Sapna Shah is starstruck. Be it the red carpet or a Hindi movie, there is nothing she loves more than spending hour after hour dreaming about the filmi world, picturing herself in designer gowns, having visions of lovers dancing hand in hand in exotic locales. She soon gets her chance to see all this for real when she goes 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.
About the Author 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. This is her first novel.