Paperback Profiles

The most exciting Bollywood memoirs and biographies.


1. An Unsuitable Boy

By Karan Johar

The book reverses roles and leaves you feeling like the interviewer with Indian TV’s favorite talk show host, Karan Johar, baring it all.

Johar tells us what it is like to grow up as an only child, how the death of his father shook him, and the real story behind his rumored fallouts with other Bollywood stars. He even tackles head-on the well-worn topic of his sexuality.

Told in the cheeky, honest voice that we’ve all come to know and love, this book is a must-read for all those who think life is just one big party for those on Bollywood’s A-list.


2. Hema Malini: Beyond The Dream Girl

By Ram Kamal Mukherjee

This authorized biography-with a foreword by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-allows you a glimpse into the life of Hema Malini.

Accounts from friends, family, and co-stars liven up the book, which also covers the controversies that have followed her through the years.

There are also insights here into the actor’s efforts at reviving classical dance in India.

Fans will be delighted by the chapters on her daughters Esha and Ahana, the never-before-seen photographs from her personal and professional life.


3. Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored

By Rishi Kapoor and Meena Iyer

The book exudes a refreshing air of openness as it looks back on the life of one of the Kapoor family’s most successful scions.

Kapoor writes candidly about his bouts of depression, his crushes, and major relationships (not just with wife Neetu Singh), the time he paid to win an award, his father Raj Kapoor’s extra-marital affair and what it was like to live under the shadow of a megastar parent.

The best part, though, is the afterwards by Neetu Singh, which wraps up the 284-page journey perfectly.

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