I've realized lately that I have a new standing in my friend circle. I'm the one who can spout bollywood trivia at the drop of a hat. Honest confession is that its all because of KAT or Kitnay Aadmi Thay. Complete with all things Bollywood ( Cricket? Check.Other Sports? Check. Doctors? Check. Trains? Check. Authors? Check.Diseases? Check. Doctors? Check. Locations? Check.Religions? Check. And many more...Whew!!), this is one mega list which is not only difficult to put down, but also to not recommend! Diptakirti Chaudhuri's wonderful collection of Bollywood trivia fills in all those little voids in our Bollywood knowledge that we never knew existed :) Did you know that Karz (not Karzzzz) is the ONLY Hindi movie whose songs are movie titles? In fact, the second line of the song, "Ek Hasina Thi" called "Ek Deewana Tha" is also a movie title!! Add to it, "Om Shanti Om", "Paisa Yeh Paisa" , "Mai Solah Baras Ki" and "Dard-E-Dil". No other movie has as many songs popular as movie titles!! Adding substance to the content is Diptakirti's unique blend of humor , landing up in places where you least expect it :) Sample this :- ""....Puru Raj Kumar followed it up with a villainous act in the film called "Hamara Dil aapke paas hai", where he raped Aishwarya Rai only to be beaten to a pulp by Anil Kapoor- not for the rape, but for offering to marry Ash to atone for the rape. Yes, that was the plot. And Happy Women's Day." So what are you waiting for?? Go grab that copy before it runs out of stock! And yeah, once you're done, do drop by DiptaKirti's blog and beg him for a sequel :)
Are you a movie buff? Do you like to know which filmmakers have been trend setters and who have been trend breakers? Which actors created a niche of their own while others were happy following the crowd? Who were bold and who were not. Who are critically acclaimed and who are the King of box office. Who were never tired of failure and rose against all the odds and who never succeeded? Are you interested in knowing the Bollywood clichés? Do you know that Amul butter has a strong association with Bollywood? Do you know how imperfect Aamir Khan was? Then, please grab Diptakirti Chaudhuri’s “Kitnay aadmi thay”. It is a book penned by an ardent Bollywood fan. It is straight from the heart and a genuine attempt. I liked the book is arranged like a movie – from titles to credits. The author has dedicated separate pages for each process that leads to a complete movie. What I liked about the book is that it talks about everything. From dramatic characters to the real ones; from dancing heroines to acting heroines; from chocolate boy heroes to angry young man heroes… From sentimental mothers to rational mothers… From dead fathers to fathers who eventually die… Bollywood is an ocean in itself. There is a story behind every story, actors and technicians. Some stories have Bollywood style of endings – happy endings – and some don’t. If you are an ardent follower yourself, like I am, I bet that you won’t regret for grabbing the book. And, if you are not a movie buff, better get hold of this book and be a part of the great Indian Cinema. So… Grab the book and feel nostalgic. Nod your head when the author explains something that you have already noticed and tap on your head if you have failed to notice the apparent.