I love reading about movies and people or things associated with it. By reading about films, I don't mean filmy gossip. OK, that too. But what I actually meant was reading about say making of a film or how the script was developed for some classic or the lives of film stars, and so on and so forth.
Right now, I am reading an interesting book called 'The Greatest Show on Earth: Writings on Bollywood', edited by Jerry Pinto. This book is actually a compilation of selected writings from various other sources. In what I have read so far, I read about how the overhyped Sholay was poorly received on release but eventually went on to break many records, how Karan Johar-Aditya Chopra identified NRI audience as big business and created a hero in Shahrukh Khan with whom they identified while the Indian audience aspired to be, Raj Kaoor's real life romance with Nargis, Padmini and Vyajanthimala (did you know there was a thing between Raj Kapoor and Lata Mangeshkar too), a very interesting interview of the eccentric Kishore Kumar by Pritish Nandy, and many such interesting pieces.
The other film-based books I have are:
3. Mother Maiden Mistress: Women In Hindi Cinema, 1950-2010 by Bhawana Somaaya, Jigna Kothari, Supriya Madangarli
And the books I am eyeing for a while are:
Here is a list of the Best books on Bollywood, on GoodReads.
So, do you have a book based on films to recommend?