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The Book, Bollywood’s Top 20: Superstars of Indian Cinema has encapsulated profiles of 20 finest.

Be it Raj Kapoor being showcased as awara (vagabond) who’s happy with life, singing on the streets or the dream girl of Indian screen Hema Malini, the influence of these thespians on common masses is evident right now in Bollywood (formally known as Hindi cinema). The charm for watching the Hindi Cinema in multiplexes with comfortable seats and ambience only implies that people are ready to save money on this form of entertainment.

In the recently published book (by Penguin Viking), Bollywood’s Top 20: Superstars of Indian Cinema, the author Bhaichand Patel has captured 20 profiles of the finest stars from Indian Cinema, from K.L. cinema Saigal to Kajol. The twenty stars featured in the book is really a collection of essays written by renowned writers. The writers have covered not merely their struggle but also what made them cross that extra mile and become the symbol of fame.

Author, Mr. Patel is really a graduate from the London School of Economics who lives in New Delhi and holds special interests in cinema, theatre and books. A regular contributor to various newspapers and magazines, he’s got also served on a number of international film festivals as a jury member. During his posting with United Nations, he studied filmmaking at NY University.

Some of the profiles covered include Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Madhubala, Amitabh Bachchan, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan who making use of their charismatic personality had the aura to have the cinema halls running their shows with their full capacity.

The author have not only captured the personalities’ best times but additionally their rough and patchy times. For example, homeless and hungry, Dev Anand also worked in the first phase of his life as a clerk in an accountancy firm and stayed in a Chawl before getting a job in the Military Censor Office. For Shahrukh Khan he admits that the city Mumbai, which refused to provide him employment he dreamt of owning the town one day. But, a decade down the line Shahrukh says it’s the people of this Mumbai city that own him now.

The book comes with a free disc of songs of the twenty stars profiled. While some songs bore listeners after a week of their production, others have already been soothing the ears of people going back three decades. Songs featured in the disc are from the films that failed to make a direct effect but the magic of their songs still lives on.