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Discussion in 'Shah Rukh Khan Book Club' started by Fiona, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Fiona

    Fiona Active Member

    I am not sure if it is already been posted in the forum but i couldn't find it so i thought i would share with u guys. I came across this book written by Rina Golan's personal experience with Shahrukh and bollywood. I downloaded the book in kindle and read and it felt surreal and sad at the same time. :(

    Dear Mister Bollywood: How I fell in Love with India Bollywood and Shah Rukh Khan


    About the book:

    Dear Mister Bollywood is a letter to the most famous man in India, Shah Rukh Khan. This letter spins off into Rina’s life story of her struggle to survive and her hunger to succeed, but not at any price. Rina is set to make it big her way, without compromising on her principles. She won’t sell her soul. She meets adversities and defeat. She is on quest for success, a journey that she has taken to find her destiny in life and make something of herself. This journey brings her to an encounter with her beloved hero Shah Rukh Khan and then to life in Mumbai where she tries to make it big it in Bollywood. Although she fails, she still loves India, Bollywood, and Shah Rukh Khan, but she also realizes that she is actually on a journey to learn to love herself. This book is meant to inspire people to live with passion, pursue their dreams, and never give up on innocence, truth, and justice.

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  2. shublee

    shublee ~ShahRukhaholic

    umm. this is so weird.
    she is a huge fan of SRK so she asked him for money upfront when she met him in NY. how can you do that? :suspicious:
    for education yeah... but still..... ?????

    and on other levels she seems to be the stalker type. SRK had gotten his bodygaurds to keep her away from him and everything...
    i dont know, i havent read the book. does it really mention that?
  3. Pompula

    Pompula Shahrukh Fan-Girl

    If you didn't read the book, where did you hear that?
  4. Fiona

    Fiona Active Member

    Yes Shublee, it does mention in the book at the end that Shahrukh actually prohibited this woman from coming to his shoots and even close to him. I know its weird hey, may be she is a big fan, how could one possibly ask for freaking $20,000 from a person just because he is a bollywood superstar? She is bit of a dodzy character and it was weird to know Shahrukh actually said yes to her and later turned her down without confronting her.
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  5. shublee

    shublee ~ShahRukhaholic

    no, he said yes to her and deposited money for her with Dr irani. (who runs the ward SRK has sponsored at nanavati hospital)
    but later Dr irani found out it was not for medical reasons but she wanted funding for educational reasons so he (Dr irani) turned her down.

    so that makes me think that at the time she told SRK she wanted it for medical reasons & not for what she actually wanted the money. she lied to him.

    also, she then accused Dr irani of harassing her. she says this book is one big letter to SRK.
    so she's saying: Dear SRK, Dr irani harassed me. aneez bazmi & subhash gai did the casting couch thing on me. PS. i still love u.

    as i said before i didnt read the book but have heard about all the controversies. faridoon did an interview with her where she pretty much says what i have written. to me she is another one who used SRK's name to get noticed :brick:


    though good or her if she is moving on & i hope she does
  6. Fiona

    Fiona Active Member

    I read the book and she has stated there that she clearly told shahrukh at the first meeting that she needs the money for her studies. And she also told him, i know u help sick people but i am in need of money to make my future. i think that is how she first approached. According to the book she never lied shahrukh about her being sick. If its ok i want to share the book in the forum but i am not sure if it is legal or not :)
  7. shublee

    shublee ~ShahRukhaholic

    oh then i assumed wrong... she was very evasive/vague in the interview.
    if its not allowed to share here could you send it to me by pm? i would like to read it for myself.

    and if its also useful or in keeping with this thread/topic here is her interview which made me skeptical.
    as she says its "better to read for yourself" :p

    but as a fan she is good & has good things to say about SRK...
    which i am glad of that she didnt accuse him of anything. she does understand he owes her nothing
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  8. Pompula

    Pompula Shahrukh Fan-Girl

    I don't know what the truth is and I haven't heard of these things except reading from this thread (except the casting couch part I have read elsewhere also). But would she write in a book (that is meant as a letter to Shahrukh) that she lied to him? I think not. The book tells ONLY her side of the story. So who knows... I guess only she and SRK know what she told him. BUT if the money was given through Dr. Irani, why would that happen if it was meant for her education? If it was meant for health issues, then it makes sense... That's why it looks like she did lie to him..

