An exhilarating journey through the complex histories of India, performance traditions and cultural history, A Bollywood State of Mind
is a love letter to Indian cinema.
'Bright, brilliant and beautifully researched, this glorious book is my biggest recommendation of the year. Sunny Singh's honouring of story and history shine through powerfully - an exquisitely enjoyable read!'
'Singh's book is an unrivalled celebration of Bollywood films...the nostalgia unfurled the sepia vignettes of memory from a distant almost forgotten past into the glittering joy of the present day'
'Part history, part personal reminiscence, A Bollywood State of Mind
is a thoughtful, magical journey through the annals of the world's largest, most spectacular and most vivacious film industry. A gem of a book and a must for film lovers everywhere'
'A masterful memoir, Singh's love story with Bollywood is one told with precision, authority and panache, capturing the all-singing, all-dancing joy and wonder of Indian cinema'
'A deeply personal, deeply political dive into one of the most popular forms of entertainment today. Part memoir, part film criticism, part cultural excavation, Singh writes with passion, clarity and introspection'
'This is a gorgeous, perfect, mini-blockbuster of a book that tells story upon story within story of India's beloved Hindi cinema and all those who make and love it, in India and wherever they - we! because I count myself among its lovers - have travelled all over the world. Part personal and family memoir, part social history of modern India and its neighbours and diasporas, part expert (but never, ever stuffy) analysis of how India's classic dramatic storytelling aesthetics have morphed into modern cinema, part close explanation of the cinematic techniques makers use to entrance and enfold their audiences - Sunny Singh's genre-defying book gets to the essential emotional heart - the rasa - of Bollywood cinema. I loved this joyful, wonderful book with my whole heart.'
Sunny Singh is a writer, novelist, public intellectual, and a champion for decolonisation and inclusion across all aspects of society. In 2017 she launched the celebrated Jhalak Prize for literature by writers of colour. She is also a founder of the Jhalak Foundation that is focused on a range of literary, artistic and literacy initiatives in the UK and beyond.
She is the author of three critically acclaimed novels - Nani's Book of Suicides, With Krishna's Eyes and Hotel Arcadia.
Sunny was born in Varanasi, India. She read English and American Literature at Brandeis University in the USA before gaining a Masters in Spanish Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and a PhD from the Universitat de Barcelona. Sunny lives in London where she is Professor of Creative Writing and Inclusion in the Arts at the London Metropolitan University.