Author: Laksh Ramazad
Publisher: JBM Publishers
Cover Design: Ramamoorthy (8 Perf Media Works)
Cover : 2.5/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Story : 3.5/5
Theme : 3.5/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 3.5/5
- Haren- The protagonist
- Sanjay- Haren’s best friend
- Disha- Haren’s neighbour and love interest
- Arjun- Haren’s father
Youth is a time of life when dreams are many and the mind takes flight, as the heart pumps more enthusiasm than blood. It is a time that can make or break a man’s life and determine the future of his family, friends, colleagues and others who are associated with him. Some use their youth to fulfill their dreams, go on to become famous, rich and build the foundation for a comfortable life that survives them from their prime years to old age. Some of the hot blooded take the plunge, make a few calculated moves, court controversies and this becomes their way of life for the years ahead. Of course, these people are the ones who are envied, gossiped about and have the shortest lifetime in the short-term memory of people. And then there are those whose youth becomes the time of their life when they learn the biggest lessons, make the journey of personal transformation and metamorphose from callous youngsters breeding angst against the world into responsible youngsters who fight for the more important things in life—family, honour and truth.
I’m Haren. This story is about me and the person I detest, my dad, Arjun—a drunkard, philanderer and a failed actor who acted in a few Hindi films in the 1980s. He was close to being big, in terms of his professional failure. His other achievement includes imprisonment under court orders on suspicion of murdering his best friend Amrender. Police found no clues about his mysterious disappearance and the canines never found his body. He was a perfect murderer.
Now why should I write about dad? Because a chance encounter with a film maker made me investigate the circumstances under which he murdered his best friend and it was one hell of a journey that fascinated me as a writer. Unearthing the long-lost evidences from under the dunes of time was bit painstaking and probably worth sharing. So here I’m, ready to recreate the events to take you through the journey I trod a few years back.
The Lo(a)st Rights by Laksh Ramazad is an intriguing story about Haren and how he unravels the mystery about the blame on his father of his best friend’s murder. Haren is an aspiring script writer. His usual day looks like this – his best friend Sanjay, an aspiring actor, picks Haren from his house, they go to meet producers and directors, selling their respective talents in the hope of them offering some job. Sanjay, at many points, suggests Haren to use his father, Arjun’s name as a recommendation. Given that Arjun was a superstar in the 80s before being charged as the murderer of his best friend, Amrender, who was a Pakistani aspiring director. But Haren refuses, considering that his father was a murderer and thinking that everyone in the industry despises him too.
Haren has a new comer in his building, as his downstair neighbour, Disha. Her beauty instantly sweeps Haren off his feet. Disha mistakes him for another neighbour whom the landlady had warned her about being a drunkard and very troublesome. She then tries to keep safe distance from Haren and also ensures no encounter between Haren and her brother.
During one visit to a producer in the hope of getting a job, Haren comes across that director’s assistant, Satya, who once used to work as a driver to Arjun and admired Arjun a lot. Satya recommends Haren to another producer / director who too was a big fan of Arjun. Haren gets to know about a film named “Paramveer” which Arjun had produced along with Amrender and the lead actress was the superstar of those times, Devika. The movie was the biggest budget film of the era and was produced in the best manner possible. But it never got released, neither was the print reel available to anyone. Apparently Amrender had disappeared along with the film reel. This intrigued Haren and he wanted to unravel this mystery on why his father was charged of Amrender’s murder and also why the movie never got released. The quest led him to another set of people involved in his father’s life – Mishraji and Tony. These people tell old stories to Haren, about his father, his struggle in the industry, how he always dreamed of being a superstar, and how he ended up producing his own film. Together all of them set on the journey of solving Arjun’s last movie’s mystery and also of Amrender’s disappearance. The truth comes forth leaving everyone stunned and Haren, who once would despise his own father, now had the utmost respect for him.
The book truly depicts the special bond of a father and son and the love they share is incomparable. Very crisply written script. The plot moves at a smooth pace with perfect grammar and twists at appropriate instances. Emotions of a son towards his father and vice versa have been portrayed brilliantly. The issues one faces in life when in dearth of money and material possession has been depicted as though with first hand experience.
The story seemed stretched at certain points in the book. A few narrations weren’t required, meaning the script would have been perfectly fine even without those narrations.
A one-time interesting read (3.5/5)
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