HarperCollins India has acquired the global rights to actor Lillete Dubey’s memoir that will be published in 2021. The untitled non-fiction book will mark the actor’s debut as an author. The actor is best known for her work in Mahesh Dattani’s Dance Like A Man, one of India’s longest running English plays. A few of her memorable roles in movies have been in Monsoon Wedding, Zubeidaa, Baghban, Kal Ho Naa Ho, and The Lunchbox. She has also worked in the British film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel.
About the book, the actor said, “This will be a memoir that explores my theatrical journey of over four decades and my experiences as an actor for the past 20 years in films and television, both national and international. Both these journeys were unusual choices at the time and both very different from the norm in a sense. From the exuberant 1970s to this unimaginably altered, almost dystopian world that we have inherited after Covid-19, it is both the tracing of a professional life where passion ruled all, and the inextricable connection that it always had with my personal life, and how these two mirrored and informed each other.”
Known for her work in theatre, both nationally and internationally, Lillete Dubey has garnered critical acclaim for her on screen presence too. She is also a theatre director and is the founder of The Primetime Theatre Company. Her memoir will be about her craft: theatre and cinema. The book will also be interspersed with anecdotes about life-defining personal moments together with the experiences and anecdotes of working with an incredible array of talents and personalities.
Krishan Chopra, Publisher, HarperCollins said, “Lillete Dubey’s forthcoming memoir of her four-decade career in theatre and films is one that anyone will relate to. It provides a deep look at the world of entertainment and its passionate and talented inhabitants.”
Commissioning editor of the book, Ananya Borgohain, added, “While Lillete Dubey is unanimously admired by theatre and cinema lovers, this book will widen her audience as she shall be offering life lessons to a younger generation, drawing inspiration from her craft and years of interacting and collaborating with some of the most creative minds in India. This book will be a profound contribution to performing arts in our country and by publishing it, we also hope to encourage more Indian parents to let their children pursue this discipline professionally.”