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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan during the book launch event of "The Non-Conformist" biography of Balraj Sahani by his son Parikshat Sahani (R) in Mumbai.

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NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar and former chief minister of Maharashtra Narayan Rane launched marathi book "Jhanjabaarta" and English book "No holds barred" a biography of Narayan Rane at Y B Chavan Centre at Nariman Point, in Mumbai.

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Union transport Minister Nitin Gadkadi and former chief minister of Maharashtra Narayan Rane during the launched marathi book "Jhanjabaarta" and English book "No holds barred" a biography of Narayan Rane at Y B Chavan Centre at Nariman Point, in Mumbai.

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee along with author and former Union minister Arun Shourie (R) and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor (L) releases former Union minister Yashwant Sinha's autobiography "Relentless" at a function in New Delhi.

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Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha with former minister Arun Shourie and actor-turned politician Shatrughan Sinha at the release of his autobiography Relentless, at a function in New Delhi.

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The Lok Sabha elections draw near, so does the biopic of the country’s prime minister. Perfectly timed its rele­ase might be, but PM Narendra Modi has earned the ire of lyricist Javed Akhtar—he was wrongly credited for work in a project he wasn’t involved in. Then there’s scepticism about how good a likeness is a shapely Vivek Oberoi for our most prominent politician. Ah, but just go in for the old-­fashioned songs: Ye desh nahin mitne dunga, sings a pat­riotic Modi in the film.

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MP and Producer Thackeray Sanjay Raut along with the Colours team at the pre release promotional event of Thackeray, in Mumbai.

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With the audience chewing busily on The Accidental Prime Minister and Thac­keray, the most topical of them biopics dropped like a bunkerbuster: PM Naren­dra Modi, with Vivek Obe­roi in the lead role. Expect a rousing hagiography, but we commend the make-up artist.

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A picture you seem to have missed: Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi in earnest conversation with former PM Manmohan Singh. Ah, no wonder you’ve never seen this, for Anupam Kher (Singh), Arjun Mathur (Rahul) and Aahana Kumra (Priyanka) promise to be master impersonators of personages much in news. They might as well be, for they’ll be judged and scrutinised!

To be clear, the actor is the one on the right. Kranti Prakash Jha will play Baba Ramdev in an 85-­episode biographical series Swami Ramdev: Ek Sangharsh. Ramdev claims to have shared all his life’s truths and was ­prepared to face any resulting sangharsh (struggle). The writers have worked very hard to get it right—their own Bhagirath prayas, perhaps.

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Muruganantham sounds the clapper-board for PadMan

L&T Chairman A M Naik, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, during the launch of Naik's biography The Nationalist in Mumbai.

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Actress Deepika Padukone launches legendary actress Hema Malini's official biography 'Beyond the Dream Girl' in Mumbai.

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Sachin Tendulkar's fan Sudhir waves the Indian tricolour as Sachin with wife Anjali arrives at the screening of the biopic 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', in Mumbai.

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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar with Ranvir Singh during the premier of his biopic 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', in Mumbai.

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Master blaster Sachin & Anjali Tendulkar along with Amir Khan during the premier of his biopic 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', in Mumbai.

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Cricketers M S Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan arrive at the screening of film 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', in Mumbai.

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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar with Yuvraj Singh before the screening of 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams' film, in Mumbai.

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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali Tendulkar with cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Anushka Sharma at the screening of the biopic 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', in Mumbai.

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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar with M S Dhoni before the screening of 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams' film, in Mumbai.

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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar along with the Indian cricket team at the screening of film 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', in Mumbai.

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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar along with the Indian cricket team at the screening of film 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', in Mumbai.

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Master blaster Sachin & Anjali Tendulkar along with Nita Ambani, Mukesh Ambani and Akash Ambani during the premier of his biopic 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', in Mumbai.

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Master blaster Sachin & Anjali Tendulkar along with Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan during the premier of his biopic 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', in Mumbai.

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Master blaster Sachin & Anjali Tendulkar along with Shahrukh Khan during the premier of his biopic 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', in Mumbai.

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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar along with his family during the premiere of his biopic 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', in Mumbai.

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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar with his mentor Ramakant Achrekar during the premiere of his biopic 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', in Mumbai.

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With uncloying sweetness and bouncy vitality, Asha Parekh romped through Bollywood as leading lady. Her biogr­a­phy, The Hit Girl, was respectfully relea­sed by Sha­tr­­ughan, Aamir and co-writer Khalid Mohamed.

