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King of Bollywood

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  314 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Here is the astonishing true story of Bollywood, a sweeping portrait about a country finding its identity, a movie industry that changed the face of India, and one man's struggle to become a star. Shah Rukh Khan's larger than life tale takes us through the colorful and idiosyncratic Bollywood movie industry, where fantastic dreams and outrageous obsessions share the spotli ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2007)
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miaaa
Feb 01, 2011 miaaa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ceu Yanti, Weni and Ceu Berlian :D
Recommended to miaaa by: Graeme & Erik
What do I know about Shah Rukh Khan?

Most will remember him for his most famous acts as a lover-boy, notably in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, but I would never forget the chills that made me shivers when I watched him in Darr (Fear) as a disturbed young man, an obsessive stalker, who played the game of 'she loves me, she loves me not' whilst walking on the ledge of a tall building. Or I'd never forget how in Asoka he killed his half-brother to be the emperor and then
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Divya Nawale
I have watched Shah Rukh Khan's every movie religiously and almost every documentary ever made on his life with awe. I refrained from reading books about him for reasons I don't really know. After years of restraint, i finally bought two books dedicated to him (on the same day). This is the first one I read and nope, no disappointments at all- finished it in less than 24 hours (not a continuous read though). The book infuses so much of the "SRK magic" as we call it and brings it truly alive for ...more
Beth
From my review at Beth Loves Bollywood

In case you missed it, back in July before the book came out, several bloggers from the US and Europe participated in a marathon discussion of the book with author Anupama Chopra.

My hat is very much off to her for agreeing to such a rambling project, and she answered questions respectfully and with humor, an approach I always appreciate.

Now that I've had time to mull the book over - I was reading frantically right until I sent my questions in - I don't think
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Sameer
Good read for persons not aware of SRK and Bollywood inside out. Not so interesting for Bollywood freaks. Okay read!
Nancy
Sep 19, 2007 Nancy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SRK fans...you know who you are
The first chapter was the best! You can read that here.

It talks about an American-born desi who gets to share 30 minutes of stage time with SRK and a club of Bollywood fans in South Korea who love SRK.

Fun read.





Tatiana
With this highly interesting book, journalist Anupama Chopra manages to offer readers a biography of SRK, who has been India's most popular actor during the last 20 years, as well as an insightful history of Bollywood (its codes, economy, stars, highs and lows), both intelligently used to shed light on Indian society and its mutations.

The chapters are organized chronologically, following Shah Rukh's life from childhood to superstar status. The most important events in his personal and profession
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suzy
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Corinne
Yes, I just read a book about Bollywood and one of it's major supastarzzzz. Yes, I enjoyed it. I read it mostly to learn about dear Shah, whom I have watched lately in two VERY different roles and enjoyed both times. The book seems to be a fairly balanced look at his life and how it fits into the incredibly intricate and dramatic (um I'll say it again: DRAMATIC) world of Indian cinema. It's like jumping into an alternate universe, in some ways, with so many unfamiliar people and places, but I fo ...more
♥adinda ♥
got this book last week .. bought it for rp.20000 only :D ..

after read this book, i began to understand more about SRK's life. before he became the bollywood king and after.
tho, i cant believe that he had through a very hard struggle. he started his carrier from the bottom. his family isnt come from movie star family but he wanna be a superstar someday.
his love story is like in movie too. ha, how come that SRK loved gauri so much ?? this book is the answer.

and u know what, SRK is being called
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Mayank
Coming from a popular film critic, the book talks about evolution of 'Bollywood' in parallel to rise of Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) in the 90s.
You don’t find anything new about SRK here which has not been documented or talked about before in numerous articles and interviews. The book never attempts to be an SRK biography. It maintains an enigma around him- his philosophy, his personal equation with his family and friends.
But the notable film critic adds some charm and some passages stand out like the f
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Siera
I absolutely LOVED this book! Not only was it very entertaining but also extremely informative. Besides being a look into Shah Rukh Khan's life (which is WAY more interesting than I thought) it was also a great insight into the history of Bollywood and Indian cinema. I do wish that there had been more information about Kajol and Shah Rukh though. Even in the sections that talked about DDLJ and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kajol was barely mentioned. As a big fan of Kajol, I didn't really appreciate that. ...more
Albert
If you love Bollywood, this is a definite read. Anupama Chopra delves into the life of one of the most famous faces of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, going from his meager beginnings and his dreams to become the next Amitabh Bachchan to going a long road to make all of his dreams come true, overcoming obstacles such as a first difficult relationship with his future wife's family to even the Indian mob. While delving mainly in SRK's life, Chopra gaves some great tidbits on other famous faces in Bolly ...more
Peggy
A fascinating story. After watching Om Shanti Om, My daughter and I became enamored with Bollywood. We have watched just 10 so far, mostly Shah Rukh Kahn's movies. The genre is fantastic! All types of stories with music and dancing. And they are wholesome, more than I can say about most American movies today! So we investigated the reasons behind the movies, I.e.. No kissing, the length and have learned so much about the Culture. But after watching I Am Kahn, and finding out the REAL story behin ...more
Kathryn
Over the past couple years I've become a growing fan of Bollywood, and I wanted to learn something about its background and conventions. King of Bollywood didn't entirely satisfy that desire (it was, however, one of the few titles in my library system about Indian cinema), but it did give me some new insights. I particularly enjoyed learning about the interrelationship between India's history and the development of the country's film industry. It was also fun to find out a little more about Shah ...more
Jolene
This is a great biography of Shah Rukh Khan for Americans/English Speakers who are interested in the world of Bollywood - or if you're just really interested in a good story. I became interested in Bollywood movies after my Indian students at school started talking about them. I started watching a few via netflix, and was surprised by how this same guy was in a bunch of movies. I had to know more, and this was an excellent choice to learn more about the man and the movie industry in Bollywood.
Tesneem
Yeah. That's right, I'm geeking out and reading a Bollywood book and LOVING it!

