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Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna Hardcover – 27 Oct 2014

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Rajesh Khanna is considered to be a pioneer - Bollywood's first superstar. His fame and adulation gave the industry a new word - Superstar. In the late sixties or early seventies, the word Superstar was as alien as the Rs 100 crore club was a few years ago. Interestingly, a whole generation grew up without experiencing the real super stardom of Rajesh Khanna. Post his death, Rajesh Khanna was back in the news in a big way. The years preceding his death, he was virtually absent from the media, so the noise became even bigger post his death. Rajesh Khanna memorabilia became in once again, books were written on the star. However, this book cannot be painted with the same brush as with some of the other biographies. The writer never met the star, so that way this book is unique. And that way it should connect with the generation who never experienced the star's stardom. Also, it understood the writer could extract no or limited information from the dead star's wife. The book delves on the short-lived stardom of Rajesh Khanna and his life-long fight to accept his non stardom. Such was Rajesh Khanna's flair in his hey days, it seemed to Khanna that he would remain a star till his old age. And in his behaviour, he was every inch the truant superstar - coming to sets late, being rude to people etc etc. Ironically, one of the actors who was at the receiving end of Khanna's idisyncracies went to replace him as a Superstar and remained a superstar for the longest period of time - Amitabh Bachchan. The most interesting aspect of this book is not the depiction of the superstar aspect of Rajesh Khanna but the fight of the man with his own demons. The conflict led him to do things which led to even bigger conflicts in his mind, thus removing him from mainstream even further. Alcohol was a steady companion and this book certainly helps in de-glamourising this liquid which has acted as an opium for many Hindi film actors. This is a very interesting book and by far the best on the dead Superstar. Easy to read and you will enjoy reading this even of you are not a Rajesh Khanna fan or for that matter, a Hindi film afficianado. --Abhijit Lahiri Nov 6, 2014

An excellent insight into the dark side of the brightest star. Its really heartbreaking to read how an actor Rajesh Khanna was consumed by a star Rajesh Khanna. The author Chintamani deserves all applauds for his keen research on the erstwhile star. The book provides a comprehensive review of most of the Khanna starer movies. Yet one significant but forgotten Dharm aur Kanoon found no mention. All in all a treat for all Khanna fans --Ravi Kumar Dec 26, 2014

Took this book for a read during my flight. A nice piece for people who like dramatics and would like to know the details of the Mr Khanna's life and what actually happens on ground, of the famous films made. --Ankur Sharma Dec 10, 2014

About the Author

A born cinephile, Gautam Chintamani has been writing on cinema for over a decade. He believes being born into an army background besides a strong lineage with words thanks to his maternal grandfather, the late Telugu poetwriter Arudra, has blessed him with great rigour to unapologetically pursue art in something as zany as popular Hindi cinema. He is writing two more books with HarperCollins Publishers, one on Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, the other on the screenplay and dialogue writer duo Salim-Javed.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (27 October 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9350296209
  • ISBN-13: 978-9350296202
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.1 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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