Wednesday evening saw several Bollywood fans make their way to the Oxford book store for the release of Bhawana Somaaya’s The Story So Far — an ode to Hindi cinema. Tracing the birth and growth of this 600-crore industry, the book unfurls a fascinating tale of the dreams, successes and failures of the hundreds of stars who have played an key role in the rise of the industry.
At the function, Bollywood was represented by Juhi Chawla and Tusshar Kapoor. As both the actors read snippets from the book, an enthralled audience listened, glued to escapades and lives of the stars.
From the secret romance between Dilip Kumar and Madhubala to Sunil Dutt and Nargis’ marriage, from Guru Dutt’s demise to Rakesh Roshan’s journey from an actor to a director, from the Big B’s career chart to Lagaan’s success, every tidbit was eagerly absorbed.
Conceived and edited by Somaaya, the book also makes a mention of people who have contributed to its making. One such proud moment was for Ravi Patil, who offered his list of movie songs to Somaaya, never dreaming that his collection would be an integral part of such memorabilia.
Priced at Rs 450 and published by The Indian Express, this book is a must-have for every Bollywood fan.