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And Then One Day: A Memoir by Naseeruddin…

And Then One Day: A Memoir

by Naseeruddin Shah

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How inordinately tough it must be to live your life as a public figure and then relive it all again in a confession - and in writing no less! It is amazing how much of it he remembers in such vivid detail. And of course, he could always be trusted to say it like it is - without hypocrisy, and fearlessly upfront.

It is all in here - from his childhood, boarding school, to his days at the NSD and FTII, the theater he did - there is a lot of that, marijuana, LSD, women and of course he documents his Benegal phase and success with "parallel" / "arthouse" cinema and his balancing act with Bollywood.

He writes like he does his interviews... and although he opens with "all that David Copperfield kinda crap", ostensibly in an effort to get it over with, he continues in that vein - quite the story teller, and humorous to boot. He uses long-winded sentences - and has some of these stock phrases that he uses a lot of - like he "cares not a whit" too often, and "gives a wide berth" to things he does not like, and he has got the "blas�� flier act down" more than once in the book. You'd have thought they would have caught that in editing.

But I nitpick. The book is all very engaging. Made me revisit some of 'em movies all over again. Read. If you are a sucker for nostalgia, success apr��s le struggle stories, and films from the 70s/80s. ( )
  maximnoronha | Apr 18, 2015 |
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Naseeruddin shahs sparkling memoir of his early years, 'from zero to thirty-two, spans his extraordinary journey from a feudal hamlet near meerut, to catholic schools in nainital and ajmer and finally to stage and film stardom in mumbai along the way, he recounts his passages through aligarh university, the national school of drama and the film and television institute of india, where his luck finally began to change and then one day tells a compelling tale, written with rare honesty and consummate elegance, leavened with tongue in cheek humour there are moving portraits of family members, darkly funny accounts of his school days and vivid cameos of directors and actors he has worked with, among them ebrahim alkazi, shyam bengal, girish karnad, om puri and shabana azmi the accounts of his struggle to earn a living through acting, his experiments with the craft, his love affairs, his early marriage, his successes and failures are narrated with remarkable frankness and objective self-assessment brimming with delightful anecdotes as well as poignant, often painful revelations, this book is a tour de force, destined to become a classic of the genre

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