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Here is the astonishing true 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 legendary 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. His story is the mirror to view the greater Indian story and the underbelly of the culture of Bollywood.


"A bounty for cinema lovers everywhere."
--Mira Nair, Director, The Namesake and Monsoon Wedding

"King of Bollywood is the all-singing, all-dancing back stage pass to Bollywood. Anupama Chopra chronicles the political and cultural story of India with finesse and insight, through fly-on-wall access to one of its biggest, most charming and charismatic stars."
-- Gurinder Chadha, director of Bend it Like Beckham

"The "Easy Rider Raging Bull" of the Bollywood industry and essential reading for any Shah Rukh Khan fan."
--Emma Thompson, actress

"Anu Chopra infuses the pivotal moments of Shah Rukh Khan's life with an edge-of-your-seat tension worthy of the best Bollywood blockbusters."
--Kirkus



 Freeze Frame is a book of conversations with film people, actors, directors, writers, producers. These interviews, conducted between 2007 and 2011, by author and film critic, Anupama Chopra, capture a place and a time. They offer an insight into the magic and madness of making movies; the heartache and malice of the business; the craft, creativity and inevitable compromises of cinema.

"I never thought about why people love me so much. I won’t think about why people hate me now." Shah Rukh Khan

"Not every Bollywood film is perfect and some people say, ‘Oh, it is so ridiculous.’ I say, yes, like Shakespeare is ridiculous. Like human beings are ridiculous. Ridiculous not meaning idiotic. Ridiculous meaning, not necessarily a reflection of realism." Baz Luhrmann

Anupama Chopra is an award-winning author and film critic. She has hosted popular review shows on television and written extensively about cinema. Her articles have been published in India Today, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Variety, Sight & Sound and Vogue India. Her first book, Sholay: The Making of a Classic won the 2001 National Award for Best Book on Cinema. She has also authored Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (The Brave-hearted Will Take The Bride) (2002) published by the British Film Institute as part of their Modern Classics Series; King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema, and First Day First Show: Writings from the Bollywood Trenches, a compilation of her articles on Hindi cinema over two decades. She lives and works in Mumbai.

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Based on ‘Picture This’, an NDTV film-based programme Interviews by well-known film journalist and author, Anupama Chopra, Amitabh Bacchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Anurag Kashyap, Aamir Khan, Farhan Khan, amongst others, speak of their vision and experience of cinema. Interviews of internationally renowned cinema personalities like Tom Hanks, Werner Herzog, Luc Besson, Baz Luhrmann, as well Worldwide readership/market Cinema buffs, directors, actors, film historians, artists, teachers and students of film studies, special-edition collectors, libraries, museums, cultural and educational institutions, general-trade readers.

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