'A literary masterpiece . . . at once erudite and intimate, reflective and funny . . . it has the grit and pace of a thriller' Daily Telegraph A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. 'In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan . . . Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower . . . At once a high-kicking, eye-gouging adventure, a love saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision.' Time Out
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Read the fascinating story of this legendary filmmaker and also discover many forgotten tales of the history of moving images in India. Some of the most indelible images of Indian cinema came from his sensitive imagination. From the days of the black and while silent films to the advent of sound and color, the films of V Shantaram stood out for their originality and a passionate commitment to human values.
He immortalized movies on celluloid… An authentic, heartfelt, insightful and comprehensive account of one of India’s most respected and eminent filmmakers, who was an institution in himself… V. Shantaram (1901–90) stands out as a colossus in Indian cinema. As one of the pioneers in this field, he honed his skills not only as a producer and director but also as an actor, writer, cameraman, technician and editor. He effectively used the medium of cinema as a vehicle for creating awareness about numerous social problems (such as communalism, dowry and the cycle of debt and poverty) and tried to bring about a change in society. This riveting biography – penned by his daughter – brings alive the life and times of Shantaram and his contemporaries, while simultaneously throwing light on a bygone era of Indian cinema marked by struggles, uncertainties and difficulties but yet infused with hope, perseverance and determination. Among Shantaram’s prominent creations in Hindi are Ayodhya Ka Raja (1932), Sairandhari (1933; India’s first colour film), Amrit Manthan (1934), Duniya Na Maane (1937), Aadmi (1939), Padosi (1941), Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946), Dahej (1950), Janak Janak Pyal Baaje (1955), Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957), Navrang (1959), Sehra (1963), Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne (1964) and Pinjra (1972)
It is believed that the novel is highly influenced by several real life events from the author’s life. The story covers seven years from the author’s amazing life. He had reached Mumbai, then called Bombay, in 1982. He left Mumbai in the late eighties, though it is only implied in the novel. During those seven years, Robert’s fictional self, Lin, the central character in the novel, takes part in several dangerous, funny, and violent events. He falls in love and he also takes part in the resistance against the Russians in Afghanistan. Ready Reference Treatise: Shantaram Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Some Facts about the Novel Chapter Four: Some of the Several Characters Chapter Five: Complete Summary Chapter Six: Critical Analysis
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