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About the Author

Diptakirti Chaudhuri is a salesman by day and writer by night. This is his third book and the second on Hindi cinema. He is currently working on a biography of India's most explosive screenwriters, Salim Javed. He lives in Bangalore with his wife, a son and a daughter don't share his obsessive love for the movies. Yet.

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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited (18 November 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143425099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143425090
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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This is Diptakirti's 4th book in 5 years, and 3rd on Bollywood (the first, and only non-Bollywood book was on cricket). His previous two Bollywood outings, Kitnay Aadmi Thay and Bollybook were out and out Bollywood masala trivia blockbusters. That is, Satyajit Ray level of research and Karan Johar style of easy entertainment. I have been a fan for a while now and also a friend, so there goes the disclaimer.

Slightly young to have missed the magic of these four words - 'Written by Salim-Javed' on the big screen, but old enough to get excited when they showed up during the Doordarshan movies on Friday and Saturday evenings, this book is as much dipped in nostalgia for our generation as gulab jamuns in sugar syrup. However, in spite of being fairly versed with the might of the duo on Bollywood during the 70s and early 80s, WBSJ is an eye opener in terms of how these two young men changed the entire profession of script writing and story in Bollywood by making it mainstream, glamorous, and most importantly respectable and well paying. The chutzpah displayed by them from their early struggling days is straight out of a Salim-Javed movie (trivia and quizzes at the end of the post). WBSJ is divided into five neat Parts: 1. Flashback (background till where S & J start the partnership), 2. The Partnership (basically the book itself, a deep dive into each movie they wrote together), 3. Split Wide Open (as the name suggests, the split), 4. Themes and Messages ( like an extended Guidebook for (2)) and 5. Impact & Legacy (self explanatory).

If there's one thing you can expect from a Salim-Javed script, it is drama. The equivalent in a Diptakirti book is painstaking research.
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Wow ! I knew that Salim Javed were great but this book had me shell shocked ! They were not just great - they were literally the godfathers of Indian cinema ! They defined Indian cinema , the concept of a hero, the story telling structure , the dialogues' style et al . This is a terrific book but a more detailed narration is a must - Walter Isaacson - are you listening ? At another level I am very happy about this book because it highlights an Indian success story . We know a lot about American success stories because they are marketed well but somehow Indian stories are not . This one certainly is ! This story must be told on a bigger platform . What better way to unite for both of them then to make a docu drama on their own lives ! Salim Javed ki picture sirf ek hi jodi bana sakte hai - khud Salim Javed !
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Superb book from salim- javed . Mind Blowing .
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Diptakirti delves deep into his intimate knowledge about Hindi film industry and keeps the reader enthralled with his racy and interesting style. Liked the way he writes. Has a great future as a writer.
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Painstakingly researched and well written. A must have for Bollywood fans, especially those who have a soft corner for the cinema of 70s and early 80s.
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Excellent.
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Excellent book on India's most successful screen writers detail information about their life their work their individual life and how they created the 'angry young man'. Excellent book
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It is a good read but do not expect too much from the book. Lot of trivia but the info on how some of the popular dialogues were thought of and finalised, is insufficient. Also, quotes of Salim and Javed sahab are really few. But yes, you get an idea about how films were made in those days. Do read if you are a Salim-Javed fan and/or a fan of the films from the '70s.
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