People often like to say that it doesnât take much to become an actor these days. Of course, not all of it is fair when they say itâs a matter of good looks, decent acting skills, admirable dancing calibre or a just great âlegacyâ to put someone up there for the world to see on the silver screen.
We all know of some great talent that Bollywood has discovered over the years. Actors who have succeeded solely based on their talent and hard work. And as if that is not enough, many of them have proved themselves twice over by not only becoming popular Bollywood actors but also published authors who have distinct titles to their name.
Check out these 7 Bollywood actors who have written books too:
1. Emraan Hashmi
Following his son Ayaanâs successful fight against cancer, Emraan penned The Kiss Of Life which talks about his journey and the struggles his family faced while Ayaan went through the ordeal.
The book is also aimed towards helping others who have family members fighting against cancer.
2. Nawazuddin Siddiqui
The very talented method actor co-authored An Ordinary Life with Rituparna Chatterjee which was published in 2017.
The autobiography traces Nawazuddinâs journey as a struggling actor from UPâs Budhana and how he moved from doing theatre to big-banner Bollywood films over the years.
3. Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah wrote his own memoir titled And Then One Day which takes the readers through his early years as a Meerut-born, catholic-taught, leading theatre persona who made a mark for himself as an actor in Bollywood.
4. Ayushmann Khurrana
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A 2015 publication, Cracking The Code was co-authored by Ayushmann with his wife, director Tahira Kashyap. The book talks about the making of the Bollywood star through his personal journey in the industry and offers guidance to aspiring actors.
5. Anupam Kher
Veteran actor Anupam Kher has written two books so far. Aap Khud Hi Best Hain was his first title which came out in 2011 and is a self-help book that helps readers find inner happiness and change their life.
His second book is called Lessons Life Taught Me, Unknowingly which is the actorâs honest-to-god autobiography.
6. Pankaj Kapur
Theatre stalwart Pankaj Kapurâs Dopehri was first written in 1992 as a one-act play which earned him a lot of critical acclaim and was much appreciated by the audience. It was finally published in 2019 as a novella by Harper Collins.
7. Rishi Kapoor
The outspoken yesteryear Bollywood star penned his autobiography Khullam Khulla which came out in 2017. The memoir is every bit like Kapoor himself with tons of unapologetic spilling of beans.
BONUS: Not many of us know this, but superstar Shah Rukh Khanâs own memoir titled Twenty Years In A Decade has been in the pipeline for some time now and reportedly, SRK is writing the book to help his daughter Suhana learn from his experiences ahead of her Bollywood debut.