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Monday, May 19, 2014

Supertraits of Superstars by Priyanka Sinha Jha

Title: Supertraits of Superstars
Author: Priyanka Sinha Jha
Category: Self help
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Date: 2014
Price: Rs. 195
Pages: 200

Snapshot:  This book is all about the best traits of the best bollywood stars you see on the screen today.

The Review:  All around the world movie actors are the most popular, however in India they are not just loved and adored but some of them are also worshiped. In a country like ours the best way to reach the masses is through these stars. I found a connect with the author right at the second page of the introduction session where she describes her need for inspiration and quotes my favourite lines, a mantra that helped me rise above everything and make me believe in my potential even in failure "you are never given a wish without also being granted the capability of making it come true, you may have to work for it though" from Illusions by Richard Bach. 

The actors covered are the ones mentioned on the cover page. The author begins with one major trait she felt is the "supertrait" of the star, followed by other traits she has found admiring and has with examples quoted how they helped them achieve the success and live the lives of their dreams. 

Initially I was a bit skeptical about the choices she made in selecting these stars as bollywood has success stories greater than the ones mentioned, but as I complete the book, which I read at an extremely slow pace, one actor per day, I realized that the choice is only appropriate as these are the stars the generation of today is familiar with. Each time I completed one chapter I was energised, motivated and admired the actor even more for they certainly taught me something.

Bollywood is not an easy game and some of the most difficult career choices where the percentage of success is extremely rare. While this book doesn't teach you "how to make it big in bollywood" as that depends on multiple factors, It certainly teaches you the important qualities to be good at whatever you do. While you cant change who you are, be it any industry imbibing some of these qualities will certainly bring a change in you, and when in bad situations think what your favourite star would have done, that would make your journey easier. An inspiring read indeed.

The Review:
Positives: A must read book to keep by your bedside to read whenever your confidence quotient drops.

Negatives: None in the writing, though the cover page could have had the sketches of these stars which are inside. Also some sketches like those of Vidya Balan, Katrina Kaif, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan are not alike.

The Verdict:  Highly recommended. Looking forward to many more volumes, progressing retrogressively through the decades up till the first makers of Indian cinema, especially stalwarts like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shekhar Kapoor, Dev Anand, Sunil Dutt , Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bachchan....the list is endless. It would be also great if she comes up with an all womens section and life post motherhood in an industry where women last only as long as their looks do, and the stories of some like Madhuri Dixit come back with a big bang.

4 stars on 5.

About The Author: Priyanka Sinha Jha is an Indian journalist and author. She has written on a wide range of subjects starting from celebrities, films, to business. She is currently working as an editor with Screen, an entertainment weekly.

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