Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Shobhaa De is one of India’s top bestselling authors. Starry Nights – Kindle edition by Shobhaa De. Download it once and. 15 Oct Aasha Rani, Bombay’s no. 1 heroine, has everything she wants—fame, money, success. All except for Akshay Arora, the film star she is. Title, Starry nights. Author, Shobha Dé. Edition, reprint. Publisher, Penguin Books , Original from, the University of California. Digitized, Jan 22,

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Common terms and phrases Aasha Rani asked Aasha Rani felt Aasha Rani looked Aasha Rani smiled Aasha Rani thought Abhijit akka Akshay Akshay’s Amar Amirchand amma amma’s Amrishbhai appa appa’s Arrey Baby Bandra bangles beautiful Bharatanatyam bitch bloody Bombay Bombay film called Chalo Chhee clothes dance darling daughter dressed drink Dubai everything eyes face father feel film industry forget friends girl gone Gopalakrishnan hair hand hate heard heroine Hindi husband India Jay darling Jay’s Jojo Kishenbhai kissed knew laughed Linda Madras mahurat make-up Malini marriage married mind mommy mother never night pink Rani’s remember Rita sari Sasha sexy she’d Shethji Shonali shooting sindhoor sister someone star stared stay stop studio Sudha Suhas talk tell thali things Tirupathi told tried Viji wait watched wear wife woman women wondered yaar.

It really was a hindrance rather than a help to immerse myself in the culture. Sudha Rani claims that Jay tried to seduce her and in revenge, Aasha Rani initiates an affair with Jojo, the producer of her next film. However, I do find myself wondering if this is really the way some Bollywood stars made it to the top. In classic Bollywood form this story is writen in two halves. Linda advises her to go to the south and do an art filmwhich she does, where she tries to seduce the director only to find that he is impotent.


Aasha has no choice but to thrive-despite the vicious circles of starlets, pimps, and celebrities who want to see her meet her end.

The characters are not well rounded. Also, I am a lover of Bollywood cinema. It was not a well written book and I would not recommend reading it.

Do not, I plead you, do not start this book if you want a good story worth your time. I truly wanted to like this novel. No man, no woman is worthy of trust, and even the heroine is incapable of sticking to any sort of principle, as distasteful as man Well, although I generally enjoyed this book, I found it a bit irritating that it seems there really were no redeeming characters, from the heroine on down – no friendship, no love, no partnership, no business association that somehow made all the rest worth while.

Selected pages Title Page. It could readily kill the life out of anything. What a joyless book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The only reasons I give it two stars is because I did finish the book, and I believe this was translated from Hindi so I’m willing to allow that a lot of the original feeling of the book may be lost in translation.

Other times the story gets ahead of itself, choosing to skip to Aasha Rani’s next big event rather than showing us the character development that leads to it. She confronts him at a traffic light as their cars are next to each other and their affair is rekindled for a short time. Others she sleeps with offer the same lack of emot What a joyless book.

Book review: Shobha De’s ‘Starry Nights’

Or they give stagry something she needs to advance her carrier or make her Amma mother happy. A dark Southern Indian girl with large breasts is pimped by her mother in Bombay.


There is no development in the plot; it is static and predictable. The truth that we often get to see in bits and pieces in films. Reply as a Brand. As far as the plus points go: Suddenly her younger sister is an actress living a similar life. Needless to say it was a painful read and I would have put it down about a third of the way through if I wasn’t one of those people bent on finishing what I start.

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Would I recommend this book? The main character complies meekly and without thought for most of the book. It brings out what the movie world is all about. There were times when she thought she was in love but if ahobha don’t love and respect yourself how do you imagine you’re possibly loving someone else? Open Preview See a Problem?

Imagine the plight shhobha the partner if you actually went off to sleep during an intimate session. Ne va pas croire que le mariage y change q You can find my full review here I really wanted to like this book.

Shooting From the Hip. Penguin Books- India – pages. That’s putting it lightly though. I decided to incorporate “street speak” into one of its most popular columns “Neeta’s Natter”.

In one chapter, Aasha Rani is potrayed as the caring daughter who leaves behind her husband and daughter in New Zeland to take care of her ailing parents.