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Publisher's Summary

Few actors in Hindi cinema have had Rishi Kapoor's sort of a career arc: from the gawky adolescent pining for his schoolteacher (Mera Naam Joker, 1970) to the naughty 90-year-old (Kapoor & Sons, 2016), Rishi Kapoor has regaled audiences for close to 50 years. He won a National Award for his debut, became an overnight sensation with his first film as a leading man (Bobby, 1973), and carved a niche for himself with a string of romantic musical blockbusters in an era known for its angst-ridden films. He was the youth icon that is still the toast of the satellite TV circuit. The songs he lip-synced are the bread and butter of all radio stations even today. Then there was the second coming after a brief hiatus in the 1990s - as one of the finest actors in mainstream Hindi cinema with powerhouse performances in films like Do Dooni Chaar, D-Day, Agneepath and others.

Characteristically candid, Rishi Kapoor brings Punjabi brio to the writing of Khullam Khulla. This is as up close and personal a biography as any fan could have hoped for. He writes about growing up in the shadow of a legendary father, skipping school to act in Mera Naam Joker, the workings of the musical hits of the era, an encounter with Dawood Ibrahim, his heroines (their working relationship, the gossip and the frisson that was sometimes real), his approach to his craft, his tryst with clinical depression, and more.

A foreword by Ranbir Kapoor and a stirring afterword by Neetu Singh bookend the warmest, most dil se biography an Indian star has ever penned.

©2017 Rishi Kapoor (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Loved the book!

Loved the book! It's truly engaging till the end; like the great actor's many performances.

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the content stands by the name...Khullam Khulla.

Rishi Kapoor takes us through the inside stories of some of the incidences which made headlines during those days. Such honest narratives need a lot of guts. I was glued to the book till the end. It is a good read for movie lovers

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  • 28-10-20

More of a monologue

My expectations from the book were much more, the way it was launched in one of Kapil Sharma's comedy shows. But it's not. I think Film actors, who enact different characters in each of their films, always move in an artificial glamorous environment, where everyone shows himself what he is not and their household also comprising of actors, you can't expect an open honest biography. ' Khullam khulla' is not an all facts reveal story, although at places there are revelations, but most of them were already well known to the public of that time. Narration smells and tastes of monologue. Not a Paisa vasul book.

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indeed Khullam Khulla

amazing. very beautifully orated. felt amazing to listen Rishi Sir's story. Rest In peace Sir 🙏

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ita good but!!!

The book is very informative. but reading could have been better. The tone some times suddenly changes. You feel like two different people nare reading. Ita nothing serious, but I expect more professional reading from Audible

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Detailed, Comprehensive and Engaging.

Absolutely Loved it. It is a wonderful compilation of some glorious stories of hindi film cinema. Stories which were otherwise unknown and deserved to be told. Rishi Kapoor ji's autobiography like the title suggest is an open book every hindi cinema lover should read or listen on audible 😊

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Book for fans

this book does not give you any philosophical advice or life lesson. It is a book for fans of Rishi kapoor otherwise before you want to read it you must watch some movies like bobby, laila majnu, chandni, hum kisi se kam nahi and karz if not full movies than trailers because he has talked about the picturization and related stories. It is an autobiography which is not chronologically designed but it will go as factors as in there are chapters on his father, Neetu kapoor, his children, friends and movies etc. so chapter on father would describe his relation with his father from beginning to his death so goes with other chapters. About narration - the narrator has similar voice as of Rishi kapoor. Some hindi phrases are used and there narrations fail. overall if you want to read to find some masala disclouser then there are a few but these are not the selling point of the book. This book is for his fans.

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The narrator's Hindi pronunciation was weak. eg. Ameeta Bachchan. Sounded like a Parsi bawa stereotype.

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Excellent experience, Fan of rishuji#######

Really cool#Loveit #Somtime the sounds like the rishiji#Very nicely narrated,Epic#Biography is really close to reallity

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Extraordinary story with awesome narration

loved it. Rishi kapoor is a nice person but I must say Neetu Singh Kapoor made him great gentlemen

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  • 09-05-20

Rishi Ji didn’t hold back

Listening to this incredible piece of art, few days after the passing of the Great Rishi Kapoor aka Chintoo. I enjoyed every minute of not every second. Ranbir doing the intro and then closing up with him and his mother Neetu ji. Worth the listen or read.

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  • Afshan
  • 04-05-20

Wish Rishi had narrated it.

I Wish Rishi had narrated it. It would have been so much better. Unfortunately it can’t happen anymore since Rishi is now gone. RIP Rishi. A good insight into the Kapoor family and Indian film industry.

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  • AMIT A NAIK
  • 11-03-20

Inside story with horrible narration

I am an avid reader and audiobook lover. By far this was one of the worst ever audiobook performer I ever heard. The audio is heavily patched and you can certainly make out that these patches were re-recorded for some errors. However these patches derail the narrative as the tones are terribly different. Moreover the pronunciations are most difficult to understand. The narrator goes berserk with accent and I had to rewind to know what he is saying nevertheless to know that it was difficult to decode. I am sure that Rishi ji could have narrated this and the effect could have been terrific. The story is nice and great to read Neetu ji’s foreword too. Admire the guts and open heartedness of Rishi ji to state the facts clearly. The book clearly makes you believe what makes you stay in Film Industry and your dynasty cannot help you afloat. Again this is just a narrative and I rarely read anything with Bollywood / Indian Film Industry but being the brutally honest person Rishi ji is made me give my ear to it. Overall a nice story but horribly horribly horribly punctured by the narrator.

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  • Vikas
  • 24-04-19

good book, bad reader

I hope Rishi Kapoor himself could have read it. It would have felt very natural.