A rollicking novel about the razzle-dazzle of the Hindi film industry, know as Bollywood. “Exuberant and clever . . . both affectionately and fiercely done.”–New York Times Books Review Notable book of the year
This triumphant novel about the razzle-dazzle Hindi film industry confirms Shashi Tharoor’s reputation as one of India’s most important voices and a writer of world stature. His hero –or antihero– is Ashok Banjara, one of Bollywood’s mega-movie stars, a man of great ambition and dubious morals. With irrepressible charm and a genius for staure, Tharoor protrays the film world, with all its Hollywoodesque glitz and glamour, egos and double standards, as a metaphor for modern Indian society. On-screen fiction and offscreen reality intertwine seamlessly to weave a tapestry of power and privilege, seduction and betrayal, politics and intrigue, that is at once colorful, entertaining, and deadly serious.
THE world\'s biggest film industry is not situated on the western littoral of the United States of America but can be found, a couple of oceans away, in India -- in Bombay, to be precise -- where,
The undoubted success story that is the contemporary Indian novel continues apace with this splendid and far-reaching satire on the Hindi film industry.... Shashi Tharoor has published a novel funnier
"Shashi Tharoor is a rising star in the international fiction universe.... An effervescent and thoroughly satisfying rendition of the human comedy."