We asked the the Newton and Stree actor to recommend four books on cinema that every film aspirant should read. Here’s what’s on Rajkummar Rao’s bookshelf:
‘Our Films, Their Films’ by Satyajit Ray
I discovered the genius of Satyajit Ray in the film institute (FTII, Pune). This book offers an insight into the mind of this maverick filmmaker. Ray talks about his process of making films and also comments on directors like Akira Kurosawa and Charlie Chaplin.
‘Making Movies’ By Sidney Lumet
This amazing book helped my mind to assemble the process the film together. It was a journey inside the art of great Sidney Lumet. He talks about his process of making movies with a surgeon’s precision. A must read.
‘Scorsese on Scorsese’ by Ian Christie
I have lost count on how many times I have seen Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. This book delves deeper into the art of Martin Scorsese. It is a compilation of interviews which helps the readers decode Scorsese’s journey and his process of making films.
Rows and Rows of Fences: Ritwik Ghatak On Cinema
It has rarely happened with me when I picked up a book just looking at the cover. The haunting eyes of Neeta from Meghe Dhaka Tara, and the title “Rows and rows of fences” hooked me immediately. Unlike his contemporaries Satyajit Ray and Mrinal sen, partition and the sense of loss created the foreground of all Ghatak films. This book is a collection of reviews, essays, and interviews by the master filmmaker.