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Manoj Kumar is penning his autobiography

The season of biographies and autobiographies isn’t over. “There is more readership for books written by and on film personalities because people are always intrigued by them,” says veteran actor Manoj Kumar, who has nearly completed his autobiography, Life and Death in Installments.

He began penning his memoirs 14 years ago. “It has taken time. There are phases in life when you don’t feel like writing. It can be traumatic to go down memory lane. My book should be complete within six months,” he adds. He doesn’t reveal much about his book, but he promises, “I won’t hurt anyone.”

Manoj Kumar is still hurt by the Om Shanti Om episode. “Shah Rukh and Farah Khan apologised but haven’t deleted the scenes that hurt me. It isn’t too late to delete the scenes.” After a pause, he says, “I am notorious for my sense of humour. But OSO was in bad taste. That’s not the way you treat an actor who’s been working for over 50 years

He wishes Yash Chopra urges Shah Rukh and Farah to delete the scenes. “Yash Chopra brought them to my house. I was very cordial and didn’t want them to say sorry. If Shah Rukh is a man of words, he should have kept his promise. He gave me a mobile number and said we should keep in touch. I’ve tried calling the number but there’s been no response.”

Work wise, he is starting a new chapter. He is excited about Chale Chalo, directed by Ujwal Singh. “The film deals with the issue of students committing suicide due to exam pressure. I play a Supreme Court judge. ” Talking of issues relating to children, he is all praise for Taare Zameen Par. “It’s good to see such films being made.”

The actor will also start work on his next production. ”

SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO

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