Rajesh Khanna: Biography of India’s first Superstar

About the book:

Yasser Usman’s first book – the biography of Rajesh Khanna is an exciting, dramatic story of Hindi cinema’s icon. Published by Penguin Random House India, this riveting biography, in the words of the legendary screenwriter Salim Khan, “comes the closest to understanding” the phenomenon that was Rajesh Khanna. Meticulously researched and tantalizingly written with novelistic flair, this book charts the incredible rise and fall of a movie legend. It is also a story that encapsulates the world of Bollywood at its best, and its worst. A real treat for cinephiles!

Available both in English and Hindi. Foreword by Salim Khan.

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Buy Book:

Amazon: Available in both paperback and kindle versions 

Hindi Edition: Available in both paperback and kindle versions



Watch the Book Trailer Video


The Book Launch was held on 19th December, 2014 at India Habitat center. View details and video here. Press coverage of launch: The Indian ExpressDNA, Times of India, CNN IBN – network 18, India Today

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Book Reviews:

The Hindu: Review and Interview by Vijay Lokapally

“Written in a racy style, the book is a fine tribute to the phenomenon called Rajesh Khanna. A must for his fans; and the rest too.”


The Asian Age / Deccan Herald: Advaita Kala calls it the best read of 2014

“Yasser Usman’s biography of Rajesh Khanna, is a special book, not only in it’s writing… but also for it’s affectionate honesty.”



India Today: Book review by Gautam Chintamani 

“The book packs a punch while constructing the story of the biggest star of Hindi cinema and the best is reserved for the portions that describe his relationships with the women in his life-Mahendroo, Kapadia and Tina Munim.”

HT Brunch: Book Coverage

Dawn: Book Review and excerpts by Asif Noorani (2015)

“Delhi-based Yasser Usman has authored a real page-turner, Rajesh Khanna: The Untold Story of India’s First Superstar. The book reads like a novel, such is the writer’s narrative skill.”

Dawn: Book Review by Mamun M Adil (2016)

“… a potboiler of sorts. The narrative is brisk, the facts substantiated by many leading journalists and actors who worked with Khanna, all of which come together to create an insight into Khanna’s life, yet with plenty of mystique.”

Financial Chronicle: Book Review by Zehra Naqvi

“Yasser Usman certainly has a knack for ensnaring the unsuspecting reader. This is a brilliantly woven narrative, a non-fiction book thoroughly researched yet so cleverly spun it doesn’t rate less than a Bollywood potboiler.”

Business Standard: Book Review by Bhupesh Bhandari

“A delightful new book… by Yasser Usman, brings to light the various facets of the actor’s extraordinary life.”

The New Indian Express: Book Review by Reema Moudgil

“The book is a collation of information that is part filmlore, part a cautionary tale with occasional pieces of rare trivia.”

Bollywood Hungama: Book Review by Joginder Tuteja

“… a humane tale… succeeds quite well in establishing the connect between the superstar and readers.”

Book coverage in leading Hindi Media houses:

BBC Hindi: Best books (nonfiction) of 2014

Hindustan: Full page Book coverage & Review


Amar Ujala: Book Review

Tehelka Hindi: Reproduction of Salim Khan’s Foreword

Review by Bloggers:

The Hungry Reader: “Usman’s writing is sparse, to the point and extremely effective. The writing makes you feel for the actor, makes you want to know more about him, watch his films and get to understand what made him and what unmade him.”

Ticker Talks Film:  “Yasser’s journalistic background and his knowledge about film clearly shows through the passion with which the book has been written, and written so well it is. What’s even more commendable is that while the focus almost always remains on Rajesh Khanna, Yasser manages to paint a brilliant picture of how the film industry worked in its heyday and for that alone the book is worth a read.”


Book Excerpts:

Scroll.in: Book Excerpts

Asian Age: Book Excerpts

ABP News: Book Excerpt in Hindi

The New Indian Express: Book Excerpt


Author Interviews:

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The Hindu (print), The Pioneer (Print), NewsX (Tv), 91.1 FM (Radio)

Discover India: Must Read – page turner list

Buy Book:

Amazon: Available in both paperback and kindle versions 

Hindi Edition: Available in both paperback and kindle versions


Also check the book reviews on GoodReads here. 



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