Few days back when i came to know about the three books published in Film Series by Harper Collins from a friend Arun,i was eager to have them in my collection as all three were written upon the movies which are among my best favorites,i.e,'Deewar,Disco Dancer & Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron'.
The very same day i placed a order on Flipkart for all the three books and today evening i received one of these which was 'Disco Dancer-A comedy in Five Acts' authored by Anuvab Pal.
Since i am enjoying a forced bachelorhood nowadays hence there was no obstruction which could prevent me to go through this 208 paged book in one shot which i eventually did as i was eager to read the story behind creation of this cult movie of early 80's which brought a rage for Disco Fever in India.
I was expecting a detailed inner view behind the inception,conception and creation of the movie via director angle supported by music composer,actors and other crew members detailed view which normally one expects from a book written over a cult movie but i was hugely disappointed as the books covers up only a very brief overview about the movie which can easily be accessed while going through the interviews of its director or any other crew members over net or old film magazines.
Out of 208 of total pages 108 pages covers up the screenplay of the movie in English language which was not at all required because a avid and interested reader longs for the unknown information supported by unseen images/photos of during the making of the movie and the story behind the creation of the movie rather than having a whole screenplay which one could easily watch in the movie itself.
The author has included personal interviews with director B.Subhash and music composer Bappi Lahiri along with a telephonic interview with actor Mithun Chakravorty but these interviews seems to be very casual in nature rather than those focused,acquainted and continual meets which could led to a detailed and deep insight view over the making up of this cult classic.
Though the author have met producer and director B.Subhash in person but this meeting fails to bore up any visual fruits for the readers in the shape of any unseen images and photos taken on the sets during the making of movie which could have easily been a readers delight as this is all which a book written on a movie mean for common readers,and nor did the interview is supported by any interesting anecdotes and incidents during the making of the movie.
Overall also the book heavily lacks the support of visual images and photos leaving behind only 4 pages which contain the B/W photos of mainly the lobby cards of the movie.
The book priced at Rs.250/- proves to be a futile and costly affair to satiate the thirst of those who are craving for some meaningful and in-depth/information/knowledge about this historical movie.