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BCCI COA member Vinod Rai and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar release author Devendra Prabhudesai's book "Hero - A Biography of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar", in Mumbai.

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Union Minister for Textile Smriti Irani with JNU professor Makarand Paranjape, Jay Bhattacharjee and others during release of the book "A Study of Life", the english edition of "Jeebon Adhyayan", the autobiography of late freedom fighter Kalyani Bhattacharjee (Nee Das) to commemorate 87th anniversary of the Chittagong revolt, in New Delhi.

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Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar attends the trailer launch of his biopic "Sachin: A Billion Dreams," in Mumbai.

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Former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke with former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly at the launch of his autobiography "My Story", in Kolkata.

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A friend in mad traffic, the auto-manual Renault Kwid

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni being greeted Super Star Rajinikanth at a promotional event on his biopic movie “M S Dhoni”, in Chennai.

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Sania Mirza, left and Shahrukh Khan pose during the release of Sania's biography 'Ace Against Odds' in Hyderabad. The book is co authored by Sania's father Imran Mirza and Journalist Shivani Gupta.

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Bare Facts The book is cryptically titled The Z Factor. Media mogul Subhash Cha­­­n­­dra’s aut­­o­­biography was rel­eased by Modiji at his residence, with a list of who’s who looking on admiringly.

BJP MP and veteran Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha signs his biography named 'Anything But Khamosh' to his fans at its launch during the concluding day of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival-2016, at Town Hall in Kolkata, West Bengal.

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Bollywood Actresses Jaya Bachchan (left) and Nandita Das attended the launch of the biography of Bollywood Actress Late Smita Patil by Maithili Rao on her 60th birth anniversary.

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Bollywood Film director and screenwriter Shyam Benegal (left) and Actor Amitabh Bachchan (right) attended the launch of biography of Late Actress Smita Patil by Maithili Rao on her 60th birth anniversary.

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Author Javier Moro and Publisher Roli Books Pramod Kapoor launch The Red Sari A Dramatised Biography of Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi.

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Playing Straight Harry Potter—with his wizardry, witches and dark fantasia—last managed a crush of this magnitude. Waterstone's in London was jammed with fans, more waited in snaking queues in the November cold. With outstretched, phone-encumbered arms, they strove to balance themselves with Playing it My Way. Their target, Sachin Tendulkar, creamed their entreaties for more runs.

Tarun Vijay, BJP MP and author of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's biography in Chinese language, presenting the book to him in presence of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance and Defence in the Central Hall of Parliament.

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Dish Kom Have the many fights and scrapes she has been in ever prepared Mary Kom to grab a book in one golden gloved hand while sparring with an icon? One shouldn't think so, but the launch of her autobio, Unbreakable, put a giddily starstruck Mary in just that situation. The shinily jacketed Amitabh looks intent on a hearty round in the ring.

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Olympic Champion boxer Mary Kom and Amitabh Bachchan during the launch of her autobiography 'Unbreakable' in Mumbai.

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Gursharan Kaur, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's wife, receiving a copy of “Khushwantnama: The Lessons of My Life” from renowned author Khushwant Singh at his residence on his 98th birthday in New Delhi.

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Badminton player and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal with Cricketer Yuvraj Singh to launch her Autobiography 'Playing to Win -- My life on and off court' in New Delhi .

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Ajay Maken, Indian ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and Rohit Brijnath (author) releasing a book on Abhinav's autobiography " A Shot at History" in New Delhi.

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Actress Sharmila Tagore releasing the biography of Subhas Chandra Bose, His Majesty's Opponent written by Sugata Bose (2nd L), in New Delhi. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and senior journalist M J Akbar are also seen.

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Judge (Retd) Sir Mota Singh (white turban) receiving the first copy of the book Turbaned Tornado after it was launched by Lord Anthony Young (2nd L) in the Attlee Room of the House of Lords in London. The book is the biography of 100-yr-old Fauja Singh (2nd R) authored by Khushwant Singh (R).

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Peacocks in Pilani Screen icon Dev Anand brought both his still-considerable star power and one of his trademark scarves to the release of BK Birla Group patriarch Basant Kumar Birla and his wife Sarala Devi’s biography on their 69th wedding anniversary.

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Australian Cricketer Matthew Hayden launches his Autobiography Standing My Ground, in Mumbai.

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Amitabh Bachchan releases the biography of veteran actor Om Puri written by his wife Nandita, in Mumbai. Also seen in the picture are Om Puri, his wife and son.

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