Untold stories from the life and time of famed film and stage actor Balraj Sahni are now being told in his biography, Penguin Random House publisher announced Friday.
titled The Nonconformist: Memories of My Father Balraj Sahni, the book was written by his actor son Parikshit Sahni and will hit the stands in August.
The late actor is considered one of the best, most natural actors of the golden age of Indian cinema. His appearances in Indian classics such as Do Bigha Zamin and Garam Hawaii are considered master classes in the art of acting.
His contribution to the performing arts has not only inspired many other actors but also earned him lifelong admiration from numerous actors such as Amitabh Bachchan and Om Puri among others. Parikshit said writing about his father had been a “redemptive” and “redeeming” experience.
“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to share untold stories about Dad and pay tribute to him, his life and his craft through The Non-Conformist. I hope his fans and the cinema enthusiasts will be able to see the man unravel behind the actor and enjoy the book,” said the television actor.
The book provides a unique and insightful look at the legendary actor from his son’s point of view. Packed with untold stories and unseen photos, The Nonconformist will give readers an intimate look at Balraj Sahni as a man, an actor, a husband, a friend, a parent and a patriot.
The foreword to the book is written by Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. He has shared his experiences with Sahni as he commemorates the late actor’s contribution to Indian cinema. “‘The Non-Conformist’ is a personal, intimate and realistic portrait of an iconic star who left us too soon.”
“Balraj Sahni was known for his simplicity, sincerity, talent and non-conformity, and in the book his son Parikshit Sahni paints a moving picture of the man, actor, father, colleague and friend who continues to touch many lives,” said Milee. Ashwarya. , publisher, Ebury Publishing and Vintage Publishing, Penguin Random House India, said.
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