'Highly entertaining and neatly structured ... a surprising and thoughtful travel book' -- Daily Telegraph 20030405 'Hardy's knowledge of and obvious passion for the kaleidoscopic richness of Indian culture infuses her behind-the-scenes guide with Bollywood's technicolour excesses' -- The Scotsman 20030419 'A mostly light-hearted, fizzy exploration of Bollywood delivered in an energetic, observant and sharp witted Tom Wolfe style of writing. But more than that, Justine Hardy gives us fragments of herself, of her own personality - plucky, determined, curious and vulnerable - which makes her story all the more engaging ... This is the perfect book to escape with' -- Indobrit Magazine 20030530 'A wet silk-sari'd shimmy of a book, Justine Hardy takes a part harsh, part affectionate look at the surreal world of Bollywood cinema' -- Focus 20030501From the Publisher:
Welcome to Bollywood. This is studio city, a fantasy-fodder factory, the Bombay-based film capital of the Indian subcontinent. Here every year the Hindi film industry pumps out twice as many pictures as Hollywood to satisfy the romantic cravings of its billion-strong audience, from the mobile-wielding classes who sit in the air-conditioned comfort of big-city cinemas, to the villagers transfixed by dancing images flickering on a dusty courtyard wall. Enter Hrithik Roshan, new idol of the silver screen, seducing both the industry and the women of India in a flurry of triceps and biceps, tight T-shirts and slick dance moves. Bollywood Boy follows Hrithik's meteoric rise through the celluloid firmament. It could be straight from one of the film industry's own big-budget schlockbusters, with its heroes, heroines, villains, exotic locations, a cast of thousands, myriad constume changes and highly charged dop-de-bop dance routines. And like any good cinerama drama, there is the big chase scene as Justine tries to track down the man behind the hype, the hysteria and the silver disco suits.But there is a dark side to all of this, the moment when the lights go out and the hero stumbles - the moment in Bollywood when people die because they have not played by the underworld code. For beneath the glittering surface of India's tinsel town lurk shady racketeers who use the film industry to make serious black money. In Bombay, the underworld is king. Welcome to Bollywood.
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