Monday, August 22, 2011

True blue Bhopali

A coffee table book on Bhopal tries to catch the essence of the city

Not too often does a Bollywood character find itself an integral part of a book which has nothing to do with films. “Soorma Bhopali”, the legendary character created by noted screenplay writers Salim-Javed for the classic Sholay, becomes the title of a recent book on Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. Chemical engineer-turned-sculptor-turned-author Jayant Gaur, the man behind the book, maintains that the book Bhopal — Ek Bhopali Ki Nazar Se or Bhopal — Through the Eyes of a Bhopali — written in both Hindi and English and replete with sketches and cartoons, focuses on the “Bhopali philosophy” first highlighted by the Sholay character.

“I myself become Soorma Bhopali in the book and give his views on Bhopal, its socio-economic environment, places around it and different personalities associated with the city. I have traced Bhopal's history right from the founder of the ruling dynasty, Afghan soldier Dost Mohammed Khan, to the rule of the Begums and finally leading to Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan,” says the 62-year-old about his light-hearted debut coffee table book.

Full report here Hindu

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