Bollywood Extras

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, if you are 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 Starrs is a mongrel of a human: his ancestry is a mix of Irish, Maltese and Indigenous Australian.
Despite a 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. Despite such a thorough education his verbal diarrhoea has yet to be cured.
His hobbies include natural bodybuilding (he was runner-up in his class at the NABBA 2013 Mr Australia titles and a finalist in the NABBA 2015 Mr Universe), traveling, cooking/eating good food and, duh: writing.
His most recent e-novel, "Bollywood Extras" (Starrs via Smashwords, 2012) 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) and 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 he won the Dungala-Kaeila Prize for creative writing for his short story "The Fairbairn Twins" and the 'Overall Best Play' award at the Manila Short + Sweet International Theatre Festival for his stage-play "Voicing up the Marriage". His next project is the publication of his novel about Canberra's Aboriginal Tent Embassy, entitled "Bullroaring".
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 Theatre, Cinema or Media Studies at various Australian universities or somewhere in deepest, darkest - and preferably - weirdest South-East Asia. Presently, that means the Institut Teknologi Brunei, where he holds the post of Ass. Professor in Cinema.

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Review by: JustineMarr on Jan. 28, 2014 :
An excellent novel about contemporary India
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Review by: smudge kitten on March 15, 2013 :
Quite good. Recommended reading.
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Review by: Alexis Mozambique on March 06, 2013 :
I was very impressed with the writing in this e-book. Top notch!
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Review by: Angela Cartwright-Jones on March 05, 2013 :
The Day of the Locust thing might be a bit of a gimmick but this is a great novel in its own right!
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Review by: Vesna Khan on Feb. 20, 2013 :
A quality novel. Important fiction with more than a kernel of truth...
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Review by: Serge MacKenzie 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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Review by: Meli Gupta on Feb. 17, 2013 :
Serious themes treated with humor and style. Not many authors are so brave and talented.
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Review by: Estelle Gibson on Feb. 07, 2013 :
Simplyy awesome.
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Review by: Giorgio Raneri on Feb. 07, 2013 :
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Review by: Richie Richardson on Feb. 04, 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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Review by: Rory Sinclair on Feb. 01, 2013 :
Very timely expose of Bollywood's less than innocent players.
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Review by: Gavin MacIntyre on Jan. 28, 2013 :
Excellent writing.
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Review by: Sarah Mitra on Jan. 26, 2013 :
I know I've already reviewed this but I think its important this novel be publicized, given the sentencing of American David Headly to 35 yrs imprisonment this week for his involvement in the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks. He should have been extradited to India and sentenced to death! Instaead he will die in gaol and the families in Mumbai torn apart from his actions will probably never get to celebrate his passing... Pakistan too should hang its heads in shame!
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Review by: Garrawi on Jan. 24, 2013 :
This is a uniquely told and original story about a unique and unappealing culture.
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Review by: Axel Rows on Jan. 23, 2013 :
A fascinating read.
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Review by: Helga on Jan. 21, 2013 :
More than a post-modern homage to "Day of the Locust", this novel is a great work of literature in its own right. I thoroughly recommend it.
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Review by: Jocelyn Maxwell on Jan. 19, 2013 :
I read this novel electronic cover to electronic cover with no stops. It's an awesome piece of literature.
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Review by: Aaron Eastwelling on Jan. 19, 2013 :
A very timely publication, given the front page news in India regarding the cowardly gang rape and murder of a young woman in new Delhi.
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Review by: Bill Huntingdale on Jan. 19, 2013 :
This is what literature is all about. Well written and relevant to contemporary India. Reveals the horror of underage sexual assault in the sub-continent and the horror of Islamic fundamentalism. Confronting, raw and divisive, I recommend it thoroughly.
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Review by: Sarah Mitra on Jan. 06, 2013 :
“Bollywood Extras” is not an easy novel to read, but it is well worth effort. As the blurb states, it is a cross between two classic works of literature: “Day of the Locust” and “Lolita” (but set in our own tinseltown, Mumbai). If you have read these two novels already, then you will be in better position to appreciate Dr. Starrs’s literary endeavor. But be warned, he addresses some quite dark and unpleasant themes. The theme of sexual assault being ‘acceptable’ in India is especially hot right now, what with the controversy over the fatal pack rape of a young female university student on a Delhi bus and all the big protests in the streets. Add to this the subject of the 2008 Mumbai Islamic terrorist attacks and you have a novel with some very serious themes indeed. Surprisingly, Dr. Starrs has engaged in some amusing comedy at times and it is obvious he has spent so much time in Mumbai researching the film industry. In summary, do read this book if you are after some creative exposition of Bollywood and our frequently hypocritical attitudes to child sexual assault and don’t be surprised if you find his style amusing!
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