    BTW did I understand correctly.. Did she just walk up to Shahrukh without knowing him or anything and asked him for money??
  9. Alenka

    Alenka Well-Known Member

    Shah Rukh Khan’s book writer exposed!

    By Filmicafe.com, 12 November, 2011
    While Israeli writer Rina Golan is basking in the glory of the widespread publicity generated by her allegations of sexual harassment and casting couch on Bollywood bigwigs through her book ‘Dear Mister Bollywood’, here comes a stunner from the industry’s best known publicist Dale Bhagwagar, exposing the lady’s true intentions.

    Rina in her book on her quest to meet her idol Shah Rukh Khan, has alleged misconduct and sexual harassment by prominent names such as Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota, one of India's popular physiotherapists Dr Ali Irani, and famous filmmakers Subhash Ghai and Anees Bazmi. Her allegations have created a stir, with Anees Bazmee contemplating legal action on the writer.

    But in casual conversation with celebrity publicist Dale Bhagwagar, we recently stumbled upon Rina's secret intentions. As we probed further, the PR guru spilled the beans, saying, “Rina had approached me through an email from abroad for the PR of her book last year. When she came to India this year, she met up with me and conveyed that she wasn't happy as her book released abroad hadn't taken off in sales. She told me that even the India release was dull as there was no hype.”

    Dale informs that Rina wanted him to spread the scandalous stories she had written in her book which she told him, was “highly controversial”. When he asked her who she was talking about in the book, she named Subhash Ghai, Ali Irani, Anup Jalota and Anees Bazmee apart from Shah Rukh Khan. “Rina told me, most of them had asked for sexual favours from her and wanted me to publicize her book by generating controversy to sell it,” says Dale.

    The publicist flatly refused. “Anup Jalota has been my PR client a few years ago and I have known him to be one of the best human beings in the industry. I've also known Dr Ali Irani and can vouch for him being a gentleman. I've handled the PR for Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Don starring Shah Rukh Khan and have found SRK to be a great person and completely non-controversial in my few interactions with him. So I told Rina that my PR ethics do not allow me to massacre reputations at the cost of publicity, just to sell a book,” adds Dale.

    Rina, who was keen on hiring Dale for almost a year, was extremely disappointed on hearing that. “She made a face but I stood my ground. I'm told, the girl hails from Jerusalem (Israel), a place known for its religious significance the world over. I'm surprised at her scandalous intentions,” the publicist concludes.

    Now with her true intentions exposed by none other than one of Bollywood’s best public relations experts, wonder what Rina Golan would say.

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  10. bluey[Ru]

    bluey[Ru] Guest

    who is she? she sounds mental..
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  11. Devdas forever

    Devdas forever Well-Known Member

    Book Review: Dear Mister Bollywood - This book on casting couch is hollow

    By Joginder Tuteja, November 18, 2011 - 11:38 IST

    On its launch, 'Dear Mister Bollywood' took the conventional route. First come up with a sensational headline, then reveal portions of the book that touch upon sex, sleaze & controversy and later come up with statements around 'but-then-the-book-is-much-more-than-that'. Of course when there are terms like Bollywood and Shahrukh Khan involved, there are all the more chances for additional eyeballs. In that context, 'Dear Mister Bollywood', an autobiographical tale of a young woman from Israel who tried to break into Bollywood, does score a win. However does the book move anywhere beyond the sensational headline and some liberal dose of sex and sorrow? Not really.

    In fact leaving aside the fact that it is an entirely one sided affair which may or may not be true, it also comes across as a fictionalised account of woman who churns out a script which could be straight out of a B-grade Bollywood pot-boiler. Not just that as what makes the entire 'drama' all the more questionable is the manner in which number of real life happenings around the world being conveniently integrated into the author's life. Well, if one thought that Mausam was the zenith of all notable tragedies coinciding with the coming together or separation of Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor then read this tale of Rina Golan. Apparently she went through everything, right from 9/11 to 26/11 with drugs, sex, strip clubs and mafia thrown in for good measure.

