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  • Author: Ismat Chughtai, Tahira Naqvi
  • Publisher: Speaking Tiger
  • ISBN: 9789388070812
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Set in the film world of the 1950s, this powerful novel may well be regarded as a work that celebrates all the talents of the legendary Ismat Chughta a writer who was brave, frank, provocative, entertaining even when she told the darkest of stories, and impossible to ignore. It traces the journey of Masoom the innocent one a young woman from a once wealthy family of Hyderabad who arrives with her mother in Bombay to become a star, but is soon embroiled in a game of exploitation, lust and treachery. She is transformed into Nilofar, a commodity that can be easily bought and sold; and in an effort to survive brutal and rapacious men producers, actors, pimps and procurers the mother and daughter descend into a world of corruption and moral decay themselves.

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