Penning books Bollywood’s new passion
More and more Bollywood celebrities are taking to penning books with Sonali Bendre Behl the latest to join the league with a book on parenting tips.
Several Bollywood actors have recently come out with books or are planning to do so in the near future, among them being Anu Aggarwal, Twinkle Khanna, Emraan Hashmi, Shilpa Shetty and Shadaab Amjad Khan.
In her book The Modern Gurukul: My Experiments with Parenting, Behl shares her three principles of parenting which she says will help find a balance between tradition and modernity, and show how to raise a child in the digital age.
When Behl’s son Ranveer was born in 2005, she gave up her career to play the role of a mother in real life. It was only after her son started going to school and she was confident of the quality of time she spent with him that she resumed her career. A few months ago, Khanna’s Mrs Funnybones: She’s Just Like You and a Lot Like Me, Aggarwal’s memoir Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead and Khan’s debut novel Murder in Bollywood were published.
Full of wit and delicious observations, Mrs Funnybones is based on Khanna’s popular column. The book, published by Penguin India, captures the life of the modern Indian woman. In Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead, published by HarperCollins India, Aashiqui girl Aggarwal tells the fascinating story of her self-discovery, a near-death experience and amazing recovery besides details of the men in her life, from millionaire jet-setters to super-yogis.
Murder in Bollywood, published by Penguin India, is a Bollywood crime caper by Amjad Khan’s son Shadaab.
Ayushmann Khurrana has also written a book called Cracking the Code in which he outlines a step-by-step guide to making it big in tinsel town, drawing on his personal experiences in Bollywood.
Hashmi is coming out with a book next year which will be a combination of his personal story and an emotional journey, along with practical reference and resources to help anyone else whose loved ones are battling cancer. In January 2014, his four-year-old son Ayaan was diagnosed with cancer. Throughout this difficult time, Hashmi educated himself about the disease and sought the best possible treatment for his son. Now, following Ayaan’s return to health, he will share his experience in the book. Written with Bilal Siddiqi, the book will be published by Penguin Random House.
“Emraan’s book is about how to deal with challenges that life throws at you and how to deal with them; conquering your fears and valuing what we are blessed with. I’m proud to publish this inspirational book from one of our most loved actors Emraan and one of our most promising writers Bilal,” says Milee Ashwarya, editor in chief at Penguin Random House.
Shilpa Shetty’s book The Great Indian Diet, co-authored by Luke Coutinho, will be released soon. It tells how nutritious locally grown and sourced ingredients are and that there’s no need to look beyond borders.