Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle has bought the film rights for Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, Live Mint has reported.Suketu Mehta’s book, a painstakingly honest glimpse of Mumbai, was a huge global success.
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found is a fascinating book, especially for Bombayphiles, those who love Mumbai warts and all.
Danny Boyle often refers to Maximum City, when he talks about Mumbai.
Recently he had said in an interview with screenindia.com, “It gives you a wonderful perspective on the city and that was sort of our bible on the film because its got everything in it.”
The travelogue – if you can call it that considering how rich and involved it is – paints a sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, and sometimes buouyant picture of Mumbai.
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found explores Mumbai’s underbelly – the underworld- the effect of the 1992 Hindu-Muslim riots on the Hindu-Muslim gangs, and of course Bollywood.
Suketu Mehta also co-wrote the script for Mission Kashmir with Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and traces the whole process right from when joined the scripting team and trying to put together the cast.
He writes about Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan who were supposed to be on onboard, and how they backed out.
His account got him into trouble with Bollywood producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, though, after the book came out.
Suketu Mehta was born in Kolkata and lived in Mumbai for nine years. He left Mumbai when he was 14 years old, and spent twenty-one years in New York’s East Village, Paris, London, after which he returned to Mumbai, to the city he says he belongs to.
The journalist and author is the winner of the O. Henry Prize and the Whiting Writers Award.
Currently, working as an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University, Mehta has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Indian Express, Harper’s, Man’s World, Granta, Conde Nast Traveler, and so on.
Suketu Mehta’s next project is a nonfiction book about immigrants in present-day New York, for which he was the recipient of the 2007 Guggenheim fellowship.
Suketu Mehta won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, for Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize.
Meanwhile, Danny Boyle came to India and met the families of Slumdog Millionaire‘s child stars, Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed, my 27, 2009.
He promised them new homes, after their shanty homes were pulled down by the municipal workers.