14 Bollywood Actors Who Picked Up A Pen And Paper To Tell Their Stories

As an outsider, we always want to know what goes into the life of celebrities and it seems over a period of time we have seen quite a lot of Bollywood celebrities who have penned down autobiographies. But more than just autobiographies, there is a unique bond between cinema and books. Many of the movies are based on books and then are some who have chosen writing as a medium to speak about something they are really passionate about!

1. Twinkle Khanna

Twinkle Khanna is a well-known author in India. After leaving acting, she moved to becoming an interior designer. She is now a film producer, a newspaper columnist, and author. Her first book Mrs Funnybones made her India’s highest-selling female writer of 2015. Her second book, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, went on to sell over 100,000 copies by August 2017. She won India Today Woman Writer of the year 2017

2. Karan Johar


An Unsuitable Boy is an autobiographical book written by Indian film director Karan Johar. In this book, Johar narrated different events of his life starting from his childhood. The book when released garnered a lot of controversies. He opened about his sexuality, his relationships and much more. There are quite some confessions which were unknown to most but it did happen to be the most bought book!

3. Shilpa Shetty

We all know how much of a health enthusiast Shilpa is! While she is a famous actor, model, entrepreneur, she has been quite devout on fitness. A yoga believer, she produced a yoga DVD and was first amongst actors making yoga ‘cool’.  The book tells you just how nutritious your locally grown and sourced ingredients are and that there’s no need to look beyond borders to tailor the perfect diet. The book touches upon various food categories and not only tells you how to take care of your nutritional intake but also how to burn fat in the process.

4. Sonali Bendre


Sonali Bendre Behl began her career at a very young age as a model and then transitioned to acting. But when she became a mother, she gave up her promising career to play the most important role of her life: a mother. In The Modern Gurukul, Sonali shares her three principles of parenting that will help you find a balance between tradition and modernity, and help you to raise your child in the digital age.

5. Emraan Hashmi


The actor who was known as a serial kisser, Emraan Hashmi, had his life changed when his son suffered from cancer. The book ‘The Kiss Of Life ‘ How A Superhero & My Son Defeated Cancer,’ co-authored with Bilal Siddiqi, traces the physical pain of the child, then three years and 10 months old, and the emotional trauma of his parents, from the diagnosis through the treatment to two cancer-free years

‘We scripted a fairytale around his fave superheroes, Iron Man and Batman, fictionalising the illness and inspiring him to fight back,‘ said Emraan.

6. Ayushmann Khurrana


He was already famous as a VJ but when Vicky Donor came in, we love Ayushmann even more. The book is a reflection on a journey. Ayushmann Khurana talks about his childhood in Chandigarh. How he managed to work with his less than ordinary looks to where he is now. He talks about his dream to be an actor, which was not easy to come, as he had no contacts in the industry and the route he took to reach his dream.

He believes that his life follows a pattern, a code of sorts and nothing happened out of luck for him but it was more about things taking place at a subconscious level.

7. Naseeruddin Shah


Shah’s autobiography, And Then One Day, has the actor recounting his life from childhood to the beginning of his career in Bollywood. The book ends with an account of his marriage to the actress Ratna Pathak Shah and his daughter (from his first marriage) returning to India.

8. Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher has appeared in over 500 films in several languages and has been a part of many plays. His book, The Best Thing About You Is You!, Anupam uses instances from his own life to inspire and motivate his readers. The author provides his readers with subtle anecdotes of his own experiences and utilises them to guide his readers into a peaceful and contented life.

9.  Nawazuddin Siddiqui


Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s memoir ‘An Ordinary Life’ had created quite a storm in Bollywood especially with the chapter delineating intimate details from Nawaz’s personal life. Nawaz later decided to withdraw the book altogether after girlfriends Sunita Rajwar and Niharika Singh slammed him in their statements.

10. Kareena Kapoor


Kareena Kapoor Khan had single-handedly introduced an entire nation to size zero. She is the one who isn’t afraid to take risks and is very bold in the choices, be it movie roles or fashion style. In the Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva, the ultimate glamour girl lets you into her fabulous life. She reveals her best-kept secrets, tips and tricks.

11. Karisma Kapoor


Karisma Kapoor has played many roles from successful actor to businesswoman but everything changed when she became a mother. In My Yummy Mummy Guide, she shares with you all her experiences from managing her pregnancy to losing all the weight afterwards to disciplining her kids.

12. Prem Chopra


Prem Naam Hai Mera, Prem Chopra, written by Rakita Nanda, Prem Chopra’s daughter, is an attempt to capture and present to the readers the saga of the journey of this legend, in his own words.

The memoir traces the journey of a young and impressionable boy who would wait for hours outside the Clarkes Hotel, Shimla, to merely catch a fleeting glimpse of his favourite actors; to the respected actor whose fans would do the same for him outside that very hotel.

13. Salman Khan


Khan rethinks existing assumptions and imagines what education could be if freed from them. And his core idea-liberating teachers from lecturing and state-mandated calendars and opening up class time for truly human interaction-has become his life’s passion

14. Dilip Kumar


This book covers his whole journey right from his struggling days to his meeting with Devika Rani which led to him getting a break in movies to the glorious era of movies like Andaz, Daag and Devdas to name a few.

It also covers sensitive areas such as his own affected psyche because of playing a tragedian in movies, time and again, and how he recovered from it by doing rib-ticklingly funny movies. Moreover, the book also gives us an insight into the fairy tale love story of Dilip Kumar and the ethereal beauty Saira Banu and their wonderful marriage.

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Hema Sanghavi

A crazy Bibliophile who is an ambivert. Harry Potter fanatic, and a foodie. Usually ends up reading fan-fiction and dreams of writing one!

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