Arundhati Roy, 39
There was the Arundhati Roy before The Book. She acted in two films -- In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones and Massey Sahib. She's also scripted In Which Annie ... and Electric Moon. Both were pretty intense, she was pretty angry. Then she took on director Shekhar Kapur and producer Bobby Bedi in the press over Bandit Queen, as averse to mincing words as she is now. Kapur was the filmmaker with established credentials, she was the unknown quantity. She didn't give a damn. "What is (Phoolan Devi) to them? A concept? Or just a c***?" she wrote.
Then came The Book. Over two years after her debut as a
novelist,almost precisely two years after she became the first Indian to bag the Booker
for the lyrical The God of Small Things, her record advance of Rs 3.5 crore is still
publishing legend in India.
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