Jaipur: He has enthralled cinema lovers with his acting prowess for over two decades. Anupam Kher has now taken to the medium of the pen to tell the story of his life and struggle in the tinsel-town.
   
Launching his book at the Jaipur Literature Festival, Kher said his book would come across to the readers as an account of any common man who has struggled and achieved in life on the basis of his convictions and self-belief.
   
The actor-turned-author's book 'The Best Thing About You Is...    You' was released by former Union minister Shashi Tharoor at the festival here.
   
"While in acting I have always used my craft to portray feelings which I have often not felt, writing a book meant that I wrote whatever I truly felt from my heart," he said in his interaction with reporters after the book launch.
   
Asked if he believed in using controversies to promote books, Kher said he had not done so and he also felt that controversy does have a limited impact only. "Ultimately how the book will fare depends on the content," he added.
   
While promoting his book, Kher was repeatedly asked questions on the controversy over Salman Rushdie's cancelled visit to India.
   
Contending that he stood for freedom of expression and believed the Rushdie issue was "politicised", Kher pointed, "But I have come here to promote my book, and I will do it on my own, not on the shoulders of somebody."
   
He said his book was an honest account of his life, its disasters and failures and how he learnt to built upon them to make a success out of it.
   
"The play that I did based on my own life was also based on the disasters and failures of my life and I have even delivered lectures to students on the 'Power of Failures' and this book will also convey how in times of difficulty you have only yourself to keep faith in," he said.

(Agencies)