With such an explosion of the Bollywood industry, you’d think a plethora of books would be written on the genre and people would be buying them in droves. There are, however, only a handful of Bollywood inspired novels that are not part of the Bollywood canon that you can browse through on the internet or local bookstores.
As is often the case with Bollywood movies, many writers have thoughtfully included quotes from famous stars or songs from their own film in their Bollywood inspired books. For example, in Chinmayi Mirch’s novel Taj Palace, Salman Khan’s character walks through his own private palaces as he passes through Mumbai in an earlier scene. Of course, what you have to understand is that Salman is not just randomly walking in any of these scenes but has much to do with them and the books are, therefore, not simply a list of quotable lines that include him in them.
The Bollywood “whims” also follow a similar trend. So many books end up including their own spin on the Bollywood “whims” and it can be rather confusing. Sometimes it is okay and sometimes it’s not. What works, though, is that the Bollywood whims should be used in ways that complement the story instead of getting out of hand.
For example, there are stories that feature well-known characters at their worst and there are other books that are dedicated to completely opposite stories and the flaws that come with them. It is always good when authors don’t take Bollywood to extremes and use the Bollywood sensibility to tell a well-told story. By knowing that the stories can be juxtaposed in this way, authors can actually make their books more accessible to readers.
The Bollywood sensibility doesn’t always mean writing things that are far away from realism and the writer can exercise their imagination with an effect that makes it seem like the characters are traveling through time or that they are living in the most extravagant palace. It is, in fact, easy to keep the Bollywood sensibility at bay and bring a touch of verisimilitude to the genre without diminishing the sense of adventure that is inherent in Bollywood.
You’ll find that most of your favourite authors work within the Bollywood sensibility. One of the reasons why many people love the movies is that they never try to approach the subject matter with regards to real-life realism. This is very true of the Bollywood novels too.
In fact, the Bollywood writers are very interested in making their stories appear like something that could have actually happened and are often far ahead of the game with regard to keeping the story tight. Many people write books based on the Bollywood sensibility because they are very knowledgeable of what the subject matter is all about and understand the importance of not trying to make it like something that could have actually happened.
A good book can be made to appeal to almost anyone. If you want to get a good book on Bollywood or the Bollywood sensibility, then it is important to find one that has the Bollywood sensibility and is well written. If you can’t figure out how to do that, then you can always hire a ghostwriter to take care of it for you.
Mucklai began writing seven years ago, landed his first client that same year, and published his first book six years ago.
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