    In fact sensationalism pretty much runs strong right through this 100 odd page book even if one is willing to leave aside the fact that it hasn't quite gone through a proof read and if so, there hasn't really been a good job done at that. There are misspelled names with errors in core grammar as well as punctuations, something which is quite glaring at places. Still, one doesn't account for that much since the focus of the entire read here is to check out what does Rina have to talk about.

    So yes, coming to the real content here then well, as is a known fact by now, she has gone on an accusation spree by bringing under her net men like Subhash Ghai, Dr. Ali Irani, Anees Bazmee and Anup Jalota. Other than the common factor that she seems to have found all men over 50 years of age coming in her way, one doesn't really form an opinion around the validity behind her claims. For that matter no one can actually and if at all someone has to be really concerned, it has to be these men and their families.

    Moreover if someone wants to turn around the pages greedily and indeed check out what happened behind closed doors (and in cases right there on the sets in presence of a 200 member crew) then well, 'Dear Mister Bollywood' has a lot to offer to an anxious reader. Of course most of it is unprintable here but then the fact remains that around 30-40 pages in the book are reserved for these scandals that are actually explained in graphic details.

    What does catch your attention though is the fact in quite a few instances, Rina herself admits to allowing these men (and many more) to take a few extra steps even though she was 'mentally' not willing to allow that to happen. While she does explain that it was her quest for rising the ladder to Bollywood that made her keep her relationship intact with them till she could afford to do that, one does wonder what stopped her from walking out sooner than later. Moreover if she indeed felt that what was happening was indeed wrong, why to fret around it on print? That's one of the reasons why the entire expose comes with its own questions.

    However leaving aside these pointers, what really amuses one no less is the entire Shahrukh Khan story that is embedded at various junctures at regular intervals. Apparently the actor promised her $20000 to support her education once she narrated to him her background and how she wanted to stand on her own feet. What comes across though is the tale of a woman who was pretty much branded as a stalker and thrown out of the sets of Khan's films when she ended up reminding him of his promise not once, twice but thrice. Surprisingly all of this is admitted to Rina's own words that makes one wonder how she actually managed to convince herself that she was right in reaching out to Khan time and again even though there were clear indications that he wasn't interested (even though he never said it in as many words).

    This isn't all as Rina goes on to describe her various liaisons with men ranging from strugglers to mafia to stray unit members, all borne out of convenience. While she admits that she disliked reaching out to them for help (and money) time and again, she also puts it down on records that to survive in the big bad city of Mumbai, she didn't have any other choice either.

    Nevertheless, as a reader you are neither required to be a member of the moral brigade nor turn into a judge who would decide right v/s wrong. All you do is flip through the pages under two hours flat and either get impressed or feel totally unmoved by the story. In case of 'Dear Mister Bollywood', it's the latter due to the sheer fact that the content presented here turns out to be hollow; so much so that you actually start wondering about the very intent behind the book and the story being told.

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  12. shublee

    shublee ~ShahRukhaholic

    totally pathetic :tsk:

    just cos we are fans we cant just all go up to SRK, tell him a sad story & expect him to give handouts :tsk:
    how embarassing
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  13. S.one

    S.one Well-Known Member


    & Infact, if we are his fans, we should respect him and not stalk him like this. He owes nothing to anyone!!!

    She is so pathetically shameless !!! :tsk:
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  14. S.one

    S.one Well-Known Member

    Out of all that is written about her & her stupid book on this whole page/thread.. I only liked to read this :

    :heart: :kiss:
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  15. RizwanaShahrukh

    RizwanaShahrukh I love SRK

    omw!! :scared: this is disgusting!!!!! where did this woman just spring up from? :mad:
  16. darina4srk

    darina4srk SRKManiac

    Who is Rina anyway? :confused2: I only read the Shah part. Is it a true story or what??

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