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Tin Pan Alley Guitar Epics

Manwani’s biography of a film-maker as unapologetically commercial as Nasir Husain is a pointer to the growing acceptability of books on popular Hindi cinema

Tin Pan Alley Guitar Epics
Tin Pan Alley Guitar Epics
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2016-11-11T16:50:03+05:30

Bollywood is going places, at least in the publishing industry. There has been a surfeit of books on the world’s largest film industry in the past few years. From an ageing diva not­orious for her scandalous aff­airs to a nearly forgotten film-maker known for churning out kitsch, everybody appears to be ‘worthy’ of a biography now. Alas, most of them turn out to be hagiographies.

We have had few books that give a glimpse of the colourful, cloistered lives of stars and film-makers beyond what’s common knowledge, with all their foibles and peccadilloes. But the tendency of biographers to paint their sujects as infallible worshippers of their craft with little or no vices often makes the books dull reads.

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