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Ashok Banjara is one of India's mega-movie stars, a man of great ambition and dubious morals. With irrepressible charm and a genius for satire, Tharoor portrays the Indian film world in all its Hollywoodesque glitz and glamor as a metaphor for Indian society. Onscreen fiction and offscreen reality intertwine to weave a tapestry of power and privilege, seduction and betraya...more
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Jo-Ann Murphy
I know very little about India or Bollywood so I was happy to win this book through the Goodreads giveaways.

I was a little confused in the beginning of the book due to both the style and my lack of knowledge of India but became intrigued by the story. It was not long before I caught on. It was an enjoyable read with a surprise ending that I never expected.

The characters are well developed and interesting. It is a well written very realistic story about a self absorbed man who gives no real thoug...more
A major let-down after the Great Indian Novel
I loved this book. Written by an Indian national, it has the resonance of that culture, which to me is unique. The story is all about Bollywood and young film-star, Ashok, who seems to happily stumble into just about everything in his life -- he goes to Bollywood, and becomes a star, and eventually also has a political career. The book combines styles, including film play format. I laughed out loud at descriptions of Ashok's movies. At the end I was left with a lot to ponder. Tharoor's subtle sa...more
No está mal. Conocer ese mundo cinematográfico de la India; lleno de contrastes y situaciones tan desconocidas para los que vivimos en este lado del mundo. Me gusto este libro, considero que el autor shashi Tharoor es un buen escritor te mete dentro de la cultura de este gran país.

It is surely a fun and indulgent read, especially when you can attach real faces to the characters, which Tharoor ensures don't stray away from being not-so-obvious. It oscillates between a scintillating Page 3 read and a real biography. And pretty well at that.
Anandh Sundar
Like other Shashi Tharoor books, this one blends fiction and real life seamlessly. Some may say Ashok Banjara is BigB in terms of politics, accident, 'rumoured affairs' etc, but there are cases for and against it. Certainly a one time read but a really explosive ending
Tanya Sen
Funny, well-written, an interesting expose of Bollywood
Simply brilliant. A must read for all Bollywood fans. Sarcasm and humour galore...Tharoor at his best.
I wanted to like this book (its about bollywood!), but found it a bit dull.
S L Faisal S L Faisal
All the Bollywood and more
shocking one about bollywood
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Shashi Tharoor is a member of the Indian Parliament from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala. He previously served as the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information and as the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs.

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