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Movies have much more than just Light, Camera and Action. They give us lessons for life. #blogchatterebook Review Bolly Talkies

Book Review: Bolly Talkies by Archana Srivastava

  • Genre: Bollywood/ Non-Fiction
  • Reading Level: Any Bollywood fan
  • Total Pages: 59
  • Publisher: The BlogchatterEbook Carnival
  • Author: Archana Srivastav

About the Author:

Archana is an MBA Graduate, Former HR Professional, Former Management Faculty, she thoroughly enjoyed her working career till 2015, after which she took break from working, due to husband’s Project shift in the US. There also Archana is living her life to the fullest primarily as a Wife of a Supportive Husband, Mommy of 2 exquisite kiddos and now with the addition of these as a Blogger too. She actively loves to participate in the activities of Dancing and Singing also. Festivals give her immense pleasure and keep up her ardour for the whole year.


My love for Bollywood in well known to most of you and that is the reason why I picked this book first for reading and reviewing.

Indian film industry produces movies in 20 languages and every year on an average 1500-2000 movies are produced, out of which Hindi films or Bollywood makes a large chunk.

The most commendable part of this book is the choice of characters and movies. Every movie listed is a gem of Hindi cinema and every character highlighted is an unforgettable one.

In this book you will meet ever Umrao jaan, Barfii, Chandni, Munnabhai, Murad, choocha, pappi ji, Lolly, Kabir khan and many such memorable screen characters. It is surely a fun read for every movie lover. You get to know what the writer’s perspective about the movie and the characters is.

Not Just Characters but message they convey

The book talks about plot of famous movies and the writer shares her learnings or key take away from these characters or movies. She clearly mentions the takeaway, lessons, Message for society, points to note or even things to be remembered from the movie or the character in sight. It is good to have the conclusions then and there before the reader moves to another chapter. We all learn a lot from movies and the best example of it is the movie ‘Drishyam’. Where a 4th standard fail takes the entire police department for a ride.

So, these points that the author shares are worth mention. Her views are independent, fearless, and honest. Like the problems in the character of Mahavir Singh Phogat, in Dangal has been expressed clearly.

New and old all movies got space in this book, right from Late. Shri Rishi Kapoor to Alia Bhat have something in this book. Special mention for the characters in supporting role and a dedicated chapter for king of acting and romance SRK, won my heart.

All these movies and characters are part of our personality too and that is very well conveyed by Archana. Every movie teaches us something good and bad. They might not have a very hard-hitting message like in Hichkii, Chak de India, My name is Khan. Rather it can be as light-hearted as Munnabhai MBBS, Jolly LLB or Sulu but can leave an everlasting impression on the viewer.

Box Office Verdict

The language of the book is simple, direct, and honest. The flow of language is good. You want to check out the next chapter and know which character is coming up next.

This is an entertainer and stressbuster if you like to read about movies.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Jyoti Jha

    Very interestingly reviewd Ujjwal. Just as I loved the Bolly world presented by Archana, i thoroughly enjoyed going through your analysis of the book.

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