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A triumphant novel about the razzle-dazzle Hindi film industry.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Chaitra

    A major let-down after the Great Indian Novel

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 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 thought to the people around him. When the story appears predictable there is a hint that something has happened which has not been revealed and then takes another twist. That is what keeps the story interesting. I am sure someone who knows something about the Bollywood movies would find it even more enjoyable.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Durga

    Of all the books of Shashi Tharoor's , this one definitely seems like the worst. The book lacks a good narrative - in fact there is absolutely nothing that holds one's attention. The plot is very contrived, seems like inspired from the lives/gossip we hear about so many of the popular Bollywood actors that you predict the story in most places. I used to regularly read his opinion columns - and they were usually well written even if I dint agree with his arguments. This has left me wondering whet Of all the books of Shashi Tharoor's , this one definitely seems like the worst. The book lacks a good narrative - in fact there is absolutely nothing that holds one's attention. The plot is very contrived, seems like inspired from the lives/gossip we hear about so many of the popular Bollywood actors that you predict the story in most places. I used to regularly read his opinion columns - and they were usually well written even if I dint agree with his arguments. This has left me wondering whether it is the same guy...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    An amateurish portrait of a one-dimensional man who becomes a huge Bollywood star, gets married and tries politics. Most of the story was scenes from his films. These were entertainingly absurd. The rest was awkward monologues from people in his life and his own musings, essentially "how did I get here?" This was available at the Dollar Tree for a reason. An amateurish portrait of a one-dimensional man who becomes a huge Bollywood star, gets married and tries politics. Most of the story was scenes from his films. These were entertainingly absurd. The rest was awkward monologues from people in his life and his own musings, essentially "how did I get here?" This was available at the Dollar Tree for a reason.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Prateek Phadke

    Avoid on all accounts... This is a heap of carelessly drawn characters, drowning themselves in utterly cheap dialogues and crap story. I am even feeling ashamed to donate to a library or somebody else. This is surely going to a trash bin. :-(

  6. 4 out of 5

    Judaline Torcato

    Totally not worth it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    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 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 satire of the culture of Bollywood and the political scene of India is reminiscent of Rushdie.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Namrata

    I feel there is a disconnect between the voice that authored the book to the person in real life which made me skeptical about the work of the author. The eloquence of the spoken word of Shashi Tharoor did not come across in the book to me. A few chapters dragged on as well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bharati

    Simply brilliant. A must read for all Bollywood fans. Sarcasm and humour galore...Tharoor at his best.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Poonam

    I have always though Shashi Tharoor is a fanstastic writer - not just that his language is pleasure to read but his books have well-thought out structure. I loved his book Riots, it did Roshomon in literature. Similarly, Show Business has something to look forward to in form of structure. More about that later. From a plot perspective, I didn't learn anything new about politics and show business (read Bollywood). Because real life has presented more salacious stuff than fiction can. Yet the chara I have always though Shashi Tharoor is a fanstastic writer - not just that his language is pleasure to read but his books have well-thought out structure. I loved his book Riots, it did Roshomon in literature. Similarly, Show Business has something to look forward to in form of structure. More about that later. From a plot perspective, I didn't learn anything new about politics and show business (read Bollywood). Because real life has presented more salacious stuff than fiction can. Yet the characters and narration of stereotypical Bollywood plots with sarcasm were pleasure to read and easy to relate with what we know. But, it is the form or the structure that I found most winsome.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rajni Vashist

