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Bollywood Baddies: Villains, Vamps and Henchmen in Hindi Cinema

Price : $17.75
ISBN # : 9788132110972
Author : Tapan K Ghosh
pages: 232
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : SAGE Publications
Published : 2013

Bollywood Baddies is the first of its kind book-length narrative of villainy in Hindi films. It discusses villains, vamps and henchmen of Bollywood cinema and also the actors who essayed such characters over the decades. The author discusses not just villains but also the evaluation of villainous characters vis--vis sociopolitical conditions in the country. The narrative begins with Ashok Kumar s negative role in Kismet as early as 1943 and goes up to the Agneepath remake (2012), where Sanjay Dutt plays Kancha Cheena, earlier essayed by Danny Denzongpa in the original. In between, it discusses all major villains, from Lala Sukhiram (Mother India) to Gabbar (Sholay) to Lion Ajit (Kalicharan) to Mogambo (Mr. India) and many others. While keeping villains in the focus, it also discusses popular henchmen and vamps, like M. B. Shetty, Sharat Saxena, Nadira, Bindu, Helen, Bipasha Basu among others, to understand the dimension of the villains empire. After all, it s our villains who make our protagonist the hero we all admire.
An engrossing read, this book is for every film buff.

Author Bio: Tapan K Ghosh was a professor in Department of English, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. After completing his term as Head of the Department, he took voluntary retirement and turned to creative writing. His stories have since then been published in the US and UK journals, one of them earning a place among the top-10 stories in a competitive event held in England, and later published in the anthology The Bus Stop Scheherazade and Other Stories.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 27 August, 2013.
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