A host of ac­tors and film­mak­ers are pen­ning books; some have re­leased, oth­ers are lined up

A host of ac­tors and film­mak­ers are pen­ning books. Some have re­leased, oth­ers are lined up

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

So some­one who had worked in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice or had a colour­ful life in Bollywood... such sto­ries make for a fan­tas­tic read ASH­WIN SANGHI, AU­THOR

They have moved be­yond the sil­ver screen to em­brace the writ­ten word. While books by Rishi Kapoor, Karan Jo­har, Twin­kle Khanna and Divya Dutta have been re­leased, those by Soha Ali Khan, Raveena Tan­don and Hrithik Roshan are in the pipe­line. There’s no deny­ing a trend here — of Bollywood celebs, ac­tors and di­rec­tors, turn­ing au­thors. And thanks to the stars’ fan­base, strong buzz sur­rounds the book, right from the an­nounce­ment.

But what are th­ese celebs writ­ing on? Soha’s de­but book, The Per­ils of Be­ing Moderately Fa­mous, will high­light her life’s sto­ries of be­ing a royal princess and as she puts it, be­ing a “moderately fa­mous” celebrity. “I love to read and I do that quite well, so it can’t be much harder to write, right? I also have some time on my hands, as most ac­tors of­ten do. I can use it cre­atively to pen down mem­o­ries from what surely must be a life less or­di­nary. I am a princess af­ter all,” Soha says. The su­per-fit Hrithik has been get­ting re­quests from friends and fam­ily to write a book on fit­ness. And if sources are to be be­lieved, Hrithik might soon oblige them.

Speak­ing to HT City, Raveena shares her lit­er­ary plans. “Along with work­ing on my films and the other work that I have at hand, I am also writ­ing a book. But can’t talk much about it now,” she had said.

In a “Bol­ly­wood­dom­i­nated na­tion”, books by ac­tors and di­rec­tors are quite pop­u­lar, says au­thor Ash­win Sanghi, whose book, Chanakya’s Chant, might get adapted into a mini se­ries, and The Krishna Key into a film. “If you see the best­seller list along with fic­tion, a lot of non-fic­tion mak­ing their way into it. And th­ese non-fic­tions are in the na­ture of rev­e­la­tions. So some­one who had worked in the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice or had a colour­ful life in Bollywood.. such sto­ries make for a fan­tas­tic read. There is an el­e­ment of voyeurism in them, which ap­peals to read­ers,” he adds.

Ash­win has Rishi Kapoor’s Khul­lam Khulla, and be­lieves that in In­dia, three things make for news apart from pol­i­tics — Bollywood, cricket and sex! “No doubt, Khul­lam Khulla and Karan Jo­har’s An Un­suit­able Boy cre­ated a lot of buzz,” he says.

Au­thor Anuja Chauhan feels that the trend is more pub­lish­ing driven. “I think com­mis­sion­ing ed­i­tors ap­proach ac­tors or di­rec­tors to write books for them, as they feel such books sell well,” shares Anuja.

Film­maker Shirish Kun­der, known for his sharp sense of hu­mour, is also get­ting of­fers to pub­lish a book. We hope he fi­nally agrees!

Com­mis­sion­ing ed­i­tors ap­proach ac­tors or di­rec­tors to write books for them, as they feel such books sell well ANUJA CHAUHAN, AU­THOR

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT PHO­TOS: YOGEN SHAH

While Soha Ali Khan (L) and Raveena Tan­don’s books are awaited, Rishi Kapoor (below) and Karan Jo­har’s (below right) books made head­lines for their con­tro­ver­sial con­tent

HT PHOTO

PHOTO: RA­JESH KASHYAP/HT

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