Amitabh Bachchan Abhors The Word ‘Bollywood’

The Indian film industry is what I shall always refer to as Cinema in India .We are Independent creative industry and not a derivative; any attempt to imply otherwise shall not find favour with me - Amitabh Bachchan

Fore worded by the Star of the millennium Amitabh Bachchan, the text of this fascinating book Bollywood –The Films, The Songs, The Stars says it all, has been put together by authors SMM Ausaja a film historian and memorabilia archivist, Aseem Chhabra a well-known New York freelancer who focuses on films and Arts, Rajesh Devraj a screenwriter and researcher, Juhi Saklani, Suparna Sharma and Tanul Thakur.

The History Of Bollywood Unfurled Through A Book – Bollywood –The Films, The Songs, The Stars say it all

This 360 odd pages coffee table book has everything connected with the film industry right from the days of Dada Saheb Phalke to Heroines of all time. The Golden age of the industry is well depicted with great visuals featuring Ashok Kumar films like Awara, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Do Bigha Zameen and CID. The Masters of Music has also found a pride of place in the book.

Says Ausaja about the book, “after doing a book on Bollywood Posters, here I write about Amitabh Bachchan and his films like Don, Kabhi Kabhi, Deewar, Aishwarya Rai and Amar Akbar Anthony.”

Complimenting the effort, Amitabh Bachchan in his foreword says “SMM Ausaja, a friend, and a passionate film admirer, curator, and journalist contributes to a section of this book. My wishes to him and to the publication “.

Amitabh Bachchan also adds “I do not like the word Bollywood, and here in his foreword he mentions – “I abhor the title of the book. The Indian film industry is what I shall always refer to as Cinema in India.We are Independent creative industry and not a derivative; any attempt to imply otherwise shall not find favour with me.

He further writes “but the absence of any kind of film documentation is another malaise that has been of great concern to me, one that I lament greatly. To find a global publishing house now wanting to tap into…The increasing interest in the Hindi film industry from National and International quarters is indeed most laudable.”

“Hindi cinema, indeed the entire cinema in India, is the largest film producing unit in the world. To me, it has always played the role of a unifier, an integrator. When we sit inside the darkened hall we never ask who the person sitting next to us –his or her caste, creed, color or religion. Yet we enjoy the same story, laugh at the same joke, cry at the same emotions, and sing the same songs. In a World that is disintegrating around us faster every day, where can one find a better example of National integration than within those hollow portals of a Cinema Hall? There are not many institutions left that can boast or propagate such unity.”

I once asked a Russian gentleman in Moscow what it was that attracted him to Hindi Cinema, He replied: “When I come out of the theatre after watching a Hindi film, I have a Smile on my face and a dry tear on my cheek !” There can be no better assessment of our films than this – that too from an individual who was not an Indian. But my father the great poet and litterateur, Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, summed it all up most Succinctly.On asking him one day what Hindi Cinema meant to him, he said: I get to see poetic justice in three hours! You and Me shall not get to see this in a lifetime …perhaps several lifetimes.”

The Amitabh Bachchan foreword says it all.

The book will be launched today and has been published by DK, 80 Strand, London WC2R ORL

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About the Author

Pradeep Chandra
Pradeep Chandra
A Star photographer, Pradeep Chandra is also an author having released Coffee Table books on Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and M. F. Hussain... He is presently working on a book on JP Singhal