In a world replete with grimness - a pandemic, conflicts playing out not far from our borders - Gauri Sinh's crime thriller The Bollywood Affair allows for relief by channeling the nostalgia and simplicity of the 1990s, a less complicated era where we could indulge in our pleasant pastimes. Among them - the larger-than-life magnetism of commercial Bollywood!
So, what's haunting B-Town's reigning king?
Late 1990's, Mumbai. Superstar RK is traumatised by the inexplicable wails that have begun echoing through his sprawling heritage home. Is he really being haunted, or could the sounds have anything to do with his latest movie, a blockbuster about a haunted house?
Enter former supermodel, the glamorous Akruti Rai and the street-savvy Parvati Samant, private investigators with their own detective agency.
As the plot thickens, and those around RK begin succumbing to what seems like supernatural malice, Akruti and Parvati must solve a crime set against a backdrop of suspicion and fear. Afterall, they wouldn't want RK's lady love, the stunning screen ingenue Alena, to become the next victim.
It's 1995. The finale of the nation's biggest beauty contest, Miss Glamour Princess, hosted by the mega media conglomerate Eye India, is only days away. In the running are twenty-one beautiful contestants, including India's sweetheart and reigning model Akruti Rai.
And then, the final dress rehearsal ends on a nightmarish note as the sensuous and ambitious model Lajjo is murdered right on the ramp. Soon, Akruti and her fellow contestants become prime suspects in a case that gets increasingly macabre as bodies pile up - the gossipy, affable pageant hairdresser Doreen, the self-assured mean-girl Nuzhat ...
Amidst massive public outcry and searing press coverage, Akruti is convinced by an enigmatic fellow contestant, Parvati Samant, to help her investigate the murders. But who, really, is Parvati? And can Akruti help unearth the sinister truth, clear her own name, and also keep an eye on the prize?