NEW DELHI, April 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — HarperCollins Publishers is ready to publish dream factorya boundless look at one of the world’s most prolific film industries, based on best-selling writer Sujatha’s first-hand observations

Dream Factory: A Novel
By Sujatha, translated by Madhavan Narayanan

Fiction/Translation | PB | 399 rupees

About the book

Set in Kollywood, or the Tamil film industry, in the 1980s, dream factory is a fictionalized chronicle of the rising and falling fortunes of various actors in show business.

Arun Vijaythe handsome protagonist, who is at the height of his superstar career.

Arumairajan, the passionate hotel boy, who puts everything in his life to succeed as a lyricist.

Manonmanithe little actress, who struggles to cope with the compromises she is forced to make.

Premalatha, the attractive but aging heroine, who finds herself out of favor with an unstable audience even as she yearns to settle down in life.

Based on best-selling writer Sujatha’s first-hand observations, Dream Factory is a page-turner filled with characters and memorable incidents that ring true, giving readers unrestricted insight into one of the film industries’ most prolific in the world.

Madhavan Narayanan says, “Translating a modern writer into the world’s oldest language, Tamil, was challenging but rewarding. The engaging plot had to be balanced in English with the sights, sounds and smells of the story unfolding at Chennai has been called Madras in a way that speaks to an international reader; while retaining the original cultural flavors. The fact that this is insider business in a colorful and highly watched film industry in the 1980s, has made it a fascinating journey for me – and I expect the same for readers.”

About the author and translator

sujatha (May 3, 1935 – February 27, 2008) was the pseudonym of Tamil writer S. Rangarajan, who started writing under his wife’s name to avoid being confused with a well-known writer sharing his name. ‘Sujatha’ Rangarajan was a senior executive in the state-owned Bharat Electronics Ltd; he was a key figure in the team that invented the electronic voting machine. On the other hand, in the literary world, he was something of a cult figure. Rangarajan has written pop novels in crime and romance genres as well as serious literary explorations and science fiction. As a film writer, he helped script hits such as Boys and Thiruda Thiruda. Sujatha regularly contributed to thematic columns in Tamil periodicals such as Ananda Vikatan and Kalki. He was also briefly editor of Kumudam weekly.

Madhavan Narayanan is an editor, writer and columnist who has worked for well-known media including Reuters, The economic period, Trade standard and Hindustan time after her debut in The Times of India group. He has written on topics including business, economics, public policy, politics, technology, diplomacy, entertainment, culture and social issues, and has covered events such as the Indian general election, the G-20 World Summits and the Kargil War as a correspondent.

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About HarperCollins India

HarperCollins Publishers India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions. Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , the Tata Literature Live Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Award, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award. HarperCollins India has been awarded Publisher of the Year three times: at Publishing Next in 2015 and at Tata Literature Live! in 2016 and 2018.


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