MEM­OIR DYNAMICS: TO TELL OR NOT TO TELL

Fol­low­ing crit­i­cism for minutely nar­rat­ing his love af­fairs in his mem­oir, Nawaz has de­cided to with­draw the book; in­dus­try re­acts

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Rishabh Suri

Jo fact hai, maine wohi samne rakhne ki koshish kari (I’ve pre­sented the facts)” With that at­ti­tude Nawazud­din Sid­diqui came out with his con­tro­ver­sial mem­oir. In an interview to HT, the ac­tor had ad­mit­ted that the book could ruf­fle feathers, for he, af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion, chose to re­veal de­tails and names, when de­scrib­ing his love af­fairs. So, it came as a shock when, on Mon­day evening, Nawaz tweeted, “I m apol­o­gis­ing 2 ev­ery1 who’s sen­ti­ments r hurt bcz of d chaos around my mem­oir #Anor­di­narylife. I hereby re­gret & de­cide 2 with­draw my book (sic).” Nawaz’s an­nounce­ment comes af­ter two of his ex-flames, Miss Lovely co-star Ni­harika Singh, and TV ac­tor Su­nita Ra­jwar ex­pressed their dis­plea­sure. Su­nita said that Nawaz mis­rep­re­sented facts, while a com­plaint has been re­port­edly reg­is­tered with the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women that accuses Nawaz of out­rag­ing Ni­harika’s mod­esty. Nawaz’s de­ci­sion to with­draw the book, how­ever, raises ques­tions about the pur­pose of a tell-all book, the le­gal­i­ties in­volved and the pub­lisher’s role in it. Ram Ka­mal Mukher­jee, the of­fi­cial bi­og­ra­pher of ac­tor Hema Malini, and au­thor of Hema Malini: Be­yond The Dream Girl, says, “Why would he (Nawaz) with­draw it? Last time I heard such [a] thing was when MF Hus­sain was up­set with the neg­a­tive crit­i­cism of his film Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (2004) and with­drew the film from the the­atres.” Yes­ter­year ac­tor Asha Parekh, who re­leased her bi­og­ra­phy The Hit Girl, says, “I, too, said the truth. [But] I have not had any ob­jec­tions from any­body be­cause I haven’t crit­i­cised any­body.” She says it’s not a good idea to write about one­self mid­way through one’s life. “You have to ex­pe­ri­ence your life and then you can write about it, not at a young age or when you are in the mid­dle of your life.” And what about tak­ing per­mis­sions from the peo­ple men­tioned in the book? “You need that only when you talk about is­sues that can mount to char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion,” says Ram Ka­mal Mukher­jee. If an au­thor de­cides to pull the plug on their book, the pub­lisher can’t do much about it, says Shan­tanu Ray Chaud­huri from Harper­collins Pub­lish­ers In­dia that pub­lished ac­tor Rishi Kapoor’s bi­og­ra­phy, Khul­lam Khulla. “In a bi­og­ra­phy, one goes by what the au­thor is say­ing. We do take the lawyer’s feed­back when names are men­tioned. There’s a dis­cus­sion with the au­thor, and then we de­cide if we keep it. Nawazud­din, it seems, wasn’t care­ful enough. Also, since the co-au­thor Ri­tu­parna Chat­ter­jee is a wo­man, she should’ve asked Nawaz that since you are talk­ing about women here, are you sure about this? Do they know?” says Chaud­huri. Pen­guin In­dia, pub­lisher of Nawaz’s mem­oir, did not com­ment at the time of go­ing to press.

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Asha Parekh

Ram Ka­mal Mukher­jee

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