The Jaane bhi do Yaaro book was mentioned in a preview column in the Sunday issue of Mail Today; here's the scan, which Sundip Gorai was kind enough to send me:
- Nilanjana S Roy also included it in her non-fiction wrap-up for Business Standard (blog link here).
- Got an SMS from Kundan Shah the other day, saying "Your book is as honest as the film", and he isn't a man who goes out on a limb being diplomatic or fulsome, so it felt nice.
I also really appreciated this comment from Nilesh Bhojani - especially the observation about the enthusiasm in the early stages of the film's making gradually giving way to ennui once it was released. Having met the cast and crew, I can vouch that while most of them love talking about the madness of the shooting, they also tend to be perplexed about how big the Jaane bhi do Yaaro cult following eventually became. One gets the impression that they still can't quite reconcile the chaotic, low-budget little movie they made (which they didn't even expect would get released) with its present-day reputation.
In other news: I'm told Flipkart finally has copies of the book. Anyone who's pre-ordered from there and still hasn't received it, please let me know and I'll do some serious butt-kicking (or whatever butt-kicking a poor, inconsequential author is allowed to do once the Product hits the Market).
I'm told the book will be in stores around December 20. Do please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested - fans of Jaane bhi do Yaaro or people more generally interested in narrative writing about cinema.
[Earlier coverage: Time Out magazine, Mint Lounge]