'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 mixture of Clint Eastwood, Al pacino and Elvis, 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? And can I pull it off? 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. But is there anything in there?
Funny, irreverent and affectionate, Looking for the Big B is a fascinating look at the Bombay film industry and the story of a very unlikely friendship.
A Note on the Author
Jessica Hines grew up on the Lizard in Cornwall and went to clown school in Toronto. She returned to study Comparative Religion at SOAS and do a M.A. in film at the BFI. She has achieved remarkably little in her thirty years having wasted most of her twenties inhaling pollution in Bombay. This is her first book.
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