Mumbai — Bobby Sing, a multifarious talent and writer, has come out with the book “Did You Know” Vol. 1 on 51 interesting facts about Hindi cinema, published by notionpress.com.
The very interesting 172-page book has some fantastic facts like Shah Rukh Khan’s connection with “Munna Bhai MBBS,” Jagjit Singh’s cameo in a turban in a 1967 film that also starred Bertrand Russell, and Dev Anand’s 1970 Hollywood film with Zeenat Aman.
The language is simple, almost conversational, but clearly passionate. There are a couple of forgettable, minor flaws, like Sing forgetting Utpal Dutt’s key role in the Amitabh Bachchan film “Do Anjaane” (1976), but they are compensated by his highlighting other forgotten treasures like the 1975 freedom struggle film “Jeevan Sangram” that starred Shashi Kapoor and has a Canada connection in the real-life saga from which it was inspired.
“Did You Know” (ISBN 978-93-84391-07-02) is divided chronologically into three parts. Light and paperback in format, the collection can be an excellent companion on a flight and even while lounging at home. Yes, it just skims the surface of Hindi cinema’s limitless treasury of trivia that even hardcore addicts are not aware of, but Sing must be lauded for bringing it out in this print-unfriendly era when books on cinema are more about enthusiasm than economics. And the Vol.1 tag proves that hopefully, more are on the way.