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How Raveena made Al Pacino buy Amish's book

May 04, 2017 14:40 IST

At Amish Tripathi's book cover launch, the actor confessed to making the Hollywood actor buy The Oath of the Vayuputras.
Photographs and video by Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com

Bestselling author Amish Tripathi, along with actor Raveena Tandon released the cover of his new book titled Sita - Warrior of Milthila amidst his fans at Title Waves, a book store in Mumbai.

Talking about his book, Amish, an alumnus of IIM-Calcutta, said, "This is Sita ma's story from her birth to her kidnapping where Lord Ram is a character who comes in towards the end of the book.

"This is about Sita, the warrior. Our perception of Sita is based on television shows of 1980s, but if you read prachin (ancient) Ramayana, she was a warrior who killed Ravana."

At the launch, Raveena revealed how she got Hollywood actor Al Pacino to buy the third book from Amish Tripathi's Shiva trilogy, The Oath of the Vayuputras.

"I was travelling in a flight from Los Angeles to London and was reading the book. I turned around casually and you won't believe who was sitting next to me. It was the Al Pacino."

"He then asked me which book I was reading. I told him it was The Oath of the Vayuputras and it talks about ancient India and our history. Yes! There's a bit of fiction but it is mostly based on facts and what we have learned over the years."

"When we got off the flight in London, I made him buy the book. Now Al Pacino has the book. I also sent a snapshot of that to Amish," she added.

Here are some pictures from the launch.

Amish at the book launch

IMAGE: Amish spoke about his latest protagonist, Sita, the fearless warrior. Through his book, the author hopes to etch an uncoventional image of Sita.

Raveen Tandon

IMAGE: Dressed in a lovely yellow top with a bright pink skirt, Raveena looked gorgeous.
The actor admitted to being an enthusiastic reader of Tripathi's books.

Amish Tripathi and Raveena Tandon

IMAGE: Finally! The cover of the book is unveiled. Take a closer look at the cover...the image of Sita, dressed as a warrior, in a fierce attacking pose, gives you a glimpse of what you should be expecting from this book.

Amish and Raveena

IMAGE: The duo kept the launch as lively as possible by interacting with their fans and sharing some lovely personal experiences.
Reminiscing his initial days of struggle as an aspiring author, Amish said: "Immortals of Meluha was rejected by every publisher so we decided to self publish the book. My most thrilling moment was when the first print came home and we (Amish and his son) opened the carton together," confessed the author.
Amish already started writing his next book, which will be his interpretation of Ravana.

Video: Watch Raveena spill the beans on how she got Al Pacino to buy Amish's book.

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