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New Book on Sridevi’s Life Will Be Launched By Penguin Random House India

The upcoming book will celebrate the journey of India's beloved screen goddess Sridevi

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Sridevi's life journey will be covered by Penguin publication. Instagram

In what is described as the first and only detailed chronicle of Sridevi’s 50-year long journey across all the five industries she had worked in, Penguin Random House India has announced the acquisition of the book on the iconic Indian cinema legend written by author and screenwriter Satyarth Nayak and approved by Boney Kapoor.

“Sridevi: Girl Woman Superstar” recounts the life and times of the actor who changed the way women stars were perceived in a patriarchal film industry. The book will be published under the Ebury Press imprint of Penguin Random House in October 2019 and is available for pre-order on e-commerce websites. Ebury Press is one of the country’s most successful imprints dedicated to discovering, publishing and building the best voices in popular fiction and non-fiction.

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Sridevi’s 50-year long journey will be covered in the upcoming book by penguin. Instagram

Sridevi embarked on her career in the movies when she was just four years old and went on to become the number one movie star in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu cinema, simultaneously. Her body of work has firmly established her as one of the most iconic screen goddesses of India, with the roles and characters she played becoming cultural touchstones for generations of fans and aspiring actors alike.

“I have always been a huge admirer of Sridevi and this book gave me the perfect opportunity to celebrate the journey of India’s beloved screen goddess. It was wonderful interacting with various film personalities that she worked with over the years, and put together their memories and stories into a narrative that charts her saga from a child star to India’s first female superstar,” author Satyarth Nayak said.

“What I am proud of is that besides her legendary innings in Hindi Cinema, this book for the first time delves deep into her iconic body of work in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema. I am sure this comprehensive narrative on Sridevi will be embraced by millions of her fans from across the globe. I am indebted to Penguin for sharing my vision for this book, and would especially like to thank Boney Kapoor for being a pillar of strength in helping me realise my dream,” Nayak added.

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Sridevi’s life will be well documented in the upcoming book. Instagram

Milee Ashwarya, Publisher, Ebury Publishing and Vintage Publishing, Penguin Random House India, said: “Sridevi has been the quintessential superstar with a fascinating journey from a child star to the undisputed goddess of the silver screen. Few actors can match the screen presence, comic timing, versatility and beauty that she stood for. She left us too early but continues to live on in the hearts of millions of her fans. Sridevi by Satyarth Nayak is a tribute to the actor and a gift for her fans. I would like to congratulate and thank Satyarth for painstakingly researching and beautifully narrating the life journey of one of India’s most iconic actors.”

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Satyarth Nayak is an author and screenwriter based in Mumbai. A former SAARC Award-winning correspondent with CNN-IBN, Delhi, he holds a master’s in English literature from St. Stephen’s College. His debut novel, “The Emperor’s Riddles”, released in 2014 and became a bestselling thriller. His short stories have won the British Council Award and appeared in Sudha Murthy’s Penguin anthology “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven”. Nayak has also scripted Sony’s epic show “Porus”, touted as India’s biggest historical TV series. A self-confessed cinephile, this is his first non-fiction book. (IANS)

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Sridevi’s Biographer: Wanted to Know Many Things About Her

Like most of her fans, even Satyarth liked Sridevi in films such as "Solva Sawan", "Mr. India", "Sadma", "Chandni", "Nagina" and "Himmatwala"

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Indian actress Sridevi had passed away at the age of 54 in Dubai. VOA

BY ARUNDHUTI BANERJEE

Author Satyarth Nayak, who has penned the biography “Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess”, says he had too many questions in his mind about the late legendary superstar, adding that her sudden demise broke him so badly that he wanted to give up the idea of writing the book.

Asked if he would have preferred an insightful conversation before writing the biography, as he was appalled that there is no good book on his favourite superstar Sridevi, Nayak told IANS: “That was the original plan. In 2017, after I was sanctioned by Penguin Random House, I had word with Boney (Kapoor) sir and Sridevi ji. She said that she was quite occupied with (daughter) Janhvi’s debut. Around that time Janhvi had signed ‘Dhadak’. Sridevi ji said that once the film was released, she would be free and we could down for the book.”

That was not to be. The actress passed away on February 24, 2018.

“I was shattered. I was emotionally broken and told myself I can’t do this anymore. I wanted to talk to her. I wanted to know so many things about her. There was a list of questions in my mind but now these questions would remain unanswered,” said Nayak.

However, according to the author, Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor and the publishing house of the book encouraged him to get over the shock, and Nayak went on to interview around 70 actors to get material for a tribute to his favourite actress.

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Sridevi is remembered for her performance is some of the iconic Bollywood films like “Mr. India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “ChalBaaz”, “Chandni”, “Khuda Gawah”, among many others in different Indian languages. Wikimedia Commons

So, what were the questions Nayak wanted to ask Sridevi? “I think an artist of her calibre could have avoided some of the film that she did in the nineties. I know that in some of her interviews she said that she was not getting her choice of roles. I wanted to know, why did she not explore arthouse cinema at that point of time and work with filmmakers like Govind Nihalani and Shyam Benegal? We could have seen a different side of Sridevi in such films,” he replied.

Like most of her fans, even Satyarth liked Sridevi in films such as “Solva Sawan”, “Mr. India”, “Sadma”, “Chandni”, “Nagina” and “Himmatwala”.

“But I also wanted to ask why she acted in a film like ‘Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja’. However, a person like me, who admired her as an actress, can only wonder, but in the rest of my book, I have paid tribute to her,” said the author.

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While it is easy to assume that, like any other average fan, Nayak liked the dazzling smile, dancing skill and screen presence of Sridevi, the author shared his reasons for admiring the actress: “It is so much easy these days to talk about pay disparity, substantial roles for women in cinema and so on. Sridevi, at the top of her game in the eighties and the nineties, dealt with misogyny, patriarchy in the film industry, and how. She was one of those successful heroines who stood her ground on getting substantial parts in film instead of just an elementary presence that was the common practice of that era.

“In a film like ‘Chaalbaaz’, two heroes like Rajnikanth and Sunny Deol were supporting actors and in the poster, her picture was bigger. She brought back the glorious days of fifties and sixties when women used to get meaty roles. Most interestingly, she has done it all in a commercial space. She was a female superstar by all means,” pointed out the author. (IANS)