’s film ‘
’ (2015) been backed on a script from a book ‘Mumbai Fables’ written by Gyan Prakash, the author would not have become a center of attention in film circle at all. He was born on April 18, 1952. The book indeed explores the mythic inner life of the legendary city Mumbai as seen by the author. The film was made on a very high investment of Rs 84 crore but failed to gain public attention though it had featured Starlets like
. It had the star Film Maker and Producer
as the antagonist. The movie incurred the worst loss ever. Both the director Anurag and producer
had admitted their follies in making the film.
and Saif Ali were considered to play the character before Ranbir Kapoor. The film is a story of a street fighter Balraj who dreams to become rich to win the heart of his girl Rosey, who plays as a Jazz Singer in the movie. All the characters in the film are deeply rooted in 1960’s history of Mumbai city. Since the film had Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma, people felt that it would be a typical Bollywood film. Hence, the disappointment came in the film’s success at the box office. Although, a street-gangster (Ranbir Kapoor) falling in love with a singer (Anushka) is not a new concept in Bollywood films, many films of
too had scripted similar idea but the story telling concept did not create any magic. The author Gyan Prakash is thrilled that the film was made at last. He also had spoken to the critics, and audiences did not appreciate the effort involved in taking up such a big project. He has lauded the cinematographic efforts in the film and had appreciated the performances of the stars involved in it.
The author stated he came to Mumbai to write his book ‘Mumbai Fables’ on an invitation from a filmmaker
. Later, Gyan had narrated the story to Anurag Kashyap in 2005. The story was kept on back-seat for many years by Anurag himself. But when repeatedly Gyan insisted Anurag in making a film, it was Anurag who asked Gyan Prakash to write the script for the film.
Gyan Prakash is the professor of modern history at Princeton University. Maybe, Gyan would present many more ideas and scripts for Bollywood films in future.
Another version of this Bio…
Gyan Prakash is born on 18th April in the year 1952. Gyan Prakash is the man of the history of modern India and the very prevalent Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at the Princeton University. This amazing personality is a member of the Subaltern Studies collective. This mastermind has received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Delhi in the year of 1973. Girish has achieved his Master's degree in history from Jawaharlal Nehru University in the year 1975, also has done his Ph.D. in history at the University of Pennsylvania in the year of 1984. His field of research concerns the urban modernity, the genealogies of modernity, and the problems of postcolonial thought and the modern politics. His works include modern South Asian history, the comparative colonialism and the postcolonial theory, the urban history, the global history, and the history of science.
Gyan Prakash had the Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities in the US and the Canada, for which a very few have been eligible. Gyan Prakash is the author of 8 popular books and still is working on some. His books being the Bonded Histories in 1990, the Another Reason in 1999, and has also co-authored a book on the world history, named Worlds Together, Worlds Apart in 2002. This mastermind has also written several articles on the South Asian colonial history and the unknown relationship between colonialism and history writing.
He also has edited several volumes of essays, including After Colonialism in 1995 and The Spaces of the Modern City in 2008. His book the ‘Mumbai Fables’ is adapted for a film, Bombay Velvet, for which he wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay.
In addition to writing for scholarly journals, Prakash’s reviews and essays also appear in the general publications such as the very known the Hindustan Times news bulletin, the Asian Age, the Hindu, the India Today Journal, the American Scholar, and The Nation, etc.