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Rajashree is an award-winning film-maker and bestselling novelist . She’s been a film buff since she was a kid — she once stood in a line for five hours to get tickets for Sholay when it was re-released. She has been working in Bombay after studying direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Poona. She’s assisted Mansoor Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. A film she wrote and directed, The Rebel, was screened at many film festivals, and won the National Award and the Golden Ten Award.  She has worked as a producer on TV shows like Indian Idol. She has independently produced and mentored more than 25 short films. She has also worked on the theatrical release of two low-budget feature films, and the experience in marketing and public relations helped her to promote her novel proactively. Her first book, Trust Me,  is a lighthearted romantic comedy set in the Bombay film industry, Bollywood.  It has been published in India by Rupa and in France by City Editions. She is represented by Isabel Atherton of Creative Authors Limited, a literary agency based in New York and London.

Trust Me is one of the biggest-selling Indian chick lit novels according to figures given in The Times of India and The Sunday Telegraph. It has topped The Afternoon and The Asian Age bestseller lists. The first edition sold out in less than a month and the book is doing so well that the twenty-first impression is in the pipeline. It’s also been critically acclaimed by critics, authors and film-makers. Here are some comments about Trust Me:

‘A most enjoyable read’
Geordie Greig, editor, London Evening Standard
Former editor, Tatler, & former literary editor, Sunday Times (UK)

‘Terrific story. Loved the humour’
Michele Roberts, author & former Booker judge

‘Attractive reading from the beginning to the end’

‘A weekend must-read for every chick-lit lover. Go get it!’

‘A very light-hearted, very entertaining romantic comedy’
Soha Ali Khan

‘Looking for an exciting chick-lit book with a twist? Then you simply will not be able to resist Trust Me by Rajashree’

‘Rajashree… has a genuine comic talent’
Kiran Nagarkar
‘Rupa and Co has had a runaway hit with novelist and filmmaker Rajashree’s Trust Me
The Times of India

‘Our own filmi chick-lit romance’
Kundan Shah

And here are some comments about Rajashree’s films:

‘Haunting in the true sense’
Indian Express

‘…incredible talent… exceptional performance… gritty photography… foregrounds how much film-makers have progressed both technically and in understanding cinematic language’

‘…endearing… well-structured and simply narrated… In its own quiet way, addresses issues of family, adolescence and increasingly brittle social relationships… It’s easy to see why this film won the National Award’
Time Out