She Reads South Asia


Saturday, August 26, 2006

Suketu Mehta at TIFF

Suketu Mehta, whose non-fiction book about the film capital of Mumbai, 'Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found', was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 and won the Kiriyama Prize.

He will be at TIFF this year to host the panel of Bollywood celebrities in a discussion on the 'Making of a Bollywood Blockbuster' on Sunday, September 10 - 5:00 PM at The ISABEL BADER THEATRE.

Writer Suketu Mehta (whose non-fiction book about the film capital of Mumbai, Maximum City, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize) will moderate a panel of Bollywood stars — Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherji — as they join director Karan Johar to engage in a lively discussion about the huge popularity of Bollywood.

Jhumpa Lahiri whose Pulitzer Prize novel 'The Namesake', which has been transformed into a film by Mira Nair and is showcasing at TIFF this year, had this to say about Mehta and 'Maximum City'.

"Mehta writes with a Victorian novelist's genius for character, detail, and incident, but his voice is utterly modern. Like its subject, this is a sprawling banquet of a book, one of the most intimate and moving portraits of a place I have read."

National Geographic surprised the world with its introduction to Bollywood. Mr. Mehta contributed to that superb coverage with his article Welcome to Bollywood.

The New York Times published his article Bollywood Confidential

Mehta also cowrote 'Mission Kashmir', a Bollywood movie.

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