Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Stranger in the Mirror - Memoir of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

I have been reading Bollywood-based books for the last 4 years. Just like Its movies and songs, Bollywood books also provide unparalleled sources of interest. Especially if you are reading some informative content like behind scene stories, success stories, and biographies of interesting characters. With similar hopes, I have selected "The Stranger in the Mirror" by Rakeysh Mehra. The hardcover book is designed so beautifully that after finishing it I kept it in a seperate collection of coffee table books.

The Stranger in the Mirror is the memoir of the legendary producer-director, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
The book covers the following aspects of Rakeyesh's life

  • His early childhood days and few interesting incidents of that time
  • His initial struggle from ad-film director to movie director
  • His way of visualizing story, characters & people's perception
  • His strategic thinking about field marketing
  • Behind scenes of movies like "Rang de Basanti"
  • Other Bollywood personalities' view or say about Rakeyesh's life from a personal as well as professional front

The book covers many more things than I have listed above. Though it is a biography you will find it as interesting as a storybook. My observations about the book

  • Easy language usage makes a smooth reading experience.
  • Just like parallel timelines common infections, a biography is written in more than one timeline.
  • Book is not just about Bollywood gossip but full of business insights in and around Bollywood.
  • You will surely enjoy narration covering behind scenes as well.
  • A must-read for movie buff for sure

I will give 4.25 out of 5 to this book.

Book links - Goodreads and Amazon


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