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'If cinema did not exist, I would be non-existent.' - Raj Kapoor
In this warm, thoughtful memoir, veteran filmmaker Rahul Rawail goes back to his days spent in R.K. Studios where he was nurtured and taught to handle the ropes of filmmaking from the Master himself-Raj Kapoor. Through stories
only he can tell, Rawail delves not only into the techniques of the legendary filmmaker, but also into hitherto unknown aspects of Raj Kapoor's eccentric personality-his quirky sense of humour, his insights into life, the relationship he shared with his crew and his associations with artists of three generations.
The book also examines how the lessons he learnt under the tutelage of Raj Kapoor carried Rahul Rawail through directing his own blockbuster films including Love Story, Betaab, Arjun and Dacait. Raj Kapoor: The Master at Work offers unique insights into what it took for Raj Kapoor to be an exceptional filmmaker, with his understanding
of human emotions, virtues of music and the art of visual storytelling. Within these pages, one sees
behind the enigma who lived and breathed cinema, in his before-seen role as a teacher, mentor, parent
'Rahul uncle's memoir encapsulates the true genius of my grandfather and the legacy that he has left behind. There is so much to learn about my grandfather in here, so much that I didn't have the privilege to witness. There's a little something for everyone to take away - a filmmaker, an actor, a musician, a film student or simply a film enthusiast!'- Kareena Kapoor Khan
'It's always a pleasure to know more about my grandfather, but this book tells us instances and stories that have never been told before, some stories that are new to me as well. This book portrays Raj Kapoor, the filmmaker, a facet that has not been talked about enough. It's a case study of his creativity and passion!'- Karishma Kapoor
'A master class not only for film makers or film students only, but for everyone to know the nuances of creativity. I was riveted.'- Imtiaz Ali
'Rahul Rawail's book on Raj Kapoor is a tapestry, of the kind one has never seen before and one never will...because it reflects not only the proximity that Rahul had to the legend that Raj Kapoor was but equally to the craft that Raj Kapoor posessed. In many ways, Rahul Rawail brings Raj Kapoor alive, as if he hadn't left us at all! A must read for anyone who is a fan of cinema, a follower of art and a lover of Indian culture.'- Suhel Seth
'The multi-faceted, the genius, the creator of timeless masterpieces like Shree 420, Awara, Mera Naam Joker, Prem Rog is brought to life through this masterpiece Raj Kapoor: The Master at Work. I was, just like Rahul Rawail, blessed to be part of his magical world of cinema which you will experience through this book.'- Padmini Kolhapure
Rahul Rawail is an Indian film director who worked as an assistant director to Raj Kapoor and was closely associated with him for several years. He is known for directing films like Love Story (1981), Betaab (1983), Arjun (1985), Dacait (1987), Anjaam (1994) and Arjun Pandit (1999). He has also launched the careers of a few Bollywood actors like Kumar Gaurav and Vijeta Pandit in Love Story, Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh in Betaab, Paresh Rawal in Arjun (1985), Kajol in Bekhudi (1992), and Aishwarya Rai in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997).
Currently the co-founder of Saga Fiction, a reading mobile app, Pranika Sharma started her journey into the world of publishing with a Bachelor's in English Literature. She worked in journalism and mass media before going to the UK to complete her Master's in Creative Writing.