Actor Prithviraj’s directorial debut ‘Lucifer’ shows a scene in which the character Bobby played by Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi gifts a book to his stepdaughter Jhanvi. A thick book with blue and red coloured cover. It is the novel ‘Shantaram’ penned by Australian writer Gregory David Roberts on the backdrop of Mumbai city.
Hundreds of copies of ‘Shantaram’ was sold all over the world and it was hailed as a ‘masterpiece’ work. The novel gives an account of India, especially Mumbai city in a different perspective. It has depicted the Mumbai city with poetic beauty.
The protagonist of the novel is Lindsay who escapes from a prison in Australia and reach Mumbai and finally finds shelter in a slum in the city. Lindsay pretends to be a doctor in the slum and later joins the hawala and smuggling gangs and underworld dons.
The novel finely interweaves the extraordinary and adventurous experiences of Lindsay. The book published in 2003 had received positive responses from the readers. It was also translated into many languages. There are reports that the book is likely to be adapted into Apple web series.