Vol XVI Supercall

S. Hussain Zaidi is a veteran of investigative, crime and terrorreporting in the Mumbai media. He has worked for The Asian Age, Mumbai Mirror, Mid-Day and Indian Express. His previous books include bestsellers like Black Friday, Mafia Queens of Mumbai and the more recent Dongri to Dubai – Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia. Zaidi is also associate producer for the HBO movie, Terror in Mumbai, based on the 26/11 terror strikes. He lives with his family in Mumbai.

A pulse-racing narrative, told in the voices of Bhatt and Headley, Headley and I publsihed by HarperCollins India traces the months leading up to the horrors of 26/11 and the long months of interrogation that followed. This is a complex tale of human relationships and the deceit therein. It is the story of Rahul Bhatt, an aspiring Bollywood actor, and his encounter with David Coleman Headley, the man who was responsible for a ruthlessly executed carnage, in which 166 people were killed and over 300 injured in the fifty-nine hours that brought Mumbai to heel and shook India.

• Soaring into heaven moment:

When my book Headley and I went for a record offer and the producers were keen on Hollywood collaboration for cinematic reproduction of the book into movie.

• That infernal fire time:

When I am attracted to an idea for a story, it does not allow me to sleep peacefully until I finish it

• The purgatory point:

When the book finally goes to print after laborious days and night.

• …….years, …….drafts and……….words thereafter, would you do this differently and again?
Its difficult to answer this question as I am not sure if I will think of changing any of my stories or drafts or words in future. Currently, am quite happy with the way my books have turned out, all of them

• What does Hussain Zaidi the writerzaidi

Fear the most?

—-A difficult woman

Desire the most?

—An intelligent woman friend

Hate the most?

–Hypocrites who claim to be intelligent.


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