- Hardcover: 332 pages
- Publisher: Penguin India; 2012 edition (12 December 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670086207
- ISBN-13: 978-0670086207
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.9 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,57,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography Hardcover – 12 Dec 2012
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About the Author
Naman Ramachandran was placed on Planet Earth with the express purpose of writing the definitive biography of Superstar Rajinikanth. Fate intervened, however and he was separated at birth from his noble purpose by a metaphorical Kumbh Mela of sorts. His life journey took him across the world where he became a film critic with Sight and Sound, a film journalist covering South Asia for variety and the UK and Ireland for Cineuropa and the author of the book Lights, Camera, Masala, making movies in Mumbai besides a few film scripts. A chance encounter with a Penguin revealed the Thalaivar tattoo seared deep into his soul and the epiphany that followed resulted in this book.
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I am a huge fan of Tamil cinema, Kamal and Rajini and expected to get to know the man better but was disappointed on that account.
The author writes well. Hope he gives us one more book on Rajini, this time with a liberal amount of anecdotes from his close friends. There must be a wealth of interesting information about Rajini the man just waiting to be collated.
The book helped to contextualize the man, his body of work and the reasons for his mass appeal - not just in South India (or all the countries where South Indians are present) but also in markets such as Japan.
The book is extremely well researched - and does not suffer for the lack of personal reminiscences from the Superstar. It provides an interesting insight into the man as well as the cult phenomenon that he has become.
The book has helped me become a fan - I am now curious to see his entire body of work - especially the earlier movies which have excellent, hard hitting stories. Most of those were directed by K Balanchander - so maybe its time for a book on him as well!
All in all - a great read and well worth the cover price - since its brought me a new lease of life for Tamil Films as a genre and Rajini as a specific segment within that genre.
Looking forward to his next release!
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