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5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining survey of Bollywood, its stars and audience
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...
Published on 15 May 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars reasonably diverting but limited expose
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars reasonably diverting but limited expose, 3 July 2003
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This review is from: Bollywood Boy (John Murray Paperbacks) (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
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining survey of Bollywood, its stars and audience, 15 May 2002
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This review is from: Bollywood Boy (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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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and funny book, 20 Aug 2006
This review is from: Bollywood Boy (John Murray Paperbacks) (Paperback)
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully funny and entertaining look at Bollywood, 12 May 2002
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This review is from: Bollywood Boy (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
5.0 out of 5 stars everything you ever wanted, you just didn't know it, 17 May 2002
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This review is from: Bollywood Boy (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.
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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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