Bollywood Nights

Bollywood Nights

by Shobhaa De


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Bollywood is no place for a vulnerable, small-town girl like Aasha Rani. But that doesn't stop her mother from pushing her into a world of exploitation and bedroom casting calls. Aasha has no choice but to thrive-despite the vicious circles of starlets, pimps, and celebrities who want to see her meet her end.

But the day she meets Bollywood's leading man, everything she's worked so hard for is jeopardized. Because she may be falling for Akshay Arora-and there's no room for love in a business where it's the stranger under your sheets holding the key to your success. With her innocence stolen and nowhere else to turn, Aasha knows her downfall could come as quickly as her rise to fame. And letting herself love might just be the most fatal career move of her life...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451221940
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shobhaa De is the author of 17 books, including the bestsellers Socialite Evenings, Starry Nights, Spouse, and Superstar India. De lives in Mumbai with her family.

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Bollywood Nights 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
AvidReaderfromtheBay More than 1 year ago
Tbis novel was definitley interesting. "A" for originality! I couldn't put it down and i found the plot to be interesting and fast paced. Warning: this book is not for prudes, at times I blushed at the details of the love scenes. I also struggled to like the main character. If you want a cheap read, this is your book. It doesn't fit the fine literature catergory, but you will learn a lot about Bollywood and India, and you will definitly be entertained.
agatatera on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought it some time ago as a promotional offer ¿ 3 ¿chick lits¿ for a very symbolic price. ¿Bollywood Nights¿ is the first book which I read from the pile I bought.At the beginning I thought it will be just very typical easy book, nothing really special. Mather together with a beautiful daughter are coming from Madras to Bombay to fight for the career for the daughter ¿ she should be an actress, a very popular actress. Mother used any opportunity to move forward, without thinking about her daughter at all. And she succeed ¿ through different steps ¿ to make a star out from her daughter ¿Sweetheart of Millions¿. But the daughter is doing a lot of mistakes ¿ starting relations with wrong guys, finding wrong friends and so on. Finally, she decide to stop with this life and change it to more ¿usual¿ one. There are many decisions in between, but finally somehow she is coming back to India and the industry. There are plenty of threads in the book ¿ the relations with parents, sister, husband, small daughter, lovers, work as the actress, role of woman, emotions, India, feeling of being an outsider and more. There are quite some difficult questions asked in the book, on which we need to find answers by ourselves. There is also an interesting description of the movie industry in India ¿ how it¿s working, how the people behave, how are the relations between different people involved in it and so on. Additional value of this book are the descriptions related to India ¿ to its¿ cities, villages, people, culture, food, religion. It was very interesting for me to find all those informations.One thing which bother me during the reading was usage of plenty of non-English words in the text. I assume it¿s Hindi, but as I don¿t know it I can¿t be sure. And that decreased my understanding of this book. But besides this one detail I quite liked the book as a whole. For sure it was better than I expected from this kind of books. It¿s not a bad book ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Khiladi bhayya khiladi bhayya khiladiiiiii
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If you are a fan of Jackie Collins style ficton, you will enjoy this book. Bollywood is as corrupt as Hollywood.
Siu428 More than 1 year ago
Enough though, it's pretty graphic for the average reader but it captures of how Bollywood is. The fact that these girls, especially the main character, has to go prostitution in order to achieve stardom. Her marriage is pretty sad, too. I don't think the ending should be the way it is.
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always_true More than 1 year ago
This book was just a little too much for me. I've read some pretty vulgar books in the past, but this takes the cake. I felt that the characters were under developed and the storyline unrealistic. The ending felt rushed and not thought out. I expected more. To each their own of course.
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The characters were poorly developed and the storyline contrived. I'd expected more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing story and told much of the film industry in India that nobody see's. Greed, lust, forbidden love, deciet, and sexism in modern day india. A great love story and tale of a women with a mission to be the best!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually picked this book up at the airport on my way back from NYC. I am a crazy bollywood fan and it was really interesting to think that some of my favorite actresses and actors probably led the lives of most of the characters in Shobha De's book. The book is a light read, but realllly provacative and sexual. Overall i would recommend it if you are comfortable reading provacative stuff. I think De did a great job showing the strengths and weaknesses of the main character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story - while a bit vulgar in places, Bollywood Nights introduces readers into a virutally unknown world. The ending left me wanting more, but as with all books, it had to come to an end!