‘On Acting’ by Sanford Meisner
It’s the most fascinating acting book, documenting Meisner’s lessons to his students. It’s insightful without being overly instructive.
‘Making Movies’ by Sidney Lumet
A no-bullshit, an all encompassing book that covers all aspects of making movies by a master filmmaker himself
‘Bread Beauty Revolution’ by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
It’s not a book merely about cinema, but then cinema stems from life! It’s rooted in Indian history observed by a pioneering man who mastered many forms of storytelling.