I enjoyed it. A lot. Not only because it was about one of my favourite actors, but also because it gave a bit of background, history and information about the social aspects of life in India and some of the other bits and pieces that I didn't know about. An enjoyable book.
Nancy
Great book -- Anupama Chopra did a fantastic job of weaving Bollywood history (with a splash of the history of India) in with the story of Shah Rukh Khan. He is very personable -- in 2005 I was privileged to meet and have my picture taken with Shah Rukh not having a clue WHO he was. Swades was my first Shah Ruhk and Bollywood experience -- I'm a fan!
D
Mar 09, 2008 D marked it as 07-08  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book is about an Indian actor, Sharukh khan(probably th e most famous). It talks about his family and life before and after becoming a star and his way there. I know many people are crazy about him and I wasn't but it really gave me a look about how some people that were as poor as him can become such huge actors.
Lobelia
This is a very light read, but it's not mere celebrity gossip. Much of it is a biography on Shah Rukh Khan, yet it's informative about modern India, Indian film history, and Bollywood's significance to Indian culture. It's also fun to read. If you want to learn about Bollywood, this book is a good choice.
Katrine
For someone like me married into the Indian culture and thereby into the "obsession" with Hindi cinema, it gave a really good insight into the world of Bollywood and of this great personality. The insight and stories are really good but the writing style could definitely be better.
Amy
Jan 18, 2010 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's seen a few Bollywoods or wants to
Recommended to Amy by: Rob Simmons
Shelves: biography
I really knew nothing of Bollywood and this book gives a good insight into such a HUGE industry and one of it's top celebrities. My hubby and I have seen several of his movies and Bollywood is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres to watch.
Isabel
Contrary to what the title says, the book was more about the Hindi film industry than the actor but the focus was on him as an individual actor.

Very interesting insight for people not familiar with that film industry.
Amaan Khan
A book that can inspire most of the budding actors to achieve their dreams. I had read this book long back and remember it in bits and pieces but surely I revere srk for his wisdom, fortitude and achievements.

Cattyme
I LOVE this book. I've read it a million times, and I never get tired of going through it one more time. It takes you to another world..it's an amazing book. Fans will love it(obviously).
Annemarie
Fun, engaging introduction to the world of Bollywood, framed by Shah Rukh Khan's phenomenal career. Very enjoyable.
Afshan Hashmi
Hello friends,

Please see my review of the book :

King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema [Hardcover]

Here is the video you tube link of the review:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vzYv9_lbfvY

Also I have posted a new discussion topic in my online book club on goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Enjoy and Cheers!
Dr. Afshan Hashmi
http://drafshanhashmi.com/
Santhi
The story of SRK is beyond engrossing.

While Ms Chopra is undoubtedly an adept writer, this Shah Rukh fan is disappointed that the supporting cast and even extras in this book overshadowed the main star.

There were too many details about the social / cultural evolution of India and Bollywood. while I certainly learnt more about him, and there's greater understanding and respect, there still was not enough of King Khan in this book
Hrishi
അനുപമ ചോപ്രയുടെ King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema എന്ന പ്രശസ്ത കൃതിയുടെ മലയാള പരിഭാഷ. അക്ഷരത്തെറ്റുകളും വസ്തുതാപരമായ പിശകുകളും ധാരാളം. കുച്ച് കുച്ച് ഹോത്താ ഹെ യിലെ റാണി മുഖര്‍ജിയുടെ ടീന എന്ന കഥാപാത്രത്തിന്റെ പേര് പൂജ എന്ന് നല്കുക(page no 116) , Shree 420 എന്ന ചിത്രം ഷാരൂഖ് ഖാന്‍ ചിത്രം എന്ന പേരിലാക്കുക(അതില്‍ രാജ് കപൂര്‍ അഭിനയിച്ച് അനശ്വരമാക്കിയ 'മേരാ ചൂത്താ ഹൈ ജാപ്പാനി' എന്ന ഗാനത്തെക്കുറിച്ച് പരാമര്‍ശിക്കുന്ന സ്ഥലത്ത് - page no 18) തുടങ്ങിയ പ്രശ്നങ്ങള്‍ ...more
Indah Threez Lestari
Sejak membaca buku ini, pandanganku terhadap SRK cukup banyak berubah. Mengingat dalam beberapa film yang pernah kutonton tokoh yang dimainkan SRK stereotip, sama dan sebangun, serupa tapi tak sama (termasuk nama tokohnya), kukira kekuatan aktingnya hanya untuk peran begitu2 saja. But, setelah membaca buku ini, boleh dibilang SRK sebenarnya aktor yang berani mengambil peran antagonis yang dihindari bintang film India lainnya, karena dia yakin penonton menyukai aktingnya, bukan perannya sebagai o ...more
Ainur Rofiq
Sungguh gigih perjuangannya hingga menjadi King of Bollywood. Dari kecil hidup kesusahan dari keluarga Muslim. Kisah cintanya dengan Gauri sungguh penuh lika-liku, di tentang oleh orang Tua Gauri karena keluarga Gauri beragama Hindu. namun akhirnya dengan kegigihan Shahrukh Khan akhirnya Gauri dipersunting menjadi Istrinya hingga sekarang. Untuk menjadi seorang Raja Bollywood tidaklah gampang dari mulai diculik oleh Gembong Mafia hingga di terror tengah malam. Sungguh lika-liku perjalanan yang s ...more
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