It also bailed out the legendary RK Films after the disaster that was Raj Kapoors magnum opus, Mera Naam Joker. The film was Bobby. Even forty years later, Bobby remains the benchmark for teenage romances, widely imitated, but seldom matched in its freshness, spirit and enduring appeal. At the time of the films release, its writer K.A. Abbas, in an act years ahead of its time, also published the novelized version of the film to great commercial success. Bobby: The Complete Story is that book. Including K.A. Abbass original preface and a perceptive new foreword by Suresh Kohli, its re-release marks forty glorious years of the films release, its star Rishi Kapoors sixtieth birthday and Abbass centenary. As engaging a read as the film was entertaining, it is also an insight into the creative process through which a story transforms into a film.