end, you are left feeling that you’ve seen as much of Shah Rukh as he will ever allow.

My favorite SRK movies: Maya Memsaab, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Swades, Paheli

My SRK guilty pleasure: Baadshah

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8 Comments to ““King of Bollywood””

  1. Shahrukh Khan is a real enigma. As he often said in interviews he knows how to hide by talking so much about certain things no one things he’s hiding. And calling himself a “schizophrenic” personality saying he has at least 3 different personalities. And how he says he’s always acting (in one interview he said even in bed). He’s said very few people know what he’s like and that he works for the “myth of Shahrukh Khan” as it’s “#1 employee”. I think he’s probably very very different from how the public thinks him to be. BTW did you notice that this bio says NOTHING about Ash and what happened with her being fired from Chalte Chalte and how Salman slapped him on the set that day? Big known story and yet this bio never mentions it at all.

  2. Hi Pooja, yes he seems very adept at dealing with “the public” and its perception of him. I must say that although he seems to enjoy his fame a lot, I can’t believe that that level of it can’t somehow begin to affect one’s personality after a while. I think he’s a very intelligent man, and I really enjoy watching him onscreen, but I don’t necessarily want to be friends with him :-)

  3. my only favourite SRK movie “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa”

  4. i feel dat SRK is d best it’s gr8 2 watch him in movies he roks…[:)]

  5. i too love SRK.

  6. I LOVE SHAHRUKH KHAN VERY MUCH.ILOVE ALL HIS FILMS.IWISH &PRAY TO GOD THAT I GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET HIM & SPEAK WITH HIM ONE DAY.

  7. shah rukh khan is a king of bollywood .he runs the bollywood in overseas.he is a scorpio king

  8. hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii dear shrukh i really like you and yours personality …….my prayers and lovely wishes are always with you….and your happy life ..

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