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15 Film Directors and Their Journey to Success

Sonia Golani’s, who is an entrepreneur and a writer gives a peek into the lives of leading film directors

Published: 02nd September 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st September 2014 11:43 PM   |  A+A-

Author Sonia Golani

HYDERABAD: After her success with My Life, My Rules: 18 Stories of Unconventional Careers, entrepreneur and writer, Sonia Golani is all set to release her next book. Titled Decoding Bollywood: Stories of 15 Film Directors, the book unravels the genius of 15 masterclass directors who have created remarkable benchmarks with their films.

“My attempt is to delve into the professional and personal journeys of these filmmakers and explore their creative world; their insights and learnings they gathered from their business, Bollywood’s elusive quest for the Oscars, the use of marketing blitzkrieg for a film’s success, professional ethics and so on”, says Sonia Golani, a post graduate from University of Delhi.

From Anurag Basu’s memory of his father’s advice when he wanted to make a career in dramatics – ‘natak mein “na atak” (Don’t get stuck in theatre),’; to Ashutosh Gowariker jocularly recounting his transition from an actor to world-renowned director, “There was no fee. I was willing to bring home-cooked food to the set. So thankfully, I didn’t have to pay the guys to give me a break!”; to the intense and passionate Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra on his incomparable commitment to film making, the book showcases some of the deepest and most inspiring stories from Bollywood.

Farah Khan commenting on the book during its launch in Mumbai said, “It’s fascinating. It’s engrossing! It’s eminently readable! And most importantly, it’s built on truth. Truth about the world of Bollywood, that is enveloped in myth, hyperbole, fiction and fantasy”.

Published by Westland, Decoding Bollywood can be bought at all leading book stores and also online and is priced at `250.



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