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Friday, February 06, 2015
No.of pages :264
Published on :January 15th, 2015
Publisher :Jaico Publishing House
Genre :General fiction/drama
Book Links :Goodreads  Amazon Flipkart

HiFi in Bollywood

Book description(via goodreads)

Rayhan Arora’s long cherished dream is to be a filmmaker in the Hindi Film Industry but his formidable father has other plans… a successful financial career in Corporate America, and a marriage of convenience with Vanita, a medical student in the US.

In a final act of desperation, Rayhan abandons his promising life in California and secretly returns to Mumbai to work as an Assistant Director in Bollywood. The characters he encounters along the way become part of his journey of self-discovery - a self-proclaimed local goon with a penchant for acting; a powerful local politician who wants to marry Rayhan's part-time domestic help, who in turn covets stardom; an angst-ridden, homosexual film director; ego-ridden film stars with twisted agendas; and the mysterious Viola who captures his heart.

HiFi in Bollywood takes the reader from the streets of Berkeley to the film studios of Mumbai; from red-light areas to police stations, and from reality to dreams and back to reality again!

My review

HiFi in Bollywood is an enlightening read.It clearly says, people may say whatever they feel is right but one has to make their own decision regarding their future.An eye opening, fun filled novel depicted in a new light.When i first saw the cover image and title, i was very sure that this novel would be a huge hit among the Indian readers.I think all those who had read this novel would nod right for it mingles with the story.

This is author Rishi Vohra's second novel and it revolves around Rayhan Arora, a 23 year old, regardless of how many disagree to his penchant for directing films in bollywood he pursues his dream anyway without telling his stern father that he has returned from Berkeley for Mumbai.What he learns in the course of his journey is the story.In between, the author, Rishi Vohra has inducted humorous situations and comical happenings.By nature, comedy has become the core part of this novel.

Rayhans’s character was believable, understandable and worth sympathising for.Some parents are so pushy like his father.They want the best things for their children and are not able to tolerate it if their children doesn’t live up to their expectations.Their best argument is, so far they have made too many sacrifices for the sake of their children’s future, now it’s their children’s turn.But it makes the protagonist life miserable as he doesn’t want to be his father’s pet toy.He vents his angst to his cousin Jay and his jewish friend, Dave.

His friend Romil’s character was abominable to the fullest.He gets my wrath for being insane, ludicrous, pain in the ass.Mangala’s character was beautifully knitted.So was Lakshmibai and Vanitha's character.Tarini, Jahaan Khan and Rayhan’s love interest, viola, was a total chaos.The rest of the characters didn't stand out in my mind.

Rayhan arora’ s father fits into the story really well.He wants to shape his son’s future according to his plans which is reasonable as any parent would wish that his son should fare well in his chosen path.Being raised his son as a single parent, his anger on one of his drinking buddy was justifiable.First he wants his son to get a decent job in the corporate world of US, then marriage with his friend’s daughter, Vanitha who by the way is a medical intern.A beautiful home and a car bought on loan.He will not give in to his son that easily. 

With an exception of shady,Rayhan’s friends don’t gel into the story .The emotions displayed by the characters at some places sounded artificial and the story was too predictable for me.What was missing in the fast paced novel?The suspense.Even a reader who seldom reads books will be able to guess the whole story.The prologue is unnecessary.Though it doesn't reveal much, for readers like me, it was a spoiler alert.So this is something i hated.The plus points include the very much realism in presenting the story and humor.

To sum up, the only drawback is the predictability of the novel and the lack of emotions displayed by the characters.The reasoning behind the title Hifi was brilliant.A famous actor explained this word on his Twitter account. Read the book to find out who said it.I was totally shocked and largely surprised after knowing the fact two big stars have reviewed this book they are Hrithik Roshan and John Abraham respectively.
If you haven't read the book yet please add it to your to-read list.

Rating 3.5/5

Disclaimer A special thanks to the author for providing me a signed copy of the book. 


RV said...

Thank you for the review! Really appreciate it!

Periodical Gazette said...

You are welcome :)