Puneet Bhandal


Holi Festival
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New Release

Starlet Rivals (2022)

Twelve-year-old Bela has always dreamed about becoming a famous Bollywood star, and now the opportunity might finally be within her grasp. When a reality TV show gives her the chance to dance in front of the nation, she knows that she is performing for a place at the most prestigious stage school in Mumbai.

Can Bela win the Dance Starz competition to score a place at the Bollywood Academy and move one step closer to her dreams of stardom? And will child star Monica, the most in girl at school, see her as a friend or a rival?

Illustrations: Jen Khatun

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It's about time that kids were able to go behind the scenes in Bollywood. A great concept, a great read - pure box office!

Rishi Rich, international music producer and Bollywood composer


I loved Starlet Rivals so much. The dance competition was so interesting and then all the things that happen at the Bollywood Academy between Bela and Monica were so exciting! I can't wait for the second book!

Jiya, Southwark, age 11

As a parent of two girls aged 8 and 10, not only did they love me reading it to them, I enjoyed reading it too! The book takes you behind the scenes in Bollywood and gives you a real glimpse of all the gossip, drama and action!

Gurjinder Kaur, Walsall


I will be visiting schools, libraries and literary festivals with my Bollywood-themed book tour.


See dates below and watch this space for more details!

Thursday 23 June 2022, 9.30am-11am

World of Stories, Dagenham, Essex, UK

Tuesday 12 July 2022, 10am-12pm

Word Festival, Newham

Saturday 16 July 2022, 12pm-2pm

Prince Philip Greenwich

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About Puneet Bhandal

I'm a former Bollywood film journalist and a huge fan of Bollywood cinema. Starlet Rivals is my debut novel and I look forward to the release of Book 2, Melody Queen, in 2023!

I am also the owner of an occasionwear boutique where I get to design red-carpet dresses. My gowns have been modelled by real-life stars including Miss World contestants. Click the button below to see some of my creations.