Book Reviews

Cold Cock | Mukul Ranjan | Book Review

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Evincepub Publishing (17 September 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 196 pages

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The glitzy world of the Indian television industry looks appealing but tell me, what are your honest thoughts on it?

The industry is definitely not as good as it looks as we all know that all that glitters is not gold. It has its share of dark secrets, corrupt practices, and unnerving work culture. Cold Cock by Mukul Ranjan is an honest portrayal of the television industry and seeks to uncover the hard reality behind the silver screens. It attempts to bring out the ugly truth of race for success, lust, and numbers that dominate this industry.

Our protagonist, Ashwin, is a boy from the city of Bhopal who leaves his comfy job as a Software Engineer to pursue his passion for the entertainment industry. He gets to join Birha, an up and coming regional channel in the making, as a technical head. Here he comes across Mynah with whom he falls in love. However, their steamy chemistry goes for a toss quite frequently.

Cold Cock is an entertaining tale with a refreshing plot. I really liked reading about the truth behind the entertainment industry. Amidst this, we have a crew of professionals who have different shades. Some are poor trying to make it big in the city of dreams while others are big shot crazy rich who are salivating over women.

The language is easy but might not really suit those who refrain from reading repeated cuss words in literature. And the writing, for the most part, is decent. However, I had issues with certain characters which I believe could have had better sketches. While the build-up of the narrative was interesting enough, the climax didn’t crack it for me. Moreover, the second half seemed jumpy and incoherent. I was dissatisfied with how plainly the story ended.

Yes, there is humour, vile motives, and ample drama to hook a reader but the book stood average in terms of overall appeal. No doubt that the idea to bring out the dark side of the glamour industry is wonderful but here, the execution was decent and certainly could have been better! Adult audience might enjoy this book.

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