Sunday, 31 March 2013

How About A Sin Tonight? Novoneel Chakraborty


When you talk about Bollywood or rather the darker side to the Indian film industry, there are a few people that will attract you: a legendary actor who has had a controversial past; a celebrity kid; a new comer and maybe someone who despite being physically present but is living in a world completely detached from the rest of the world.

With five people from similar backdrops, ‘How About A Sin Tonight?’ is a tale of survival and twisted love by Novoneel Charaborty. Shahraan is a legendary actor with a successful acting career and a controversial personal life for loving a libido. Reva and Neev are newcomers to the new world of the Indian entertainment industry struggling for survival. Nishani is a newcomer too but the one born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Kaash on the other hand is trying to find balance between his public image and his personal life.

The book has been divided into three parts, namely Book One (1986-2010) Secrets Of A Sin, Book Two: 2012 Cries Of A Sin and Book Three:2013 Whispers Of A Sin.

The most interesting in the lot is Shahraan Ali Bakshi. He is successful and he is haunted by his past. He has gone through a lot; lived his days and messed things up big time. He is the quintessential legend in the picture but still humane. He symbolizes that very stage in your life that is supposed to be the end and yet it is not. The climax of his life hasn’t arrived yet.

As interesting as the names might sound the content is absolutely tasteless. The concept of casting coup and the deep dark secrets is appealing but the author does very little justice. When a concept is this enthralling, it ought to be backed up with power packed twists and turns. If not dramatic twists and turns at least the timing of the events could have made up for a lot of the absence of innovation. The idea of stating the individual stories and then intertwining them to a climax did not completely work well due to the predictability of the climax. There was rash and irrelevant use of a few words. I completely understand what impact it was supposed to make on the reader but again it did nothing but make the book come across as tacky. The editing too could have been better.

To cut the long story short, there is scope for lot more than what has been done. The book owes itself just to the plot and nothing else.


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