    Rajni  Vashist : Show Business an apt Title for this book a Bollywood mirror.. I would like to call it a PAGE3 Novel. Ashok Banjara's dubious character and life very common in Indian society now in all 3 classes. Maya... wife... Mother and daughter in law expected to be a goddess in our myth of traditional values. Mehnaz Elahi women available to ruin and trouble mental peace of goddess now entered from filmstan to real Indian world. A relationship which based on lust for fame and money will alway Rajni  Vashist : Show Business an apt Title for this book a Bollywood mirror.. I would like to call it a PAGE3 Novel. Ashok Banjara's dubious character and life very common in Indian society now in all 3 classes. Maya... wife... Mother and daughter in law expected to be a goddess in our myth of traditional values. Mehnaz Elahi women available to ruin and trouble mental peace of goddess now entered from filmstan to real Indian world. A relationship which based on lust for fame and money will always have no future and short life. Cycle of Karma.. Ashok lying in hospital. Kulbhushan's description of India and Film.. Every hero and for that matter every Villian in your films is careless and unplaceable ,whereas in my India you will never get anywhere with a man without knowing who he is, where he comes from what his caste affiliations are. A wonderful para on fact and fiction of filmistan and India.  Guruji BABAS offerings I would rather call them selling spirituality salesman of reformation entered quietly like tarmaid in society.  Chetah's Chatter is now all social networking sites and newschannels flooded with gossips and rumours for TRP Overall I feel a good Entertaining book written by Versatile Dr Shashi Tharoor.8 minutes ago © 2017 Goodreads, Inc. · Terms Back to Top

  12. 5 out of 5

    Saad

    Tharoor's Show Business gives an interesting composition of the Indian entertainment industry's links to society and politics. The book reflects the old saying that what you get is not what you want and what you want is not what you get. The book indeed delivers some very strong messages of integrity and what greed and indifference and disloyalty can bring to one's life. While songs are selling features in Bollywood movies, I am not sure how much the transliteration of songs in the movie narrati Tharoor's Show Business gives an interesting composition of the Indian entertainment industry's links to society and politics. The book reflects the old saying that what you get is not what you want and what you want is not what you get. The book indeed delivers some very strong messages of integrity and what greed and indifference and disloyalty can bring to one's life. While songs are selling features in Bollywood movies, I am not sure how much the transliteration of songs in the movie narratives added entertainment value. Maybe Tharoor wanted to make it look as literal as possible for the movie scripts. I believe the author considered the scripts integral to reflect show business as much as he discussed the personal lives. From a non-actor to a megastar and then a politician turned down to the lowest self-esteem anyone can imagine, this book reflects how greed and lust can turn one's otherwise success to doom. The novel becomes predictable towards the end.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chitra Nair

    Quite hilarious but insightful about the trappings of modern day India! I bet Amitabh Bachchan would have had the shock of his life if he read it! :P

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abhishek Indwar

    I have always admired Shashi Tharoor as a good diplomat and an excellent statesman. He has many good videos on YouTube. This is the first novel I read. Frankly speaking, initially when I started this novel, the writing style was bit different and for initial few pages I wondered if I will have the patience to continue with this book. But slowly and gradually his writing took over and I love the way he describes the story of the protagonist. He very well sarcastically describes about Indian ideol I have always admired Shashi Tharoor as a good diplomat and an excellent statesman. He has many good videos on YouTube. This is the first novel I read. Frankly speaking, initially when I started this novel, the writing style was bit different and for initial few pages I wondered if I will have the patience to continue with this book. But slowly and gradually his writing took over and I love the way he describes the story of the protagonist. He very well sarcastically describes about Indian ideology with the help of Hindi Cinema. A good book to read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I was not sure if I would like this book, because I am really not into reading entertainment news. However, I found this book very enjoyable. The writing style is very interesting and alternates between the actors' lives, scenes from movies they are filming, stories from a gossip column, and monologues about their feelings. The ending was actually very surprising. Although, there probably are Indians that would criticize the author for creating characters as Indian stereotypes. I was not sure if I would like this book, because I am really not into reading entertainment news. However, I found this book very enjoyable. The writing style is very interesting and alternates between the actors' lives, scenes from movies they are filming, stories from a gossip column, and monologues about their feelings. The ending was actually very surprising. Although, there probably are Indians that would criticize the author for creating characters as Indian stereotypes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ray

