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There’s so much we all know about Shahrukh Khan. But when one
reads noted journalist Anupama Chopra’s soon-to-be-released book: King
of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema,
one comes to know that there’s so much we all don’t know about one of
the biggest Asian stars ever. IndiaFM caught up with Chopra who reviews
films for India Today and NDTV 24/7 and found her in a talkative mood.
We bring you the first part of a detailed interview with her as she talks
about Shahrukh’s parents, why she is a sucker for Raj-Rahul brand of
cinema and what makes SRK a promiscuous brand endorser.
How will you describe your forthcoming book, King of
Bollywood Shahrukh Khan and the seductive world of Indian
Cinema? Will you call it a biography?
No, I have always resisted calling it a biography though I suppose
that’s the label it’s being given everywhere. It’s more an attempt to look at
Hindi cinema and at India through the life and work of Shahrukh Khan. He
is in the foreground but I wanted to paint the picture of the film industry.
It’s not just him. There are many narratives that are woven through his main
narrative. He is the main plot but then there are lots of sub plots.
But when I read the book, it also comes out as a commentary on the
socio-political and economic changes in the country over a span of sixty
Sure. We wanted to give a context for his rise and why he connects so
perfectly with the new shining India. How this new shining India has then
evolved and Bollywood has evolved along with that and how Shahrukh is
the face of a lot of this evolution. So, that was the grand attempt and I
hope I have managed it somehow (laughs).