The cover of author Vivek Rao’s Shot, Down.
The cover of author Vivek Rao’s Shot, Down.

Shot, Down: Full of cliched tropes, Vivek Rao’s novel is like a Bollywood script

While Vivek Rao’s book Shot, Down does have the usual tropes of a crime thriller, the execution lacks the punch it intended to have and ends up becoming nothing more than an attempt to write a cliched Bollywood script.
Hindustan Times | By Aditya Dogra, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2017 06:36 PM IST

Graphic violence, hot women and two estranged brothers embroiled in a Pakistani terrorist conspiracy — these are just some of the key ingredients of Vivek Rao’s book Shot, Down.

With the usual tropes that follow any crime thriller, wherever Pakistan pops up, this book falls somewhere right on the line between good and bad. Why don’t we just term it average? Because that wouldn’t do justice to the parts of the book that actually are pretty thrilling. This otherwise interesting tale that maybe was written with the hope that it gets picked up for a Bollywood thriller also feels a lot like a script. But, be careful of thinking of the casting the female characters as they are just created in the novel as objects of desire, with little strength. Vishal Deshmukh, aka Shot’s death becomes the thing that gives his estranged brother Ajay some sense of purpose — finding who killed him — and what follows is a story that makes you abandon the book, just to come back and read it again.

Vivek Rao’s Shot, Down is a crime thriller.
Vivek Rao’s Shot, Down is a crime thriller.

A book that you’d probably pick up with a thirst for great suspense, later becomes so predictable that you could maybe device a drinking game out of it. There are a few good parts in the book, too, but like all good things, they too often end up with a rather disappointing turn. Select few would really enjoy this CID/CSI Miami (add some more crime thriller series) mashup, others would probably choose to have the book shot down.


Title: Shot, Down

Author: Vivek Rao

Publisher: Hachette India

Price: Rs 399

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