Bollywood movies are glorious, colourful spectacles of romance, action, drama, song, and dance. The biggest film industry in the world, Bollywood puts out some nine hundred movies a year, which are watched by passionate fans around the globe. For more than a hundred years now, Indians have watched movies made in the subcontinent, sung the songs and gossiped about the stars. Bollywood has been a passion, a popular tradition and a shared national conversation. In recent decades, as India has experienced economic and social change, both the film industry and the entertainment it produces have transformed themselves as well. Several writers and authors tried to encapsulate Bollywood into interesting coffee table books through their understanding, experience and observations. Presenting the compilation of few coffee table books over the years has been published that makes a good read for every Bollywood Lover.
Living The Dream: Life of the ‘Bollywood’ Actor – by Mark Bennington
Living the Dream: The Life of the ‘Bollywood’ Actor is a visual story with 112 pictures of those who try to make it in the world’s largest film industry. These pictures shot in a unique candid moments and features every actor in the industry right from those starting off to those who have tasted super stardom. Most portraits are accompanied with short interviews of the actor and catch the true essence of those thousands of people who every year come to Mumbai for one single thing – To pursue their Dream. As Karan Johar puts it in the Foreword, ‘What this book captures is something we have never seen before – it is what life really looks like for an actor in Bombay.’ The Life of the ‘Bollywood’ Actor recently got been published and released as a coffee table book by Harper Collins India.
Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking – by Stephen Alter
Stephen Alter a writer who grew up in India and has inside access to Bollywood acts as translator and tour guide in this firsthand look into the world of Bombay films. Following the making of a Bollywood version of Othello, he explores the enormous popularity of Hindi movies and reveals the actors, directors, musicians, and feats of artifice that make them so compelling and unique. From the blessing ceremony performed each time a movie starts shooting to the secrets behind the song- and-dance extravaganzas, Fantasies of a Bollywood Love-Thief is a 260 pages beguiling introduction to the rituals and culture of a movie making industry so similar to and yet utterly different from our own.