E book: Fragmented Frames
Author: Bhawana Somayya
Price: INR 395
Publisher: Pustak Mahal
An advanced Indian cinema buff and interested to know interesting and traditional behind-the-camera-scenes, you probably will gravitate towards a e book which has been written by someone who has intimately known the Indian film industry -Bollywood- for near three decades.
Instinct will make you look for pictures first and no matter how much of an enthusiast is of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwaryya Rai and Hritik Roshan or say even Ruben Abraham, you will almost predictably stop at the pictures of the soulful Suraiya or Madhubala, the girl with the most dazzling smile ever. Box Office Collection
As well as the book has some amazing pictures, like the one of Ajit and Dilip Kumar in Naya Daur, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri in Abhiman or the photograph of Dadasaheb Phalke (even film fans would not be able to identify the father of Indian cinema so easily).
But that’s not all. Cut to a picture of today’s Smriti Irani, in the age group defying saga of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, pointing that weapon and eventually killing her ‘bad’ son and receiving the battle of the TV’s TRPs. And we are okay with these pictures to be in dark-colored and white, because we are happy to then subside with a glass of tea to study the essays about the videos and movie stars.
Away from each other from topical essays about the changing roles of women in films to complicated relationships involving the old hero and an extremely young heroine, the book narrates touching, brave occasions from Yash Johar’s last times, a lovely story about the Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh romance, commentaries on the tragic lives of Mubarak Begum (who is famous for her song Mujhko Apne Gale Laga Lo from Hamrahi), OP Nayyar and Dadasaheb Phalke (who died almost unknown, in poverty).
Pity, the publishers of the book faulted on taking note of the syntax (lines like ‘Devika Lagu, an affluent widow and childless’ on-page 20, ‘unashamed to crumble down’ on page 76 and ‘irrespective of all the hooplas’ on-page 80, jar the senses) or did not bother to find word and phrase replacements for the phrase haunt that appeared at least 12-15 times available.