'Jessica,' he pronounced, 'you have known me for seven years. My life has changed seven times. You will never finish this book.' There is no reason why Amitabh Bachchan and I should appear in the same sentence. He is India's most legendary film star - a cross between Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Elvis, and with more than a hint of John Travolta.
In a country like India where film stars are treated as gods, Amitabh Bachchan is the uber-god, the Big B. As for me, I am English, almost thirty, and not in the least bit famous. But here I am in Bombay about to start writing his story. How did I get here? Why did I get here? Bombay is mayhem and Bollywood maddening. "The Big B" is strangely aloof, the magazines are full of lies, and no one is talking.
I want to write a book that explodes the myths surrounding India's most famous man. Can I pull it off? Funny, irreverent and affectionate, "The Big B" is a fascinating look at the Bombay film industry and the story of a very unlikely friendship.
Author : Jessica Hines
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