Bollywood Extras: A Novel From Mumbai

Rated 4.90/5 based on 20 reviews
"Bollywood Extras" is like "Lolita" meets "The Day of the Locust", but set in contemporary India (not America) and staged against a backdrop of rabid religious terrorism. Written with the uniquely black comedic, literary flair Dr Starrs is renown for, this, his 3rd novel, boldly captures the feel of Mumbai and the small-time players in its big-time film industry, with style, humor and originality. More

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About Dr D. Bruno Starrs

Dr D. Bruno Starrs was born in Adelaide, South Australia, in a hospital. It was a year he cannot remember very well. He is happily married but childless (thankfully so, if the reader is a believer in the principles of Darwinian evolution) and irresponsibly itinerant compared to most people of his alleged experience and advanced age. It must also be noted that Dr Starrs is a mongrel of a human: his ancestry is a mix of Irish, Maltese and Indigenous Australian.
Regardless to an annoying tendency to waffle on unintelligibly as he attempts to explain various tangential dissertations related to media and pop culture, Starrs has somehow passed all examinations and succeeded in graduating from six Australian universities. His qualifications include two Masters degrees and a PhD from highly reputable Australian universities. Despite such a thorough education his verbal diarrhoea has yet to be cured.
His hobbies include natural bodybuilding (he was runner-up in the Over 50s class at the NABBA 2013 Mr Australia titles and a competitor in the NABBA 2015 Over 50s Amateur Mr Universe), traveling, cooking/eating good food and, duh: writing.
His most recent e-novel "The Roaring of the Bulls" (Starrs via Kindle, 2017) was preceded by "Bollywood Extras" (Starrs via Smashwords, 2012) which was preceded by the paperback and e-novel "That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance!" (First Edition: Just Fiction Edition, Germany, 2011. Second Edition: Starrs via Smashwords, 2012). This early epoch of Starrs' writing life included the creation of unique "Ugly drivel" such as a collection of writing for the theatre entitled "Suicide Plays" (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2009). His first full-length novel was "I Woke Up Feeling Thailand" (First Edition: Sid Harta Publishing, Australia, 2004. Second Edition: Starrs via Smashwords, 2012).
Dr Starrs has published extensively in non-fiction too, with many peer-reviewed film, media and/or cultural studies journal articles and book chapters to his name, as well as the academic textbook "The Films of Rolf de Heer" (First Edition: VDM Verlag, Germany 2009. Third Edition: Starrs via Smashwords, 2015).
In 2015 and 2016 he won the Dungala-Kaeila Prize for two selections of creative writing from "The Roaring of the Bulls". In 2015 he won the 'Overall Best Production' award at the Manila Short + Sweet International Theatre Festival for his stage-play "Voicing up the Marriage".
Would-be stalkers please note: Dr Starrs can be difficult to physically locate, sometimes. When not sequestered away in some wretched garret, filthy and unshaven (but ever so happily writing), he can usually be found teaching English Literature/Creative Writing, Cinema or Media Studies at various Australian universities or somewhere in deepest, darkest - and preferably - weirdest South-East Asia. And would-be stalkers please also note: Dr Starrs has a very efficient bodyguard, his beautiful, strong Filipina wife, Melissa Starrs.

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JustineMarr reviewed on Jan. 28, 2014

An excellent novel about contemporary India
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
smudge kitten reviewed on March 15, 2013

Quite good. Recommended reading.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Alexis Mozambique reviewed on March 6, 2013

I was very impressed with the writing in this e-book. Top notch!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Angela Cartwright-Jones reviewed on March 5, 2013

The Day of the Locust thing might be a bit of a gimmick but this is a great novel in its own right!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Vesna Khan reviewed on Feb. 20, 2013

A quality novel. Important fiction with more than a kernel of truth...
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Serge MacKenzie reviewed on Feb. 18, 2013

This is an excellent work of post-modern literature, referencing that great little 1939 novella by Nathanael West: "Day of the Locust". And just as "Locust" does so searingly with Hollywood, "Bollywood Extras" tears down the glamor and glitz of India's Bollywood and reveals the sordid underbelly of that most shallow of industries. Virtually all the major West parallels are there in Starrs' work: Pyle = Hackett, Chandy = Faye, Ishmail = Abe (although not a midget), Dickey = Estee, Mitra = Greener and, for want of a closer parallel, Sala = Homer. There's even the cockfight, and of course, the movie premiere's finale. But more than "Locust", Starrs adds to the dystopic feel of Hollywood/Bollywood by bringingto the fore the shallow, mindless repugnance of religious fundamentalism, setting his story against the bloody backdrop of the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai. Bravo, Dr. Starrs! Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
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Meli Gupta reviewed on Feb. 17, 2013

Serious themes treated with humor and style. Not many authors are so brave and talented.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Estelle Gibson reviewed on Feb. 7, 2013

Simplyy awesome.
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Giorgio Raneri reviewed on Feb. 7, 2013

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Richie Richardson reviewed on Feb. 4, 2013

This novel is a 21st Century literary classic. It illustrates yet another example of how Islamic fundamentalism (fuelled by hate, misogynistic jealousy and, yes! it's true! ampehatamines and the other illicit drugs the Taliban , Al Qaeda and other Arab war-lords fund their illegal, poisonous attacks with) poses the greatest threat to the US there is today. Every American citizen should read this novel. Five stars! Or should I say five Starrs?
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