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Bollywood Boy (John Murray Paperbacks) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. April 2003

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'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 20030501

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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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I was newly interested in the matter of Bollywood when I found this book by simply putting 'Bollywood' into Amazons search engine.
By the time the book arrived I was fully hooked and was eagerly looking forward to hearing more about this particular Bollywood phenomenon, Hrithik Roshan.
He seemed to embody a lot of Bollywoods peculiarities and reading a book about him seemed a good idea to get an inkling of what Bollywood is all about.
This is not a book about that.
It is an albeit charmingly written narrative of the quest of one woman in pursuit of a star. It is a book about getting there and not the end result. The actual parts about Hrithik Roshan are few and far between.
Thus as an however unofficial biography of Hrithik Roshan this book is not the right choice. But if you want to sample a bit of the fringes of Bollywood flair, almost taste the dusty, humid air of Mumbai, this book is right for you.
It paints a vivid picture of the lower echelons of Bollywood. We hear about the former actress fallen from grace and become acqainted with a struggling film maker.
All the time Justine Hardy manages to keep the tone light and selfironic since she too succumbs to the apparently inevitable charme of Hrithik Roshan.
All in all, a good read, not for the seriously Bollywood interested though.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Lazy and unilluminating 3. September 2004
Von D. Futrelle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Just read this book and was pretty disappointed. It's not all bad: The writing is breezy, though at times a bit overblown (her extended descriptions of Bombay as a beautiful woman, say). And there are some funny and illuminating moments in it (the teenager who has to lie down after watching Hrithik dance; the 45-year-old bank manager and mother who compares him to Jesus.) I also had no idea that Hrithik has TWO RIGHT THUMBS (literally, webbed together) but there they are in that magazine cover reproduced in the book.

But the big problem with the book is that HARDY DOESN'T TALK TO ANYONE IN THE BUSINESS except a handfull of people she runs across basically by accident. Sure, she can't get an interview with HR for more than a year but, you know, she gets his big-time-director dad on the phone right away -- why not ask HIM some questions? She relates each time she gets the brushoff trying to reach HR ("sorry, he is out of station") but doesn't think to start calling other people in the business? Surely at least a few would have talked to her. And couldn't she have come up with some better questions for HR? SHE HAD A YEAR TO COME UP WITH THEM!

So instead of interviews with real live film people and/or a decently rsearched history of Bollywood, we essentially get Justine wandering about randomly for 250 pages and chatting about Bollywood with whoever she happens to meet. Her favorite sources? The juice seller near her apartment and the gals at the beauty salon.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen You can't have seriously liked this. 13. August 2004
Von sps4 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The journalist who wrote this book infused her own feelings and opinions into every word. Bollywood Boy is not an objective work, nor is the writer's voice interesting or accurate enough to allow her bias go unnoticed. She fell in love with her main character and selfishly and rather dully used everyone she came in contact with - including us, the readers - to get where she wanted to be. It would have been great if this book were really about Hrithik Roshan, or the Hindi film industry, or the Indian people. It was just about Justine's crush. The publisher obviously doesn't know the subject matter well enough to know that there is little substance here, but did he have to, to at least recognize bad, self-indulgent writing? The arena remains clear for someone else to actually write about Roshan.
3.0 von 5 Sternen how can you make Bollywood seem bland? 6. November 2011
Von Brian Maitland - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Bollywood is all about goofy dancing, singing and simplistic storylines made more complicated and illogical with over-the-top hambone acting. So where is that expressed in this book? After awhile you begin to realize, like actors in the West, these people are not any more interesting than the guy who delivers your mail.

I just got completely bored at the repetitiveness of it all. I think a book on Bombay itself or on the film industry without the name dropping would have suited the topic better.

Also, what is up with the pink backdrop for the cover? Seriously, the color "pink" is what Indians associate with a Bollywood Boy? Looks more like a cover for a Hillary Duff expose.
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