Decoding Bollywood: Stories of 15 Film Directors

Decoding Bollywood: Stories of 15 Film Directors

Sonia Golani / Sep 19, 2019

Decoding Bollywood Stories of Film Directors Some like Farah Khan and Zoya Akhtar had sterling antecedents but it took a tough childhood and intermittent assignments on film sets to win the box office with Om Shanti Om and Zindagi Na Milegi Doba

  • Title: Decoding Bollywood: Stories of 15 Film Directors
  • Author: Sonia Golani
  • ISBN: 9789384030308
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
  • Some like Farah Khan and Zoya Akhtar had sterling antecedents but it took a tough childhood and intermittent assignments on film sets to win the box office with Om Shanti Om and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara while Ashutosh Gowarikar auditioned for folk dances and failed with his debut film, Lagaan created cinematic history and Anurag Basu had to first dance as a background exSome like Farah Khan and Zoya Akhtar had sterling antecedents but it took a tough childhood and intermittent assignments on film sets to win the box office with Om Shanti Om and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara while Ashutosh Gowarikar auditioned for folk dances and failed with his debut film, Lagaan created cinematic history and Anurag Basu had to first dance as a background extra and later overcome cancer to witness Barfi win hearts and awards These and other hitherto unfamiliar stories of directors belonging to the 100 crore club like Rohit Shetty and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra the adventurous Kabir Khan and the maverick, Mahesh Bhatt take us through the unusual lives of 15 filmmakers of extraordinary films Sonia Golani achieves the incredible by sitting each director down to candidly discuss the hype around the Oscars the exclusivity of the 100 crore club effect of corporatization and much Decoding Bollywood is about demystifying the world of Bollywood than a mere decoding of 15 directors who have created benchmarks in their respective genres for generations to follow.

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      • Sonia Golani

        Sonia Golani has a BA Hons in History from Lady Shri Ram College and a Masters degree from the University of Delhi An entrepreneur, she manages her firm, Management Consultants Group which specializes in recruitment of MBAs, CAs and other qualified professionals for Banking, Financial Services, Insurance and FMCG sectors Sonia had the distinction of securing second rank in Rajasthan State in class X Board examination She completed ISC from Maharani Gayatri Devi Girl s School, Jaipur and was the school topper While in college at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi, she was elected as Treasurer, Students Union.Sonia s first book, Corporate Divas was published by Penguin to much acclaim in October 2011 Corporate Divas brings forth the stories of 18 women business leaders and offers inspiring insights into what motivates and sustains them It s a useful resource for ambitious young professionals, especially women, aspiring for success in the corporate world It explores what it takes for women to achieve pinnacle of success in their career Sonia s second book My Life, My Rules was published in February 2013 by Tata Westland and soon after it was featured in Nielsen s Bestsellers list My Life, My Rules endeavours to challenge the idea of degrees conventional careers as a measure of success and happiness in our society All the individuals who have been covered in the book have had conventional success but they were missing happiness That happiness came from doing the work they liked To do what you like is freedom To like what you do is happiness can be said to be the tagline of the book This book is an attempt at broadening the way our society thinks By writing about people who have taken such calls in life, she has showcased their struggles, thought process and success stories which may inspire others who also want to follow such path Sonia is currently working on her third book which is based on Bollywood in commemoration of 100 years of Indian cinema Playing and following golf is her favourite pastime Passionate about life and its nuances, Sonia plans to write several books, play golf and help people make better careers for themselves and hopefully do all of this with equal fervour


    189 Comments

    1. Bollywood is as integral a part of Indian life as is spicy food. We all love the glitz, the glamour and the over-the-top romances of our film industry. Everyday half the population of the country turns first to the colourful newspaper sections dealing with the personal lives of the stars we love before looking at national headlines. However, the ones who don't receive such open adulation are the masters behind the lens who actually orchestrate the whole film-making process and make our beloved a [...]


    2. A comfortable and informative read giving glimpses on lives of 15 prominent directors. Not comprehensive, albeit casual conversations. Initial parts showcases how film families and contacts help grooming new actors/directors. Latter parts has contrary evidences.Better entertainer than reading interviews from a film journal.Liked Nagesh Kukunoor's part very much. And there were a few more good ones."Creativity is like a drug. It's addictive and you have to be constantly creating something new to [...]


    3. Read to peep into the lives of the 15 creative heads of BollywoodI am a bollywood person and I love to catch up page 3 activities. When so much is written about film fraternity, we never get to read much about their struggling days. This book gives us a good peep into the life of 15 successful directors who love to entertain us.The best part about the book is that the conversations are unpretentious, authentic and truly inspiring. We have often read interviews of actors, actresses, and directors [...]


    4. Emotional subtext of a film. Review of ‘Decoding Bollywood’Nandita Das believes that ‘actors are perceived to be much larger than they really are. But direction is something that is far more challenging and fulfilling.’ So it is only right to say that a director in a film is the emotional subtext of whatever it is that viewers finally see on the screen. The book ‘Decoding Bollywood’ has chapters on fifteen film directors and has stories based on the interactions of Sonia Golani.‘So [...]


    5. Hindi film industry located at mumbai formally known as Bombay, is the very reason the industry is name as Bollywood. B for Bombay and -ollywood to rhyme with Hollywood. The name of the Industry is not always appreciated by people who have eccentric passion for the industry, who thinks the Bollywood is the casual namesake rather than it’s legacy requires. Bollywood as a industry has it’s own story to tale, who can be better to tell industries ups and downs than it’s own characters? Such ar [...]


    6. Sonia Golani is known for her offbeat books like Corporate Divas and My Life, My Rules: Stories of 18 Unconventional Careers. Now, she is back with her third book “Decoding Bollywood: Stories of 15 film directors”. While she discussed about 18 not-so-conventional jobs in her previous book, in this book she has covered the stories of 15 Indian film makers.Among the 15 names are Farah Khan, Ashutosh Gowariker, Kabir Khan, Anurag Basu, Nagesh Kukunoor, Nandita Das, Prakash Jha, Rohit Shetty, Ra [...]


    7. One of my first and foremost reactions to reading the blurb of this book was "WOW, now this is inspiring." Time and again we have spend hours watching the movies made by these spell binding directors and wondered in awe about their immense talent. This book gives us a chance to understand what goes in their minds as they move that magic wand swiftly to recreate magic for us again and again with their movies.A must read for all Bollywood lovers and aspiring authors / story writers - this is how s [...]


    8. It is a must read. It is a great read. A fascinating book which has Bollywood directors talk about their views on the industry. Kudos to Ms. Sonia Golani for coming up with a brilliant idea and making it a brilliant book.


    9. If you love watching Hindi movies, the book is like hitting a pot of gold. Read it particularly for the candid interactions with some of Hindi cinema's best filmmakers as they open up to the author about their early life, their struggles and how they came to realise their celluloid dream.


    10. I picked it up with no expectations but the book surprised me,its got a great insight on film making from the Directors featured in the book.My personal favourites Mahesh Bhatt,Rohit Shetty,R Balki,Zoya Akhtar and Rakesysh Omprakash Mehra not in a particular order.


    11. Im really glad that someone have tried genuinely to write the amazing and heart touching stories of Bollywood's magnificent 15 filmmakers' passion and struggle to fulfill their dreams. All stories are interesting and very well written.A must read for every Hindi or English cinema lovers.



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