Talking Cinema

A take on the reel lives of actors and directorsWhat do stars make of a certain role How do they prepare What do they think and feel Beyond the greasepaint and glycerine and into the heart of what gives the audience its goosebumps Talking Cinema goes behind the scenes with several of the film fraternitys best known stars.The first section, An Actor Prepares, examines whaA take on the reel lives of actors and directorsWhat do stars make of a certain role How do they prepare What do they think and feel Beyond the greasepaint and glycerine and into the heart of what gives the audience its goosebumps Talking Cinema goes behind the scenes with several of the film fraternitys best known stars.The first section, An Actor Prepares, examines what goes into getting ready for a role, while the second, Character Speak, deals with the research, rehearsals and responses behind some of the most critically acclaimed roles in Indian cinema Directors Cut, the third section, journeys into the mind of the film maker The last section, The Specialists, is an analysis of the association of an actor or a film maker with a specific type of role or theme What is this identification based on and are these roles or films as similar as they appear to be The book acknowledges the skill, effort and resources that go into the making of a film It will call out to the movie buff in you.About the AuthorBhawana Somaaya has been a film critic for thirty years and has contributed columns to publications like the Hindu, Hindustan Times, Pioneer and Sunday Observer She is the former editor of Screen and has authored nine books including a biography of Hema Malini and a translation of Krishna The God Who Lived as Man Amitabh Lexicon completes her trilogy on mega star Amitabh Bachchan after The Legend in 1999 and Bachchanalia in 2009 She is on the advisory panel of the Censor Board of Film Certificate and is the film expert with 92.7 Big FM Somaaya is currently doing film reviews for BBC Online and working on three books on cinema.
Talking Cinema A take on the reel lives of actors and directorsWhat do stars make of a certain role How do they prepare What do they think and feel Beyond the greasepaint and glycerine and into the heart of what giv

  • Title: Talking Cinema
  • Author: Bhawana Somaaya
  • ISBN: 9789350296455
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Outside the Indian subcontinent, there is knoweldge that the nation is a kind of movie factory churning out films by the boatload. But how much does the World know Indian cinema ? Barring Satyajit Ray and his Apu trilogy, it is safe to assume that only Hindi cinema is known to the world in its glitzy name : Bollywood. There will be a faint flicker of recognition if you do drop names like :Sholay, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Lagaan among some folks in Europe and the US. I remember something [...]

    2. As insightful books go 'Talking Cinema' by Bhawna Somaaya isn't ground breaking but it does offer glimpses into the minds of film celebrities. And as film celebrities go this book is definitely avant grade with a star cast comprising superstars like Amitabh Bacchhan, Shahrukh Khan and Ajay Devgan and film makers ranging from the legendary Hrishikesh Mukherjee to the artsy Sanjay Bhansali and the classy Govind Nihlani, and not to mention greats like Gulzar, Yash Chopra etc. The book as the name s [...]

    3. Talking Cinema is a great insight into the rise and fall of actors and film-makers from one Friday to the next. The book is divided into four segments taking to Actors, Characters, Directors, and the Specialists from the world of film making. The conversations comprising of the character studies (Rekha on Lajja or Tabu on The Namesake) and those on film specialists (Amitabh Bachchan on Cops and Yash Chopra on Love) give the reader a chance to see how cinema perceives its audience and as a result [...]

    4. some of the interviews are average, but then there are some from people who are not interviewed too often and those are the more interesting ones. liked it more for the directors and a few actors like Shabana Azmi.

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