HiFi in Bollywood by Rishi Vohra

downloadI received the book, ‘HiFi in Bollywood’ by Rishi Vohra from the author as a review copy

From the author and would like to thank him for the book. This story, set in US and India, is about a boy who wants to be a filmmaker despite his father having other plans for him.

The Blurb:

An aspiring filmmaker. The dizzying heights of Bollywood and a strained father-son relationship.

Rayhan Arora’s long cherished dream is to be a filmmaker in the Hindi Film Industry but his formidable father has other plans a successful financial career in Corporate America and a marriage of convenience with Vanita, a medical student in the US.

In a final act of desperation, Rayhan abandons his promising life in California and secretly returns to Mumbai to work as an Assistant Director in Bollywood. The characters he encounters along the way become part of his journey of self-discovery – a self-proclaimed local goon with a penchant for acting; a powerful local politician who wants to marry Rayhan’s part-time domestic help, who in turn covets stardom; an angst-ridden, homosexual film director; ego-ridden film stars with twisted agendas; and the mysterious Viola who captures his heart.

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!

The story:

23 year old Rayhan Arora is forced to go to the US and study for a degree in finance because his dominating father wants him to do so. And that is not all, he also wants Rayhan to marry Vanita, his friend’s daughter, who is studying to be a doctor in the US. But Rayhan wants to become a director in Bollywood. Reluctantly, he goes to meet her at her behest. And then he decides to pursue his dream. He sends an SMS to Vanita saying that he is leaving and comes to Mumbai and keeps it a secret from his father. During his journey, he meets different people, some from the film industry, some who work behind the films and some who work on screen, some helpful, some not so, some proclaimed dadas. He gets a job as an assistant director in a film and meets Viola who is also a trainee like him. He falls in love with her but realizes that she has a secret.

My take:

The story is good and the characters are true to life. He has described in details what a newcomer in Bollywood has to undergo. The language is simple and the flow keeps the reader hooked to the book, like watching a Bollywood movie. The book is funny at times. The cover is beautiful and attractive, a definite pick me up.

Book Source: The author

Publisher:  Jaico Publishing House

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