The Greatest Show on Earth


Author: Jerry Pinto

9780143416128 | PB | pp. 472 | 2011 | Penguin Random House

The Greatest Show on Earth by Jerry Pinto is an eclectic, wide-ranging anthology which will inform and delight everyone with an interest in Indian cinema and popular culture.

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Bollywood rules our lives: it entertains us, gives us dreams, fills us with longing and makes us laugh. It is glorious and it is absurd. The Greatest Show on Earth celebrates all that is fascinating about Hindi cinema. Writers and industry insiders like Saadat Hasan Manto, Salman Rushdie, Bhisham Sahni, R.K. Narayan, Ismat Chughtai, Suketu Mehta, Shobhaa Dé, Dev Anand, Dada Kondke and Manna Dey write about superstars and strugglers, filmmakers and playback singers, on-screen kisses and off-screen romance, the casting couch and censorship. Compiled and edited by one of India’s most perceptive and entertaining commentators on the Hindi film industry, this eclectic, wide-ranging anthology will inform and delight everyone with an interest in Indian cinema and popular culture.

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About the Author

Jerry Pinto is a poet and journalist based in Mumbai. His published works include Surviving Women (2000) and a collection of poetry, Asylum (2004). He has also co-edited Bombay, Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai with Naresh Fernandes and Confronting Love: Poems with Arundhathi Subramaniam.


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