Saturday, February 25, 2012

Anupam Kher’s The Best Thing About You is You arrives Dubai

Jumbo Editorial Team

The Best Thing About You is You is not the title of another movie of the versatile Bollywood actor, Anupam Kher, but it’s actually the name of his maiden book, a truly motivational effort, which was recently launched in Dubai.

It has been published by Hay House India with Books Plus Stores being its distributors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The book had earlier been launched in Mumbai by the legendary actor, Amitabh Bachchan.

The book is already earning rave reviews and had a special mention from none other than Oprah Winfrey at the January 2012 Jaipur Literary festival in India.

Kher’s versatility extends to things other than acting. He indulges in theatre, TV, runs an acting academy and has even worn the director’s hat. Now he has turned author with this book that aims to guide people through life with tips that Kher has picked up from his own experiences. The book shares insightful pieces of advice to guide people on the path to self-realization.

The idea behind the book is to inculcate positive thinking in daily life. Chapters such as ‘We Are All Unhappy’ present examples from the world which help in drawing a generalisation, while ‘Don’t Fear Change’ helps readers contemplate on how change can be used as a source of energy.

The book scores in the frankness with which it is written, but lacks originality as almost everything written has already been published in other self-help books. Excerpts from Kher’s play ‘Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai’ are repetitive. The author has transcribed his thinking in simple words, but the text lacks day-to-day examples.

Kher has done more than 450 movies having won numerous awards in his career, spanning three decades. He is acclaimed as one of the most respected and recognized stars in Bollywood and Indian cinema.

It was in 1983 when Kher, a relatively unknown 28-year-old graduate, was struggling to get a foothold in the fiercely competitive Bollywood film industry. He had left the comforts of his home in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, northern India, determined to make it as an actor and now, after spending three years knocking on every door in Mumbai, the country's movie capital, was ready to accept defeat.

Depressed and dejected, he wrote a long letter to his grandfather in Shimla telling him he was frustrated because he was unable to realize his dream of becoming an actor and was considering returning home.

His grandfather advised him not let his parents down and reminded him that my they had to sell many pieces of family jewellery to pay for his fees at the acting school. He persevered with renewed vigour and a year later, landed the role of a 60-year-old man in Saaransh, though he was only 29. It earned him the National Award for best actor. The rest is history.

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