Mumbai: On the eve of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s 76th birthday Harper Collins India launched his daughter Ms Shweta Bachchan Nanda’s debut novel Paradise Tower yesterday at Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
While ace film maker and producer Mr. Karan Johar was hosting the show he mentioned in his speech that being a shy girl since childhood, as both Karan and Shweta were friends, she never came in front but now that she has come up with a book which has a complete story of today’s society he is sure that Shweta will win the heart of millions with her witty writing.
Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Mrs. Jaya Bachchan were eagerly waiting to unveil the book in front of media as being a proud parents they also wanted to share their joy and excitement with the media and other guests.
While asking Mrs. Bachchan about how she feels about Shweta’s book she was beaming in proudness and said, “ I knew that one day she will come up with a book. Being a mother I am extremely proud and happy.”
While quizzing her to say more about it she pointed at Karan Johar and said, “ I think she is inspired by your detailing of the characters Karan! The way you sketche your characters, look after the minute details Shweta is just inspired by your detailing,” No doubt Karan was extremely happy and he couldn’t hide his moments of happiness.
Mr. Amitabh Bachchan speaking about his daughters debute novel, he, being a very humble person, said, “ Daughters have special place in my heart, being a father I am extremely happy that Shweta has written a book. She used to take over the discussion whenever we used to have after party family meet at home!
Nowadays I share my scripts with her for her insight as I believe she has better understanding of scripts. Lately she has been giving her viewpoints on the scripts that I am considering. All I can that I can give my blessings and love and wish her all the best.” Later on famous critic and director Mr. Raja Sen took over the stage and had a hearty conversation with Ms Shweta Bachchan Nanda
About Paradise Towers:
Dinesh opens the door to the Kapoor flat to find Lata, the enchantress who works at Mrs Aly Khan’s, carrying a hot case with freshly made gaajar ka halwa. On the first floor, the inquisitive Mrs Mody wipes the dust off her precious binoculars to spy on the building’s security guard.
The Singhs open the doors of their SUV, their four boys creating a ruckus – they are the newcomers, the outsiders. Through the peephole, the ever-watchful Mrs Ranganekar observes their arrival. Welcome to Paradise Towers, an apartment building in central Mumbai. Everyone here has a story to tell. Or maybe they have stories to hide.
Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s quirky, intimate debut explores the intertwined lives in this building – a forbidden romance, an elopement, the undercurrents of tension in corridor interactions and an explosive Diwali celebration. Bachchan-Nanda’s is a dazzling voice that will draw you into the intoxicating, crazy world that is Paradise Towers.
Speaking about how she came to write Paradise Towers, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda said, ‘I grew up with my grandfather who was a poet and a writer. Writing and reading was always a very important part of our lives. I’ve been writing a diary ever since I was a little girl, and wrote stories that I never shared with anyone. Then, one day I just said, I am going to take this plunge. I started writing a column for a newspaper in Mumbai and it gave me a lot of confidence to go ahead and do this full time, and that’s where Paradise Towers comes from.’
About the author: Shweta Bachchan-Nanda is a columnist for DNA and Vogue. A well-known personality, she is the daughter of actors Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan. Shweta is married to Nikhil Nanda and is the mother of two children. She has her own clothing label, MxS, which launched in 2018. She lives in New Delhi. This is her first novel.
The event was attended by Ms Shabana Azmi, Ms Tina Ambani, Ms Zoya Akhtar, Mr. Vikram Phadnis, Mr. Kunal Kapoor and author and film maker Mr. Ram Kamal Mukherjee.