    A crazy laugh out loud satirical take on the underbelly of BOLLYWOOD. I could not stop laughing at the obvious comparisons to MOGAMBO (craftily called GODAMBO here) and ASHOK BANJARA's wild antics among other minor characters make this book a pleasure to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a giggle at the inane workings of BOLLYWOOD and how fickle the entertainment world can be. 5 STARS!!!!!!! A crazy laugh out loud satirical take on the underbelly of BOLLYWOOD. I could not stop laughing at the obvious comparisons to MOGAMBO (craftily called GODAMBO here) and ASHOK BANJARA's wild antics among other minor characters make this book a pleasure to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a giggle at the inane workings of BOLLYWOOD and how fickle the entertainment world can be. 5 STARS!!!!!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sourabh Jaiswal

    I dint like the book that much. Its did not meet the expectation that I have from shashi Tharoor. This book talks about an actor's life, his ups and downs. How mean he has been in his entire life even though he never meant any of those. Dint find anything commendable in this book. I dint like the book that much. Its did not meet the expectation that I have from shashi Tharoor. This book talks about an actor's life, his ups and downs. How mean he has been in his entire life even though he never meant any of those. Dint find anything commendable in this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aviral

    The beauty lies in the details. Thankfully the details aren't all that deep and it's a fun read. You will especially enjoy this book if you are aware of Amitabh Bachhan's life story. There are parallels but Shashi Tharoor exercises enough creative liberty to keep you hooked. The beauty lies in the details. Thankfully the details aren't all that deep and it's a fun read. You will especially enjoy this book if you are aware of Amitabh Bachhan's life story. There are parallels but Shashi Tharoor exercises enough creative liberty to keep you hooked.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Viju

    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. 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    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 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

  21. 5 out of 5

    November

    I wanted to like this book (its about bollywood!), but found it a bit dull.

  22. 4 out of 5

    S L Faisal S L Faisal

    All the Bollywood and more

  23. 5 out of 5

    Reshma

    shocking one about bollywood

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aathira Jim

    Loved it! My detailed review here http://awanderingmindofabookaholic.bl... Loved it! My detailed review here http://awanderingmindofabookaholic.bl...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gautham

    4-stars only for Shashi Tharoor's wit and satire.The way he connects politics,religion and cinema is too good. 4-stars only for Shashi Tharoor's wit and satire.The way he connects politics,religion and cinema is too good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Krittika Mittal

    This was my first Shashi Tharoor novel. I liked it so much, I must have suggested it to atleast 20 people after me. I just love his style of writing. I would recommend people to read this.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    if you like Indian fiction and want to read a book from a former minister this is a good one to try

  28. 4 out of 5

    Abhay Verma

    This was fun. A lot of characters, explored in good detail, a nice story. Easy to recommend.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ramaswamy Raman

    A critical, humourous book on how the Hindi film industry works, using the story of an actor rising from the bottom to become a super star. The book takes the story of a new comer into the Hindi film industry, his rise, the controversies he gets into and his entry into politics, his decline and so on. The plot has uncanny and purposely done similarity to Amitabh Bachchan's life, his controversies,etc also his accident and the effects it had with the people of India. Overall a well written book with A critical, humourous book on how the Hindi film industry works, using the story of an actor rising from the bottom to become a super star. The book takes the story of a new comer into the Hindi film industry, his rise, the controversies he gets into and his entry into politics, his decline and so on. The plot has uncanny and purposely done similarity to Amitabh Bachchan's life, his controversies,etc also his accident and the effects it had with the people of India. Overall a well written book with songs put in with humour, at times becomes repetitive and cliche. Worth a read but many might not find it an interesting plot. There are lot of things covered as to how an actor and politician should not be. The language is excellent, humour at its best but looking at the reality always makes us unhappy and reject it at some point.the book is bold and puts lot of realism in it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ritwik

    A great fictional story finely threaded with humor, partial reality and conceptual facts of the 21st century!

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