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Book Review – HiFi in Bollywood

HiFi in Bollywood takes the reader from the streets of Berkeley to the film studios of Mumbai, from red light areas to police stations and from reality to dreams and back to reality again…

“Movies. Movies. Movies. That’s all I ever thought about. The colourful widescreen images, set in motion by a script, music and actors, never ceased to dominate my sense of self and transport me into a different world together.”
HiFi in Bollywood is the story of Rayhan Arora, who has grown up loving Bollywood and has dreamed to be a part of Bollywood someday. However, circumstances take a turn and he’s forced by his father to study finance in USA and have a successful career in corporate America. If this was not enough, his father wants him to settle down and marry Vanita, his friend’s daughter. But Rayhan decides to abandon everything and secretly returns to Mumbai to work as an Assistant Director in Bollywood.. But, things are not as easy as Rayhan thought. Along his journey, Rayhan encounters a lot of interesting characters- a self-proclaimed local goon with a penchant for acting; a powerful local politician who wants to marry Rayhan’s domestic help, an angst-ridden, homosexual film director, ego-ridden film stars with twisted agendas; and the mysterious Viola who captures his heart.
The language of the book is simple and easy to follow. Although the story has a simple plot, what makes it attractive is the seamless flow. Right from the first chapter, the readers can relate with the protagonist, Rayhan. He is just a normal guy, with dreams in his heart, and yet being forced to pursue a career that he doesn’t want but is expected to follow. Rishi’s writing keeps you hooked from the very beginning of the book to the end. There are various characters in the book, each bringing a new flavour to the plot. There are some twists in the plot, but then you could predict a few of them. Watch out for the special appearance by a leading Bollywood star though. It certainly adds to the fun quotient.
Although Bollywood is one of largest entertainment businesses churning out colourful, musical films every year, not many books are written on this profession where thousands of young men and women land on its doorstep everyday with starry dreams. HiFi in Bollywood is an inspiration to write millions of stories of the people working here.
This is Rishi Vohra’s second novel. What struck a chord with me most is the belief that the author tries to portray. Following one’s dreams is the most important thing in life and each one of us should at least give it a try once in life.
So, if you love Bollywood, ‘Hifi in Bollywood’ deserves a shot. Grab this one for sure for your next leisurely weekend or a quick journey-time read.
Author: Rishi Vohra
Publisher: Jaico
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 249
Price: Rs.299