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

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Here is the astonishing a 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 spotlight with extortion, murder, and corruption. Shah Rukh Khan broke into this $1.5 billion business despite the fact that it has always been controlled by a handful of film families and sometimes funded by black market money. As a Muslim in a Hindu majority nation, exulting in classic Indian cultural values, Shah Rukh Khan has come to embody the aspirations and contradictions of a complicated culture tumbling headlong into American style capitalism.

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User Review  - maximnoronha - LibraryThing

Not so much a biography as much as it is a sketch, but for a book about a Bollywood star, Anupama Chopra does a fine job of combining just enough zeitgeist to provide a little more understanding into ... Read full review

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If you're a fan of Bollywood films, then you already know who Shah Rukh Khan is... if you're not familiar with Indian cinema, you may recognize the name from Newsweek -- in 2008, Newsweek named him ... Read full review

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