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Bollywood Boy (John Murray Paperbacks) Paperback – 3 Apr 2003


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; New edition edition (3 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719564859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719564857
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,847,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Justine Hardy has been a journalist for twenty-seven years, many of those spent covering South Asia. She is the author of six books ranging in subject from war to Hindi film: The Ochre Border, 1995, was about the reopening of the Tibetan frontier-lands. Her second, Scoop-Wallah, 1999, was the story of her time as a journalist on an Indian newspaper in Delhi. It was short-listed for the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award 2000 and serialised on BBC Radio 4. Goat: A Story of Kashmir and Notting Hill, 2000, was an inside look at life in Kashmir and Notting Hill, a war zone and a white hot corner of London drawn together by the latter's obsession with the fine pashmina weave of the Kashmir Valley. This was also serialised on BBC Radio 4. Bollywood Boy, 2002, was an international bestseller in which the Hindi film industry was the vehicle for a closer look at the obsession with fame as it crept West to East, and the darker side of an industry pumping out high-octane escapism for an audience of over a billion. The Wonder House, 2005, is a novel set in Kashmir against the background of the conflict, and based on Justine's experience of frontline coverage, time spent in militant training camps, and amongst the extremists. It was short-listed for the Authors' Club best first novel in 2006. In the Valley of Mist, 2009, a return to non-fiction and the subject of Kashmir, charts the first twenty years of the conflict there through the prism of Kashmiri family life. It was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week, and it was Runner-Up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in 2010. Justine's books have been translated into a wide range of languages, from Hindi and Serbian.

In 2008, Justine founded Healing Kashmir, an integrated mental health project addressing the debilitating mental health situation in the region. This project is now expanding rapidly, with a health centre, outreach programmes, a suicide helpline, and a leadership programme. In addition to running the project in Kashmir, she lectures regularly in the UK, US and India. Recent lectures have included The Oslo Freedom Forum, New York University (Gallatin School), Tufts University (Institute of Global Leadership) and The Royal Geographical Society. Justine has been studying Eastern philosophy, yoga, and conflict trauma all through her adult life. She teaches yoga and philosophy in the UK and in India.


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Highly entertaining and neatly structured ... a surprising and thoughtful travel book (Daily Telegraph)

Hardy's knowledge of and obvious passion for the kaleidoscopic richness of Indian culture infuses her behind-the-scenes guide with Bollywood's technicolour excesses (The Scotsman)

A mostly light-hearted, fizzy exploration of Bollywood delivered in an energetic, observant and sharp witted Tom Wolfe style of writing. But more than that, Justine Hardy gives us fragments of herself, of her own personality - plucky, determined, curious and vulnerable - which makes her story all the more engaging ... This is the perfect book to escape with (Indobrit Magazine)

A wet silk-sari'd shimmy of a book, Justine Hardy takes a part harsh, part affectionate look at the surreal world of Bollywood cinema (Focus)

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Welcome to Bollywood. Enter Hrithik Roshan, new idol of the silver screen, seducing both the industry and the women of India in a flurry of triceps and biceps, tight T-shirts and slick dance moves. This work follows Hrithik's meteoric rise through the celluloid firmament.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart on 3 July 2003
Format: Paperback
All things Bollywood have been making the news in the last year or so, and I picked this one up hoping to shed a little light on the whole scene. It kind of does the job, but in a rather limited and personal way. Justine's quest to meet Hrithik Roshan never really drives the narrative along or links together some amusing but unconnected episodes, but here and there you can find some little gems glittering in the pathway. I think Justine is apleasing writer, and would like to see her apply herself to a more comprehensive intro to the world of Bolly for the UK onlooker. Still, I shouldn't criticize this for being something it doesnt' necessarily set out to be - it's diverting and quite fun. Three stars, I'd say.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
Fast paced and brightly written, Bollywood Boy is set against the lush backdrop of Bombay and the Hindi film business. Justine Hardy tracks the rise of Hrithik Roshan, young heartthrob of Bollywood blockbusters. Intrigued by the impact Hrithik makes on the matrons at a Delhi fashion show, Miss Hardy sets out to find him and understand stardom in India when his first film is a smash hit. Structured like the Masala movies that dominate Bollywood, complete with bad guys and dance numbers, Bollywood Boy is a fascinating view of the industry and its role in the life and dreams of India.
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Justine hardy takes us on her trail of a new, highly praised actor, who she is chasing for an interview.Whilst on her almost mission impossible, she Shows us the glitterly, funny and down right sillyness of bollywood whilst showing the serous side, the corruption and why they are so popular....ecapisism for the poor of india.

I found the book both funny and thought provoking .....a great read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
Hardy takes you to a place that has always seemed like an illusion - Bollywood. Does it really exist? We find out that it does and from her first hand experience we get a bit of a view in to the heart of the illusion, why it exists and some of the hard hitting reality about it. It is a true story it reads like a novel. Whilst some authors convey a sense of superiority or sneering , Hardy writes about Bollywood in tender, humorous tone. The style is easy going without being trite and there is genuous mirth at some of the situations she finds herself in. Funny, entertaining and interesting all around!
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
Pink Fur
It happens only in India - you go in search of something, find something else and realise that was probably what you wanted anyway (you just didn't know it).
Take Bollywood Boy: Justine Hardy goes in search of Hritik Roshan, the sexiest thing in a skintight t-shirt with two lucky thumbs on the same hand, and she finds other intriguing extremities.
She is tempted: a dimly lit nightclub in Bombay, rippling Hritik flashes her a smile.
She goes in search: scouring filmi mags, consulting the juice wallah on her corner, trading industry gossip with beauty parlour ladies and when at lose ends, discussing Bollywood with Severin, the maid, who wants Justine to get Hritik's signature on an Easter card.
Justine swirls into Bollywood from every angle, only not to get her man. Bollywood directors would be appalled; this is not how the story goes. Crowds jiggling like mobile phones, pink, psychedelic fur and hip-bumping madness - is that more like it? Fly buy Bollywood Boy and you will get the chase, the deceit, the flattery, glitter and heat of one of India's biggest industries. Packaged in pink fur.
Endnote
Girl does get boy. But girl's journey infinitely more interesting than boy. That's what you wanted anyway. You just didn't know that downtown Bollywood everyone only chases what they want.
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