Saurav Dutt’s New Novel ‘Dear Mr Bachchan: A Bollywood Story’ is published by Atlantic Books, in January 2020, in the UK. As the title suggests that it could be a book totally based on the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan, rather it leverages the true stardom of the man to inspire millions of people in India.
The book binds a powerful story that shuttles between the true stardom of Mr Bachchan and a twelve-year-old boy (Vikram Chopra) who is immensely inspired by Mr Bachchan and longs to be like him, a super star in the movies.
Vikram Chopra, in his spare time, watches the movies of Mr Bachchan and thinks of becoming like him but little did he know that in reality one needs to get up and get going. He is a fatherless child and lives in the poorest slums of Mumbai. Despite his abject poverty and dejected people around him, he strives hard to meet his idol. Well, when the time comes, he gets an opportunity to meet him and to work for him as an extra in one of his movies. But he is so much smeared in his deteriorating living conditions that he wasted away the bright opportunity. How?
The book is silently divided into two parts, in the first part the boy struggles to reach out to Mr Bachchan through letters and Sunday Darshans, and in the second part he spoils his reputation with Mr Bachchan, he is filled with guilt and tries to improve his image by seeking Mr Bachchan’s forgiveness.
It is a compelling read. The boy shines throughout the novel and at many a time overshadows the stardom of Mr Bachchan. However, at the centre of the novel is the stardom of Mr Bachchan. The author highlighted the ‘common man’ side of Amitabh Bachchan. As a common man, Mr Bachchan was eager to listen to this boy and helping thousands of farmers by waiving their loans. It is one of its kind novels that is based on Bollywood but with no glamour aspects.
“Readers will be fascinated to see how the small boy learns to write letter to Mr Bachchan and waits every Sunday at the Darshan to get a glimpse of the actor. His encounters with the security guards are really funny and worth noting his mettle.” – Kevein Books and Reviews
About the Author:
Saurav Dutt is a Creator, Political Columnist, and Human Rights Campaigner. His acclaimed debut novel ‘The Butterfly Room’ explored problems with home violence and homophobia inside South Asian communities and has been showcased alongside main political figures and human rights campaigners. His work for human rights and charity marketing campaign work has taken Dutt to talking engagements on the WEF, IKWRO, IWN, Homes of Parliament and TEDx. His work has been featured on BBC TV and radio, Sky Information and TIME journal. He resides in the UK and Kolkata.