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Looking for The Big B…. Bollywood, Bachchan and Me
Looking for The Big B…. Bollywood, Bachchan and Me
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'Jessica, 'He pronounced, 'you have known me for seven years. My life has changed seven times. You will never finish this book.'

There is no reason why Amitabh Bachchan and I should appear in the same sentence. He is India's most legendary film star- a mixture of Clint Eastwood, Al pacino and Elvis, with more than a hint of John Travolta. In a country like India, where film stars are treated as gods, Amitabh Bachchan is the uber-god, the Big B. As for me, I am English, almost thirty, and not in the least bit famous.

But here I am in Bombay about to start writing his story. How did I get here? Why did I get here? And can I pull it off? Bombay is mayhem and Bollywood maddening. The Big B is strangely aloof, the magazines are full of lies, and no one is talking. I want to write a book that explodes the myths surrounding India's most famous man. But is there anything in there?

Funny, irreverent and affectionate, Looking for the Big B is a fascinating look at the Bombay film industry and the story of a very unlikely friendship.

A Note on the Author

Jessica Hines grew up on the Lizard in Cornwall and went to clown school in Toronto. She returned to study Comparative Religion at SOAS and do a M.A. in film at the BFI. She has achieved remarkably little in her thirty years having wasted most of her twenties inhaling pollution in Bombay. This is her first book.

Contents

Acknowledgement
Prologue1
10 October 1942 (Brahma muhurata) Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Indiai
Part OneMumbai3
Chapter OneMonday, February 2002 Mumbai5
The Amitabh Iitany9
How it all started 29 October 1995 London15
Bollywood and me24
How to reach God30
Chapter TwoPhoning film stars
Tuesday
37
Mumbai39
Film City
Wednesday
47
Girl talk54
Chapter ThreeYash Chopra
Friday
58
The Accident66
Amitabh the Fun Guy72
Mumabi again
Saturday
76
Why is Bollywood anyway?79
Sunday80
Sholay81
A brief note on violence88
Chapter FourPrakash Mehra
Thursday
103
Friday110
Saturday111
Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Sunday
113
Jaya Bhaduri114
Mumbai
Monday
118
Wednesday124
Part TwoPune128
Chapter FiveMonday, February 2002 Pune129
Achieving for beginners133
Indian food
Tuesday
135
Mosquitoes and Yoga
Wednesday
137
What's nice boy like you doing in a place like this?
Thursday
139
More Yoga
Friday
144
'Foreign bought velvet parallels'
Monday
147
Back to Mumbai
Tuesday
150
Sanday151
Shobhaa De151
Travellers, bless' em158
Khalid Mohamed160
Bhawana Somaaya161
Chapter SixMonday170
Indian beauty parlours171
Tuesday173
Wednesday174
Academic Amitabh
Thursday
175
Silsila
Saturday
178
Rekha
Sunday Evening
180
Monday181
Part ThreeMalaysia, London, Dubai, Jaipur187
Chapter VIIMalaysia
Friday evening, March 2002
189
Why it is impossible to spend any real time with Amitabh in Mumbai199
The myth of Amitabh the Punctual203
Sunday206
From Angry Young Man to game-show host207
Wednesday216
Chapter VIIILondon
Friday, April 2002
218
Bollywood at Selfridges
Friday
224
Hindi 101
Tuesday
226
Dubai
Wednesday, June 2002
228
Thursday230
Saturday232
Politics: Part One
Sunday
233
Christmas the Bachchan way
Monday
235
What I learnt on the tour of Dubai
Tuesday
238
Politics: Part Two
Wednesday
239
Whale 101239
Politics: Part Three
Thursday
242
Friday246
Sunny side up
Saturday
248
Sunday, on the plane home249
Chapter IXJaipur
Wednesday, late August 2002
251
Amitabh on set
Thursday
260
Amitabh magnetism
Friday
265
The fans
Saturday
266
A sandy place
Sunday
272
Mumbai
Monday
273
The Taj Café, Mumbai Airport
Tuesday
278
11 October 2002
London
278
Epilogue280
Part One:Finding the Angry Young Man
July 2005, Bangkok
280
Part Two:Finding the Wise Patriarch283
Part Three:Finding Amitabh Bachchan284

Looking for The Big B…. Bollywood, Bachchan and Me

Item Code:
IDJ386
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Edition:
2007
ISBN:
9780747592341
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Pages:
286 (Illustrated Throughout in Black and White)
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Back of the Book

'Jessica, 'He pronounced, 'you have known me for seven years. My life has changed seven times. You will never finish this book.'

