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Books For Indian Cinema Lovers To Make Readers Say, “Tea! Books! Read-on!”

Books For Indian Cinema Lovers To Make Readers Say, “Tea! Books! Read-on!”


We have picked up recommended books for Indian cinema lovers as we know that a cinephile is curious. Cinephiles love to get more about films and their making. And that’s where books enter in to enlighten us.

  1. Rekha: The Untold Story by Yasser Usman
  • The book was released in 2016 and is a biography written by Yaseer Usman. 
  • The writer collected several archives of interviews and magazines from the National Film Archive.
  • As one of the dominant figures of the film industry, this book on Rekha is a must-pick for cinephiles. It will hurl you into the life of Rekha.
  • Available on Amazon, Flipkart, Juggernaut 
  1. Sholay: The Making of a Classic by Anupama Chopra
  • A book with 200 pages was released in 2011 that tells you about how a four-line idea became one of the biggest blockbuster films ever. 
  • The slightest details are there in the book, making this amongst must-read books for Indian cinema lovers. 
  • Written by Anupama Chopra, a well-known film critic and enthusiast herself makes it an even more curious read.
  • Available on Amazon, Flipkart, juggernaut 
  1. Brave New Bollywood by Nirmal Kumar and Preeti Chaturvedi
  • The book is written by Nirmal Kumar and Preeti Chaturvedi, who are writers about films and their cultural impact. 
  • The book goes more in-depth about the direction, social norms and depiction of characters. 
  • Just the type of book everyone associated with cinema can read.
  • Available on Amazon, Juggernaut
  1. My Years With Apu – A Memoir – by Satyajit Ray 
  • The book was first published in 1994 posthumously and is written by none other than Satyajit Ray 
  • He describes the making of his Greatest Film, Apu Trilogy – Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur Sansar
  • The book was recently published in 2021 and is available at just Rs 225.
  • Available on Amazon, Flipkart juggernaut
  1. Our Films, Their Films by Satyajit Ray 
  • As the name suggests, this is another gem written by Satyajit Ray.
  • The book is divided into two sections – where one phase describes his films while another describes films made by prominent directors.
  • As an appreciation, the book contributes a lot to Indian cinema. This makes it one of the invincible books for Indian cinema lovers.
  • Available on Amazon, Flipkart, Juggernaut
  1. 50 Films that changed Bollywood by Shubhra Gupta 
  • Written by Shubhra Gupta, a film critic and a columnist. 
  • The book gives you an evergreen timeline and comments on the rigid norms it follows. 
  • Book of 296 pages is available at Rs 400–just the perfect thing the millennials need to know about pictures.
  • Available on Kindle 
  1. King of Bollywood by Anupama Chopra 
  • The book was published in 2007 and is written by Anupama Chopra. 
  • Anupama Chopra comes from a filmmaking background herself. She had communicated justice to the strata and success of none other than Shahrukh Khan. 
  • The book has 272 pages of extreme glory.
  • Available on Amazon, Kindle 
  1. Bollywood: The Films! The Songs! The Stars! by DK 
  • The vibrance and energy that Indian cinema has. It needs distinction and tribute. Well, this is a tribute.
  • The book consists of 360 pages and is written by DK, a well-known publisher himself. 
  • If you aren’t a cinema lover yourself, read it, and you will become one!
  • Available on Kindle
  1. 40 Retakes by Avijit Ghosh
  • One of the few books that will intrigue the world of films (films that you haven’t heard about).
  • Written by Avijit Ghosh, this is an underrated gem, a must-read book for every cinema lover for sure!
  • Published in 2013- the book has 324 pages.
  • Available on Amazon, Kindle 

“picture abhi baaki hai mere dost.”


Pick some of these must-read books for Indian cinema lovers and go for a thousand others!


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