Angry Young Man. Big B. Superstar. Icon. The epithets are many for AMITABH BACHCHAN-the man who has captured and held the imagination of Indians for several decades now. And yet, what could be more appropriate, more fitting for who he is and what he is than 'Legend'. Bachchan was the undisputed king of Bollywood for years-at one point of time, eight of his films were celebrating their silver jubilees simultaneously. Then came his fall from grace in the early Nineties. But Bachchan found his way back soon enough. Today, he is back to where he was, and more. He had five hits in 2005, in the host of a hugely successful game show, and is one of the most sought after brand ambassadors in India.
AB: The Legend is Pradeep Chandra's tribute to the actor and the man. Chandra follows Bachcha's career, giving us rare glimpses of him as a student, actor, family man, businessman and politician through interesting anecdotes and incidents. As a photographer who has captured Bachchan form his early days in cinema, Chandra has included exquisite stills from films, photographs, collages and artworks that encapsulate Bachchan's charisma and intensity.
Pritish Nandy, who has written the Foreword, and guest writers Shobhaa De, Govind Nihalani, Rauf Ahmed, T.R. Gopaalakrishnan and Srinivas Hebbar, have contributed to making this book a unique biography of the legend.
About the Author:
A distinguished photojournalist, PRADEEP CHANDRA has also been an actor, model and still photographer, and has written various news articles.
Chandra's first photograph, of actress Waheeda Rehman, appeared in Filmfare when he was in Class Four. His first pay packet was from a role in Shankar Mukherjee's film Sarhad, starring Dev Anand and Suchitra Sen. Years later the same director worked with Amitabh Bachchan in Faraar.
Chandra has been closely associated with several national and international newspapers and magazines during the span of his career as a photojournalist, including the Indian Express, The Week, Illustrated Weekly, Sunday Observer, Free Press Group, Independent and Bombay Times. He was associated with Asia Week, a sister publication of Time, for over a decade.
A keen follower of the arts, he has held several photo and art exhibitions and has also participated in art camps. His canvases feature in the collections of Dr Vijay Mallya, Shobhaa De, Moiz Lokhandwala, the Hiranandanis, Vikas Kasliwal, and in five-star resorts like Le Royal Meridien and the Retreate.
He was worked with the Times of India Group for the last fifteen years and is currently deputy chief manager with Times Response.
He lives in Mumbai with his wife Veena and son Vibhor. His daughter, Priyanka, is married and also lives in Mumbai.
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