COLD COCK: THE BITTER TRUTH OF SHOWBIZ

Updated: Feb 17


Book Review: Cold Cock by Mukul Ranjan

“We read just five words of a good novel and we forget we’re reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images.” – John Gardner.

This was the first thing that came in my mind while I held the pen to write about this book. The book ‘Cold Cock’ by ‘Mukul Ranjan’ is one such book that takes you to a whole new world where you start imagining the story while you read. It’s like watching a full-on Masala Bollywood movie in your head. No wonder Mukul Ranjan is a screen writer and director in the Hindi Film Industry. As soon as I received my copy of this book, I was intrigued by its distinct title, significance of which got slowly revealed as the book unveiled.

With time moving forward and things evolving at an unexpected rate, we have witnessed a lot of changes in the media too. There was a time when people used to wait for days to watch that one episode of their favorite show. The entire family was hooked to one single screen in the house unlike the multiple devices and their respective screens held by a single person today. These days there is an array of content to choose from. Well! I guess I got sidetracked and am talking about the media and its effect on people that I could not help thinking. See, this is where the book takes you. To a totally different horizon where you dig your grey matters and think about the showbiz. Talking about the book, this book revolves around the life of a few people who give their heart and soul day in and day out to the launch of a regional channel which you will get to know is a hard nut to crack. The plot line of the book is very unpredictable and will keep you glued to the very end. The characters are such that you can resonate with them from the very first instance. The language of the book is “raw” which makes it even more alluring to the young readers. Talking about the story, it is set in Mumbai and partly in Patna which moves back and forth. As the story-line is unpredictable, it is sure that the readers are going to have a roller coaster ride while reading it.

The book is written in first person account of the protagonist, Ashwin whom you can totally relate as the boy next door. It focuses on the bitter reality of showbiz and unravels what many of us will not be aware of just consuming the contents flashing on our screen. It is way deeper than what meets the eye. For all the details, I really want my readers to dig into it and devour into the drama themselves without me spilling the beans.

With that being said, I really hope this book turns into a movie and smash the box office. However, then too I would say like all the bibliophiles that, “The book was better than the movie.” LOL! So, what are you waiting for? Go, grab a copy for yourself and get the virtual binge movie session for yourself.

Happy Reading!


FUN FACT: I am (my name is) a guest appearance in the book. *Grinning ear to ear*



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