Saturday, August 31, 2019

In Conversation with the Stars by Anupama Chopra

Outside fiction genre, books on Bollywood has taken a good share among my nonfiction genres. I have read more than a dozen books on Bollywood in the last 2 years. So I usually don't say no to this genre.

Book Blurb
In Conversation with the Stars is an extraordinary collection of curated interviews with some of the key figures of Hindi cinema. The artists discuss the art and craft of films on the Film Companion platform.
In each of the interactions, film critic Anupama Chopra deep dives into what makes an artist— from Shah Rukh Khan to Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma to Priyanka Chopra—tick, providing a window into the people behind the larger-than-life persona.
Through wide-ranging and in-depth discussions that make for a rich reading experience, these conversations also reveal how each of them grapple with both success and failure, and what it really means to be in the spotlight. This is a sparkling look into the lives and work of some of the most glittering stars of Indian cinema.
Earlier books I have read on Bollywood were either based on short biography collection (one of them was a biography), the contribution of production houses, movies & personality towards the cinema. This time I got my hands on conversation records. And most of the celebrities covered in the book are from the current age. The author Anupama Chopra (wife of Vidhu Vinod Chopra) runs a website Film Companion. Her site's motto is to bring some of the deepest stories/emotions by asking correct questions. When I have read the introductory part of the book where she discussed Bachchan sir's comment on the interview, I got the idea that the book won't be a boring one.

True to the introduction of the book, interviews that are covered in this book are
  • Genuity, where instead of the same questions, the individuality of question can be seen from personality to personality
  • Conversation Tone - You will find proper dialogs throughout each interview.
  • Props - During interviews Anupama has presented various video, audio related to the celebrity which has brought some hidden story behind it. Readers like to read such experiences
  • Quality of question - Yes indeed proper homework was done before each interview, which can be seen in those questions.
My favorite interviews are
  • Ranveer Singh
  • Saif Ali Khan
  • Hrithik Roshan
  • Priyanka Chopra
You will also find some clicks from these interviews. The book is designed so well that even though it is a paperback you can call it semi-hardcover. A nice read indeed.

  • Cover - 4/5
  • Content - 4.5/5
  • Overall - 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads


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