Sunday, December 22, 2019

Book Review - Khantastic - The untold story of Bollywood’s trio

I have read 5-6 books on Bollywood as of now. Well, this contains 2 biographies wherein others were based on the contribution of production houses, actors or movies towards Bollywood. And that gave a good quantum of information and entertainment, so I decided not to miss them. And then I got my hands on a book that is dedicated to three kings of Bollywood, three Khan's who are ruling Bollywood since the 1990s. How can I ignore such a book? So here I am to discuss "Khantastic - the Untold Story of Bollywood's Trio" by Sanjukta Nandy.

Book Blurb
Did Shah Rukh Khan reject Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge? Did Aamir Khan audition for Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak? Was Salman Khan’s voice dubbed by another in Maine Pyar Kiya? Did Salman’s and Aamir’s film rejections give Shah Rukh Bollywood on a platter?
KHANtastic answers all these questions. Destiny binds together this charismatic trio: Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir. They not only started their journey in Bollywood around the same time but also share vestiges of Pashtun descent in their bloodline. Over time, their tempestuous rivalry turned into friendship as they became an indomitable triumvirate. Three different, yet magnetic personalities they form the three points of the invisible Bandra Triangle in Mumbai as their brotherhood reigns permanently over a capricious Bollywood.
Three Khans Aamir, Salman & Shahrukh, are discussed throughout the book. Well, it's just a 210 pages long book, so the author has limited space to cover everything about these stars. Still, she has done a good compilation. She has covered many important parts of their life. Things like where these Khans' families belonged to, how they got their first chance. Here you will get answers to questions given in book blurb. (On the personal front, for me, Shahrukh's struggle from Fauji serial was inspiring). Love lives of Khans' also touched upon by the author in the book. It was followed by those offpeak times where each of these Khans' faced downtime between their two high peaks. And finally their triumph once again. We still see them on the top yet, and I hope we keep seeing them delivering wonderful movies.

Talking about the writing style, it is flawless, reading like a magazine full of interesting articles. The author has done the right mix of story, interview & facts to keep interest level high. You won't feel bored, especially if you are interested in Bollywood. Few passages were inspiring as well. The book also contains a few color pictures showing Khans' special occasion. An easy read, a good companion on your short trips. 

I will give 4 out 5 to this informative & entertaining book.

Book links GoodReads, Amazon & Flipkart


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