Living the Dream
By Mark Bennington
The Life of the 'Bollywood' Actor
There are two loves in Indian culture that everyone is born with… Cricket and Bollywood … and this is not a sports book. Beyond the glitz and flashbulb glam what do Bollywood actors really do day-in and day-out? What does life look like on the inside? In Mumbai, the Bollywood dream rains down like the monsoon, showering every starry-eyed actor with hopes of grandeur. This dream is the story of many that only few know.
"Living the Dream" introduces you to every corner of Bollywood’s acting fraternity- from working actors to stars, mega-stars, up-and-comers, character actors, students and strugglers- illustrating the humanity and complexity of the world’s largest acting community. With 111 photographs and 15 extended interviews we will look at: Auditioning, Networking, Philosophy, Ambition, Delusion, Nepotism, Self-sabotage, Life on the set, Acting Schools, Portfolios, Unions, Theater vs. TV vs. Film and of course, Gossip. "Living the Dream" goes deeper than a straightforward ‘behind-the-scenes’ photography book, combining compelling images with insightful interviews; giving shape and sustenance to this layered visual study of an actor's real journey at every level. In short, this is a book about People, Dreams and the Community that unites and divides them.
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