Two photographs of Rekha that have been used on the cover of Mihir Bose’s Bollywood: A History. One went on the Indian edition, the other on the UK edition. Identify which went where.
Incidentally Bose’s book is being promoted as “the first comprehensive history of India’s film industry that now rivals Hollywood”. This is a very large claim: Bollywood: A History is hurriedly (and often shabbily) thrown together. It's episodic, gossip-laden, repetitive, random in its choice of subjects and also very much a secondary-source work, full of references to and quotes from earlier books on Hindi-film actors and directors (for instance, almost the entire “Great Indian Curry Western” chapter is derived from Anupama Chopra’s delightful book on the making of Sholay). Of course, the secondary-source bit won’t make much difference to a reader who hasn’t read any literature on Bollywood before and is looking for anecdotes and pen-portraits.
The worst thing though is that it’s poorly edited and littered with typos, at least in the Indian edition. It’s common to find paragraphs such as the one where, in the space of just three sentences, we are twice informed that Raj Kapoor used “an actress from the south, Vyjayanthimala” as his lady in white in the 1960s. (Her name is spelt differently in the two sentences: Vyjayanthimala and Vyjanthimala.) On the very next page we learn that while Lata Mangeshkar was once in the Guinness Book for having sung 30,000 songs, her sister Asha Bhonsle later took over the record, with 7,500 (sic) songs recorded as of 1989.
And when a book that claims to be a comprehensive study of Bollywood uses the iconic image of Amitabh waiting to take on the bad guys in the warehouse in Deewaar and pronounces that it's a scene from Zanjeer...that’s a definite no-no.
(Here's a short interview I did with Mihir Bose a few years ago)