Indian Cinema: The Faces Behind the Masks

Indian Cinema: The Faces Behind the Masks

By: Anil Saari (author)Hardback

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Journalist, poet, and dramatist, Anil Saari (19452005) was one of the earliest and most distinguished film critics in India. As a critic, Saari possessed the special ability to unravel the real personality of the stars behind the shadow of stardom. This collection of interviews and articles by Anil Saari (written in the 1980s and 1990s) bears the mark of his genius as an inteviewer and columnist. Chatty in style and frank in approach, this volume provides a window to the life and work of some of the legendary figures in Indian cinema. It includes conversations with and articles on not only the leading ladies and men of Indian cinema but also lyricists, script writers, directors, film distributors, and censor board officials. From golden era greats like Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar to leading ladies like Waheeda Rehman, Nargis, Rekha, and Shabana Azmi to megastars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Mammootty, to present-day movie moguls like Gulzar, Yash Chopra, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Nana Patekar, and Subhash Ghaithe range of this compilation is breathtaking. The detailed Introduction by well-known film critic Saibal Chatterjee sets the stage for Saaris writings which captures a crucial twenty-year period of change in Indian cinema, from the 1970s to the mid-1990s.

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Anil Saari (1945-2005) was a journalist, poet, dramatist, and film critic. He worked in several newspapers through his career and was one of the earliest film critics in India. He is the author of Hindi Cinema: An Insider's View. Saibal Chatterjee is a writer and film critic who has worked for leading Indian publications like The Telegraph, The Time of India, Industan Times, and The Indian Express. He won the President's Gold Medal for the Best Film Critic in 2003.


Introduction, GOLDEN ERA GREATS , Raj Kapoor / Dilip Kumar , MAINSTREAM MAVENS , Yash Chopra / Manmohan Desai / Subhash Ghai / Feroz Khan , WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE , The Other Tradition / Waheeda Rehman / Nargis / Shabana Azmi / Deepti Naval , REKHA: A DIVA'S DILEMMAS , A MEGASTAR'S BRUSH WITH DEATH , A Blow too Low / In Close-up , STARS AND SUPERSTARS , Shah Rukh Khan / Govinda: Not only About Money / Rishi Kapoor: At the Crossroads / Jeetendra: "Stardom Don't Exist Anymore" , A WORLD APART , Adoor Gopalakrishnan: Master Class / Gulzar: Days of Struggle / Sabiha Sumar: A Rare Filmmaker , FROM OTHER CONSTELLATIONS , Mammootty: Malayalam Cinema Superstar / Ben Kingsley: Screen Mahatma / Mamata Shankar: In Love with Acting , DHARMENDRA: THE EARLY YEARS , The Man From Sanewal / Booze and Blunders , NANA PATEKAR: TO THE MANNER BORN , An Unusual Actor Becomes a Star / The Intensity in His Style / Calling the Shots / SUPPORTING CAST: BEYOND THE GLITZ , Key Distributors of Delhi / Abrar Alvi: Master Writer / Bikram Singh: Censor Board Chief / Star Fancies / Show Business Falls Apart

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  • publication date: 03/02/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780198070085
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780198070085
  • weight: 442
  • ISBN10: 019807008X

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