In this past decade, many Bollywood celebrities ventured outside acting, producing, or directing and tried their hands at writing. From Priyanka Chopra to Emraan Hashmi and Rishi Kapoor, the most popular stars have put forward their best efforts.
Here are 10 Bollywood Celebrities who came out with their own books:
1. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra is one of the most popular Indian actresses, with her fame, spread not only in India but also globally. People call her ‘The global star.’ In February 2021, she published Unfinished, her very own memoir. The book covers her childhood in India and her experiences as a teenager in the United States, her pageant-winning experience of being titled Miss India World, her acting career, which made her a global star, and her marriage to Nick Jonas. She also shares the heartbreaking experience of losing her father. The memoir is philosophical and honest.
2. Shilpa Shetty Kundra
Shilpa Shetty is a Bollywood actress, dancer, author, and model. She is popular for her roles in blockbusters such as Baazigar, Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Dhadkan. She has also been a judge in various seasons of Nach Baliye, a reality show. Her love for fitness, Yoga, and Diet is well known. In 2015, she published her debut book Great Indian Diet: Busting the big fat myth. She co-authored the book alongside Luke Coutinho, which focuses on the nutritional values of Indian food. Her second book was published in 2018. The Diary of a Domestic Diva is a recipe book that brought ninety recipes from Shilpa’s kitchen to readers.
3. Twinkle Khanna
Twinkle Khanna is an Indian film actress, producer, and writer. She made her acting debut in 1995 in a film called Barsaat. In 2015, she published her first book Mrs. Funnybones which portrays the life of a modern Indian woman. The book was an instant bestseller. Her second book, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, came out in 2016. This is a collection of four short stories that are funny and wise. One of the short stories in the book served as inspiration for Akshay Kumar’s movie Pad Man. Her latest book, Pyjamas are Forgiving, made her India’s highest-selling Author.
4. Rishi Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor was one of the most remarkable actors whose acting career spanned around 50 years. He made his debut in 1970 with Mera Naam Joker. His last movie was The Body, which was released in 2019. He was a sensation at the peak of his career since the release of Bobby. In his memoir, Khullam Khulla, Rishi Kapoor talks about his journey from a teenager skipping school to shoot for Mera Naam Joker to turning into a youth icon in the 1980s. He also talks about his roles in movies such as D-Day and Agneepath. The biography turned out to be a treat for his fans.
5. Karan Johar
Karan Johar or KJo, as people in the industry like to call him, is a director, producer, and screenwriter. His debut as a director was Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He has also been a judge on various TV reality shows and runs his talk show Koffee with Karan. In May 2016, he published his very own biography, An Unsuitable Boy. The book depicts his childhood, his love for Bollywood, his passion for filmmaking, his relationships with other people in the film industry, his love life, and his life as a Bollywood celebrity. The readers praised the book for being honest and straightforward.
6. Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah is one of the most notable actors of Indian cinema. He is known for his outstanding acting. He made his debut in 1967 with Aman. However, he earned fame after his performance in the movie Hum Paanch. His Bollywood standing grew more robust in 1983 after the release of the film Masoom. In 2014, Naseeruddin announced his memoir And Then One Day. In this memoir, Naseeruddin recounts his journey from childhood in Ajmer and Nainital to his life as an actor how he went from being a ‘zero’ to a famous actor. The book is highly remarkable due to its objectivity.
7. Emraan Hashmi
Emraan Hashmi is known for playing bold and unconventional roles in Bollywood movies. He earned his fame after playing the leading man in Jannat. Emraan has been part of many hits such as Raaz, Murder 3, The Dirty Picture, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Azhar, and Hamari Adhuri Kahani. In 2016, He released the book – The Kiss of Life: How a Superhero and My Son Defeated Cancer. The book told his journey to the heights of Bollywood. But most importantly, Hashmi shares his experiences from the most critical time of his life – when his son was battling cancer. At the center of this book is the story of his fatherhood.
8. Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher is an Indian actor, director, and producer. He is a versatile actor and has played a variety of roles during his acting career. In 2011, Anupam Kher came out with a self-help book named The Best Thing About You is You, which the audience received well. In 2019, He published his autobiography, Lessons Life Taught Me, Unknowingly. His latest book, Your Best Day Is Today, was published in December 2020.
9. Soha Ali Khan
Soha Ali Khan is the daughter of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore. She made her acting debut in 2004 with the movie Dil Maange More. Soha’s debut book was published in December 2017. Her book, Perils Of Being Moderately Famous, talks about her life as a princess and her experiences as a part of one of the most renowned families of India. She also talks about her relationship with her husband, Kunal Khemu.
10. Esha Deol
Esha Deol, daughter of renowned stars Dharmendra and Hema Malini, made her acting debut in 2002 with Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe. She is known for her role in the movie Dhoom. In 2020, she released her book, Amma Mia. The book was a parenting guide that had various pieces of advice and recipes to help new mothers.
Edited by Prakriti Arora