Rajal Pitroda’s launches first novel

Mumbai, July 19 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Book lovers in Mumbai witnessed the gala launch of Rajal Pitroda’s first novel, Starstruck published by HarperCollins Publishers India at Crossword.

The book was launched by the famous filmmaker Mr. Subhash Ghai on Friday evening.
Daughter of Sam Pitroda – the man behind India’s telecom revolution, Rajal, in her book Starstruck takes you on a journey through Bollywood and the Mumbai underworld.  The book is inspired by Rajal’s experience with Bollywood during her two year work experience in Mumbai.

The book is about a character named Sapna who is starstruck by Bollywood. Whether it’s seeing visions of lovers dancing hand in hand in exotic locales or picturing herself walking down the red carpet, there is nothing Sapna loves more than spending hour after hour dreaming of the filmi world.

She soon finds her chance to turn daydreams into reality when she travels from New York to Mumbai on a magazine assignment, and ends up rubbing more-than-just shoulders with Bollywood’s it-producer Gautam Gupta.

Sapna spends the next few weeks searching for fallen eyelashes in actress Zeina Khan’s kohl-lined green eyes, hiding the not-so-discreet evidence of handsome hero Karan Kumar’s multiple affairs and trying to protect porcelain megastar Aradhna Roy from anything that might upset her.

But when the mysterious death of a co-worker compels Sapna to look beyond Bollywood’s fairytale empire and into the depths of Mumbai’s notorious underworld mafia, she realizes that there is more to the movies than just song and dance.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajal Pitroda said, “As part of my time with CII, I met with producers, directors and distributors — and got to see how the industry works. I would share stories about these behind-the-scenes elements with my friends back in the US, and they encouraged me to write them down, and one day, a friend suggested I write a book. Although my experiences serve as a backdrop for the story, everything in the book is very much fictional.”

Unveiling the book, filmmaker Subhash Ghai said, “It gives me great pleasure to launch this book by the very talented Rajal. The book captures the essence of glitz and glamour of the film industry. I have known Rajal for a long time and I wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”

Star blogger Miss Malini said, “I was really excited to do a little Bollywood style Q&A with the lovely Miss Pitroda who I’ve known for years. It was a perfect mix of friendship and Bollywood for an evening at Crossword, especially being a Bollywood Blogger myself; this book is right up my alley!”

Born in Chicago, Rajal Pitroda moved to New Delhi at the age of eight, and returned to the US four years later. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics, Rajal found herself on a two-week trip to Mumbai that lasted over two years.

During her time in India, Rajal worked with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), where she was responsible for creating and executing CII’s entertainment strategy, with a focus on the Indian film industry.

In 2006, Rajal moved to Los Angeles and started a company to market and distribute independent feature films and documentaries.

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