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14
Feb
16

The Bestseller She Wrote – Ravi Subramanian & the casting ouch!

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My Short Review:-

392 pages.

If you write any story with the protagonist as a Banker, extra marital affair with colleague & reference to some recent incident based on real life (Ebola in this case), it will be a Ravi Subramanian book.

Aditya’s character’s heavy influence of Chetan Bhagat, Anurag Kashyap’s casual mention, Police commissioner’s role, & functionality of iPhone (last time it was iCloud) are disappointing.

Book is fast paced, as always.

A glimpse into the book:-

Paperback King, Aditya Kapoor, seems to have it all. Not only is he India s hottest and bestselling author, his enormous stardom is perfectly balanced by a lovely home, a loving wife and a stable career in banking. With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a winning streak. Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of big dreams. Young, beautiful, and ambitious, Shreya speaks her mind and knows what she wants.

What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can ambition come in the way of passion?

The Bestseller… She Wrote is a story of illicit love, destructive jealousy and overriding ambition. As master story-teller Ravi Subramanian delves into the world of publishing and explores an unlikely romance between a bestselling author and his nubile protégé, faces will be unmasked and truths will be revealed. Sit tight and read on… (-Amazon)

The Casting Ouch:-

Farhan Akhtar as Aditya Kapoor

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  • I have changed it from Irrfan to Farhan at the last moment due to the background of the character. I think Farhan can do justice to this, as he is the perfect blend of urban, creative & commercial personality.

Alia Bhatt as Shreya Kaushik

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  • It has to be Alia, for the first time in a negative role.
  • IIM history

Nimrat Kaur as Maya Kapoor

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  • If not her, then this character wont be a memorable one.
  • It this movie was made 10 years back, it would have been Tabu.
  • I also suggest to have a flash back to emphasize on the passionate love story

Rajat Kapoor as Sanjay

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  • This guy looks like an HR from top to bottom
  • Polished, and would play the character well.

Rashmi Bansal as Vaishali (Debut)

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  • This is completely out of the box, but could be a game changer.

Anurag Kashyap as Anurag Kashyap

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Director: Madhur Bhandarkar

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  • Who will do it better when it comes down to exposing a particular industry?

Update:-

I understand that Mr. Siddharth Malhotra is already working on this project.

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14
Feb
16

Confess by Colleen Hoover & The Casting Ouch

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My Short Review:-

306 Pages.

This book is ‘Goodreads Choice 2015 Winner’

I found this book very annoying. Owen’s character is well developed (with the concept of confession artist), but completely wasted. Auburn is average. There is lack of chemistry between the two. Loved the artwork (Owen’s paintings)

A glimpse into the book:-

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin – (From Goodreads)

Bollywood Casting Ouch:-

Yami Gautam as Auburn Reed

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  • She would definitely be available.
  • Link up with Ranveer Singh would give a boost to the promotion of the film.
  • She is obsessed with fairness & colours.

Ranveer Singh as Owen Gentry

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  • He as experience in playing an artist in ‘Lootera’. The last leaf got this for him.
  • Assuming if the movie is released in 2018, that would be the perfect timing for the rumours of break up with Deepika Padukone

Boman Irani as Owen’s Father

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  • I was considering ‘Padma Shree’ Anupam Kher first (assuming he would be cheap). He made the following demands when I approached him:-
    • Showcase the works of ‘Modi’, as the film would be releasing in 2018, just before the Elections
    • Owen’s paintings should be on Indian culture with no freedom of expression. Confessions would be censored.
    • Auburn’s character should be a Kashmiri Pandit.
  • Boman Irani laughed hysterically when he came to know about the reason why Anupam Kher was not considered. He is doing the film for free.

Shahid Kapoor as Adam (Special Appearance)

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  • I want to see him dead in more films. Fair enough ?

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane

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  • This film has no story, and only he can make it interesting
  • It would be easy to get Ranveer on board
16
Oct
10

If God Was A Banker

Author: Ravi Subramanian
Price: Rs. 195

After reading ‘I Bought The Monk’s Ferrari’ by Ravi, I was expecting his first book to be on the same lines. ‘I bought.. ‘ tells us on how to be successful in life. This book is a total masala novel describing the lives of two Management Trainee who starts their career at the same time. The book is an adventurous ride of the careers of the both these personalities who differs in their approach towards the corporate world in every which way. It is the story of ambitions, dreams, hopes, ethics, lust, hunger, love and of course, the most important, money!

The protagonist, Sundeep Srivastava is a very ambitious, talented, dynamic and outspoken gold medalist from IIM. The other, Mr. Swamithan, is having the same academic qualification, but is introvert and is a man of ethics. Aditya is their boss and guides their journey throughout their career. The battles between the two starts on the very first day, followed by series of battles. The only difference was, Sundeep wanted to win the War of Competition against Swami. Swami develops into a very lovable, adorable, and strong character in the end, while Sundeep’s character was alway strong right from the beginning.

The social issues like Sexual Harassment at work place forms the major part of the plot. At some point of time, the bank looks like a battlefield with every strong player putting his best man to fight using all his influence. It is definite page turner as the story moves really fast and is to the point.

Recommended to all! 🙂

12
Oct
10

Corporate Karate

Price: Rs.95

A very funny book full of corporate advises. Every advice will bring a smile on your face, especially if you have a Boss who is no less than a Sadist. It is just like a self-help book for corporate newbies.

Nothing more to say. Enjoy it.

11
Oct
10

Small Wonder – The Making Of The Nano

Author: Christabelle Noronha, Sujata Agarwal & Philip Chacko
Price: Rs. 295

Few were curious, few were waiting, few were tense, few were confident and excited. This was the feeling of the legendary team working on Tata Nano under the guidance of the visionary Mr.Ratan Tata. But what was Ratan Tata thinking? He said only one line,’A Promise, is a Promise’. The launch was finally a success. The team consisted of the very talented Girish Wagh, Ravi Kant, Justin Norek etc. Finally, their hard work was paid off.

The book describes the events that really teaches the reader on how to deal with the challenges that are almost impossible to solve. The story starts with the idea of Ratan Tata who imagined making a car which will cost only Rs.100,000. This was a well planned execution of logical arguments which led to this weird dream that was ridiculed by many in the industry.

The book is not that useful for the designers as the Authors have avoided to go into the intricate details of the same. But then it is a book that demonstrates different ways in which different challenges can be handled by a team. The challenges varying from the existence of the car, feasibility of the car, and later, the survival of the car and the team of engineers, designers, workers etc. The challenges were not only technical, but political too. The challenges of the designer was that there was no benchmark. Ratan Tata wanted to make this car better than Maruti 800 and more affordable.

The able leadership of Mr. Ratan Tata is clearly reflected in the book through various incidents.

A must read for those who are in management.

This is my third book after Lee Iacocca and The Toyota Way in the car industry. Though the other two were totally different and at the greater magnitude, I feel that this particular car has faced a lot of trouble as compared to any other car launch.

The next I am planning to read is ‘Maruti Story’ – RC Bhargava.




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