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The Greatest Show on Earth: Writings on Bollywood

by Jerry Pinto

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Loved this very entertaining combination of film history, criticism, biography, gossip, and fiction. Most enjoyable for me was the essay 'Urdu, Awadh and the Tawaif', which cleared up some questions I had about when and why Urdu is chosen for film lyrics (among others) in an incredibly witty and succinct fashion. It also gave me some great leads for future reading. Highly recommended for other fans of Bollywood. ( )
  paperloverevolution | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Bollywood rules our lives: it entertains us, gives us dreams, fills us with longing, makes us laugh. It is glorious and it is absurd. The Greatest Show on Earth celebrates all that is fascinating about Hindi cinema. Writers and industry insiders like Saadat Hasan Manto, Salman Rushdie, Bhisham Sahni, R.K. Narayan, Ismat Chughtai, Suketu Mehta, Shobhaa Dé, Dev Anand, Dada Kondke and Manna Dey write about superstars and strugglers, filmmakers and playback singers, on-screen kisses and off-screen romance, the casting couch and censorship. Compiled and edited by one of India s most perceptive and entertaining commentators on the Hindi film industry, this eclectic, wide-ranging anthology will inform and delight everyone with an interest in Indian cinema and popular culture.

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