Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema Review
The "King Khan"
King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema
As the rest of the world sees it, Bollywood is a glamorous world of Indian stars. The fabulous colorful movies they make are filled with songs and dance, and targeted to fill the void in people's lives that is: the fantasy. Yet, as Anupama Choipra explains in King of Bollywood, the alluring world of Indian Cinema is far from dazzling. As Chopra chronicles not only the fight to stardom by the king of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, she also chronicles the important people and dates that make up what Bollywood is today.
Chopra draws a skillful picture of the life for an aspiring star in India, focusing on Shah Rukh Khan, who is considered "King Khan" in indian cinema. Starting the book out with a narration, Chopra lets the readers in "backstage" to Khan's life in his early years and introduces us to his family. She includes interviews from the closest people in Khan's life to people that he has worked with in the industry, revealing ugly secrets many would think to be untrue of the famed star. Chopra incorporates the tiniest details crucial to Khan's life, as well as tiny details related to Indian cinema. Also, Chopra brilliantly intertwines the explanation of how the greatest star in Bollywood came to fame along with the changing phases of Indian cinema.
As any good author should, in order to accomodate readers who are not familiar with Indian names and words, Chopra incldues a descriptive glossary, playfully set up as the "cast of characters" to this filmi book. Giving a refreshing and exciting view of the inside of Bollywood, Chopra creatively takes "the seductive world of Indian Cinema" and turns it into a conflicting drama with twists and turns in every chapter. Although the book is mainly about the life of the beloved star, three-fourths into the "story" Chopra unexpectedly begins chronicling Khan's super hit movies (each chapter being a different movie), which can become a little redundant.
In spite of shameless movie promotion, the spicy flair that the author uses will engage readers throughout the book. Yet, some of the language could be difficult for readers who do not have accomplished Ph.D's in English dictionary words. Throughout the novel, Chopra uses some cyclopean words in the most desultory of places (if this sentence gave you trouble, be ready for the book). If targeted towards an audience of Indian cinema lovers, not all of them have hellacious vocabulary; however, if you do have an inkling or a mild curiosity towards "King Khan" and the film industry of Bollywood (uncensored and the raw reality), King of Bollywood is a good masala read.