Flash Point FAHAD SAMAR - HARPERCOLLINS
Zeeshan Haq, a handsome Kashmiri lad, is forced to relocate to Mumbai after losing his father in a mysterious fire that destroys their ancestral photo studio in Srinagar. With ambitions to become a successful photographer, Zeeshan joins his maternal uncle in the running of a small agency that supplies paparazzi pictures to Mumbai’s tabloids and newspapers. That is his introduction to the seductive, dazzling, often hedonistic world of Mumbai high-society. Zeeshan is instantly smitten by Hazel Haroon, a model and aspiring Bollywood film star, and yearns to vault over the red velvet rope that separates the paparazzo from his glamorous subjects. Soon enough, he succeeds in becoming chief assistant to Kabir Kohli, Mumbai’s most celebrated fashion photographer. But just when things are looking up for him, Zeeshan gets unwittingly trapped in a web of crime and deceit, the consequences of which threaten his career and very existence. Set between Mumbai and Dubai, two cities where nothing is quite what it seems, Flash Point is a riveting tale of lust, greed and naked ambition.
Fahad Samar is the best-selling author of Scandal Point. He studied at Bombay International School and at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai from where he graduated with a degree in English Literature. He began his career as a film-maker with Merchant-Ivory Productions in 1987. In 1993, Fahad established his company, Bombay Talkie and has since written, directed and produced scores of commercials, documentaries, corporate films and TV shows. A pioneer in youth culture programming in India, Fahad has directed cult TV shows like BPL OYE!, Superhit Muqabla and The Poppadum Show. He is also a well-known social commentator and has contributed columns regularly to the Mumbai Mirror, DNA and the Indian Express over the past ten years. He also writes on food, wine and travel for Upper Crust magazine. His articles and essays have appeared in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Conde Nast Traveller among other publications. He is also a film critic and co-presents a weekly TV show, Friday Double Bill on NDTV Prime. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Simone Singh.