Mumbai, Mar 5 : HarperCollins India has acquired veteran actor Sanjeev Kumar’s biography. Co-authored by Uday Jariwala, the late actor’s nephew, and biographer Reeta Ramamurthy Gupta, this is a long overdue tribute to one of the greatest actors India has ever produced.
Announcing the same, Krishan Chopra, Publisher, HarperCollins India said, “What is truly astounding is that a large proportion of the reported memories of actor Sanjeev Kumar are factually incorrect. For instance, unlike the hackneyed narrative that dots the internet, he did not die pining for love. On the contrary, he was loved dearly and ardently by many women – throughout his life. These and many other facets of one of India’s most brilliant actors emerge in this long overdue biography.”
The book has been in the making for almost two years, with generous contribution from Sanjeev Kumar’s family and closest friends, who have shared hitherto unknown anecdotes in the book.
Uday Jariwala says, “In his lifetime, my uncle Sanjeev Kumar stood behind all of us and pampered us. He did not have children but he loved his brother and sister’s children like his own. So many years after his death, all of us siblings have come together and joined hands with writer Reeta Ramamurthy Gupta to bring his story alive to the present generation.”
Uday is the son of Nikul Jariwala, Sanjeev Kumar’s real brother. He is the moving force behind the Sanjeev Kumar Foundation. Speaking about the book, author Reeta Ramamurthy Gupta says, “Sanjeev Kumar’s story is truly unique. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions through which a ‘happy man’ and a ‘gifted artist’ shines through. Readers and cinephiles of today’s generation are sure to revisit his classics. I wish I had spoken to him when he was alive”