There is no reason why Amitabh Bachchan and I should appear in the same sentence. He is India's most legendary film star- a mixture of Clint Eastwood, Al pacino and Elvis, with more than a hint of John Travolta. In a country like India, where film stars are treated as gods, Amitabh Bachchan is the uber-god, the Big B. As for me, I am English, almost thirty, and not in the least bit famous.

But here I am in Bombay about to start writing his story. How did I get here? Why did I get here? And can I pull it off? Bombay is mayhem and Bollywood maddening. The Big B is strangely aloof, the magazines are full of lies, and no one is talking. I want to write a book that explodes the myths surrounding India's most famous man. But is there anything in there?

Funny, irreverent and affectionate, Looking for the Big B is a fascinating look at the Bombay film industry and the story of a very unlikely friendship.

A Note on the Author

Jessica Hines grew up on the Lizard in Cornwall and went to clown school in Toronto. She returned to study Comparative Religion at SOAS and do a M.A. in film at the BFI. She has achieved remarkably little in her thirty years having wasted most of her twenties inhaling pollution in Bombay. This is her first book.

Contents

Acknowledgement
Prologue1
10 October 1942 (Brahma muhurata) Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Indiai
Part OneMumbai3
Chapter OneMonday, February 2002 Mumbai5
The Amitabh Iitany9
How it all started 29 October 1995 London15
Bollywood and me24
How to reach God30
Chapter TwoPhoning film stars
Tuesday
37
Mumbai39
Film City
Wednesday
47
Girl talk54
Chapter ThreeYash Chopra
Friday
58
The Accident66
Amitabh the Fun Guy72
Mumabi again
Saturday
76
Why is Bollywood anyway?79
Sunday80
Sholay81
A brief note on violence88
Chapter FourPrakash Mehra
Thursday
103
Friday110
Saturday111
Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Sunday
113
Jaya Bhaduri114
Mumbai
Monday
118
Wednesday124
Part TwoPune128
Chapter FiveMonday, February 2002 Pune129
Achieving for beginners133
Indian food
Tuesday
135
Mosquitoes and Yoga
Wednesday
137
What's nice boy like you doing in a place like this?
Thursday
139
More Yoga
Friday
144
'Foreign bought velvet parallels'
Monday
147
Back to Mumbai
Tuesday
150
Sanday151
Shobhaa De151
Travellers, bless' em158
Khalid Mohamed160
Bhawana Somaaya161
Chapter SixMonday170
Indian beauty parlours171
Tuesday173
Wednesday174
Academic Amitabh
Thursday
175
Silsila
Saturday
178
Rekha
Sunday Evening
180
Monday181
Part ThreeMalaysia, London, Dubai, Jaipur187
Chapter VIIMalaysia
Friday evening, March 2002
189
Why it is impossible to spend any real time with Amitabh in Mumbai199
The myth of Amitabh the Punctual203
Sunday206
From Angry Young Man to game-show host207
Wednesday216
Chapter VIIILondon
Friday, April 2002
218
Bollywood at Selfridges
Friday
224
Hindi 101
Tuesday
226
Dubai
Wednesday, June 2002
228
Thursday230
Saturday232
Politics: Part One
Sunday
233
Christmas the Bachchan way
Monday
235
What I learnt on the tour of Dubai
Tuesday
238
Politics: Part Two
Wednesday
239
Whale 101239
Politics: Part Three
Thursday
242
Friday246
Sunny side up
Saturday
248
Sunday, on the plane home249
Chapter IXJaipur
Wednesday, late August 2002
251
Amitabh on set
Thursday
260
Amitabh magnetism
Friday
265
The fans
Saturday
266
A sandy place
Sunday
272
Mumbai
Monday
273
The Taj Café, Mumbai Airport
Tuesday
278
11 October 2002
London
278
Epilogue280
Part One:Finding the Angry Young Man
July 2005, Bangkok
280
Part Two:Finding the Wise Patriarch283
Part Three:Finding Amitabh Bachchan284
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