- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written by Salim-Javed: The Story of Hindi Cinema's Greatest Screenwriters Paperback – 18 Nov 2015
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was pleasantly surprised with this book. I started it with the pre-conceived notion that like every book based on Bollywood or on people from Bollywood, it would... Read more
Excellent Book for Upcoming Film Makers and Film Making Students too. & Excellent Service from Amazon.Published 3 months ago by Harshvardhan Kulkarni
Gets repetitive after a while. And in an effort to be fair, the author comes across as vague.Published 5 months ago by Venkatesh Chetlur
This book gives insight into the film writing scenario of 60's and 70's with extreme clarity. Salim- Javed were brilliant in their writing and so is this book.Published 8 months ago by VISHAL JINDAL
Written in the style n language that will make Salim-Javed proud. Must read for movie buffs n film enthusiasts. Good Job.Published 8 months ago by Mandar S.
good book , you will enjoy reading it though it is no great shakes, could have been written betterPublished 8 months ago by Surajit Chatterjee