Before I begin writing about this book, I would like to make a confession that I haven’t watched most of the bollywood classics, including Sholay. Yes, that’s true and I don’t know the reason behind it. I am not a movie buff and watch movies purely based on my instinct and most of the times I am content with what I watch on the silver screen or on TV or on my laptop.
Avijit Ghosh’s 40 Retakes was a fresh and welcoming changing from the serious fiction and non-fiction titles that I had been read so far. But I didn’t read this book in the chronological order, like from first page to the last. It was easy to read this book that ways as each chapter is dedicated to one movie.
I started off with chapter 37 which is about the movie Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year. I personally feel that it is one of the most underrated movies of its times and I was in total agreement with the pointers that the author has made about the movie. Then I picked up chapter 39, which is about the movie Gulaal by Anurag Kashyap. This movie is one of my all time favourites and if ever I have spotted this movie being played while flipping channels on my TV, I have always watched it. Again, in this chapter, the author explained everything to the perfection and why this movie couldn’t make a cut with the larger section of audience. The bottom line is it was not made for everyone. Anurag Kashyap has got his own fan following (which includes me too) and his fans would watch everything that he has got to offer without any pre-conceived notions as most of his movies take you by surprise.
And after reading these two chapters, I got convinced that this is a very well written book and I should read it from cover to cover and that’s what I did and now I have a list of movies that first I have to procure and then watch. From 1952 to 2010, there are 40 films that have been discussed in this book. What went right and what went wrong for each one of them. I must say, the research that Avijit Ghosh has done to put this book in order is praise-worthy. You don’t feel cheated when a chapter finished.
Writing style is simple and anyone and everyone can read this book. If you are a Bollywood buff, then you must pick this book. It will definitely add more to your knowledge about films and will add more movies in your to-be-watched list. Give it a shot.
Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Tranquebar Books
Genre : Non-Fiction, Cinema
Price : Rs. 395/-