By Dr. Rajwant Singh Chilana

Hema Malini: The Authorized Biography– by Bhawana Somaaya, and foreword by Gulzar. New Delhi: Roli Books, 218p, Hardcover.

  Hema Malini, the quintessential ‘Dream Girl’ of Hindi cinema has truly nurtured a dream, and followed it to its realization. After being unceremoniously dropped from her first Tamil film as the director felt that she didn’t have ‘star quality’, Hema signed the Hindi film she was offered opposite Raj Kapoor.This intimate portrayal, the first authorized biography by Bhawana Somaaya, is a result of her long years of association with Hema as a film journalist and critic. Hema speaks to her more candidly than ever before about her life, with and without Dharmendra, her children, her mother and her twin passions of dance and acting. This book is an excellent presentation of the dream girl’s filmography with lots of beautiful pictures.

 King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema- by Anupam Chopra. New York:  Warner, 250p, Hardcover.

This is a first comprehensive detailed biographical study of a famous actor illustrated with his beautiful and rare photographs. The book reveals how Shah Rukh Khan (popularly known as King Khan) broke into the insular, nepotistic world of Indian cinema and became sensation. His larger than life tale takes us through colorful Bollywood, where fantastic dreams and outrageous obsessions share the spotlight with extortion, murder, and corruption.

 Katrina Kaif – by Kavita Rajput.  Bhopal: Benten Books, 2013, 167p, Soft cover (in Hindi).

In recent years Katrina Kaif has become a very popular actress of the Bollywood. This book consists of the life story of a beautiful fairy whose picture is imprinted in the heart of every child and youth of India. The book narrates her magic of winning over everyone’s heart in spite of all the odds.

Amir Khan: Hindi Cinema ke Sewak- by Dharmendra Upadhyaya. Bijnaur: Hindi Sahitya Niketan, 2014, 192p, Hardcover. (in Hindi).

Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan is full name of a very outstanding Bollywood actor Amir Khan who was born on 14 March 1965 in Mumbai. Besides acting he is known as director, screenwriter, producer and television presenter. Through his successful career in Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian cinema.He is the recipient of many  awards and nominations, including four National Film Awards and seven Filmfare Awards, and was honored by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010.This book presents a detailed account of Amir Khan’s family, friends, his films, co-stars, his controversy in Indian cinema, his popular TV serial’s Satyamev Jayate, etc.

 Dr. Rajwant Singh Chilana is  Director at India Bookworld, Surrey.  To find out more about these books write to Dr. Chilana at